Ever since his sudden removal from cult smash Communityearlier this year, Dan Harmon has retained his strong following while also looking to the future with a number of television pilots. With two live-action outings in development, it’s Harmon’s animated venture that really stood the best chance of joining the always changing and unique Adult Swim line-up. While NBC continues to give the folks at Greendale the shaft, delaying their previously planned October 19th return for a date to be determined, it seems its most important alumnus will be back as soon as he can as Harmon’s first new original program has been picked up for next year.
Adult Swim has announced today that they have officially greenlit the new animated comedy Rick and Morty to series for a premiere date in 2014. The division of Cartoon Network originally picked up the pilot episode back in May, with the script penned by Harmon and Justin Roiland.
The comedy follows the two characters as a genius grandfather inventor and his not so intelligent grandson find adventure in the inventor’s experiments while the rest of the family looks on at their askew family members. Featuring a type of animation that really calls back to the older seriesHome Movies, no voice cast has yet been revealed for the program.
This won’t be Harmon’s first foray into animation as the short-lived VH1 series Acceptable TV, in which viewers got to choose continuing episodes of sketch comedy segments and was created/hosted by Harmon, featured a long-running Cat in the Hat parody that eventually had to be ended on the developer’s terms due to its popularity.
No word yet on how long the first season will run, but details are expected to surface in the next year as the first episodes develop.