Adult Swim’s ‘Your Pretty Face Is Going To Hell’ Renewed For Second Season

By | Thursday March 20, 2014 @ 10:00am PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Adult Swim has picked upYour Pretty Face_hires 1_R a second season of its live-action series Your Pretty Face Is Going To Hell. Matt Servitto (Banshee, The Sopranos), Henry Zebrowski (The Wolf Of Wall Street) and Craig Rowin (Night Of Too Many Stars, @Midnight) star in the workplace comedy that follows Gary (Zebrowski), an associate demon, as he attempts to capture souls on Earth in order to climb the corporate ladder of the underworld. Gary is too stupid, lazy, and kind-hearted to do his job well and is frequently stabbed in the back by his devious co-worker, Claude (Rowin). Plus, his boss Satan (Servitto) is immortal, which means that management positions are unlikely to become available soon. In Season 2, Gary learns how to appear on people’s shoulders to tempt them, we meet our first angel, and we find the answer to the question if there are women in hell. (Answer: yes.) In its first season, the original series ranked No. 1 among young adults and men compared to other key programming in the same time period, according to Adult Swim. Read More »

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Adult Swim Greenlights ‘Black Jesus’ Live-Action Comedy Series

By | Monday March 10, 2014 @ 3:45pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Gerald Slink Johnson Black JesusAdult Swim is looking to stir a debate with a series order to Black Jesus, a half-hour live-action scripted comedy from The Boondocks creator Aaron McGruder. The show stars newcomer Gerald “Slink” Johnson … Read More »

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Dan Harmon’s ‘Rick And Morty’ Gets Second Season On Adult Swim

By | Wednesday February 12, 2014 @ 1:25pm PST

Rick and MortyWith the future of his NBC comedy still in doubt, Dan Harmon is guaranteed to have at least one show on next season. Adult Swim has picked up the Community creator’s Rick And Morty for Season … Read More »

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Turner’s Adult Swim Block Expands To 8 PM

By | Monday February 3, 2014 @ 11:17pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

adultswimAlready a force to be reckoned with in late-night, Turner’s Adult Swim is making a big play in primetime. Currently airing from 9 PM-6 AM, Adult Swim will add an extra hour to start at 8 PM effective March 31. In part to offset the loss of an hour to Adult Swim, Cartoon Network will be introducing a new portfolio of original content online at CartoonNetwork.com and other branded digital platforms. In another change for Turner’s Animation, Young Adults and Kids Media portfolio of networks, Boomerang, the 24-hour commercial-free channel airing classic cartoons, will be introducing ads.

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Adult Swim Re-Ups ‘China, IL’ For Season 3

By | Wednesday January 15, 2014 @ 10:42am PST

EXCLUSIVE: Adult Swim has announced a third season for original animated comedy series China,China IL (1) IL. The series revolves around the crazy happenings and characters at the University of China, IL, the worst college in America. After expanding from … Read More »

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Adult Swim’s ‘The Eric Andre Show’ Renewed For Third Season

By | Monday December 9, 2013 @ 10:00am PST

The Eric Andre ShowDays before its sophomore-season finale, the weekly send-up of low-budget public access programs has been greenlighted for a third run. The Eric Andre Show, which airs Thursday nights as part of Turner’s Adult Swim programming block, … Read More »

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Adult Swim Orders ‘Tim & Eric’s Bedtime Stories’ Live-Action Anthology Series

By | Wednesday October 30, 2013 @ 10:23am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim, the comedy duo known as Tim & Eric, have landed their fourth series on Adult Swim. The network has greenlighted Tim and Eric’s Bedtime Stories, a new quarter-hour live-action dark comedy anthology series written and directed by Heidecker and Wareheim, where episodes delve into fantasy and the unknown with the aid of celebrity guest stars. “It’s good to be home again,” Heidecker and Wareheim said. Adult Swim originally piloted the project in May with the pickup of half-hour Halloween special Tim & Eric’s Bedtime Stories: Haunted House, which airs tomorrow night at midnight. (trailer below) The special was written and directed by Heidecker, Eric Wareheim and Zach Galifianakis who star as guys whose grandfather dies, leaving $1,000 to each — but only if they live in his haunted mansion for the rest of their lives. Galifianakis was a fixture on Heidecker and Wareheim’s previous live-action series for Adult Swim, Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! — whose guest star list also included Will Ferrell, Ben Stiller, Will Forte, Michael Cera and Flight Of The Conchords.

