Adult Swim announces programming slate for 2011-12

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Adult Swim cel­e­brated a new slate of pro­gram­ming for the 2011-12 sea­son Wednes­day night dur­ing its star-studded annual Upfront event in New York City.

New orig­i­nal series and spe­cials include:

The Ven­ture Bros. Spe­cial — From the Ladle to the Grave: The Story of Shal­low Gravy
See the Ven­ture Fam­ily as you’ve never seen them before: in a 15-minute documentary-style ani­mated spe­cial. Fol­low the mete­oric rise, the equally mete­oric fall and the decid­edly un-meteor-like sec­ond com­ing of the most impor­tant band Hank Ven­ture, Der­mott Fitc­tel and H.E.L.P.eR. robot have ever been in: Shal­low Gravy. If you’re hun­gry for rock, then open wide, because here comes a ladle of heavy metal fire and metaphoric meat drip­pings. Launched on Adult Swim in August 2004, The Ven­ture Bros. is an inspired spoof of such 1960s action car­toon shows as Jonny Quest. Cre­ated by Jack­son Pub­lick III (King of the Hill, The Tick), the 30-minute ani­mated series fol­lows the bizarre mis­ad­ven­tures of the Ven­ture fam­ily. Pre­mieres July 24.

Tight Bros
Tight Bros is a new ani­mated com­edy that fol­lows two moronic “cler­gy­bros” who are on a quest for fat beats, hot chicks and tricked-out cell phones. Vince and Aaron were called by God to spread a holy mes­sage: one of peace, love and tearin’ up the club. By day, the two sell reli­gious kitsch at a kiosk in Viceroy Del Sol mall. By night, they hunt for babes, but only with mega tans and super smooth waxes in place. Pre­mier­ing in the spring of 2012, Tight Bros is cre­ated and writ­ten and exec­u­tive pro­duced by Sam John­son and Chris Marcil.

Black Dyna­mite
Based on 2009’s critically-acclaimed fea­ture film Black Dyna­mite, the new 30-minute ani­mated series will pre­miere in the spring of 2012. The Black Dyna­mite ani­mated series fur­ther chron­i­cles the exploits of the cen­tral char­ac­ter, Black Dyna­mite, and his crew. Under the direc­tion of Carl Jones (The Boon­docks), the series fea­tures the voice tal­ent of Michael Jai White, Tommy David­son, Kym Whit­ley and Byron Minns, all of whom starred in the fea­ture film. The fea­ture film is an out­ra­geous action comedy-spoof that fol­lows ex-CIA agent and full-time ladies man Black Dyna­mite, who’s out to avenge the death of his brother against kung-fu mas­ters, drug-dealing pimps and The Man. Black Dyna­mite, the ani­mated series, is being pro­duced by Ars Nova Enter­tain­ment. Jones is exec­u­tive pro­ducer. Jon Stein­gart and Jil­lian Apfel­baum also serve as exec­u­tive pro­duc­ers. Brian Ash is co-executive pro­ducer. Scott Sanders, White and Minns are pro­duc­ers. Black Dyna­mite is being ani­mated by Tit­mouse, Inc.

Return­ing series:

Aqua Unit Patrol Squad 1
The series for­merly known as Aqua Teen Hunger Force is one of the most pop­u­lar and longest-running orig­i­nal series on Adult Swim and has been retooled for glory and renamed Aqua Unit Patrol Squad 1. Show cre­ators Dave Willis and Matt Maiel­laro felt that after 100+ episodes, they really didn’t like the name. Now Fry­lock, Mas­ter Shake, Meat­wad and their smelly neigh­bor Carl appears under a new ban­ner and new theme song, which was writ­ten, com­posed and per­formed by Joshua Homme (Queens of the Stone Age) and Alain Johannes. The clos­ing theme shred gui­tar per­for­mance is by co-creator Maiel­laro. The cast also does a lot of the things they’ve done over the past 10 years: look for a new place to put their stuff, pay rent, make gut-wrenching deci­sions and talk about life while sip­ping herbal tea. Aqua Unit Patrol Squad 1 pre­miered May 8 and con­tin­ues at 11:45 p.m. (ET/PT) every Sunday.

