Adult Swim Greenlights 5 Series, Including 2 From Aaron MacGruder, Dan Harmon's Rick and Morty; Galifianakis featured | Adweek Adult Swim Greenlights 5 Series, Including 2 From Aaron MacGruder, Dan Harmon's Rick and Morty; Galifianakis featured | Adweek
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The 2013-14 Upfront

Adult Swim Greenlights Mike Tyson Show, Renews 17 Including Controversial Loiter Squad

Slate features Galifianakis and Dan Harmon's Rick and Morty

Rick and Morty

UPDATED: Turner's Adult Swim has greenlit five new series, including a show from retired heavyweight boxer Mike Tyson called Mike Tyson's Mysteries, from Warner Bros. Animation (Warner Bros. owns Turner). Community creator Dan Harmon also got a pick up for new series Rick and Morty, a show about a scientific genius and his nephew, who is not a genius.

Renewals, interestingly, included Odd Future's sketch comedy series Loiter Squad, which produced a series of Mountain Dew commercials—one that a lot of people liked and one that a lot of people did not like (Adult Swim tells Adweek it had nothing to do with the production of the shorts). As previously announced, the network will syndicate Fox's Bob's Burgers, continuing its relationship with the animation-heavy broadcaster.

Other deals are bringing back old-school Adult Swim talent including Space Ghost creator Matt Harrigan, whose new untitled show will follow the crew and passengers of a cruise ship into certain danger; and ad industry crossovers Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim (of Tim & Eric Awesome Show Great Job!), whose new series will feature Zach Galifianakis. The show is called Tim & Eric's Bedtime Stories: Zach's Haunted House. The three have worked together before.

The network's new slate includes a pilot from the brains behind Robot Chicken and the music scene's nerdy girl group Team Unicorn; as well as two new pilots from Aaron McGruder, creator of The Boondocks. JJ Villard, of DreamWorks' Monsters vs. Aliens, has a new show called King Star King that has been ordered to series; and the network has announced a second Robot Chicken DC Comics special.

It helps to have some corporate synergy with the latter. At one point the irreverent series had a deal in the works with Lucasfilm to produce a lengthy goof on Star Wars, too, but when Disney bought the movie studio, it scuttled the project in addition to several other deals with competitors.

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