Fans of Robot Chicken, Family Guy, Aqua Teen Huger Force and other late-night Cartoon Network offerings can look forward to a new slate of edgy toons, including Death Clock Metalocalypse, Frisky Dingo, Assy McGee, Saul of the Mole Men and Lucy, The Daughter of the Devil. The new shows for the 2006/2007 season were announced toady at the [adult swim] Upfront presentation in New York. The network unveiled details of the upcoming Aqua Teen Hunger Force theatrical-release movie and announced the production of two new animated pilots, Korgoth of Barbaria and That Crook’d ‘Sip, that will air later this year.
The network has ordered 20 episodes of Death Clock Metalocalypse, which will have the world’s most popular heavy metal band leaving a trail of mayhem and destruction wherever they go. Set to debut in August, the animated comedy from co-creators and exec producers Brendon Small (Home Movies) and Tommy Blacha (TV Funhouse) will feature guest appearances by musicians the likes of Kirk Hammett and James Hetfield of Metallica.
From Sealab 2021 co-creators Matt Thompson and Adam Reed comes Frisky Dingo, a comedy that pits lazy supervillian Killface against equally ambivalent superhero Awesome-X. Thirteen episodes have been ordered for a September start.
Assy McGee will follow the crime-fighting adventures of a toothpick-chomping police 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. The show from creators Carl Adams (Sunday Pants), H. Jon Benjamin (Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist) and Matt Harrigan (Tom Goes to the Mayor) will debut in December.
In Saul of the Mole Men, a terra-naut on a scientific expedition to the Earth’s core stumbles upon a strange civilization of Mole Men and nearly destroys it. Cartoon Netwrok has ordered 20 episodes of the series, which will combine live-action, puppets and animation. Viewers can look for it in late 2006.
Avid [adult swim] viewers may recall seeing the pilot presentation of Lucy, The Daughter of the Devil last year. In the series, Lucy is living in San Francisco and dating a great new guy when her father, Satan, decides to meddle in her life by hastening the apocalypse. Created by Loren Bouchard, an exec producer on Home Movies, the show has been given a 10-episode order and will debut in late 2006.:
Korgoth of Barbaria will take place in a dark future wasteland reclaimed by primordial beasts and populated with thieves and savages. Korgoth emerges from the frozen north, and his merciless savagery may be his only key to survival. In September, [adult swim] will air the half-hour pilot episode of the animated fantasy-action-adventure-comedy from scribe Aaron Springer (The SpongeBob SquarPants Movie).
Also in development at Williams Street is That Crook’d ‘Sip, a comedy revolving around the Beauregard family, a dysfunctional clan living in a dilapidated Mississippi mansion. Relics of the Old South, the family sits in stark contrast to the modern crunk-fueled Dirty South that has grown up around their crumbling estate, Frenchman’s Bend. Created by Jacob Escobedo and Nick Weidenfeld, the show will have its pilot debut this fall.
Anime series acquired by [adult swim] are Eureka Seven and Bleach. In Eureka Seven, a young hoverboard enthusiast named Renton meets a mysterious and beautiful young girl named Eureka, who changes his life forever. The show will premiere on April 15. Bleach, which debuts this fall, follows the adventures of Ichigo Kurosaki, an average 15-year-old who was born with the ability to see ghosts. When his family is attacked by a malevolent lost soul, he becomes a Soul Reaper and dedicateds his life to protecting the innocent and helping tortured spirits find peace.
Returning to the lineup with a new season on Wednesdays in September is the anime favorite InuYasha, which centers on a human girl, Kagome, and a half-demon who have adventures in a mystical, feudal Japan. Other shows returning with new seasons are Robot Chicken, Family Guy, Tom Goes to the Mayor, The Venture Bros., Aqua Teen Hunger Force, 12oz. Mouse, Squidbillies and Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law.
The Aqua Teen Hunger Force Movie Film for Theaters is slated to arrive in theaters this September. Written by series creators Matt Maiellaro and Dave Willis, this first movie based on an [adult swim] original series is described as an action epic that chronicles the mysterious origins of the title trio and their battle over an immortal piece of exercise equipment. Fans will no doubt be thrilled to see human-sized food products Meatwad, Frylock and Master Shake on the big screen at last.