Adult Swim picked up five new series on the heels of its annual blowout upfront party in Gotham, giving greenlights to new skeins including “The Heart, She Holler” from Patton Oswalt and “Black Dynamite,” adapted from the film of the same name.
The Turner toon cabler is also in the midst of working out a development deal with Jay Z, who performed Wednesday night at Adult Swim’s over-the-top bash at Roseland Ballroom.
Oswalt’s name and face drew plenty of cheers at the presentation, though “Heart” was the only show announced without preview footage. Described as “a soap opera about folk who ain’t never used soap or seen an opera,” show will star Oswalt and Heather Lawless and is produced by PFFR, the shingle behind MTV2’s “Wonder Showzen.”
The 2011-12 Adult Swim slate also includes live-action police procedural parody “National Terrorism Strike Force: San Diego: Sport Utility Vehicle,” created star by Paul Scheer and set for this summer.
Two buddy shows are also on the horizon: collegiate comedy “China, IL,” set in the history department of a state university in the titular city; and “Tight Bros,” about a pair of sibling clergymen on the prowl for girls. “China” is produced by Titmouse Inc. (of “Metalocalypse” fame) and “Bros” is created, written and exec produced by Sam Johnson and Chris Marcil.
In other programming tidbits, Adult Swim said its “Venture Bros” series about a hard rock band will get a 15-minute “Behind the Music”-style special. Adult Swim has also decided to retool its long-running “Aqua Teen Hunger Force” spoof and relaunch it as “Aqua Unit Patrol Squad.”
Development plans include projects with “Mr. Show” co-creator Bob Odenkirk (titled “Regal Productions”) and a pilot for an animated series featuring rap group Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All.
Second-season pickups for the net include “Childrens Hospital” and Chris Elliott starrer “Eagleheart,” as well as “Mary Shelley’s Frankenhole,” from “Moral Orel” creator Dino Stamatopoulos.