This is one of our favorite times of year. Mainly because during the next few weeks all the new TV shows will make their premieres. Returning favs and new ones we get to pick apart (we’ll be launching our Fall TV Comedy Guide shortly). But in the meantime, revel in the fact that lots of great people are hanging out in late night this week. Also, watch the pilot of the new animated [adult swim] show Mr. Pickles, which is the touching story of a boy and his evil dog. Read More
This weekend at Comic-Con, [adult swim] revealed the trailer for its upcoming late night cartoon, Mike Tyson Mysteries, and it’s a nostalgia blast galore! The show takes on a Scooby-Doo vibe in animation style, the presence of a mystery machine-like van, and gang getting into antics. The big difference is, of course, the presence of Mike Tyson and pigeons solving crime. Wait what? Also, you’ll recognize the voices of Jim Rash and Norm MacDonald in this clip.
The news story this week was definitely the fun we all were having with “Weird Al” Yankovic at the driver’s seat. With a new and fun parody video being released each day it was a quick reminder for us to check in with him. We documented his entire #8videos8days campaign. Including, “Tacky,” “Word Crimes,” “FOIL,” “Handy,” and “Sports Song.” Al might’ve declared it to be Mandatory Fun but it didn’t seem too required at all.
– For all you improv fans, you’re going to get another season of Whose Line is it Anyway. For all you stand-up comedy fans, we didn’t forget about you ether as there’s going to be another season of Last Comic Standing as well.
From the mind of Boondocks creator Aaron McGruder, comes Adult Swim’s new live-action show Black Jesus. Today, Adult Swim released the trailer for the series that will air on Thursday, August 7th at 11pm. Black Jesus stars newcomer Gerald “Slink” Johnson as Jesus Christ, living in present day Compton. The series also stars Charlie Murphy, Corey Holcomb, John Witherspoon, and Fred Willard. McGruder’s been on a roll lately with the new show, the return of The Boondocks, and his recent development deal to create another pilot for Adult Swim.
Adult Swim is hardcore in love with the business of Aaron McGruder and made their relationship public earlier today. The cable network inked a deal with the creator of The Boondocks and Black Jesus for a first-look overall deal.
Under the details of the deal, McGruder is producing a new live action pilot called Hooligan Squad. Which takes place in the near future and centers on an American insurgency in Japanese-occupied San Francisco. McGruder, who created the series, will executive produce along with Trailer Park Boys’ writer-director Mike Clattenburg as well as Aladjem and John Bravakis.
“With The Boondocks and the upcoming Black Jesus series, we consider Aaron very instrumental in the success of Adult Swim, and this deal is the continuation of a great partnership,” said Mike Lazzo, executive vp and creative director at Adult Swim. McGruder added, “It’s a rare thing to have a network home. Even more rare is a home that wants to see you grow and expand as a creator. Adult Swim is headed to new horizons, and I’m happy to be along for the ride.”
This comes on the heels of the 4th season of The Boondocks capping the series’ run a few weeks back. McGruder worked on the show for its first 3 seasons as its based of the source material of a comic strip he created while in college. Hooligan Squad doesn’t have a debut date but that’s just fine as McGruder’s new live action series, Black Jesus, which centers around a Jesus living in present day Compton, CA., is set to premiere this August.
The wild comments, the bigotry, the general casual, careless attitude towards others… Donald Sterling is an “interesting” figure. Of course by “interesting” I mean, batsh*t loony. It’s so hard to comprehend all of the man’s crazy comments, that is until now. It’s so clear, Donald Sterling is Master Shake!
Since the incriminating tapes (and subsequent, ill-advised interviews) have emerged, people left and right have been pointing out similarities between Sterling’s voice and that of the selfish, life-size milkshake Master Shake from Adult Swim‘s Aqua Teen Hunger Force. Deadspin today posted a video mash-up of Sterling’s tapes and Aqua Teen clips, and the resemblance is uncanny. Watch the video evidence for yourself here.
Adult Swim recently released it’s line-up of returning shows and new pilots recently a week early. Originally scheduled to release it’s 2014-15 slate at next week’s upfronts, the network unveiled seven new original pilots and series and two specials.
Untitled Triumph/McBrayer Sitcom is one of the new series Adult Swim picked up. Created by former SNL and Conan writer Robert Smigel, the live-action show follows former 30 Rock star Jack McBrayer as a former child star from a Lassie-esque show in the 80’s/90’s and his crude and troublesome co-star, Smigel’s Triumph the Insult Comic Dog. Fifteen years after their show was cancelled, Triumph find his way back into McBrayer’s life, just as Jack was finally becoming self-sufficient and happy. There is no set premiere date yet, but I’m already looking forward to it. The two have such great chemistry together.
Former Office star John Krasinski is producing a new live action/rotoscope hybrid show called Dream Corp LLC. The series revolved around an experimental facility, run by Jon Gries, that provides a virtual reality for patients to confront issues in their lives by simulating their wildest dreams. Read More
Adult Swim’s only show to win an Emmy will return for a sixth season. Childrens Hospital will return to it’s roots and place creator and co-star Rob Corddry‘s gang of doctors back in their own hospital after spending last season in Japan.
“Fans can expect the kind of tomfoolery that endeared them to Childrens Hospital back when they were youngsters. Stuff like absurdity, flights of fancy, hard-hitting fake drama, soft-hitting fake drama, farcical door slamming, partial nudity, classical jazz, 70-yard field goals, mustache rides, backwards messages, grooming tips… the whole shebang,” says Corddry.
From “New Childrens Hospital” to “Childrens Hospital Classic,” season six will debut in 2015.
Brett Gelman is the star of the latest [adult swim] TV show Dinner with Friends with Brett Gelman and Friends and a teaser trailer for the show has hit the web. Upon first glance the show seems simple enough a bunch of friends sitting around at a dinner table talking over a meal, nothing out of the ordinary. In fact, it echoes the John Favreau show, Dinner for Five. But this is [adult swim] and they don’t play by the rules. Just as the trailer gives you a sense of, “I know what this is,” the twist happens. The 30-minute special will air Thursday, April 24th at midnight. The show was written by both Gemlan and Jason Woliner (Eagleheart) and the dinner guests include, Dale Dickey, Gilbert Gottfried, Fred Melamed, Alison Pill, Lance Reddick, Alex Karpovsky, and Anthony Atamanuik.
It appears that [adult swim] is kicking off a media blitz to announce the long-awaited return of it’s animated series based on the comic strip, The Boondocks. That’s right, The Boondocks is coming back and after a four year hiatus. At the top of the year, AS announced that the show would return this April and this is after years of speculation (4 to be exact) as to whether Huey, Riley, and Granddad would ever return. McGruder Read More