I think with Fox getting into the late night animation game, Adult Swim seems to be stepping up to hit swing back. A slew of new shows haven been ordered a slew of new pilots. Most are stepping outside the norm 15 minute run time and going full half hour. Here’s what’s coming.
Untitled Animated Harold & Kumar Project (In Development) – An animated version of the eponymous blockbuster stoner comedy series. Produced by Lionsgate.
Rick & Morty – A genius inventor grandfather and his less than genius grandson, and the journeys in life they share. From Dan Harmon (Community) and Justin Roiland. (30-minute animated)
Colonel Wallace (Working Title) – An eccentric southern fried chicken magnate and his adventures with his family. Created by Greg Cohen (Conan O’Brien, King of the Hill, TV Funhouse). (15-minute animated)
Coffin Dodgers – A group of misfit grumps get into Animal House-style trouble at a cozy suburban retirement home. From Dave Silverstein and Matt Jeser (Drawn Together). (30-minute animated)
Green Bench: The American Day Dream – A group of friends have pooled their money to buy a large office space for their business. The only problem is they haven’t quite figured out what that business is. In the meantime, it’s an awesome headquarters where their petty, self-centered, and mischievous minds can wander. From the internet sketch comedy sensation Green Bench and produced by Dakota Pictures. (30-minute live-action)
Freestyle Love Supreme – These I.T. guys work on their freestyle rapping at the office, much to the annoyance of their co-workers. From Ars Nova (Black Dynamite, In the Heights). (30-minute live-action)
King Star King – King Star King is a modern day he-man who’s half-warrior, half-idiot. From artist JJ Villard (Monsters Vs. Aliens) and Eric Kaplan (Big Bang Theory). (15-minute animated)
Rolling With Dad – A brilliant, but disabled man deals with his much less intelligent family. From Seth Grahame-Smith (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies; Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter; Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows; The Hard Times of RJ Berger) and David Katzenberg (The Hard Times of RJ Berger). (30-minute animated)
Let’s break this down.
A Harold and Kumar animated series. One would assume independently produced (it’s by Lionsgate) so not a lot of overhead for Adult Swim. Seeing as everyone is coming back, could this be the show that Napoleon Dynamite tried to be?
Dan Harmon, creator of Community has Rick and Morty. Now, this doesn’t mean that he’s not returning to Community, as with the rumors going around about the fallout between himself and Chevy Chase. But, I’ll be giving it a try I got hooked on Community around season 2 and haven’t stopped watching since.
The big shocker to me, and what I’m super hyped about is Coffin Dodgers. A new animated show from Dave Silverstein and Matt Jeser, the creators of Drawn Together. The two were working on The Cleavland Show, but the fact that they’re striking out on their own again has me a giddy as a school girl. Drawn Together was and is, a modern masterpiece. It went to dark, but hilarious places. From the sound of Coffin Dodgers (brilliant name as well) I think I can expect the same from the duo.