Now that the long awaited and star studded spectacular of SNL’s 40th Anniversary is behind us it’s time to look forward to what is coming our way in the world of comedy through the television medium. And we don’t have to go far to see Saturday Night Live‘s roots grow and spread yet again. And that show premieres February 20 at 11:30p ET. It is the The Jack and Triumph Show on Adult Swim. If we were to play the game, how many degrees of separation from Saturday Night Live, this would clock in at zero. The “Jack” is Jack McBrayer (30 Rock, Wreck-It Ralph) and the Triumph comes in the form of Triumph the Insult Comic Dog a.k.a. Robert Smigel. The latter is the man behind writing the TV Funhouse portion of SNL. Read More
The “odd experiement” TV show between Jack McBrayer and Triumph The Insult Comic Dog has a premiere date. This weekend at TCA, Adult Swim declared that The Jack and Triumph Show will debut on Friday, February 20th at 11:30pm.
“We have a big concern that people are going to look at the aesthetics and just dismiss it,” Smigel told TV critics at Winter TV Press Tour 2015. Viewers could “easily assume these guys are slumming in a multi-cam.” But the whole point of the experiment is to put Triumph into a “format considered kinda lame in 2015 and mess with it,” Triumph’s creator said.
“I wouldn’t call it a parody of a multi-cam, because we stick with the conventions, but we’re definitely having fun with the conventions…We want you to watch the show and get past the fear it’s a corny multi-cam.”
The show is a mix of both multi-cam (ie. traditional sitcom) and non-scripted street report segments with the basic premise that McBrayer and Triumph are two former child stars.
Adult Swim is having success with its freshman class, as the network announced that it was given second season renewals to three new shows. The new Aaron McGruder live-action series, Black Jesus.
Additionally, the animated Mike Tyson Mysteries and dementedly awesome, Mr. Pickles will all be returning for second seasons. Black Jesus was a stand-out for the network as it’s live action format is different than most of the channel’s programming and when it debuted in August it showed strong in the ratings.
Adult Swim’s creepiest comedy The Heart, She Holler returns next month. Patton Oswalt, Scott Adsit, David Cross, Amy Sedaris and more return for season three on December 1st. Adult Swim recently released the first trailer for the new season and its… an interesting one. Brace yourself, and check it out.
How excited are we that Chris Rock is hosting SNL this weekend? Pretty excited. How psyched are we that Mike Tyson Mysteries finally premieres? Super uppercut excited! Mike Tyson takes a group of friends in a van and they solve mysteries a la Scooby Doo! Jinkies! That’s incredible! Set the DVR for Monday night. Read More
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.