Time Warner’s kooky, avant-garde Adult Swim network said it would launch a live-action series featuring “30 Rock” veteran Jack McBrayer along with one-time Conan O’Brien cohort Triumph the Insult Comic Dog in a half-hour live-action comedy series sure to raise eyebrows in its recently expanded primetime.
In the series, created by Robert Smigel and produced by Poochie Doochie Productions and Universal Television, McBrayer plays a former child star – named Jack – of a popular “Lassie”-type series that ran in the ‘80s and ‘90s. The two separate after a troubled period of indulgence. But 15 years later, with Jack finally self-sufficient, Triumph finds his way back into Jack’s life.
The show will join series “Rick and Morty,” “The Boondocks” and “Childrens Hospital” in the network’s primetime lineup. Adult Swim, which shares space with Cartoon Network. recently expanded its schedule by an hour to start at 8 p.m. each evening.
This is not the first time the unusual pair have drummed up laughs. McBrayer and the acerbic canine once appeared together to memorable effect in a sketch onTBS’ “Conan” program:
Adult Swim unveiled the following pilots:
“Dream Corp LLC”: This live-action/rotoscope hybrid pilot is being developed for Adult Swim with Daniel Stessen as creator and executive producer and John Krasinski as executive producer.The title refers to an experimental therapy facility that creates a virtual reality for patients to confront issues in their waking life by simulating their wildest dreams. Guided by the eccentric Dr. Roberts (Jon Gries) a team of unique scientists document and conduct research that hasn’t been funded since 1992.
“Neon Joe, Werewolf Hunter” :When a sudden plague of inexplicable werewolf fatalities strikes, the Garrity sheriff’s department finds itself in over its head and the fate of the townspeople is left up to Neon Joe. Will he catch the beast before the next full moon, or will it live another day and kill again? Pilot is created by Jon Glaser.
“Untitled World Star Hip Hop Project”: This live-action single cam comedy pilot is inspired by the urban website WorldstarHipHop.com, and is executive produced by Q WorldStar and Devon Shepard . Since its launch in 2005, WorldstarHipHop.com has grown from a niche site covering hip-hop culture, news and user-generated video content into an online juggernaut that receives over 20 million page views a day and 30 million unique visitors a month.