Dan Harmon Talks HARMONTOWN, Touring, the Writing Process, RICK AND MORTY, COMMUNITY Season 6, and More

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As a giant fan of Rick and Morty and a viewer of Community whose regard of that show oscillates between passionate love and mild frustration, I was fairly trepidatious about watching Harmontown.  The film focusses on a tour that Dan Harmon, the creator and writer of those aforementioned projects, undertook in the wake of his firing from Community after that show’s third season (he has since returned to the program).  The tour itself sprung from Harmon’s weekly podcast, held in front of a live audience at Meltdown Comics here in Los Angeles.

Having never attended the event myself, it seemed from afar like a cult of personality that I wanted little to do with, despite my admiration for Harmon’s work.  After watching Harmontown (trailer here) it turns out I had misjudged the event and how legitimate the connection between Harmon and that audience actually is.  There’s a tangible exchange going on, and its not exploitive on either side.  I urge you to watch this movie not only to experience that connection, but to truly get inside the mind of a troubled creative genius.  Hit the jump for my Dan Harmon interview.  Harmontown opens in Los Angeles and VOD on October 3rd.  It hits New York on October 10th.

HARMONTOWN Trailer: Go on the Road With the Genius Behind COMMUNITY and RICK AND MORTY

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I have a love/hate relationship with Community.  At its best, the show transcends merely being funny and offers truly unique insight into the types characters that other programs either reduce into caricature or marginalize completely.  At its worst (not counting the apparently abysmal Season 4), it’s self-indulgent and overly reliant on meta in-jokes concerning its own universe.  Thankfully, it’s usually great.  And if you’ve seen Rick and Morty you know that that show in particular can be astoundingly good.  They both come from the mind of Dan Harmon, which isn’t always a pleasant place to be as evidenced by this trailer to Harmontown.

The film focusses on Harmon’s podcast/comedy tour last year and features interviews with the likes of Sarah Silverman, Jack Black, Ben Stiller, the cast of Community and more.  It was written and directed by Neil Berkeley the Orchard will be releasing it in theaters and VOD on October 3rd.  Hit the jump for the Harmontown trailer.

Comic-Con 2014 Schedule for Friday, July 25th Includes GAME OF THRONES, THE WALKING DEAD, and HORNS

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The Friday schedule for San Diego Comic-Con 2014 has been announced.  It’s actually pretty tame as far as Hall H goes, with Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead being the highlight panels of the day.  RADiUS-TWC will make its SDCC debut with Horns, in which Daniel Radcliffe will also make his first appearance at Comic-Con.  Outside of Hall H, there’s also plenty of TV panels to go around, with The Legend of Korra, Arrow, Archer, Bob’s Burgers, Bates Motel, and a special Marvel TV panel all taking place.  Fox has also blocked out two hours in Hall H, during which time it’s expected to preview The Maze Runner, Kingsmen: The Secret Service, Let’s Be Cops, the animated Book of Life, and Hitman: Agent 47.  There have also been rumblings that we might get a peek at The Fantastic Four, which would make sense.

Hit the jump to take a look at some highlights from Friday’s schedule, and click here if you missed the Wednesday/Thursday schedule. Comic-Con 2014 runs from July 23rd to July 27th.

RICK AND MORTY Renewed for Second Season

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Fans of Cartoon Network’s half-hour animated comedy series Rick and Morty will be happy to hear that the show has been renewed for a second season.  From co-creators and executive producers Dan Harmon and Justin RoilandRick and Morty follows “a sociopathic scientist who drags his unintelligent grandson on insanely dangerous adventures across the universe.”  This doesn’t come as much of a surprise considering the Monday 10:30pm time slot didn’t offer up much competition for the show, but it’s welcome news for fans just the same.

Hit the jump for the full press release.

Sarah Chalke, Chris Parnell, and Spencer Grammer Talk RICK AND MORTY, the Recording Process, Auditioning, What They Collect, and More

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Now airing on Adult Swim (Cartoon Network’s weird 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.

Recently, I landed an exclusive interview with Parnell, Grammer, and Chalke.  They talked about how they got involved in the show, who they play, what’s coming up during the season, the recording process, improv versus sticking to the script, what they collect, and a lot more.  Hit the jump for what they had to say.

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.

RICK AND MORTY Review: Dan Harmon’s Animated Adult Swim Comedy Has Room to Grow

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Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim block of programming has always pushed the envelop when it comes to comedic content.  Bizarre and abstract don’t even begin to explain series like Harvey Birdman: Attorney at LawAqua Teen Hunger Force or Squidbillies.  But what all of these shows have in common is both newness (either a new take on an old cartoon, like Harvey, or an entirely new concept, like Aqua Teen) and charm.  Squidbillies is full of vulgar and violent humor, but it’s grounded by the singularity of a character like Early, with his horrible homespun wisdom, as well as the show’s biting satire.  All this to say that when it comes to the new half hour comedy Rick and Morty, well … hit the jump for more.

Watch the First Episode of RICK AND MORTY from Creators Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland

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If you don’t want to wait for Rick and Morty’s television debut this coming Monday, you can watch the first episode online now.  From creators Justin Roiland (Fish Hooks) and Dan Harmon (Community) comes this new animated half-hour comedy series about a sociopathic scientist who drags his dim-witted grandson into all sorts of dangerous adventures in all corners of the universe.  The first episode official airs on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim Monday, December 2nd at 10:30 pm ET/PT.  Hit the jump to watch the first episode of Rick and Morty.

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.

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.

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