SDCC: Adult Swim Announces New Pilots
At their 2005 pitch panel, Adult Swim announced a number of new pilots for their growing block:
- Space Jail, a new pilot from the makers of the webtoon Barfight, showing the harsh realities of criminals who are sentenced to the tititular prison. The pilot is in development, and no release date has been set.
- God’s Country, a show that is described as “William Faulkner meets Arrested Development” and features the conflict between a family straight from Faulkner’s novels, and the contemporary American South. Again, the pilot is in the development and no release date has been set. The show is developed internally at Williams Street and is the show that features the voice of rapper David Banner – word of his involvement leaked last week at MTV.com.
- Saul of the Mole People is AS’s first live-action series, a takeoff of Land of the Lost and other cheap 1970s live action programs from the ilk of Krofft and Filmation. No footage was shown on the slideshow, but the show is produced by Craig Lewis, a writer on Foster’s Home For Imaginary Friends. Again, the pilot is in the development and no release date has been set.
- Lucy, Daughter of the Devil, from Loren Bouchard and Soup2Nuts, was announced at last year’s convention and has progressed considerably. It’s Adult Swim’s first full CGI series and features what seems to be a memorable performance from Jon Benjamin as The Devil. A clip of the pilot was shown and garnered an enthusiastic response from the crowd. Adult Swim will premiere the pilot in October, likely on Halloween.
- Korgoth The Barbarian is a new barbarian spoof from Aaron Springer, poached from Spongebob Squarepants. A half-hour pilot is in production and will air in Spring 2006.
- Brendonh Small makes his triumphant return to the block with Deathklok, a series about a death metal band charged with saving the world. The series will premiere sometime in late 2005.
- Moral Orel, presented in glorious Righteouscope and filmed through the miracle of God’s Planimation (it’s in clay), takes the saccharine-sweet style of Davey and Goliath and adds a healthy-dose of South Park-style satire. From Dino Stamatopoulos, a full season order of 10 episodes is in production and will air in November 2005.
- Minoriteam, from the key talent behind Crank Yankers, is “Fully Colored” and has 20 episodes ready to go for January 2006. The barrage of episodes is no accident: the series is done as a throwback to the barely-animated 1960s Marvel shows from Grantray Lawrence. While reaction has been mixed upon the introduction of the series, the preview trailer was met with roaring approval by the entire audience.
Other news tidbits also include a cryptic statement when asked about a possible Mooninites series: “Matt [Maiellaro] and Dave [Willis] will tell you about that tomorrow.” This was a surprise as the last attempt at a series, Spacecataz, was scrapped and instead shown as a prologue to the last season of Aqua Teen Hunger Force. The planned nature of the statement could mean that there may be plans afoot for the characters.
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