The 2015 Adult Swim Upfront Slate is Here!
It’s Spring, it’s May, and so, it’s time for the television upfronts. Every year, the networks trot out their new wares for the coming year. It’s a showcase of stuff you’ll probably see half a season of, stuff you’ll see like, two seasons of, stuff that’ll never make it, and renewals for existing, long-running series. For Adult Swim, it’s a time to send out a press release with their upcoming titles, and then hold a big party.
This year, they also have an impressive slate of new shows, pilots, specials, and what have you. A bunch of it, you might never get to see. Last year, we heard about Dream Corp LLC, Neon Joe: Werewolf Hunter, and an untitled World Star Hip Hop Project. You never saw any of this. Unless you did, in which case, let us know.
This year, we have a ton of pilots, some new series, and one of last year’s new titles is back on the list but it jumped to the upcoming series list. Which means it might come out!
Let’s peruse the list together, shall we? Dive in:
UPCOMING ORIGINAL SERIES AND SPECIALS:
- TV Sucks is a new show by Brad Neely, creator of the amazing you-should-be-watching-if-you-aren’t-already show China, IL. It’s something the Neely fanbase has wanted forever: it’s a quarter-hour sketch show with new shorts, songs, and more from Brad. The Swim press release has a warning, however: “this show hates you.” Produced by the ever-wonderful Titmouse, Inc.
- Untitled Golf Special is a period piece set in 1966. Jon Daly (Kroll Show) and Adam Scott (Parks and Recreation) are going head-to-head in a golf championship. I’m not really sure you need a whole lot more info to hook you. This half-hour live-action special will pit the two comedians against each other in a fiery battle to see who’s the best golfer. In 1966. Produced by Alive and Kicking, Inc.
- Neon Joe, Werewolf Hunter is back on the list and is set in a town named Garrity, Vermont (according to the press release, it’s known as “B&B Town, USA!”). Garrity is overrun by werewolves and they’re out for blood, and the town’s sheriff department is finding that they’re way too much to handle. Luckily, they have Neon Joe, a man covered in neon “with a mysterious past” and a penchant for killing werewolves. Just what they need! The half-hour, live-action miniseries is the baby of the amazing Jon Glaser (Delocated!, Parks and Recreation) and is produced by the also amazing PFFR.
- Tim & Eric’s Bedtime Stories returns this year with two new half-hour specials. If you saw the first season, you know what kind of thing to expect. If you haven’t seen the first season, get to it. Goes well with ridged chips. Created by Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim, and produced by their Abso Lutely Productions.
- Brett Gelman returns with another installment in his half-hour Brett Gelman Dinner Specials. He’ll have some new guests this time around, and this third installment is created, written, and executive produced by Gelman and Jason Woliner, and produced by Abso Lutely.
- Robot Chicken DC Comics Special III: Friendship is Magic. Title kind of speaks for itself, huh? The Robot Chicken folks are back with another DC Comics special. The press release says that this time, “Batman and Superman’s bromance takes a competitive turn and the fate of the universe somehow hangs in the balance!” This thing has a hell of a cast. It’ll star (deep breath): 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, Adam West, and Burt Ward (exhale). Green and Senreich produce with their Stoopid Buddy Stoodios and DC and Warner Bros. Animation.
- Bad Guys is a quarter-hour animated series about a terrorist and his new upstart terror organization who is set out to make terrorism look fly as hell for once and do a thing or two in the marketing department. Created by Paul Scheer (The League) and Nick Giovannetti. Produced by Bento Box.
- Untitled Million Dollar Extreme Project is, according to the press release, “a live-action quarter-hour sketch show set in an almost present day post-apocalyptic nightmare world.” It’s coming from Million Dollar Extreme, a group of guys named Sam Hyde, Nick Rochefort, and Charles Carroll. They make funny stuff on the internet and have for a few years. It’s not for everyone. It’s pretty funny. Check it out.
- Mr. Neighbor’s House is a quarter-hour mixture of all kinds of mediums and it’s also a children’s show for anyone but children hosted by Brian Huskey (Childrens Hospital, Veep) who runs his show just like any other PBS/Nick Jr variety kids’ show, but with the caveat that this dude can’t control his seething rage all too well. Created by Brian Huskey, Jason Mantzoukas (Childrens Hospital, The League, Kroll Show), and Jesse Falcon, with producer Rob Corddry.
