With Robot Chicken being its highest rated show, it should really come as no shock that [adult swim] has ordered more episodes of the hit animated program, but the size of the renewal might surprise you.
[adult swim] has handed the insanely fast and often just as funny stop-motion animation show from creators Seth Green and Matthew Senreich an order of 40 more episodes, meaning it will be on the air for at least a fifth and sixth season. Though the show can often make you feel like you have adult ADD much of the time and would probably go down best while stoned (I can’t attest to that, at least lately), it still hits its many targets much more often than it misses.
Hit the jump to hear what Green had to say about the renewal, and more about what else the Stoopid Monkey production company is up to.
“It’s kind of amazing,” Seth Green told Variety. “We never expected to do a second season, let alone a fifth and sixth. We’re really busy, but we’re still having a lot of fun making it.”
Along with, so far, making 80 episodes of Robot Chicken (so the renewal would obviously take them well over 100), Green and Senreich’s Stoopid Monkey production company has also created Titan Maximum for [adult swim], a slightly less chaotic show that also uses the stop-motion technique to skewer the Super Robot subgenre of TV shows with the same success as Robot Chicken.
And, though details are scant about it so far, Stoopid Monkey has signed a two-picture deal with Dimension Films, with the first project to be Naughty or Nice, a stop-motion Christmas movie that will hopefully have the same spirit as its TV offerings.
For now, however, we get at least 40 more satirical bites of Robot Chicken, and that’s good enough for me.
Here’s the full press release:
Robot Chicken Gets Unprecedented Two-Season Pick-Up
Seth Green and Matthew Senreich Secure 40-episode Order with Adult Swim for 5th and 6th Season
Robot Chicken creators/executive producers Seth Green and Matthew Senreich have made a deal with Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim for a two-season, 40-episode pick-up for Seasons five and six. Robot Chicken, the highest-rated original series on Adult Swim, began airing in February 2005 and remains the top-rated original on the network. The series has been Emmy-nominated as Outstanding Animated Program for the last two years; Green was nominated for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance and the series has won multiple Emmys in Animation. Robot Chicken produced two hit Robot Chicken: Star Wars specials, and Robot Chicken DVDs consistently rank among the industry’s top TV on DVD releases during the week they are released. In addition, Robot Chicken has won four Annie Awards, including Best Animated Television Production, Best Writing and Best Director for Green.
“We’re very excited,” says Green, “we never expected to do a second season, let alone a fifth and sixth, so we are thrilled by the audience response and how the show continues to grow internationally.” Senreich says, “We love Adult Swim. It’s really that simple. From the get-go, we’ve always said that Robot Chicken was a show where we play with friends and we look forward to doing that for years to come!”
Robot Chicken is created and executive produced by Green and 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. Tom Root and Douglas Goldstein are the head writers of Robot Chicken and series writers Mike Fasolo, Kevin Shinick and Zeb Wells are frequently joined by guest writers Breckin Meyer (who also does many voices on the show), Hugh Davidson, Hugh Sterbakov and Dan Milano, Erik Weiner and Jordan Allen-Dutton.
Both Green and Senreich are represented by UTA. Green’s deal was also handled by Koopman Management and David Weber of Sloane, Offer, Weber and Dern and Senreich’s by Allison Binder of Stone, Meyer, Genow, Smelkinson & Binder.
Adult Swim (AdultSwim.com), launched in 2001, is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.’s network offering original and acquired animated and live-action series for young adults. Airing nightly from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. (ET, PT), Adult Swim shares channel space with Cartoon Network, home to the best in original, acquired and classic entertainment for youth and families, and is seen in 97 million U.S. homes.
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.