At the Adult Swim Upfront in New York , the late-night network announced its new slate of programming for 2007, as well as the addition of a seventh night beginning on Friday, July 6, at 11:00 p.m. Coming off a banner first quarter, in which the network posted the highest quarterly total day delivery (Adults 18-34) in basic cable history, Adult Swim presented three new series -- Superjail, Fat Guy Stuck In Internet, and the previously announced Lucy, the Daughter of the Devil -- as well as a special Star Wars-themed episode of the popular Robot Chicken series. Also, additional episodes or new seasons of current series include Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job; Saul Of The Mole Men; Aqua Teen Hunger Force; Assy McGee; The Boondocks; Frisky Dingo; Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law; Metalocalypse; Moral Orel; Robot Chicken; Squidbillies and The Venture Bros.
In addition to record-breaking ratings, 2007 has already provided Adult Swim with noteworthy milestones, including a successful feature film release and a prestigious award. The teen-less, waterless, power trio of Frylock, Meatwad and Master Shake took their adventures to the big screen with Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters on April 13 and the film continues to be a success at theaters with its audience. Also in April it was announced that The Boondocks, from creator Aaron McGruder, will be the recipient of the distinguished Peabody Award at the June 4th ceremony in New York City.
Following are programming highlights for 2007:
New to Adult Swim:
• Robot Chicken: Star Wars: This special brazenly combines the satirical sensibilities of Seth Green and Matthew Senreich's Robot Chicken with the unforgettable moments and favorite characters of the Star Wars universe -- among them its creator himself, George Lucas, who lends his voice. Transformed into the stop-motion animated characters that are the hallmark of Adult Swim's Robot Chicken, the Star Wars galaxy takes on an entirely different attitude. Robot Chicken: Star Wars blends the epic stories of Star Wars and the anything-goes spirit of one of the network's biggest hits. The force begins on June 17.
• Lucy, the Daughter of the Devil: Lucy is living in San Francisco and dating a great new guy, who might just be the Second Coming. The only problem is that her dad always meddles in her life. And, since he's Satan, he is using her relationship as an excuse to hasten the apocalypse. This previously announced series, created by Loren Bouchard, is set to debut this summer.
• Fat Guy Stuck In Internet: When hot-shot programmer Ken Gemberling is accidentally sucked into the Internet, he finds himself on a quest of epic proportions. With the evil bounty hunter, Chains, hot on his heels, Gemberling must struggle to unravel the mysteries of this strange, new land and, indeed, his own destiny. Is he the new messiah or just another fat guy stuck in Internet? Created by John Gemberling and Curtis Gwinn, this live action comedy, originally a cult hit on the Internet, premieres this fall.
• Superjail: Superjail is the most violent prison complex in the universe. The staff and inmates cower under the watchful eye of the mysterious Warden, who presides over them like a sadistic Willy Wonka. The psychedelic landscape of Superjail features dangerous criminals, fantastic creatures, bizarre contraptions and frequent riots. Created by Christy Karacas, Stephen Warbrick and Ben Gruber, Superjail is set to debut in 2008.
• Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job: Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job stars the comedy duo Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim. The program is a new 15-minute sketch variety show, which offers viewers a look into the uniquely funny minds of the creators of the cult hit, Tom Goes To The Mayor. After a successful debut in February, the show -- a fast paced, absurd collection of short films, parodies, animations, pranks and musical numbers -- has been picked up for a second season.
• Saul of the Mole Men: During a scientific expedition to the Earth's core, a terra-naut stumbles upon a strange civilization of Mole Men -- and nearly destroys it. The series deftly combines live-action, puppets, animation and green screen technology. New episodes of Saul of the Mole Men are currently airing.
• Moral Orel: Orel is an 11-year-old boy who loves church. His unbridled enthusiasm for piousness and his misinterpretation of religious morals often lead to disastrous results, including self-mutilation and crack addiction. No matter how much trouble he gets into, his reverence always keeps him cheery. New episodes of Moral Orel, created by Dino Stamatopoulos, begin April 29 and the series has been picked up for another season.
• Frisky Dingo: New in 2006, this series has been picked up for a second season. Destroying the world seems like a lot of fun, but supervillain Killface finds that it can be a very tedious and complicated process. His nemesis, Awesome-X, is equally ambivalent about stopping Killface, as stamping out his plot fully might crush toy sales. The new season of Frisky Dingo, co-created by Matt Thompson and Adam Reed (also co-creators of Sealab 2021), debuts this summer.
• Robot Chicken: Co-creators Seth Green and Matthew Senreich enlist an army of toys and celebrity friends to skewer pop culture in this stop-motion sketch comedy. New episodes for season three to begin premiering this summer.
• The Boondocks: After a successful debut in 2005, Aaron McGruder's critically-acclaimed and award winning series returns for its second season this fall. When Robert "Granddad" Freeman becomes legal guardian of his grandkids, he moves them from the south side of Chicago to the quiet and safety of the suburbs. Huey and Riley Freeman may torture each other and provoke the neighborhood, but they are no match for Granddad, who is eccentric even by "crazy-ass-old-black-man" standards.
• Metalocalypse: The world's most popular heavy metal band leaves a trail of mayhem and destruction wherever they go. The animated comedy, from co-creators and executive producers Brendon Small and Tommy Blacha, features ear-melting heavy metal and guest appearances by real musicians. New episodes to begin premiering this fall.
• The Venture Bros.: Once a child prodigy, Dr. Venture now fails as both a scientist and father. Luckily, his twins, Hank and Dean are too stupid to care. And they've got their vicious, macho bodyguard, Brock, looking out for them. Together they get into all sorts of situations involving wild alligators, arch villains and booby traps. New episodes of the series, created by Jackson Publick (a.k.a. Christopher McCulloch), begin this fall.
• Squidbillies: Redneck squids scratch out a hardscrabble existence against a backdrop of brown-liquor-fueled heartache and loss in the north Georgia mountains. A new season of the Williams Street series Squidbillies, from Jim Fortier and Dave Willis, begins this fall.
• Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law: The winged superhero returns for his final episodes of jurisprudence and office politics later this year. Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law is created by Michael Ouweleen and Erik Richter.
• Assy McGee: Arguably the most talked about launch in 2006, this series has been picked up for a second season. In a world where crooks run rampant and City Hall is soft on crime, one cop has what it takes to make things right. He's Assy McGee, the toothpick-chomping cop sniper who looks like a giant ass. He's not much of a talker, but Assy is willing to take the first shot if he needs to eliminate a scumbag criminal. Assy McGee, which is created by Matt Harrigan and Carl Adams, returns in 2008.
• Aqua Teen Hunger Force: Three human-sized food products, Meatwad, Frylock and Master Shake, encounter strange happenings, sometimes try to figure out ways to make money, battle evil and hang out with their neighbor, Carl. Aqua Teen Hunger Force is created by Matt Maiellaro and Dave Willis. New episodes will premiere this fall and a fifth season will debut in 2008.
Adult Swim (AdultSwim.com), launched in 2001, is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.'s network offering original and acquired animated comedy and action series for young adults. Airing overnights six days a week for a total of 45 hours weekly, Adult Swim shares channel space with Cartoon Network, home to the best in original, classic and acquired programming for children and families, and is seen in 91 million U.S. homes.