Eric Wareheim Talks TIM & ERIC’S BEDTIME STORIES, Using Comedy to Cope With the Horror of the World

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I wasn’t sure what to expect from Tim & Eric’s Bedtime Stories.  I had seen Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim‘s previous show (Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!) and I’ve been fond of their humor for a long time, but I wasn’t sure if this was just going to be another extension of the Awesome Show aesthetic.  It isn’t.  Bedtime Stories is a much more cinematic effort, and it’s brutally dark (yet amazingly funny).  With guest stars ranging from Zach Galifianakis to Gillian Jacobs to Bob Odenkirk, the show has a lot of variety, but also retains Heidecker and Wareheim’s unique voice.  The three episodes I screened may not be for everybody, but those who connect with them will find them utterly sublime.

I recently hopped on the phone with Eric Wareheim to talk about the show, how it differs from Awesome Show, and the brutality of life itself.  Hit the jump to check it out.  Tim & Eric’s Bedtime Stories premieres tonight, September 18th at 12:15AM PT/ET (so technically tomorrow), on Adult Swim.

Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland Talk RICK AND MORTY, Their Writing Process, Network Input, Avoiding Satire, and More

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Premiering tonight on Adult Swim (Cartoon Network’s weird older brother) is Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland‘s Rick & Morty.  The half-hour animated series is about a “sociopathic scientist who drags his unintelligent grandson on insanely dangerous adventures across the universe.”  The show features the voices of Roiland, Chris Parnell,Spencer Grammer, and Sarah Chalke.

Last week I landed an extended video interview with Harmon and Roiland.  They talked about making the pilot, the evolution of the show in future episodes, network input, how the two of them share responsibilities, their writing process, the show’s use of sci-fi and how it helps to develop their stories, staying away from satire, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Dan Harmon Talks RICK AND MORTY, Working for Adult Swim, Animation vs Live-Action, COMMUNITY, and Much More

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While at the TCA Press Tour, Adult Swim presented their latest animated series, Rick and Morty, from co-creators Dan Harmon (Community) and Justin Roiland.  During the interview, Harmon talked about how he came to be doing an animated series at Adult Swim, what influenced this concept, what he can do with an animated show that he can’t do in live-action, and how his experience with Adult Swim has been, compared to other networks.  He also talked about how his work for Rick and Morty compares to that of Community, finding a way to be creatively successful without some of the turbulence that has come with his career, and the possibility of a sixth season of Community.  Check out what he had to say after the jump. 

TV News: NBC Orders More UP ALL NIGHT and Switches Format to Multi-Camera; Dan Harmon’s RICK AND MORTY Picked Up by Adult Swim

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A couple of interesting TV-related tidbits were announced today.  First up, good/strange news for Up All Night fans.  NBC has extended the comedy’s season two order to 16 episodes, but the network is switching the show’s format to multi-camera.  Per Deadline, when the Christina Applegate and Will Arnett-fronted show returns in the spring it will be with a live audience and laugh track in tow.  It’s an odd move halfway through the show’s second season, but it’s not unprecedented.  Happy Days was a single-camera series until it switched to three cameras in its third season.

Hit the jump for more, including news on a new series from ex-Community showrunner Dan Harmon.

Watch THE GREATEST EVENT IN TELEVISION HISTORY Featuring Adam Scott, Jon Hamm, Gus Van Sant, and Paul Rudd

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Late last week, Adult Swim aired The Greatest Event in Television History.  The central conceit of the special was that Adam Scott and Jon Hamm were starring in a $25 million shot-for-shot remake of the opening credits for Simon & Simon, dubbed “The Greatest Event in Television History.”  The special hilariously shows the “making of” the project, with Paul Rudd as the event’s cantankerous director and Hamm refusing to speak to Scott.

The special, directed by Scott, was actually hatched when Hamm and Scott had been emailing each other the opening credits to various TV shows and Scott suggested they do a shot-for-shot remake of Simon & Simon.  The result is over 10 minutes of hilarity, with cameos by folks like Kathryn Hahn, Paul Scheer and—best of all—director Gus Van Sant.  The entire special is now available online, and I highly suggest you hit the jump to take a look.

