6:00am PT by Kate Stanhope
Adult Swim Upfront Slate Includes 12 Pilots, Two From 'Robot Chicken's' Seth Green
Six days ahead of Adult Swim's annual upfront party Wednesday, the network has announced a staggering lineup of new projects.
The Turner-owned network has ordered one new series, six new specials and 12 new pilots. The new series, TV Sucks, is a quarter-hour animated sketch show from Brad Neely (China, IL) featuring one-off bits, shorts and songs. Neely and Dan Weidenfeld will exec produce, Dave Newberg will co-exec produce, with Titmouse, Inc. producing.
Among the many names attached to the new slate, Seth Green will be busy with a new special, Robot Chicken DC Comics Special III: Friendship Is Magic, and two pilot orders.
“Adult Swim has always been known as a place for taking risks and for great talent trying interesting things,” said Christina Miller, president and general manager of Cartoon Network, Adult Swim and Boomerang. “[Creative director] Mike [Lazzo] and his team continue to raise the bar, always knowing what the Adult Swim fan wants; and this new slate of original programming adds to our growing lineup of successful primetime comedies.”
Adult Swim's other specials include two new Tim & Eric Bedtime Stories installments, Brett Gelman's third Dinner Special, Untitled Golf Special starring Adam Scott (Parks and Recreation) and Jon Daly (Kroll Show) and set in 1966, and Neon Joe, Werewolf Hunter from Jon Glaser (Girls).
“There is no better environment for an advertiser seeking to engage and connect with this sought-after millennial consumer,” said president of Turner ad sales Donna Speciale. “Through premium top-rated multiscreen programming, custom-produced branded content, on-site media activations and digital engagement, there is limitless return potential for marketers aligning with us and this valuable brand.”
Among the 15 original series set to return are Childrens Hospital, The Jack and Triumph Show, Aqua Teen Hunger Force Forever and Rick and Morty.
Here’s a look at Adult Swim’s pilots:
The 15-minute project from Paul Scheer (The League) and Nick Giovannetti, centers on a bombastic, megalomaniac terrorist and his upstart terrorist organization's quest for domination. Bento Box will produce.
Untitled Million Dollar Extreme Project
A live-action 15-minute sketch show created by Million Dollar Extreme and set in an almost present-day post-apocalyptic nightmare world.
Mr. Neighbor's House
Brian Huskey (Veep) plays a children's show host barely able to contain the suppressed rage boiling underneath his quiet demeanor. Mixing vignettes, puppets, animation, stop-motion, spoken word and mixed-medium elements, this not-for-kids kids show comes from Huskey, Jason Mantzoukas (The League) and Jesse Falcon and is exec produced by Rob Corddry (Childrens Hospital).
This futuristic series centers on the only game that matters, THE GAME, and the BALLMASTRZ who play it. Inside giant battle arenas the size of small cities, teams of players must face challenges that test their physical, mental and psychological limits while entertaining the masses. The 15-minuted animated series is created by Christy Karacas (Superjail!) and produced by Titmouse.
A cop from Earth trapped in another world can finally fight crime the way he wants after acquiring talking magical gauntlets. The animated quarter-hour pilot is created by Myles Langlois and produced by Six Point Harness.
Bubblegoose and Juice
Created by Carl Jones (Black Dynamite), the 15-minute follows two best friends, one neurotic and the other a slacker who share a tiny apartment and must maneuver through an unpredictable, supernatural bizzaro world.
FBI Agent Mark Branski and his partner David French investigate supernatural phenomena such as alien invasions and monster infestations with the help of his niece and her cowardly dog, Chubbie Webbers. Created by Brian Wysol, Robot Chicken's Seth Green, Matt Senreich, John Harvatine IV, and Eric Towner. Justin Roiland (Rick and Morty) and Wysol exec produce the project from Stoopid Buddy Stoodios.
After Los Angeles is crushed by a title wave of radiated water, a gang of dinosaur freaks led by a T-Rex Caligula emerge from the La Brea tar pits determined to take over the city. The 15-minute pilot hails from JJ Villard (King Star King) and is produced by Titmouse.
Centers on a six-pack of carnival freaks running a low-rent amusement park right on the border of Mexico who are always trying to scam money and get lazy lizard honey. The quarter-hour animated pilot is from Matt Furie and produced by PFFR.
The relationship between two brothers is tested as one, a loose-cannon action hero, destroys not just villains, but his normal brother's life as well. Sean Glaze and Chris Prynoski created this 15-minute animated pilot produced by Titmouse.
A quarter-hour stop-motion animated comedy centered on plastic action figures going on adventures against the backdrop of all the classic adventure environments like the Old West, the deep blue sea and space. Created by John Harvatine IV, Eric Towner, Ashley Arechiga, and Bradley Schaffer, and exec produced by Harvatine, Towner, Seth Green and Matt Senreich (Robot Chicken). Arechiga and Schaffer also co-exec produce the project, produced by Stoopid Buddy Stoodios.
The Pound Hole
Billed as a contemporary Soul Train, Adult Swim's first-ever late night dance party shows DJ Douggpound (played by Doug Lussenhop) remixing both the audio and visuals of this club into surreal but always danceable situations. Adult Swim's sole live-action pilot, it hails from creator Daniel Weidenfeld (China, IL), Lussenhop (Tim & Eric Awesome Show), and is helmed by acclaimed music video directors The Daniels.