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Zac Efron Will Join the Dark Side in Third 'Robot Chicken: Star Wars' Special

by Laura Prudom, posted Jul 13th 2010 9:40AM
Zac EfronThe Force is strong with Zac Efron: According to The Hollywood Reporter, the 'High School Musical' dreamboat has surrendered to the Dark Side and signed on to lend his golden vocal cords to the third 'Robot Chicken' 'Star Wars' special, imaginatively titled 'Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III'.

A previous 'Chicken' alum, Efron will join 'Star Wars' staple Anthony Daniels (C3PO), 'Community' star Donald Glover and 'The Cleveland Show' regular Mike Henry in their 'Robot Chicken' debuts, while Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian) and Ahmed Best (Jar Jar Binks) will return to reprise their roles from the movies and previous 'RC' specials.

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Turner Picks Up Syndication Rights to 'The Cleveland Show'

by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 7th 2010 11:20AM
Turner picks up syndication rights for 'The Cleveland Show'The good fortune continues for 'The Cleveland Show' as Turner has picked up the Fox animated sitcom's syndication rights, according to Variety. Starting in 2013, TBS and Adult Swim will begin airing episodes of the show, as they have done with another Seth MacFarlane production, 'The Family Guy.'

'The Cleveland Show' is a spinoff of 'The Family Guy,' relocating the Cleveland Brown character to Virginia, where he starts a new life.

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EXCLUSIVE: John C. Reilly in 'Check It Out! With Dr. Steve Brule'

by Chris Harnick, posted May 13th 2010 3:50PM
John C. ReillyJohn C. Reilly has a laundry list of acting credits attached to his name and the latest on the impressive list, 'Check It Out! With Dr. Steve Brule,' premieres May 16 at 12:30AM ET.

'Check It Out!' is a spin-off from Adult Swim's popular 'Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!' It follows Reilly as Dr. Steve Brule, a Channel 5 News correspondent. Yes, the quality is supposed to look like an incredibly low-budget local newscast, so don't call up your cable company when you tune in on Sunday.

In our exclusive clip, the bumbling Dr. Brule attempts to make "sushi sandwiches" with all the natural sushi ingredients: "sushi meat," "guacamole" and "peaches." That is not a sushi roll -- sorry, "sandwich" -- we'd want to eat.

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Why a MAD Magazine Show Could Work

by Danny Gallagher, posted Apr 27th 2010 12:05PM
Mad MagazineWhenever MAD Magazine crops up in a conversation with someone under the age of 20, their mind immediately jumps to 'MADtv.' That's when my mind blows a fuel cell and launches into a death spiral.

Back in the late '90s when the Fox sketch show hit the airwaves, my brain almost exploded at the thought of a MAD Magazine TV show. I read the magazine cover to cover and kept a stack of them in my bookcase until the covers withered away with time. I thumbed through each issue for my favorite writers and artists like Dick DeBartolo, Mort Drucker and Frank Jacobs. I didn't date much.

The final product left me very disappointed. Now, it has another chance to be something better. DC Comics has announced they are developing an animated sketch show for Cartoon Network that's centered around more than just the magazine's brand.

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Coming Soon: Aqua Teen's 100th Episode!

by Brad Trechak, posted Apr 27th 2010 10:33AM
There has been a lot of hoopla made recently over 'South Park's' 200th episode. With that going on, everybody forgot was that another animation sensation is approaching its 100th episode. Insomniacs will be able to catch it at the stroke of midnight this coming Sunday night, May 2nd. I refer to 'Aqua Teen Hunger Force' on Adult Swim.

While it's unlikely Muhammad will be making an appearance (although not outside the realm of possibility given the surreal nature of the show), one has to wonder how the creators will celebrate this landmark occasion, particularly when the show has been on the verge of cancellation at least twice (with two "final" episodes aired: 'The Last One' and the live action 'Last Last One Forever and Ever').

A rather awesome video press release was created by Adult Swim for the occasion. It's available after the jump. What would you like to see in 'Aqua Teen Hunger Force's' 100th episode?

