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Press Release: Adult Swim Sets Schedule for Heart-Warming Christmas Eve Spectacular

by on December 14, 2006

Adult Swim Sets Schedule for Heart-Warming Christmas Eve Spectacular

Special Holiday Episodes from Robot Chicken, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Family Guy, The Venture Bros., Squidbillies and Pee-wee’s Playhouse Begin at 10 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 24

What would Christmas be without longwinded stories, family violence, awkward moments, celebrity cameos, kicks to the groin and lots of liquor? Well, on Adult Swim, not much of anything. That’s why, on Christmas Eve, Sunday, Dec. 24 from 10 p.m.-2 a.m. (ET, PT), Adult Swim has assembled a lineup of holiday episodes, or at least ones with Santa Claus in them.

While most of the nation is getting ready to track Santa on the local news’s Doppler radar, Adult Swim starts with a Santa ready to kill on Futurama. Wrapping things up is Pee-wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special, in which Pee-wee learns the true meaning of Christmas and gets visits from a cavalcade of stars. In-between, Adult Swim offers two episodes of Aqua Teen Hunger Force that are vaguely related to the Christmas, a demon ruins everything at Doc Venture’s holiday party, the Robot Chicken crew kicks Kris Kringle in the groin and, on Squidbillies, Early takes Santa hostage, and only a NASCAR legend can save him. Oh, and there is also an episode of the new series Assy McGee that has absolutely nothing to do with Christmas.

Following are the roasted chestnuts on tap for Adult Swim on Christmas Eve, Sunday, Dec. 24. All times ET, PT.

10 p.m. Futurama: “A Tale Of Two Santas” – As Christmas approaches Bender faces execution when he fills in for the murderous Santa robot.

10:30 p.m. Aqua Teen Hunger Force: “Cybernetic Ghost of Christmas Past from the Future” – A Robot comes over and causes Carl’s house and pool to fill with blood. He tells a really long, boring story that has something to do with Christmas.

10:45 p.m. Aqua Teen Hunger Force: “T-Shirt of the Dead” – An ancient Egyptian t-shirt gives Meatwad unfathomable powers. Special guest appearance by Santa Claus.

11 p.m.: Family Guy: “A Very Special Family Guy Freakin’ Christmas” – The Griffins have a Merry Christmas even though Lois and her carefully laid holiday plans fall apart. Stewie is convinced there really is a Santa Claus.

11:30 p.m. Assy McGee: “Conviction” – A local drug epidemic overtakes the city and puts Detective McGee’s life at stake. This one has nothing to do with Christmas.

11:45 p.m. Robot Chicken Christmas Spectacular – Gohan and Goku from DragonBall Z help save Christmas. Then Santa Claus is killed – but was it due to an international drug-smuggling ring? A smattering of sacrilegious fare rounds out the special.

12 a.m. Squidbillies: “Rebel With A Claus” – Early ruins Christmas.

12:15 a.m. Moral Orel: “The Best Christmas Ever” – Moralton on Jesus’ birthday…a very special Moral Orel.

12:30 a.m. The Venture Bros.: “A Very Venture Christmas” – In this Christmas special, everyone on the Venture Compound is getting into the holiday spirit. Dr. Venture is a bit behind on his shopping, but he’s excited about hosting his annual Christmas Eve shindig. Brock turns out to have some sentimental Yuletide traditions. Dean and Hank, who still believe in Santa Claus, accidentally unlock a magical demon who threatens to ruin Dr. Venture’s annual Christmas party and murder all his guests. Dr. Billy Quizboy and Mr. White hit on Traina, Dr. Orpheus’s underage daughter. Meanwhile, The Monarch plans the ultimate gift for his paramour, Dr. Girlfriend – the destruction of the entire Venture Compound. It’s a wonderful life.

12:45 a.m. Tom Goes to the Mayor: “Rat’s Off to Ya” – Tom creates a T-shirt that reads “Rat’s Off to Ya” for Christmas. It becomes a big hit, but the idea is quickly stolen from Tom by a local novelty store. Jeff Garlin guest-stars as Pat Croece, a novelty store owner.

1 a.m. Pee-wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special – Christmas is coming and Pee-wee is getting very excited. He is putting together his Christmas list, but it’s getting awfully long. When Pee-wee finds out that getting everything on his list means that the rest of the kids won’t get what they want, what will he do? Special guests including Magic Johnson, Grace Jones, k.d. lang, Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg, The Del Rubio Triplets, Frankie Avalon and Anette Funicello and Dinah Shore all stop by, joining Playhouse regulars like Cowboy Curtis, Reba the Mail Lady, Chairry, Conky and Magic Screen for this fantastic Yuletide romp.

The Adult Swim lineup includes top-rated original comedies such as Aqua Teen Hunger Force, The Boondocks, Robot Chicken and Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law; acquired series Family Guy, Futurama and American Dad; and action/animé series like InuYasha, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex and Samurai Champloo. Adult Swim remains the #1 ad-supported basic cable network among young adult viewers, ranking in October 2006 as the top cable network in delivery of its target demos, adults 18-34, adults 18-24, men 18-34 and men 18-24, according to data from Nielsen Media Research.

Adult Swim (AdultSwim.com), launched in 2001, is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.’s network offering original and acquired animated comedy and action series for young adults. Airing overnights six days a week for a total of 45 hours weekly, Adult Swim shares channel space with Cartoon Network, home to the best in original, classic and acquired programming for children and families, and is seen in nearly 91 million U.S. homes.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, is a major producer of news and entertainment product around the world and the leading provider of programming for the basic cable industry.

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