Justin Roiland and Mike McMahan’s adult comedy gets Season 3 pickup; Tom Root and John Harvatine IV’s adult comedy launched last week gets Season 2 pickup.
Hulu has just renewed both their recently debuted adult animation comedies, Solar Opposites and Crossing Swords.
Solar Opposites, from 20th Century Fox Television, was picked up for a third 12-episode season. The 2D animated series was originally greenlit with a two-season order; the show’s May 8 debut was Hulu’s most-watched original comedy premiere to date and was Certified Fresh by Rotten Tomatoes. The show is co-created by Justin Roiland and Mike McMahan, who also serve as writers and executive producers; Josh Bycel executive produces as well. Justin Roiland, Thomas Middleditch, Sean Giambrone and Mary Mack will reprise their roles.
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‘Solar Opposites’: Doing What We Never Thought They’d Let Us Do
The series features a team of four aliens who escaped their exploding home world, only to crash land into a move-in ready home in suburban America. They have a shrink ray, gear to fabricate new best friends, and a penchant for coaxing bloody mayhem out of even the smallest human cultural ironies. The four are evenly split on whether Earth is awful or awesome. Korvo (Roiland) and Yumyulack (Giambroni) only see the pollution, crass consumerism, and human frailty, while Terry (Middleditch) and Jesse (Mack) love humans and all their TV, junk food, and fun stuff. Their mission: protect the Pupa, a living supercomputer that will one day evolve into its true form, consume them and terraform the Earth.
Crossing Swords, from Stoopid Buddy Stoodios and Sony Pictures Television, was picked up for a second 10-episode season. The stop-motion adventure from Emmy Award-winning Robot Chicken executive producers John Harvatine IV and Tom Root stars Nicholas Hoult, Adam Ray, Tara Strong, Tony Hale and Luke Evans, who are all returning for Season 2. The show’s rowdy amalgam of LEGO minifig-ish peg characters, colorful sets, witty banter, bloody gore and questionable abuse of social boundaries makes its bold depiction of anatomically correct nudity seem perfectly normal. A flagon of ale and hearty laugh for all! Hear, hear! Plus, there are pirates too!
Our show’s hero, Patrick, is a good hearted peasant who lands a coveted squire position at the royal castle. However, his dream job quickly turns into a nightmare when he learns his beloved kingdom is run by a hornet’s nest of horny monarchs, crooks and charlatans. Even worse, Patrick’s valor made him the black sheep in his family, and now his criminal siblings have returned to make his life hell. War, murder, full frontal nudity—who knew brightly colored peg people led such exciting lives?
Dan Sarto is Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network.