According to The Hollywood Reporter, CBS has greenlighted its first animated series in 13 years, Creature Comforts, a U.S. version of the hit British stop-motion animated TV series. The project hails from Aardman Animations, the creative force behind the Oscar-nominated animated feature Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit and boxoffice hit Chicken Run.

CBS has ordered seven half-hour episodes of the project for midseason 2006-07. " 'Creature Comforts' is a hit in the U.K. -- it's fun, distinct and unlike anything on TV right now," CBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler said. "We look forward to developing an American version that captures the same unique sensibilities that made it so popular overseas."

Brian B.