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Adult Swim Inks First-Look Deal With Aaron McGruder

By | Tuesday July 15, 2014 @ 9:01am PDT

Adult Swim Inks First-Look Deal With Aaron McGruderEXCLUSIVE: Adult Swim is expanding its relationship with Aaron McGruder (The Boondocks, Black Jesus, Red Tails). The cable network aimed at young adults has signed a first-look development deal with the Peabody award-winning writer/creator. Their first project under the pact will be a live-action/ adventure pilot Hooligan Squad (wt) about an American insurgency in Japanese occupied San Francisco set in the near future. McGruder will exec produce along with LEG’s Norman Aladjem, and R&G Production’s Steven Tzirlin also executive producing.
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Jane Lynch, Alan Tudyk Among Cast Set For Adult Swim’s ‘Team Unicorn’ Pilot From Robot Chicken Duo

By | Wednesday May 28, 2014 @ 10:00am PDT

Production is underwayTeam Unicorn SAFH photo by Eric Blackmon (1) on the Team Unicorn Saturday Action Fun Hour! pilot for Adult Swim. Penned by Dan Milano (Greg The Bunny) and inspired by the Team Unicorn cartoons, the pilot is described as a modern twist on Saturday morning-style cartoon/live-action hybrid shows, but for adults. It follows the adventures of the four mythical heroines who masquerade as human girls. Danger Maiden Prods’ Clare Grant and Rileah Vanderbilt executive produce and star alongside original Team Unicorn member Milynn Sarley (How I Met Your Mother) and Alison Haislip (Attack Of The Show) as both Team Unicorn and their cartoon counterparts. Jane Lynch (Glee, Hollywood Game Night) voices the villainous Dark Puba; Alan Tudyk (Suburgatory) voices her sidekick, Chummy Cherub; Tara Strong (The Fairly OddParents) voices Billy, the boy with the ability to summon Team Unicorn; and Kevin Shinick (Mad) is the show’s announcer. Robot Chicken creators Seth Green and Matthew Senreich serve as executive producers for Stoopid Buddy Stoodios. Green is directing the pilot. Read More »

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Adult Swim’s 2014-15 Slate Includes Pilots From Daniel Stessen, John Krasinski and Jon Glaser

By | Friday May 9, 2014 @ 6:00am PDT

adultswim_20110519141641Adult Swim has unveiled its 2014-15 slate ahead of its upfront presentation next week in NYC, with more than 30 new and returning series, pilots and specials. New additions include live-action comedy series Untitled Triumph/McBrayer Sitcom from Robert Smigel. It features 30 Rock‘s Jack McBrayer as a former child star of a 2MTM_Upfront2014 popular Lassie-type series who’s later reunited with his crude but beloved former co-star, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog. Also on the schedule is live-action/rotoscope hybrid pilot Dream Corp LLC; Neon Joe Werewolf Hunter from Jon Glaser; and Untitled World Star Hip Project, a live-action single cam comedy pilot from Q WorldStar and Devon Shepard (House Of Lies, MadTV).

Related: Adult Swim Greenlights Live-Action Pilot Produced By John Krasinski

Previously announced Mike Tyson Mysteries MikeTysonMysteriesis a new half-hour animated adult comedy series starring Mike Tyson, who takes the fight from the boxing ring to the streets, by solving mysteries. It’s set to premiere this fall. Also on the lineup is Black Jesus, a half-hour live-action scripted comedy series from Aaron McGruder (The Boondocks, Red Tails). It finds Jesus living in present-day Compton, CA, on a daily mission to spread love and kindness throughout the neighborhood with the help of his small but loyal group of downtrodden followers. Black Jesus is slated for premiere this summer. Here’s the complete 2014-15 programming lineup:

Related: Adult Swim’s ‘Childrens Hospital’ Renewed For Sixth Season

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Adult Swim Greenlights Live-Action Pilot Produced By John Krasinski

By | Monday May 5, 2014 @ 9:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

grieskrasinskiEXCLUSIVE: Adult Swim has given the green light to Dream Corp LLC, a live-action/rotoscope hybrid pilot executive produced by former The Office star John Krasinski. Created/executive produced by Daniel Stessen (The Gold Sparrow), the project stars Lost alum Jon Gries. It is set at Dream Corp LLC, an experimental therapy facility that creates a virtual reality for patients to confront issues in their waking life by simulating their wildest dreams. Guided by the eccentric Dr. Roberadultswim_20110519141641ts (Gries), a team of unique scientists document and conduct their research that hasn’t been funded since 1992. Like a poorly maintained carnival ride, the program has developed some questionable kinks throughout the years. The patients change from week to week, but despite the advice of their loved ones and their own instincts, they keep coming back.

