Adult Swim Pool Gets More Crowded

Adult Swim, Cartoon Network’s popular late-night programming block is adding a few new shows to its lineup, which returning favorites Aqua Teen Hunger Force; Selab 2021; Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law; Futurama; Family Guy; Cowboy Bebop; InuYasha and Trigun.

The network will debut The Venture Brothers on Sunday, August 8, at 11 p.m. The series centers on two dim-witted brothers, their scientist father and his bodyguard, Brock. Their adventures take them around the world and even to outer space as they face new dangers with the help of their high-tech gadgets.

Squidbillies is a new comedy about a family of squids that was stranded in the North Georgia mountains when the Atlantic Ocean receded five million years ago. The mollusks adapt to the feuding and fornicating rural ways of the redneck locals. The pilot episode is in production and seven episodes are scheduled to air this fall.

Also on order are 20 episodes of the untitled Seth Green project we reported on Thursday. Green, the voice of Brian in Family Guy, will provide voices for this stop-motion comedy that takes satirical jabs at pop culture.

A pilot has been greenlit for the comedy Tom Goes to the Mayor, about a would-be entrepreneur and civic do-gooder who is constantly bringing his crackpot ideas to the mayor of the eccentric small town of Jefferton. The show is written and produced by Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim, who will also voice the two main characters. Bob Odenkirk and David Cross of Mr. Show with Bob & David will provide other voices, as will Tenacious D duo Jack Black (School of Rock) and Kyle Gass.

Coming in June is Stroker & Hoop, a sort of Knigth Rider spoof that follows the misadventures of slacker private eye John Stoker, his "master" of disguise partner, Hoop, and his disobedient talking hatchback named CARR. A pilot is now in production.

In addition, Cartoon Network has acquired the anime series Wolf’s Rain for an April 29 premiere at 11:30 p.m. The series revolves around mystical wolves that can disguise themselves as humans. Then in June, the network will debut the acquisition Case Closed, an anime series adapted from the popular Detective Conan weekly manga. The show tells the story of Jimmy Kudo, a famous teenage gumshoe who ingests a poison that makes him grow younger and traps him in the body of a seven-year-old.

Beginning Saturday, April 17, Adult Swim will add its sixth night per week. Saturdays will be dedicated exclusively to action/adventure and anime programming. The kick-off will include a special presentation of The Animatrix.

If all that weren’t enough, Matt Groening will make rare television appearances to introduce his favorite episodes of Futurama each night at 11 p.m. (ET/PT) from Sunday, May 23 through Thursday, May 27. Family Guy creator Seth McFarlane will also pick his favorite Griffin family adventures and offer behind-the-scenes information from Sunday, July 11 through Thursday, July 15, at 11 p.m. (ET/PT).