Mike Judge Is Bringing His Animation Talents to Adult Swim

Judge and ‘King of the Hill’ co-creator Greg Daniels have more weirdness up their collective sleeve.
Mike Judge Is Bringing His Animation Talents to Adult Swim

If Mike Judge is the great Cornholio of animation, Adult Swim would like some T.P. for its programming bunghole, please. The Beavis and Butt-Head creator, along with his King of the Hill co-creator Greg Daniels, are executive producing a new Adult Swim animated show around the always hilarious pharmaceutical industry, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

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Judge and Daniels’ Bandera Entertainment is behind Common Side Effects, a half-hour adult cartoon about people’s “complex reactions to the revelation of the mysterious elixir of life.” Other talents developing the show include Joe Bennett (Cake) and Steve Hely (Veep, American Dad).

Michael Ouweleen, president of Adult Swim, says Common Side Effects has nothing in common with anything on television, which made it a perfect choice for the oddball channel. “Mike, Greg and this entire team have such deep pedigrees in the comedy and animation worlds, and this new series will tackle everything from government corruption to the pharmaceutical industry through their unique and hilarious perspectives,” Ouweleen said in a voice heard only in industry press releases. But we get it — it should be weird and funny!

And the show’s premise does sound promising: Marshall and Frances are former high school lab partners who unravel a conspiracy involving Big Pharma and the federal government to suppress knowledge of a rare mushroom that may hold the key to curing all the world’s diseases. Lord knows there aren’t enough disease cartoons out there these days, and Common Side Effects looks to set that right. 

Judge and Daniels have a lot on their plate. In addition to the new Adult Swim show, Hulu greenlit a reboot of King of the Hill back in January. But it won’t just pick up where the old series left off — Judge is interested in exploring “a passage of time,” he told Rotten Tomatoes back when he was still pitching the reboot. “People have grown up. I think The Simpsons are so iconic just the way they’re drawn, you can keep Bart that same age for 60 years. Our characters, it was starting to strain a little bit to have Bobby still be that age for that long.”

If rebooted Bobby will now be an adult, that would mean Hank and Peggy are getting up there in years. If only there were a rare mushroom that could keep them going forever. 

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