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Nancy Basile

Adult Swim New and Returning Shows for 2013-2014

By May 11, 2013

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Rick and Morty

Adult Swim announced new and returning cartoon series for 2013-2014, adding not only original cartoons to their slate of programming, but also acquired shows, like FOX's Bob's Burgers. Every year Adult Swim continues to grow as a TV powerhouse with influence over key demographics, offering an outlet for extraordinary animators that appeal to a loyal fanbase. Bob's Burgers joins other FOX hits and cast-offs, such as American Dad and King of the Hill.

New Cartoons

Rick and Morty is about a genius inventor grandfather and his less than genius grandson, and the journeys in life they share. From Dan Harmon (Community) and Justin Roiland. Animated half-hour.

In Mr. Pickles, the urban sprawl of modern society pollutes the old-fashioned town where the Goodman family lives with their lovable pet dog, Mr. Pickles, a deviant border collie with a secret satanic streak. From creators Will Carsola and Dave Stewart (Funny Or Die Presents Nick Swardson's Pretend Time). Animated quarter-hour.

In the new animated comedy series Mike Tyson Mysteries, Mike Tyson is taking the fight from the boxing ring to the streets, by solving mysteries! Armed with a magical tattoo on his face and a trusty associate by his side, a talking pigeon. The series incorporates live-action appearances featuring Mighty Mike himself, and the gloves come off as the former heavyweight champ and his fowl-mouthed partner gear up for weekly adventures as they put unsolved mysteries, like how to defeat a super computer at chess or why a famous author/werewolf can't finish his novel. Animated quarter-hour from Warner Bros. Animation.

King Star King features a punk rock, modern day he-man who falls from the realm of the gods to land as a fry cook in a slummy waffle joint. King Star King must regain his memory to defeat the evil (and adorable) Spring Bunny and rescue his love, the megababe Princess Snow White. Only then will King Star King regain his rightful place in the heavens. From artist JJ Villard (Monsters Vs. Aliens). Animated quarter-hour.

Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, in partnership with DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, will premiere a sequel to their acclaimed Annie Award-winning Robot Chicken DC Comics Special in 2014. Robot Chicken DC Comics Special II brings you the awesomeness of the DC Comics universe of characters as only Robot Chicken can, with amazing guest stars and the stop-motion sketch comedy you've come to love after six seasons of the popular Adult Swim series. Executive producers for the second Robot Chicken DC Comics Special include Stoopid Monkey's Seth Green and Matthew Senreich, DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns, Warner Bros. Animation's Executive Vice President, Creative Affairs Sam Register, and Stoopid Buddy Stoodios' John Harvatine IV and Eric Towner.

In Metalocalypse: The Doom Star Requiem, we pick up directly after the abduction of Dethklok guitarist Toki Wartooth in the season four finale. With his life in danger his only salvation can come from the four most selfish human celebrities on earth, his Dethklok bandmates. One-hour heavy metal rock opera special with a completely original score. Created by Brendon Small, Metalocalypse: The Doom Star Requiem airs in October.


Several pilots have been ordered by Adult Swim that may or may not make it to the final programming schedule.

Two new live-action pilots from Aaron McGruder, the creator of The Boondocks. Live-action quarter-hour and half-hour.

Ghostbags follows three frat guys who were douchebags while they lived, and now that they've died in a horrible car accident, absolutely nothing has changed. Created by Hayes Davenport (Eastbound and Down) and Guy Endore-Kaiser (Allen Gregory). Animated quarter-hour.

Team Unicorn is a modern send-up of Saturday morning kids' shows featuring a team of four sexy, culture-obsessed heroines who present darkly ironic twists on 80's cartoon tropes. From the creators of Robot Chicken. Live action/animation mix, quarter-hour.

From Stoopid Buddy Stoodios and the creators of Robot Chicken comes ‹bermansion, a glimpse into the mundane humanity of six superheroes all living in the same mansion. Created by Zeb Wells and Matthew Senreich, executive produced by Wells, Senreich, Seth Green, John Harvatine IV, Eric Towner and Bryan Cranston. Animated quarter-hour.

Returning Series

Fans will be pleased to see these returning favorites: Black Dynamite, The Boondocks, China, IL, Robot Chicken, Squidbillies, Superjail! and The Venture Bros.


Bob's Burgers joins other syndicated cartoons: American Dad, Bleach, The Cleveland Show, Family Guy, King of the Hill and Naruto.

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