Upfront 2012: Adult Swim Sets Aggressive Programming Slate

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Adult Swim will launch eight new series as part of the network's largest programming commitment in its history, the network announced during its upfront presentation Wednesday night.

Cartoon Network's late-night block will feature such new series as Newsreaders, a satire of the network television newsmagazine genre from the creative team of the network's successful Childrens Hospital series; The Eric Andre Show, an irreverent, late night-themed comedy show ; Black Dynamite, based on the feature film of the same name; Hot Package, a live-action series that follows a fictional Canadian entertainment news program; an Untitled Hell Project, a live-action series about an associate demon who competes on the corporate ladder of the underworld.

Also on the docket is a Robot Chicken DC Comics Special; a Venture Brothers Halloween Special; and Beforel Orel, based on the Moral Orel show. The network will also bring back Toonami, its popular weekly block of anime programming, as well as develop a new original anime program, said network officials.

Adult Swim pilots include an untitled Animated Harold & Kumar project; Rick & Morty, which showcases a genius inventor grandfather and his less the genius grandson; Colonel Wallace (Working Title), which follows an eccentric southern fried chicken owner and his adventures with his family; and Coffin Dodgers, featuring a group of misfit grumps who get into fraternity-style trouble at a suburban retirement home.

Returning series include Aqua Something You Know Whatever; The Boondocks, Children's Hospital; The Heart, She Holler; and China, IL, the network said.
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