Upfronts 2012: Adult Swim adds ‘Harold & Kumar,’ Dan Harmon show
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Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim announced its new pilots for the upcoming season Wednesday, including an untitled animated Harold & Kumar series and new animated series from ‘Community’ creator Dan Harmon and from ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ writer Seth Grahame-Smith.
Harmon has dabbled in animation before, with a stop-motion animated holiday episode of ‘Community,’ but ‘Rick & Morty’ is the writer’s first animated series. Co-created with Justin Roiland, the half-hour series tells the stories of a genius inventor and his less-than-genius grandson.
‘Rolling With Dad,’ from Grahame-Smith, who also wrote ‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’ as well as creating MTV’s ‘The Hard Times of R.J. Berger,’ is about a disabled genius and his idiot family.
Other series on the Adult Swim development slate include ‘Colonel Wallace,’ about the adventures of an eccentric Southern fried chicken magnate (reminiscent of a certain corporate Southern fried chicken icon) and his wacky family, from former Conan O’Brien writer Greg Cohen.
‘Coffin Dodgers,’ from Dave Silverstein and Matt Jeser of the series ‘Drawn Together,’ takes on the frat house-like antics of the residents of a retirement home.
The sketch comedy troupe Green Bench has a live-action series, ‘Green Bench: The American Day Dream,’ about a group of friends who pool their money to rent office space for their business, even though they don’t know what their business will be.
‘Freestyle Love Supreme’ recounts the exploits of a group of information technology guys who are also freestyle rappers.
‘King Star King,’ from artist J.J. Villard and ‘Big Bang Theory’ writer Eric Kaplan, is about a warrior who is also quite stupid. Adult Swim: Home for stupid characters?
-- Patrick Kevin Day