Related: Adult Swim’s ‘Newsreaders’ Renewed For Season 2

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Adult Swim’s ‘Newsreaders’ Renewed For Season 2

By | Wednesday October 23, 2013 @ 10:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Adult Swim has officially renewed its quarter-hour series Newsreaders for a second season, with production set to begin in LA in January. The Childrens Hospital offshoot, which lampoons the newsmagazine genre, was No. 1 … Read More »

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Adult Swim Crashes Fox’s ‘Animation Domination High-Def’ Premiere

By | Sunday July 28, 2013 @ 1:05pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Last night Fox entered the late-night animated comedy space with the launch of Animation Domination High-Def, and incumbent Adult Swim had something to say about it. In a stealth move through local buys as it was done without Fox’s knowledge, the Turner network aired two ads: one at 11:30 PM after the two ADHD premieres of High School USA and Axe Cop, and one at midnight, following the encores of the two animated debuts. The stripped-down ads featured words on black screen, with elevator music in the background. “The preceding content has been a work of fiction,” the first ad, which followed the ADHD premieres. (Video below.) “Any resemblance to networks, living or dead, is purely coincidental. Pay close attention to the label. Many suitcases look alike. You may find yourself at a beautiful network with a beautiful suitcase. You may ask yourself: How did I get here? [adult swim]” The second: “Congratulations to the crew at ADHD on the launch of their new shows. We wish you all the best…. Nice place you got here… How are the kids?… Great, Great stuff. We’re going to go home now [adult swim].”
ADHD responded to the stunt via Twitter last night: “@adultswim THANK YOU FOR YOUR MONEY” Said ADHD head and Adult Swim alum Nick Weidenfeld today, “We love Adult Swim and we’re happy to receive both their attention and their ad dollars!” Read More »

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TCA: Dan Harmon Sure NBC And Sony “Meant No Harm” When They Sacked Him From ‘Community’

By | Wednesday July 24, 2013 @ 4:10pm PDT

The difference between making Adult Swim’s new animated half hour Rick And Morty, and making NBC’s live-action comedy Community at Sony, is that Adult Swim exec vp Mike Lazzo is “a bona fide genius, especially in the world of network executives,” Dan Harmon said this afternoon at TCA Summer TV Press Tour 2013. Harmon came to the tour today to talk about Rick And Morty, the comedy about a genius inventor grandfather and his less-than-genius grandson that Harmon is doing with creator Justin Roiland. But Harmon is best known for creating and exec producing Community, for being sacked from the show last season because of his behavior, for being brought back to the show for its fifth when the fourth one tanked, for saying that watching the fourth season of Community was like “being held down and watching your family get raped on a beach,” and then issuing a mealy-mouthed apology.

“[Lazzo] has the autonomy and the humility and the mental power to actually take a script, recognize it as what it is, a document, read it and then tell you what his reactions are to it as an individual,” Harmon continued, answering the which-place-is-better question. “He never says ‘I don’t think people are going to like this’. He never branches out into the business of speculating into the biomass for which we are creating this opiate. He never says ‘people are going to react this way’ and he never confuses the script for the final product,” Harmon said. Then he added: “On the NBC side, it’s even better.” Read More »

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Cartoon Network And Adult Swim Restructure, Promote Execs

By | Monday July 8, 2013 @ 12:12pm PDT

Rob Sorcher is now EVP and Chief Content Officer for Cartoon Network and Mike Lazzo is EVP and Creative Director at Adult Swim. The promotions are … Read More »

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Adult Swim Announces New Series & Pilots

By | Friday May 10, 2013 @ 6:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATED: Ahead of Adult Swim‘s upfront next Wednesday, which will feature a performance by Kanye West, the network has set a slate of new animated and live-action series, pilots and specials. It includes previously announced new half-hour animated comedy series Rick And Morty, from Community creator Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland, which is set to premiere in primetime later this year; a Mike Tyson quarter-hour animated series featuring the former boxer as a mystery solver; and off-network acquisition Bob’s Burgers, which launches this summer. 2013 marks Adult Swim’s most-watched year to date among adults and males 18-24, 18-34, and 18-49. Here are details about the network’s new original series, specials and pilots:

