Adult Swim, the timeshare network bundled with the Cartoon Network, has the fingers on the pulse of the community. Not convinced? Well Kanye West will be performing at Adult Swim's upfronts meeting next week, for some reason. Clearly they know what the kids today want, no?
Ahead of the upfront, Adult Swim has announced a cornucopia of new series and pilots they have ordered to air. The network, which launched as its own entity in 2005, has brought you such hits as 'Frisky Dingo,' 'Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law' and 'Space Ghost Coast to Coast.' A network that focuses on weird and wacky cartoons, Adult Swim proffers a unique slate this time around... let's take a look:
'Rick and Morty' is a new half-hour comedy series from 'Community' creator Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland. The animated series is about a genius inventor grandfather and his less than genius grandson, and the journeys in life they share. After 'Community' aired a critically-panned, terrible season finale last night it would seem the time is ripe for Harmon's golden touch to bring another hit to the screen. 'Rick and Morty' will air in primetime.
Following that is 'Mr. Pickles.' The urban sprawl of modern society pollutes the old-fashioned town where the Goodman family lives with their lovable pet dog, Mr. Pickles, a deviant border collie with a secret satanic streak. From creators Will Carsola and Dave Stewart ('Funny or Die Presents Nick Swardson's Pretend Time'). 'Mr. Pickles' is an animated quarter-hour series, a time length that 'Robot Chicken' made popular.
Here's another quarter-hour series: 'Mike Tyson Mysteries.' Mike Tyson is taking the fight from the boxing ring to the streets… by solving mysteries! Armed with a magical tattoo on his face and a trusty associate by his side — a talking pigeon — if you have a problem that needs solving, Iron Mike is in your corner. The series incorporates live-action appearances featuring Mighty Mike himself, and the gloves come off as the former heavyweight champ and his fowl-mouthed partner gear up for weekly adventures as they put unsolved mysteries — like how to defeat a super computer at chess or why a famous author/werewolf can’t finish his novel — down for the count.
Yet another animated quarter hour comedy is coming by the name of 'King Star King,' featuring a punk rock, modern day he-man who falls from the realm of the gods to land as a fry cook in a slummy waffle joint. King Star King must regain his memory to defeat the evil (and adorable) Spring Bunny and rescue his love, the megababe Princess Snow White. Only then will King Star King regain his rightful place in the heavens. Yes, it feels silly to be writing about these.
And in a rare break from animation, here are two live-action series coming to Adult Swim: 'Your Pretty Face is Going to Hell' and 'Hot Package.'
In 'Your Pretty Face is Going to Hell' Gary, an associate demon, attempts to capture souls on earth in order to climb the corporate ladder of the underworld. Gary hopes to advance in Hell, but he may be too stupid, lazy and kind-hearted to realize his dreams of promotion. Meanwhile, Gary’s intern Claude is more talented, more devious and will do whatever it takes to impress Satan. The series is created by David Willis ('Aqua Teen Hunger Force') so expect it to be marketed to people who enjoy smoking pot.
'Hot Package' is a live-action fictional Canadian TV news program in the vein of 'Extra!' or 'Entertainment Tonight.' Not sure what to expect from this one.
What do you think of Adult Swim's new original content?