Upfront 2015: Adult Swim To Launch ‘TV Sucks,’ ‘Neon Joe’

Adult Swim intends to launch two new series and a handful of limited-run specials while bringing back fan-favorite programs including “Rick and Morty,” “Childrens Hospital” and “The Jack and Triumph Show” (pictured, above) in a bid to cultivate additional standing among young adults in 2015 and 2016.

The Time Warner-owned network, part of the company’s Turner unit, said its coming lineup would include more  30 new and returning series, pilots and specials.

New programming includes:

“TV Sucks” – A quarter-hour animated sketch show created by Brad Neely featuring one-off shorts and songs.. Neely and Daniel Weidenfeld serve as executive producers, Dave Newberg as co-executive producer, with Titmouse, Inc. producing.

“Untitled Golf Special”- Jon Daly and Adam Scott, go head to head in this televised golf championship, circa 1966, in a half-hour live-action special. Created by Jon Daly, who also serves as executive producer. Starring Daly and Adam Scott. Produced by Alive and Kicking, Inc.

“Neon Joe, Werewolf Hunter” When a sudden plague of inexplicable werewolf fatalities strikes the sleepy hamlet of Garrity, mysterious Neon Joe must keep the peace. This half-hour live-action mini-series is created by Jon Glaser  and produced by PFFR.

“Tim & Eric’s Bedtime Stories” – These half-hour live-action specials will be created by Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim, and  produced by Abso Lutely.

“Untitled Brett Gelman Dinner Special” – The third installment of this series of half-hour specials is created and written by Brett Gelman and Jason Woliner, with Gelman and Woliner serving as executive producers, and produced by Abso Lutely.

“Robot Chicken DC Comics Special III: Friendship is Magic” –  DC Comics heroes are once again put through the satirical wringer of the Robot Chicken crew.  The all-star cast includes Seth Green, Matt Senreich, Breckin Meyer, Alfred Molina, Nathan Fillion, Weird Al Yankovic, Alex Borstein, Giovanni Ribisi, Jonathan Banks, Mae Whitman, Hugh Davidson, Dee Bradley Baker, Zeb Wells, Kevin Shinick plus Adam West and Burt Ward. The special is executive produced by Robot Chicken creators Seth Green and Matthew Senreich and their Stoopid Buddy Stoodios partners, John Harvatine IV and Eric Towner, along with DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns, and President, Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Digital Series Sam Register. .

Pilots include:

“Bad Guys”  A quarter-hour animated series about a bombastic, megalomaniac terrorist and his upstart terrorist organization, and their quest for global domination. Created by Paul Scheer and Nick Giovannetti, and produced by Bento Box.

“Untitled Million Dollar Extreme Project”  – This live-action quarter-hour sketch show is set in an almost ­present­day post­apocalyptic nightmare world. Created by Million Dollar Extreme.

“Mr. Neighbor’s House” – This ersatz children’s show is hosted by the raging Brian Huskey, who curates elements featuring puppets, animation, stop-motion, spoken word and mixed media into a single 15-minute program. . Created by Huskey, Jason Mantzoukas  and Jesse Falcon, who also serve as executive producers with Rob Corddry.

“Ballmastrz 9669”-  A quarter-hour animated series set thousands of years in the future inside giant battle arenas and the new breed of heroes who play against each other.  created by Christy Karacas and produced by Titmouse.

“Apollo Gauntlet”- A cop from Earth can finally fight crime the way he wants after acquiring talking magical gauntlets. Animated quarter-hour pilot created by Myles Langlois and produced by Six Point Harness.

“Bubblegoose and Juice” –  Two best friends, a neurotic “Bubblegoose” and slacker “Juice”  try to maneuver through an unpredictable world,.This quarter-hour animated pilot is created by Carl Jones..

·”Hot Streets” 0-  FBI Agent Mark Branski and his partner David French investigate supernatural phenomena. This quarter-hour animated pilot is created by Brian Wysol, with Seth Green, Matt Senreich, John Harvatine IV, and Eric Towner), Justin Roiland  and Wysol serving as executive producers. Produced by Stoopid Buddy Stoodios.

“Creataceous Caligula”  –  A gang of dinosaur freaks led by a T-Rex Caligula wants to take over mutant “Gross Angeles” and destroy anything in their way. This quarter-hour animated pilot is created by JJ Villard and produced by Titmouse.

“Doble Fried” – Carnival freaks run a low-rent amusement park smack drab constantly try to scam money. This quarter-hour animated pilot is created by Matt Furie and produced by PFFR.

“Fisthead” – The relationship between two brothers is put to the test, as one, a loose-cannon action hero with a fist for a head, indiscriminately destroys not only villains, but his normal brother’s life as well. This quarter-hour animated series is created by Sean Glaze and Chris Prynoski, and produced by Titmouse.

“OMG! Earth” – This quarter-hour stop-motion animated comedy series features small plastic action figures going on larger-than-life adventures in the real world. The pilot is created by John Harvatine IV and Eric Towner, Ashley Arechiga, and Bradley Schaffer, with Harvatine and Towner as executive producers with Seth Green and Matt Senreich , Arechiga, and Schaffer as co-executive producers. Produced by Stoopid Buddy Stoodios.

“The Pound Hole” –  A late-night dance party housed in a quarter-hour live-action show, created by Daniel Weidenfeld, developed by Weidenfeld and Lussenhop.

Returning original series:
“Aqua Teen Hunger Force Forever”
“Black Jesus”
” Check it Out!”
“Childrens Hospital”
“China, IL”
“The Eric Andre Show”
“The Jack and Triumph Show”
“Mike Tyson Mysteries”
“Mr. Pickles”
“Robot Chicken”
“Rick and Morty”
“The Venture Bros.”
“Your Pretty Face Is Going to Hell”

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