Related: Adult Swim Acquires Off-Network Rights To ‘Bob’s Burgers’

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Adult Swim Acquires Off-Network Rights To ‘Bob’s Burgers’

By | Wednesday May 1, 2013 @ 9:59am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Adult Swim has closed a deal with Twentieth Television for exclusive off-network cable rights to 20th Century Fox TV’s animated comedy series Bob’s Burgers, now in its third season on Fox and renewed for a fourth. The deal includes Seasons 1-3 of Bob’s Burgers, which will begin airing on Adult Swim this summer. I hear the license fee is just shy of $500,000 an episode, in line with what TBS and Adult Swim paid for Twentieth TV’s animated comedy The Cleveland Show in 2010. In addition to Cleveland, Bob’s Burgers will join two other current/former Fox animated comedies on Adult Swim, Family Guy and King Of The Hill.

While not a breakout for Fox, Bob’s Burgers has been an OK ratings performer and quickly has achieved cult status. It also has been well received by critics and landed an Emmy nomination for best animated program last year. The timing of the show’s rollout on Adult Swim, ahead of the broadcast fall launch, could give it a boost on Fox as many series experience a ratings resurgence as a result of additional exposure on cable. Read More »

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Adult Swim Orders Live-Action Detective Comedy Pilot From Pam Brady, Arden Myrin

By | Thursday April 4, 2013 @ 11:45am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Adult Swim has greenlighted a pilot for live-action quarter-hour comedy Hole To Hole, co-created/executive produced by South Park alumna Pam Brady and Read More »

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Time Warner Licenses Animated Shows And ‘Dallas’ To Netflix

This is the second licensing deal the entertainment giant has cut with Netflix over the last week. In the latest one, beginning on March 30 the streaming service lands all past seasons of Cartoon Network‘s Adventure Time, Ben 10, Regular Show, and Johnny Bravo, as well as Warner Bros Animation’s Green Lantern. It also will have Adult Swim shows Robot Chicken and Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Sony Pictures Television’s The Boondocks and Warner Bros Television’s Studio 2.0′s Childrens Hospital. Subscribers have to wait a year, to January 2014, before Netflix begins its exclusive streaming run of the first two seasons of TNT’s Dallas. The companies didn’t disclose financial terms.  

The addition of children’s shows to Time Warner‘s deal with Netflix may revive the debate over whether the streaming service is cutting into ratings for ad-supported kids shows on TV. That was a big concern last year when ratings dropped at Nickelodeon after many of its shows appeared on Netflix.

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Adult Swim’s ‘Black Dynamite’ Renewed For Second Season

By | Thursday December 20, 2012 @ 12:21pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: I’ve learned that Adult Swim has picked up a 10-episode second season of animated series Black Dynamite for a debut in late 2013 or early 2014. Based on the 2009 feature, Black Dynamite further chronicles the exploits of the central character1970s ex-CIA agent and full-time ladies man Black Dynamite — and his crew. Spearheaded by Carl Jones (The Boondocks), the series features the voices of Michael Jai White, Tommy Davidson, Kym Whitley and Byron Minns, all of whom starred in the feature. Black Dynamite is animated by Titmouse and produced by Ars Nova Entertainment.  Jones, Jon Steingart and Jillian Apfelbaum executive produce. Read More »

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Adult Swim Picks Up Dan Harmon’s Animated Comedy ‘Rick & Morty’ To Series

By | Monday October 29, 2012 @ 8:16am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Rick And Morty Dan Harmon Adult SwimEXCLUSIVE: Community creator Dan Harmon is back on the air with a new series, this time on Adult Swim. The network has given a series order to Rick & Read More »

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‘Robot Chicken’ Returning For Season 7

By | Friday October 12, 2012 @ 3:30pm PDT

Adult Swim said today it has ordered another season of Robot Chicken, with Season 7 set to air on Cartoon Network next year. Season 6 of the Emmy-winning stop-motion series — which included its 100th episode — … Read More »

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Adult Swim Picks Up ‘Childrens Hospital’ & ‘NTSF:SD:SUV::’ For New Seasons

By | Wednesday October 3, 2012 @ 9:33am PDT

The Rob Corddry-created series and the San Diego anti-terrorist team are coming back to Adult Swim. The network announced today that it has picked up a fifth season of Childrens Hospital and a third season of … Read More »

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