LOS ANGELES — Eva Longoria wants to shake up TV animation starting with one meaningful character: a woman stumbling through motherhood.
“I’m a fan of animation and I watch ‘Family Guy’ and I watch ‘American Dad!’ and you always see these really flawed fathers and the really perfect mom who is trying to hold the family together because the dads, they’re just idiots,” said Longoria.
She voices the character of Rudi Wilson in the 13- episode comedy “Mother Up!” that debuted Wednesday on Hulu and Hulu Plus.
Longoria also is an executive producer of the series in which Rudi, a former Manhattan music executive, resettles in suburbia with her two children. She’s got street smarts but is fumbling in her new environment.
Executive producer Michael Shipley (whose writing credits include “Family Guy” and “American Dad!”) was inspired by the “venting blogosphere” of mommy blogs that chronicle the perils of childrearing, Longoria said. Marnie Nir and Katie Torpey are credited with original material.
Shipley’s approach is “a really fun, impressive way into poking fun at the different styles of parenting that moms have,” said the former “Desperate Housewives” star who is a producer on “Devious Maids.”
The cast includes Jesse Camacho and Rebecca Husain as Rudi’s children Dick and Apple; Gabrielle Miller and Cle Bennett as Rudi’s pals; and Helen Taylor as perfect mom Jenny.
A character like Rudi is overdue, Longoria said.