Trailer, Posters, and Images for Adult Swim’s BLACK DYNAMITE Animated Series

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If the parody blaxploitation film Black Dynamite starring Michael Jai White just wasn’t enough to whet your appetite (I’m sorry that rhymed), then you are in luck. This summer the Black Dynamite animated series finally hits the Adult Swim block of Cartoon Network. The series continues the blaxploitation parody angle, but with an animation style similar to that of The Boondocks, so there’s a chance of more racial commentary and comedy this time instead of just spoof humor.

Plus, the film’s stars Michael Jai White, Byron Minns, Tommy Davidson and Kym Whitley all reprise their roles as Black Dynamite, Bullhorn, Cream Corn and Honeybee, respectively, along with new cast members like comedian J.B. Smoove. You can hear and see them in their animated form now as the first trailer for the series has just debuted, with the series slated to premiere this summer on July 15th, the last day of Comic-Con 2012.  See the trailer, two posters, and four images from the series.

Comic-Con 2012 TV Panel Round-Up: GLEE, FRINGE, ARROW, FAMILY GUY, SONS OF ANARCHY and More

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With Comic-Con 2012 just around the corner, word is starting to leak out about what movies and TV shows will/won’t be making an appearance.  We have a good idea of the film panel slate in Hall H, and now official word regarding TV panels is trickling down.  As a quick reference guide, we’ve rounded up the TV panels that have been confirmed thus far in one easy article.  Briefly:

  • Thursday – MAD, Nikita
  • Friday – The Big Bang Theory, Arrow, Bones, Childrens Hospital, Cult, 666 Park Avenue, Brickleberry, Bob’s Burgers, The Venture Bros, NTSF:SD:SUV, Robot Chicken, Black Dynamite
  • Saturday – Glee, The Vampire Diaries, Revolution, The Simpsons, Family Guy, American Dad, Person of Interest, Futurama, The Following
  • Sunday – Fringe, Sons of Anarchy, Supernatural, DC Nation, The Cleveland Show

Hit the jump for more details, including which actors will be in attendance and where the panels will take place.  Comic-Con 2012 will run from July 11 – July 15.

Adult Swim Orders 8 Pilots Including an Animated HAROLD & KUMAR Series and a New Series from COMMUNITY’s Dan Harmon

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The future of Adult Swim, Cartoon Network’s weird older brother, just got a little bit clearer, as the cable network has announced a bevy of new pilots that will compete for a schedule spot in 2012-2013. The most prominent of the bunch are an untitled animated continuation of the pot-fueled adventures of Harold & Kumar and Rick & Morty, a comedy from Community creator, Dan Harmon. The former is being scripted by franchise writers (and directors of Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay) Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg and will see stars John Cho and Kal Penn giving voice to animated versions of themselves. Rick & Morty, meanwhile, follows the adventures of an inventor and his dimwitted grandson. Hit the jump for more.

ROBOT CHICKEN Taking Aim at DC Comics for Next Special; Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Fillion and Megan Fox to Lend Voices

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Seth Green and his crew behind Robot Chicken have already skewered the Star Wars universe several times over with entire specials dedicated to mocking George Lucas and the classic sci-fi saga. Now the stop-motion animated comedy series has their sights set on DC Comics as Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim will present a Robot Chicken special featuring Seth Green as Batman, Robin and 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, and Breckin Meyer as Superman. More after the jump!

FOX to Develop New Late-Night Block of Animated Programming

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Move over, Adult Swim; there’s a new player in the pool. For more than ten years now, Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim programming block has been the place to find some of the most progressive, insane and “mature” animated programming on TV (stateside, at least). Due to its role in reviving such series as Family Guy and Futurama, FOX has paid attention to Adult Swim’s success over the years and saw that there was money to be made. Already promoting their “animation domination” with regular series Family Guy, The Simpsons and more, FOX has now developed a new unit of animation to focus on a late-night block of animated programming. Not only will this new unit focus on televised programming, they will also have counterparts running online. The shows will air on Saturdays from 11PM to 12:30 AM ET/PT and will feature four new animated series each season, starting in January 2013.  The digital channel starts in 2012 and will feature 50 original creations. Hit the jump to check out the press release.

