×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

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”
“Infomercials”
“The Jack and Triumph Show”
“Mike Tyson Mysteries”
“Mr. Pickles”
“Robot Chicken”
“Rick and Morty”
“Squidbillies”
“The Venture Bros.”
“Your Pretty Face Is Going to Hell”

Popular on Variety

More TV

  • Screen writer Beau WillimonMary Queen of

    Beau Willimon Re-Elected as President of Writers Guild of America East

    Beau Willimon, the playwright and showrunner who launched Netflix’s “House of Cards,” has been re-elected without opposition to a two-year term as president of the Writers Guild of America East. Willimon also ran unopposed in 2017 to succeed Michael Winship. Kathy McGee was elected to the vice president slot over Phil Pilato. Secretary-treasurer Bob Schneider [...]

  • Dickinson First Look Teaser

    TV News: Apple Drops New 'Dickinson' Trailer With Hailee Steinfeld (Watch)

    In today’s roundup, Apple TV Plus’ “Dickinson” series released a new trailer and Netflix released the trailer for the fifth season of “Peaky Blinders.” DATES The “Cash Cab” revival will come to Bravo on Oct. 7. The game show takes place inside a New York cab, where unsuspecting passengers become contestants in a game of [...]

  • Jennie Snyder Urman, Katie Wech Team

    Jennie Snyder Urman, Katie Wech Team for Medical Drama in Development at CBS

    CBS is developing a medical drama that hails from writer Katie Wech, Variety has learned. Currently titled “Good Sam,” the series follows a talented yet stifled surgeon who embraces her leadership role after her renowned and pompous boss falls into a coma. When he awakens and wants to resume surgery, however, it falls to her to [...]

  • Jack Gilardi, Longtime ICM Partners Agent,

    Jack Gilardi, Longtime ICM Partners Agent, Dies at 88

    Jack Gilardi, a longtime ICM Partners agent who represented such stars as Burt Reynolds, Sylvester Stallone, Jerry Lewis, Charlton Heston and Shirley MacLaine, died Thursday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 88. Gilardi was known for his gentlemanly style, love of the Los Angeles Dodgers and his skill at representing top actors. He [...]

  • Will Gluck

    Will Gluck Sets TV Overall Deal at eOne (EXCLUSIVE)

    Will Gluck has signed a two-year overall television deal with Entertainment One (eOne), Variety has learned exclusively. Under the deal, Richard Schwartz will continue to oversee all television projects for Gluck’s Olive Bridge Entertainment, with eOne set to serve as studio on all projects under the partnership. “The choice for us was clear given their impeccable [...]

  • Katie Hockmeyer

    NBC Entertainment Names Katie Hockmeyer Exec VP of Late Night Programming

    Katie Hockmeyer has been named executive vice president of late night programming at NBC Entertainment She will report to NBC Entertainment co-chairmen George Cheeks and Paul Telegdy, where she will work on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” “Saturday Night Live” and newly launched late-night addition, “A Little Late with [...]

  • Nexstar Completes Tribune Acquisition, Sean Compton

    Nexstar Completes Tribune Acquisition, Sean Compton to Head Programming

    Nexstar Media Group has become the nation’s largest owner of TV stations after completing its $4.1 billion acquisition of Tribune Media. The deal creates a broadcasting colossus with more than 200 stations serving more than 100 markets, although a number of stations will be divested to keep Nexstar in compliance with FCC ownership limits. Nexstar, [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content