Mary Shelley’s Franken­hole
Moral Orel cre­ator Dino Stam­atopou­los returns to Adult Swim in the spring of 2012 with sea­son 2 of the stop-motion ani­mated series Mary Shelley’s Franken­hole. This is the true story of Vic­tor Franken­stein — the world’s most nar­cis­sis­tic genius — and his var­i­ous attempts to become rec­og­nized as the great creator/scientist that he believes him­self to be.

From cre­ators Bren­don Small and Tommy Blacha, the fourth sea­son of the ani­mated series Met­alo­ca­lypse pre­mieres in the spring of 2012. The series chron­i­cles Dethklok’s cru­sades into dark­ness and their exploita­tion as the world’s most pop­u­lar metal band and most sig­nif­i­cant cul­tural force.

Mongo Wrestling Alliance
The Wrestler meets Met­alo­ca­lypse in this story of the once great Kle­berkuh Clan. Back-stabbing smok­ing ring sluts, vil­lain­ous mutants and pile-drivers from the top of great big lad­ders — it’s all in a day’s work for young Rusty Kle­berkuh, who is deter­mined to restore his family’s name in the treach­er­ous and deviant world of pro­fes­sional wrestling. Cre­ated by Tommy Blacha (Met­alo­ca­lypse co-creator), Mongo Wrestling Alliance pre­miered sea­son 1 part 1 in Jan­u­ary. Sea­son 1 part 2 pre­mieres at mid­night (ET, PT) Sun­day, June 19.

Robot Chicken
Robot Chicken uses stop-motion ani­ma­tion to bring pop-culture par­o­dies to life in a mod­ern take on the variety/sketch show for­mat. The Emmy Award-winning series began air­ing in Feb­ru­ary 2005 and remains the top-rated orig­i­nal series on Adult Swim. Robot Chicken is cre­ated and exec­u­tive pro­duced by Seth Green and Matthew Sen­re­ich under their Stoopid Mon­key Pro­duc­tions, in con­junc­tion with Alex Bulk­ley and Corey Campodonico’s Shad­ow­Ma­chine Films. Green and Sen­re­ich also exec­u­tive pro­duce, write and, with Chris McKay, direct the series, with Green pro­vid­ing many of the voices. Sea­son 5 part 2 pre­mieres this fall.

The inbred squid-things of Dou­gal County return for a fifth sea­son of hill­billy shenani­gans in the spring of 2012. The squids won’t dis­ap­pointify you, as long as you like bank rob­bing, drug traf­fick­ing, unskinny bop­ping, and guest appear­ances by bona-fide famous peo­ple. Squid­bil­lies pre­miered on Adult Swim in Octo­ber 2006 and is from cre­ators Dave Willis (Aqua Teen Hunger Force) and Jim Fortier (The Brak Show), both Geor­gia natives. Willis and Fortier worked as writ­ers and pro­duc­ers on Space Ghost Coast to Coast.

In April, the hit series Super­jail! slammed back in gen­eral pop­u­la­tion for a sec­ond sea­son of destruc­tion and con­tin­ues to pre­miere at mid­night (ET, PT) Sun­days on Adult Swim. Dou­ble the insan­ity. Dou­ble the crazy. Dou­ble the pain of being kicked in the guts really hard. Super­jail! returns to Adult Swim with ten new episodes pro­duced at Tit­mouse Stu­dios in N.Y. Series cre­ators and exec­u­tive pro­duc­ers Christy Kara­cas (Car­toon Sushi, Robot­omy) and Stephen War­brick (Beavis and Butthead, Daria) teamed up again to take this over-the-top ani­mated series to the next level. Chris McCul­loch (The Ven­ture Bros.) returned as a con­sult­ing pro­ducer this sea­son and lent his tal­ents with story edit­ing and voiceovers.

Pilots cur­rently in devel­op­ment include:

The Dum­miez; Nick Can­non project
Unti­tled project with Major Lazer
Unti­tled project with Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All
Rolling with Dad; 30-minute ani­mated sit­com cre­ated by Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzen­berg
Unti­tled project by Dan Har­mon and Justin Roiland

Return­ing acquisitions:

Amer­i­can Dad!
Fam­ily Guy
Full Metal Alchemist: Broth­er­hood
King of the Hill

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