Comic-Con 2011: BLACK DYNAMITE Animated Series Pilot Review

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Black Dynamite is one of the strangest and most enjoyable movies of the last few years and in spite of featuring DTV luminary Michael Jai-White as its biggest star, the blaxploition homage/spoof has caught on with mainstream audiences well enough to warrant a comic book series, an upcoming live action sequel and an Adult Swim Cartoon.

Today, White, Carl Jones, Scott Sanders and Kym Whitely presented a panel on the upcoming cartoon and showed the audience the pilot. It was every bit as raucous and un-PC as you would hope.  Read on for a review of the show.

Venture Bros. Season 4 Part 1 DVD Review

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One of the hallmarks of a great television series is the willingness to shake up the status quo, to risk alienating the audience in the service of letting the characters and story evolve.  No two creators seem to embrace this ethic more than Doc Hammer and Jackson Publick.  When we left The Venture Bros. at the end of their third season, Henchman 24 was dead, the boys had lost their clone-based immortality and, Brock Samson quit, replaced by recovering pedophile super-villain Sergeant Hatred.

Much of Season 4, part 1 concerns the ramifications of these events. Brock’s post-venture career, 21’s transformation from sweet-natured incompetent to deadly possible-maniac and the boys, finally, growing up. Because of season 4’s new format (2 sets of 8 episodes as opposed to 13), many of these story lines don’t play out until part 2. Nonetheless, there is still a lot of gold in part 1 and, when coupled with the still-unreleased part 2, makes for one of the strongest seasons of television in years. My review of The Venture Bros. Season 4 after the jump.

[adult swim]‘s SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE ANIMATION

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I really hope you see Scott Pilgrim vs. The World this weekend and that you like it.  And after you see the movie, if you want a little more you can now see [adult swim]‘s Scott Pilgrim vs. The Animation online.  It’s a four-minute short that centers on Scott’s high-school relationship with Kim Pine.  It’s a relationship that’s featured in Bryan Lee O’Malley’s books and briefly alluded to in the movie.  Michael Cera and Alison Pill reprise their roles from the movie and provide the voices for Scott and Kim while Mae Whitman (who plays evil-ex Roxy Richter in the movie) voices Lisa Miller and Jason Schwartzman (who plays evil-ex Gideon Gordon Graves) voices Simon Lee.

Hit the jump to check out the four-minute short.  Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is now in theaters and you should go see it.

SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE ANIMATION to Air on [adult swim] on August 12th

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The full-court marketing press for Edgar Wright’s Scott Pilgrim vs. The World continues as Cartoon Network’s [adult swim] will be airing a short animated film dubbed Scott Pilgrim vs. The Animation on August 12th at midnight.  /Film reports that the short will cover Scott’s high-school relationship with Sex Bob-omb’s sardonic drummer Kim Pine that was featured in volume two of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s series but didn’t end up in the movie.  Universal, O’Malley, and Wright quickly got on board after hearing the network’s pitch.  Wright even managed to secure the voice acting talent of Michael Cera and Alison Pill reprising their roles from the film and getting co-stars Mae Whitman and Jason Schwartzman to provide the voices for Lisa and Simon Lee, respectively (although O’Malley says voice casting Whiteman as Lisa was his idea).

Hit the jump to learn more about this very cool project.  Scott Pilgrim vs. The Animation will air on Cartoon Network’s [adult swim] in two parts between 12:00 and 12:30 am and then the following day (when Scott Pilgrim vs. The World comes out) on adultswim.com, and on the [adult swim] and Scott Pilgrim Facebook pages.

Radical Axis Interview Comic-Con; CEO Scott Fry, VP of Production Craig Hartin and Animation Director Todd Redner

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Meeting the creators of Adult Swim’s perennial late night favorite, Aqua Teen Hunger Force is almost as strange as seeing the show for the first time. CEO Scott Fry, VP of production Craig Hartin and animation director Todd Redner apply the type of consistent, dedicated deadpan that can only come with a decade of shared life experience. Clearly intelligent and antisocial in equal measure, this trio made for one of the most interesting, and infuriating interviews I have ever conducted.

Read on for the audio and an explanation of the madness.

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