Adult Swim Unloads New Slate at Upfront

Five Original Series to Debut in 2005, Joining Family Guy, Aqua Teen Hunger

Force, Robot Chicken and Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law in Late Night Line-up

Mar 25, 2005, 00:00 ET from Cartoon Network

    NEW YORK, March 25 /PRNewswire/ -- At its Upfront presentation in New York
 today, Adult Swim announced a number of new series, greenlights of existing
 series, airdates for previously announced series and pilots in production.
 Following are the highlights:
     New Series
      - The Boondocks: This previously announced series, based on the award-
        winning comic strip from series executive producer Aaron McGruder, will
        premiere in October.  Cartoon Network has ordered 15 half-hour episodes
        of the series, and, like the comic strip, The Boondocks is a
        provocative family-based comedy brimming with social relevance and
        satire.  When Robert "Granddad" Freeman becomes legal guardian of his
        rambunctious grandkids, he moves from the south side of Chicago to the
        quiet and safety of "The Boondocks"  (in this case, suburban
        Woodcrest), hoping that he can ignore them altogether and enjoy the
        fourth quarter of his life in peace.  But Huey, a 10-year-old left-wing
        revolutionary, is determined not to enjoy the affluence of suburbia.
        This attitude is seconded by his 8-year-old brother, Riley, a proud
        product of contemporary rap culture who lives only to spread chaos and
        mayhem.  Although they torture each other and provoke the neighborhood,
        they are no match for Granddad, who is eccentric even by "crazy-ass-
        old-black-man" standards.
      - Stroker & Hoop: This new Williams St. series from creators Casper Kelly
        and Jeff Olsen will premiere in September.  Stroker & Hoop makes its
        series debut with six new episodes following the misadventures of John
        Stroker, a private eye still mastering the art of lock-picking, car
        hood-sliding and keeping his gun from falling out of his waistband when
        he bends over at the grocery store.  Together with his partner Hoop, a
        self-proclaimed master of disguise, and his disobedient talking
        hatchback named CARR, Stroker is willing to help anyone dumb enough to
        respond to his 1/8-page ad in the yellow pages.  An additional six new
        episodes of Stroker & Hoop will air in November.
      - American Dad: Stan Smith is an American patriot, vigilantly fighting
        the war on terror as a CIA agent.  That war never ends for him, even at
        home.  This causes problems for his doting but independent-thinking
        wife, Francine, liberal daughter, Hayley, and awkward son, Steve, not
        to mention the other family members, Roger, an alien rescued from Area
        51, and the German-speaking goldfish, Klaus.  American Dad will join
        Adult Swim in May.
      - Squidbillies: This new series, from Aqua Teen Hunger Force co-creator
        Dave Willis and The Brak Show co-creator Jim Fortier, will premiere in
        September.  In Squidbillies, a family of cephalopods stranded in the
        North Georgia mountains raise hell and anger local officials.  Six
        episodes will air in 2005.
      - 12oz Mouse: Fond of beer and caught in a world of espionage and love,
        12oz Mouse unknowingly delights in odd jobs.  Six episodes have been
        ordered.  The series, from Aqua Teen Hunger Force co-creator Matt
        Maiellaro, will premiere in September.
      - Perfect Hair Forever:  This new series from Williams St. chronicles the
        adventures of a young, bald boy in a mystical land as he seeks perfect
        hair.  Six episodes are currently in production.  Perfect Hair Forever
        will premiere in September.
     Greenlights of Existing Series
      - The Venture Bros.: Doc Venture can barely stand his sons, twins Hank
        and Dean.  But tolerate them, he must, as The Venture Bros., an
        animated action-comedy from creator Jackson Publick III, will return
        with 13 new episodes, currently slated for early 2006.  Brock Samson,
        the cold-blooded killer and former government agent, serves as the
        family's bodyguard and alpha male.
      - Aqua Teen Hunger Force:  Adult Swim's first original hit series has
        been renewed for another season, taking it through episode 75.
     Adult Swim (, launched in 2001, is Turner Broadcasting
 System, Inc.'s network dedicated to edgy animated comedy and action series,
 both original and acquired, airing Saturday-Thursday from 11 p.m.-6 a.m.
 (ET, PT).  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 87.6 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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