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Adult Swim shores up

Toon cabler sets '06 sked

Adult Swim unveiled its programming slate for the 2006 season, with plenty of emphasis on satisfying its young male target demo.

“Assy McGee,” in which the kiester cop battles criminals in a city in which crime has become rampant, preems in December.

Cabler, which is completing its first year as an individually rated network, is also boosting its hit skein “Aqua Teen Hunger Force” with a feature film skedded for release this fall.

A new season of the show has been greenlit, and a videogame based on the pic is in the works for 2007.

Alongside “Assy McGee,” four other series will debut later this year. These include “Death Clock Metalocalypse,” an animated comedy about the destructive exploits of a heavy metal band, with guest appearances from musicians including Kirk Hammett and James Hetfield of Metallica; “Frisky Dingo,” in which a superhero and an archvillain hesitate to wipe each other out for fear of diminishing their toy sales; “Saul of the Mole Men,” which combines live-action, puppets, animation and green-screen technology; and “Lucy, the Daughter of the Devil,” which delves into the family politics of Satan.

The cabler has also renewed seasons for nine existing series, including “Robot Chicken,” “Family Guy,” “The Venture Bros.” and “Tom Goes to the Mayor.”

Net will also preem two pilots in the fall, “Korgoth of Barbaria” and “That Crook’d Sip.”

Adult Swim ended its freshman year on a high, completing the first quarter of 2006 as the top-rated basic cable net in men 18-24 and 18-34.