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Adult Swim Upfront 2014: The Complete Rundown

It’s here! It is very much here. The time of year when every network shows off what they can and will do for the next year. The time of year when every network shows off a list of upcoming shows and pilots that will either make air, not make air, or make it and then get canceled a week in. Upfronts!

The Adult Swim Upfront is coming up on May 14th in New York City and it stars a performance by the newly-reformed Outkast who have been making the festival rounds so far this year. But of course, the true star, simply because these things are supposed to be a presentation so advertisers can throw money at networks, are the shows.

Today, Adult Swim released the list of the new wares they’ll show off at their little pageant for advertisers. It looks tasty. Let’s take a look.

First off, let’s get rolling like we do with the new ORIGINAL SERIES AND PILOTS:

  • The Untitled Triumph The Insult Comic Dog & Jack McBrayer Sitcom sounds good and may just have been derived from this pretty popular bit from Conan where the two visit a hot dog stand in Chicago:The series will star Jack as a former child star from a series akin to Lassie that ran in the 80’s and 90’s. After it was canceled, his co-star, Triumph, went into a nose dive and fell into decadence and trouble that got Jack in trouble as well. After 15 years, Jack is finally on his own, happy, and far far away from show business when Triumph weasels his way back into his life. The half-hour live-action show is created by SNL’s Robert Smigel, Eagleheart’s Michael Koman, and David Feldman. By Poochie Doochie Productions and Universal Television.
  • Dream Corp LLC is a live-action and rotoscope animation hybrid pilot by Daniel Stessen and executive produced by John Krasinski, best known for his role on the US version of the Office as Jim Halpert. In it, an experimental therapy facility creates a virtual reality to help patients confront problems they have throughout their life. Dr. Roberts and his crew use this to document and conduct totally unfunded research with some problems every once in a while.
  • Neon Joe, Werewolf Hunter is created by the always-amazing Jon Glaser, who is a man everyone should love. Set in Garrity, Vermont (the release says “aka B&B Town, USA!” which is amazing), the show follows a man dressed in neon with a mysterious past who, as the title implies, hunts werewolves. When. all of a sudden, a plague of deaths pops up, it’s up to Neon Joe to find the monster responsible before the next full moon, and before it can strike once more.
  • Untitled World Star Hip Hop Project is a weird-sounding idea. If you’re unfamiliar with World Star Hip Hop, it’s a website that covers hip-hop culture, news, and more, but is extremely popular for its video content uploaded by users. With everything from music videos to just plain ol’ street brawls, the site recieves over 20 million views a day and 30 million a month. The show will tap into the style, energy, and aesthetic of the website to produce a single camera comedy pilot produced by Q WorldStar and Devon Shepard.

Now, moving on to the things that are even closer to air than these projects and pilots. Things you can basically taste with your eyes already. Here are the SERIES AND SPECIALS PREMIERING THIS SUMMER AND FALL ON ADULT SWIM:

  • We’ve heard about Mike Tyson Mysteries before. It was one of the best things on last year’s Upfront slate. This year, it’s back with a date and a Mego figure. The half-hour animated comedy stars boxing legend Mike Tyson solving mysteries and if you’re not hooked by now you need to get your priorities in order. Aided by his very own Mike Tyson Mystery team which includes the Ghost of the Marquess of Queensbury, Tyson’s adopted Korean daughter, and a pigeon who was once a man (you have to be hooked now, right?), Mike will solve any mystery and solve any problem. The series will incorporate live-action appearances by Iron Mike, and will star Tyson, Norm Macdonald, Rachel Ramras, and Jim Rash. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, the series airs this fall.
  • Black Jesus is the new series by Boondocks series creator Aaron McGruder. Jesus is living in present-day Compton, on a daily mission to spread his message of love and kindness throughout the neighborhood with the help of his followers. It stars Gerald “Slink” Johnson (who voiced Lamar in Grand Theft Auto V), Charlie Murphy, Corey Holcomb, and John Witherspoon, and is executive produced by McGruder and his production company 5 Mutts Productions, written and directed by Mike Clattenburg, and LEG’s Normal Aladjem and Jon Bravakis. It’ll premiere this summer.
  • Mr. Pickles is a show about a bizarre family living with their pet dog Mr. Pickles, who, unbeknownst to them, is a satanic, violent, deviant dog that tears up bodies and does terrible things. From Will Carsola and Dave Stewart. Premieres this fall.
  • Tim & Eric are back with Tim & Eric’s Bedtime Stories. The pilot aired a while back with a quarter hour in the world of the story and a quarter hour where the duo recap the show and push an app. The show will be a half-hour and will star Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim, of course, who will also write and direct the show. It’s an anthology series a la The Twilight Zone, with a new story each episode and a bunch of guest stars all along the way. The show will have a new feel as Tim & Eric ditch the lo-fi public access aesthetic of Awesome Show for newer, higher production values. But it promises to still have that T&E feel to it. This summer.
  • The Venture Bros. Special! New Venture this year! An hour long adventure! The Ventures, and basically everyone else they’ve ever encountered, hop onto the Gargantua-2 and head on up to space. And the press release promises that this special will change the show and its universe forever. Created and directed by Jackson Publick, and written by Jackson and Doc Hammer, obviously. Animated by Titmouse, of course. Later this year. Can not wait.

Here’s what’s RETURNING THIS YEAR:

  • Aqua TV Show Show (which will no doubt have a new name, we just don’t know it yet)
  • Black Dynamite
  • The Boondocks
  • Childrens Hospital
  • China, IL
  • The Eric Andre Show
  • The Heart, She Holler
  • Hot Package
  • Infomercials
  • Loiter Squad
  • Newsreaders
  • Robot Chicken
  • Rick & Morty (hooray!)
  • Superjail!
  • Squidbillies
  • The Venture Bros
  • Your Pretty Face is Going to Hell

NEW ACQUISITIONS AND RETURNING ACQUISITIONS:

  • Space Dandy (which, as we know, will have a second season at some point)
  • Blue Exorcist
  • Black Lagoon
  • Attack on Titan (which has begun on Toonami!)
  • American Dad
  • Bleach
  • Bob’s Burgers
  • Cleveland Show
  • Family Guy
  • King of The Hill
  • Naruto: Shippuden
  • One Piece

There’s your year. There’s your entire fall and summer season, right there, in a near package. Are you ready?

There’s a lot there to be excited about. Myself, I can’t wait for Mike Tyson Mysteries and Neon Joe, Werewolf Hunter sounds amazing. Also, the idea of new Venture Bros should excite everyone. I know I’m excited. If you have something you’re so excited about you want to gush about it, we do have a comment section and some forums. Gush at us.

And mark your calendars for new shows. Just sort of go into summer and fall months in your calendar, and write all of the shows across each month in permanent marker. So you’ll be ready.

The Author

Jason Bree

Jason Bree

Residing in New York City (born and raised and what have you). Pretty into WWE. Pretty into some sports (gasp!). Really, really into cartoons. TV is cool. Comics are rad. Draws pretty okay. Has a 3DS and Animal Crossing: New Leaf. A contributor on [adult swim] Central, and occasional part of The Swimcast!

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