- Ballmastrz 9669 has a fantastic title and is a quarter-hour animated series by Superjail! creator Christy Karacas. In the future, all other sports are thrown away in favor of The Game, and the athletes that play today’s games are looked away from in favor of Ballmastrz. The Game is played inside of arenas about as big as a small city using AI weapons created by Ballmastrz called Balls. This all sounds insane. This all sounds amazing. If you’re a big fan of the huge action sequences in Superjail! this sounds like it’ll be the show for you, because this sounds like those scenes almost isolated into their own show. I can’t wait to see how this works out. Produced by Titmouse. Of course.
- Apollo Gauntlet is an animated quarter-hour show by Myles Langolis and Six Point Harness. It stars a police officer from Earth who’s trapped on another planet fighting crime however the hell he wants with help from talking magical gauntlets.
- Bubblegoose and Juice is an animated quarter-hour by Carl Jones (Black Dynamite, The Boondocks) that stars two best friends, Bubblegoose and Loose. They live together in a tiny apartment in a strange world full of supernatural stuff, doing their best to live a normal life.
- Hot Streets stars FBI Agent Mark Branski, his partner David French, and his niece with her dog Chubbie Webbers. The team investigates supernatural incidents like alien invasions, monsters wreaking havoc, conspiracies, and a whole lot more. This is produced by Stoopid Buddy Stoodios and has a nice team behind it that includes Brian Wysol, Seth Green, Matt Senreich, John Harvatine IV, Eric Towner, and Justin Roiland. Sounds pretty fun!
- Creataceous Caligula is by King Star King‘s JJ Villard and takes place in a destroyed Los Angeles overrun by dinosaurs who came from the La Brea tar pits. Their leader is a T-Rex Caligula, and they’re set to take LA over and they’ll stop at nothing. Produced by Titmouse.
- Doble Fried stars six carnival freaks who own an amusement park “on the border of Mexico and Not-Mexico”. They’re also scam artists. The quarter-hour animated show is created by Matt Furie and produced by PFFR, so it sounds promising.
- Fisthead stars two brothers: “a loose-cannon action hero with a fist for a head” who destroys anything in his path without regard for whatever it is, and a normal dude trying to live. It’s a quarter-hour and it’s animated and produced by Titmouse. Created by Titmouse founder Chris Prynoski and Sean Glaze.
- OMG! Earth is another show coming from the Stoopid Buddy Stoodios folks who seem super busy these days! It’s a quarter-hour stop-motion series starring plastic action figures on real life backdrops. Created by John Harvatine IV, Eric Towner, Ashley Arechiga, and Bradley Schaffer. Harvatine, Towner, Arechiga, Schaffer, Seth Green and Matt Senreich produce.
- The Pound Hole is a pilot you may have already seen. It stars DJ Douggpound (Doug Lussenhop) DJing a loud, packed, insane, surreal club. Doug remixes anything, no matter what happens. It’s created by Daniel Weidenfeld and directed by The Daniels, who have won VMAs for their music video direction. You can actually watch the special on adultswim.com right now. I suggest you do, too, it’s awesome. It’s a hell of a ride.
ORIGINAL SERIES: WHAT’S COMING BACK FOR MORE
- Aqua Teen Hunger Force Forever
- Black Jesus
- Check It Out! With Dr. Steve Brule
- Childrens Hospital
- China, IL
- The Eric Andre Show
- The Jack and Triumph Show
- Mike Tyson Mysteries
- Mr. Pickles
- Robot Chicken
- Rick & Morty
- The Venture Bros.
- Your Pretty Face is Going to Hell
NEW AND RETURNING ACQUISITIONS
- Kill La Kill
- Sword Art Online II
- American Dad
- Attack on Titan
- Bob’s Burgers
- Cleveland Show
- Family Guy
- Inuyasha: The Final Act
- King of The Hill
- Naruto: Shippuden
- Space Dandy
Picked out your favorites? Chose what to DVR? Figured out what to watch live each week? There’s some good stuff this year. I think people who wanted more animation might be happy, because a good amount of these pilots and shows will be just that. I know I’m excited for that. I’m also pretty hyped for Million Dollar Extreme, as well as TV Sucks, the golf special, Ballmastrz, and Hot Streets. Also, sign me up for anything with Titmouse or PFFR related to it.
What about you? What are you into? What’s going to rule? What do you think won’t see the light of day, or will end up on next year’s slate?
This is your next year. Get your eyes ready.