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Adult Swim’s ‘Childrens Hospital’ Renewed For Sixth Season

By | Thursday May 1, 2014 @ 11:35am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

thumb_childrens-hospitalAdult Swim has picked up a sixth season of the Emmy-winning live-action comedy Childrens Hospital, from creator/executive producer Rob Corddry. Filming will begin this summer in Los Angeles for a 2015 premiere. The series explores the emotional struggles and sexual politics of a group of doctors driven by healthy libidos. Read More »

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Adult Swim’s ‘The Boondocks’ Big In Return

By | Tuesday April 22, 2014 @ 2:42pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

boondocksLike The Game, which set ratings records when revived by BET, another comedy series targeting black audiences came back roaring after a lengthy break from television. Last night’s Season 4 bow of the Sony Pictures TV-produced animated series The Boondocks on Adult Swim set series highs across all key demos, including adults 18-34 (1.40 million) and adults 18-49 (1.9 million), up 50% from the show’s previous season averages. It was Adult Swim’s most-watched primetime telecast among key adult demographics in at least five years. The Boondocks premiere was the No. 1 TV program in all of television last night — broadcast or cable — among Adult Swim’s target 18-34 demographic, topping NBC’s The Voice (1.36 million) and TNT’s NBA Playoffs coverage (1.16 million).

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

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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 (Grand Theft Auto V) as Jesus living in present-day Compton, CA on a daily mission to spread love and kindness throughout the neighborhood with the help of his small but loyal group of downtrodden followers. adultswimThe series pickup for Black Jesus comes on the heels of the Jesus race controversy triggered by Fox News star Megyn Kelley’s recent “Jesus is white” comments.

Black Jesus co-stars Charlie Murphy (Are We There Yet), Corey Holcomb (The Cleveland Show), and John Witherspoon (The Boondocks). Production on the new series has begun in Los Angeles for a premiere later this year. Possibly because of its subject matter, the network had kept the project pretty quiet. Its May 2013 upfront slate included a live-action pilot by McGruder but no premise was announced. McGruder, who created the series, will serve as executive producer through his 5 Mutts Prods. along with writer-director Mike Clattenberg (Trailer Park Boys) and LEG’s Norman Aladjem and John Bravakis. Johnson previously guest starred in an episode of McGruder’s Adult Swim animated comedy Boondocks.

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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 2. The animated half-hour, created and exec produced by Harmon and Justin Roiland, centers on a sociopathic scientist who drags his dim grandson on adventures across the universe. Roiland voices both roles. Rick And Morty, one of Adult Swim’s first original primetime shows, airs at 10:30 PM Mondays. “I’m relieved to be in a time slot of no strategic value to CBS,” Harmon said in a statement.

Related: Turner’s Adult Swim Block Expands To 8 PM

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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.

Related: Adult Swim’s ‘The Eric Andre Show’ Renewed For Third Season
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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 its original 15-minute episodes to half hour episodes, Adult Swim says its second season outperformed its premiere season by double digits across all key demos. Series follows the antics of Steve and Frank Smith, who teach in the history department, their TA Pony Merks, a lovable idiot named Baby Cakes, along with a host of students and professors. Created by Brad Neely, China, IL is executive produced by Neely and Daniel Weidenfeld, and produced by Titmouse, Inc.

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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, stars comic Eric Andre and his sidekick Hannibal Buress. It’s produced by Abso Lutely Prods. and executive produced by Andre, Andrew Barchilon, Kitao Sakurai and Dave Kneebone.

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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 in its time slot in key young men demos during its first season, and it had been rumored for a second-season pickup. Created by the Childrens Hospital team of executive producers Rob Corddry, Jonathan Stern and David Wain, with Jim Margolis serving as showrunner, the series is from Abominable Pictures and Warner Bros TV Group’s digital venture Studio 2.0.

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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 part of a broader restructuring announced today by Turner Broadcasting. Sorcher — based at Cartoon Network Studios in Burbank — and Lazzo — at Williams Street Studios in Atlanta — will continue to report to Stuart Snyder, President and COO of Turner’s Animation, Young Adults & Kids Media Division. In their new roles, the pair will take on responsibilities for the digital and gaming businesses for each of their areas, along with continuing to spearhead development and production of original and acquired content and the supervision of Cartoon Network Studios and Williams Street Studios, respectively. Sorcher has been chief content officer at Cartoon Network since 2008, with the network now seeing some of its best ratings in history thanks to series like the Emmy-winner Regular Show and LEGO Ninjago; Lazzo is the creator of Adult Swim, which launched in 2001 as a two-hour block before becoming its own young-adult-focused channel, sharing space with Cartoon Network.

Related: Turner Ups Branding Guru Jennifer Dorian

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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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