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What's On Tonight: 'Treme,' 'Amazing Race,' 'Simpsons,' 'Good Luck Charlie'

by Rich Keller, posted Apr 11th 2010 12:30PM
The fourth season of 'Army Wives' premieres tonight at 10:00 on Lifetime
Here's tonight's TV lineup (all times Eastern). All shows mentioned are new, unless otherwise noted.


7:00 to 8:00
ABC: 'America's Funniest Home Videos'
CBS: '60 Minutes' -- Interview with John Gotti Jr.
FOX: 'Til Death'
NBC: 'Dateline NBC'
Animal Planet: 'Wild Kingdom'

8:00 to 9:00
ABC: 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition'
CBS: 'Amazing Race'
FOX: 'The Simpsons' and 'The Cleveland Show'
Discovery: 'Life'
Disney: 'Sonny With a Chance' and 'Good Luck Charlie'
Food Network: 'Food Network Challenge'
Nick: 'Victorious'
Style: 'Ruby'

9:00 to 10:00
ABC: 'Brothers & Sisters' -- Two-hour edition
CBS: 'Undercover Boss'
FOX: 'Family Guy' and 'American Dad'
NBC: 'The Celebrity Apprentice'
A&E: 'Gene Simmons Family Jewels' -- 9:30 start time
Discovery: 'Life'
Food Network: 'Ultimate Recipe Showdown'
HBO: 'The Pacific'
Showtime: 'The Tudors' -- Season premiere
Style: 'Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane'

10:00 to 11:00
CBS: 'Cold Case'
A&E: 'Kristie Alley's Big Life'
AMC: 'Breaking Bad'
Discovery: 'The Deadliest Catch: Best of Season 5'
Food Network: 'Iron Chef America'
HBO: 'Treme' -- Series premiere
History: 'Ax Men'
Lifetime: 'Army Wives' -- Season premiere
Style: 'Jerseylicious'
TLC: 'Hoarding: Buried Alive'

11:00 and beyond
Cartoon Network (Adult Swim): 'Aqua Teen Hunger Force' at midnight and 'Tim and Eric's Awesome Show, Great Job' at 12:30

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'Boondocks' Season Three Premieres in May

by Danny Gallagher, posted Feb 27th 2010 9:00AM
BoondocksIt's been more than three years since 'The Boondocks' invaded my TV, and now they are coming back for seconds. Well, thirds.

Aaron McGruder, creator of 'The Boondocks' comic strip and animated Adult Swim series, said on his Twitter page that the show will premiere its third season on May 2.

Last December, McGruder, who also serves as the show's executive producer, announced that a third season was in the works but he could not confirm the airdate.

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Adult Swim Will Occupy More Primetime in 2011

by Danny Gallagher, posted Feb 16th 2010 7:34PM
The late night underground cavalcade of evil teddy bears and talking inanimate objects with a predisposition towards drug, substance and sexual addiction is moving deeper into prime time.

Cartoon Network will extend their crazy popular Adult Swim block into 9 p.m. Eastern time starting next year, January 2011.

Turner Animation president Stu Snyder said the decision to expand the block is "100 percent a reflection on the success of Adult Swim as a brand."

[via Pop Candy]

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The New Promo for 'Tim and Eric's Awesome Show, Great Job' is Awesome, Great

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 16th 2010 1:29PM
I can't imagine people who aren't familiar with 'Tim and Eric's Awesome Show, Great Job' watching the season five promo below and not having either a seizure or a little crying jag. If you can't handle it, you get the former. If you've never seen the show but it looks like something you'd love, you might do the latter because you've missed it. The promo is definitely bizarre, maybe a bit annoying, but it does the (great) job.

The show comes back on February 28.

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Video DVD Review: Robot Chicken season four

by Nick Zaino, posted Jan 13th 2010 6:29PM
Robot Chicken is its own bizarre, wonderful little world, usually coming to you 15 minutes at a time on Adult Swim. It always seemed to me a show that probably only worked in small doses, but Robot Chicken: Season Four on DVD was consistently funny over two discs of near-continuous watching (and the extras are at least as entertaining). Here are my thoughts in a short video.

