Adult Swim held the network's upfront presentation in New York City on May 16, 2012, announcing a huge slate of programming for the 2012-2013 season.
New Cartoons on Adult Swim
Black Dynamite - In April, 2011, Adult Swim announced it had picked up this cartoon and we've been waiting for the debut ever since. Based on 2009's critically-acclaimed feature film of the same name, Black Dynamite will premiere July. The cartoon will feature the same actors as the movie.
Robot Chicken DC Comics Special - My fangirl heart is a-flutter at the news that this fall Robot Chicken will be working its stop-motion, satirical magic on the DC Universe. The all-star cast includes Seth Green as Batman, Robin and the put-upon Aquaman, Paul Reubens as The Riddler, Neil Patrick Harris as Two-Face, Alfred Molina as Lex Luthor, Nathan Fillion as the Green Lantern, Megan Fox as Lois Lane, Breckin Meyer as Superman, plus Abe Benrubi, Alex Borstein, Clare Grant, Tara Strong, Matt Senreich, Tom Root, Zeb Wells and Kevin Shinick as the narrator.
Untitled Animated Harold & Kumar Project (In Development) - Another exciting announcement is that Adult Swim will be animating my favorite two doobie-smoking, Santa-shooting dudes named Harold and Kumar. Imagine the the antics these two characters can get into without the restrictions of live-action!
Venture Brothers Halloween Special - A 'toon fan cannot have enough Halloween specials, so this is a welcome addition. Created and directed by Jackson Publick and written by Publick and Doc Hammer, both of whom also provide voices for the special, The Venture Bros. Halloween Special will air on October, naturally.
Beforel Orel - I didn't realize Orel needed an origin story until I saw this announcement. Adult Swim will air a Moral Orel special that sheds light on the origin of Orel's religious nature and the birth of his brother, Shapey. Beforel Orel is created by Dino Stamatopoulos (Mary Shelley's Frankenhole and Mr. Show).
Toonami - Beginning Saturday, May 26, Adult Swim will bring back Toonami, the network's popular block of anime programming. Airing weekly from midnight to 6:00 a.m. ET, in addition to the return of previous series featured in Toonami, Adult Swim is also developing new original anime programming for fans.
Rick & Morty - A genius inventor grandfather and his less than genius grandson, and the journeys in life they share. From Dan Harmon (Community) and Justin Roiland.
Colonel Wallace (Working Title) - An eccentric southern fried chicken magnate (who could that be?) and his adventures with his family. Created by Greg Cohen (King of the Hill).
Coffin Dodgers - A group of misfit grumps get into fraternity-style trouble at a cozy suburban retirement home. From Dave Silverstein and Matt Jeser (Drawn Together).
Rolling With Dad - A brilliant, but disabled man deals with his much less intelligent family. From Seth Grahame-Smith (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Tim Burton's Dark Shadows) and David Katzenberg (The Hard Times of RJ Berger).
Returning Adult Cartoons
Aqua Something You Know Whatever, a.k.a. Aqua Unit Patrol Squad 1, a.k.a. Aqua Teen Hunger Force will return in June. This season, the Aqua Somethings find an ancient treasure map and follow it all the way to Argentina, where they're shocked to discover an orphaned baby on the 'x' that marks the spot. Outraged, Master Shake begins to throw the child off a steep embankment but one look into the baby's eyes, and the only thing getting thrown off a steep embankment is Shake's heart. Introducing Pepe the Pepper, the newest member of the Aqua Something You Know Whatever family-and boy is he a handful.
Superjail returns after a very long hiatus. This is the third season for the trippy cartoon, bringing triple the insanity, triple the crazy and triple the pain of being kicked in the guts really hard.
Squidbillies is back with new episodes, too. This time around Rusty tackles fatherhood, Early defends his reputation as the town's biggest badass, Granny helps the Sheriff solve a series of butt thefts, Lil embraces the boring life of sobriety, and the Sheriff finds love east of the Iron Curtain.