Network offers more than 30 new and returning series, pilots and specials for 2014-15
Adult Swim announced a new slate featuring Mike Tyson, “30 Rock” veteran Jack McBrayer, and Triumph the Insult Comic Dog. Other new shows bring Aaron McGruder (“The Boondocks”), and Tim Heidicker & Eric Wareheim (“Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!”) back into the Adult Swim fold.
The network's returning original series are “Aqua TV Show Show,” “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 and Morty,” “Squidbillies,” “Superjail!,” “The Venture Bros.” and “Your Pretty Face Is Going To Hell.”
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New shows set to premiere this summer include Aaron McGruder's “Black Jesus.” “The Boondocks” creator left that series to head up this half-hour, live-action sitcom about Jesus living in present day Compton. Gerald “Slink” Johnson takes on the role of Black Jesus. Co-starring are Charlie Murphy (“Are We There Yet?”), John Witherspoon (“The Boondocks”) and Corey Holcomb (“The Cleveland Show”). McGruder executive produces alongside writer/director Mike Clattenberg, and LEG's Norman Aladjem and John Bravakis.
Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim are back with their latest project for the network, following “Tom Goes to the Mayor,” “Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!” and “Check It Out! with Dr. Steve Brule,” Their new “Tim & Eric's Bedtime Stories” will feature comedic and dramatic guest stars and aims to follow in the tradition of “The Twilight Zone.”
“Mike Tyson Mysteries,” coming in the fall, features the boxer solving mysteries with a team that includes the Ghost of the Marquess of Queensbury, his adopted Korean daughter, and a pigeon who used to be a man. Tyson will make live action appearances like Bill Cosby did on “Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids.” The series also stars Norm Macdonald, Rachel Ramras, and Jim Rash.
Also later in the year, Jack McBrayer and Triumph the Insult Comic Dog join up for a comedic look at life after childhood stardom. McBrayer plays Jack, who was the child star of a “Lassie”-like series. The dog (Triumph) spiraled into a world of decadence, and brought Jack with him. Now, 15 years later, Jack has managed to put his life together. Everything was great, until Triumph came back into his life. The live-action series was created by Robert Smigel (“Saturday Night Live/TV Funhouse”), Michael Koman (“Eagleheart”) and David Feldman (“Real Time”).
Triumph and Conan previously collaborated in a “Conan” sketch in which they went to a Chicago hot dog stand where employees are famous for serving up insults.
“The Venture Bros.,” meanwhile, return with a new special later this year that promises to feature almost everyone with whom they've ever crossed paths.
The network also announced several pilot pick-ups. “Dream Corp LLC” is a live-action/rotoscope hybrid. (Rotoscope is a technique where animation is created over live-action footage, perhaps most famously used in the A-ha video for “Take On Me” and Richard Linklater‘s “Waking Life.”)
The titular company, Dream Corp LLC, is a therapy facility that creates a virtual reality for patients to confront issues from their waking life by simulating their wildest dreams. The series was created by Daniel Stassen (“The Gold Sparrow”), who executive produces alongisde John Krasinski (“The Office”).
“Neon Joe, Werewolf Hunter” is about Joe, who wears neon and hunts werewolves. In Garrity, Vermont, this skill set becomes incredibly valuable when a plague of werewolf fatalities strikes.
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