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Archer -- An early look

by Annie Wu, posted Jan 13th 2010 11:02AM
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There is only one really bad thing about Archer, and that's the fact it's going to make my Thursday viewing line-up very, very full. Way to not anticipate my needs, FX. Geez.

I just sampled five episodes of FX's new animated offering, including the pilot that quietly aired a few months ago (reviewed by Jonathan Toomey here), and I already love it. There are a lot of appealing things about Archer: It's 60s-style super-spy adventures plus hilarious writing that maintains a great pace for the entire half-hour. Oh, and puns. Lots of puns.

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Team Venture will get its own line of merchandise

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Jan 8th 2010 10:30AM
The Venture Brothers are about to get their own toy line.Venture Brothers, the funniest and best written show that -- inexplicably -- nobody watches, is getting its own line of toys and collectibles.

The appropriately named Bif Bang Pow!, a collectibles manufacturer, announced today a deal with Cartoon Network to make a new line of toys based on the Adult Swim animated comedy. Fans can look for a collection of action figures, bobble heads, vehicle models and other goodies.

This is a great sign for a show that deserves a lot more attention than it gets. As well-written as The Simpsons or South Park, Venture Brothers shows off spot-on parody and multi-layered jokes in every episode.

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The Venture Brothers will be action figures

by Brad Trechak, posted Jan 8th 2010 8:02AM
The Venture BrothersIf you're not excited now, you never will be. The Entertainment Earth blog has announced that a company called BifBangPow will be making action figures and bobbleheads of the characters on Adult Swim's The Venture Bros.

Frankly, it's overdue. Action figures are usually reserved for kid's or cult movies and television shows, and Team Venture is definitely the later. In fact, other than the DVDs and a set of exclusive mail-order t-shirts, there really hasn't been that much supplementary merchandise for the show (and the midnight timeslot of the latest season doesn't help promotional matters).

One popular rumor regarding the merchandising delay is negotiations between Adult Swim and Doc Hammer, Jackson Publick and company over who gets what share of the loot. One can only hope that, if true, that issue has been resolved.

Admit it, you'll only be buying the figures in order to sleep with your very own Doctor Girlfriend. Or maybe that's just me.

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The Boondocks is back for a third season

by Brad Trechak, posted Dec 29th 2009 10:26AM
The BoondocksThe Boondocks will be returning to television for a third season on Adult Swim after a two year hiatus. It was announced by creator Aaron McGruder on his MySpace page.

Nothing official has been announced by Adult Swim yet, so this can only be taken with a grain of salt. On the other hand, the creator of the show could be considered a fairly reliable source. McGruder did mention on Twitter that an airdate was determined but wasn't allowed to say exactly when it was.

If you've never watched The Boondocks, I urge you to try and catch it online. It's funny, but not in an in-your-face sight-gag sort of way. The humor is more intelligent and subtle than anything on Fox's Sunday night lineup. The show is an example of personality-driven humor (in this case of the African-American variety) meeting the anime style of cartoon and is the best example that I know of the merging of East and West animation.

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Aqua Teen Hunger Force says Have Yourself a Meaty Little Christmas

by Nick Zaino, posted Dec 24th 2009 6:07PM
ATHF ChristmasSo you're out buying the last of your gifts on Christmas Eve, and you've just about had it. Before you pull up to the counter one last time, there's something you need for your ride home. Aqua Teen Hunger Force's Christmas album, Have Yourself a Meaty Little Christmas.

Yes, it is silly, downright juvenile, and even a tad obscene in places. But as holiday stress relief goes, it's hard to top "I Sure Hope I Don't Have to Beat Your Ass This Christmas," with an ungrateful Master Shake threatening poor little Meatwad (the live version of the song is above). Or Meatwad's duet with alt.country siren Neko Case on "Santa Left a Booger in My Stocking." Or Meatwad singing "Feliz Navi-wad." (If you're not a Meatwad fan, don't pick this up, he's featured on almost every track).

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