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Posted Wednesday 10/03/18 at 9:05PM EDT
A scientist got his fake Rick and Morty study published in three academic journals
Farooq Ali Khan, a PhD student and undergraduate professor in Hyderabad, India, created the fake paper based on the Adult Swim series to highlight the problem with predatory academic journals that publish junk science without a second glance. He titled his paper "Newer Tools to Fight Inter-Galactic Parasites and Their Transmissibility in Zyrgion Simulation," and submitted it using the author Beth Smith's name, based on the Rick and Morty character. “The fake science, fake news epidemic is getting worse by every day, and I really wanted to do something about it,” Ali Khan told Motherboard of getting the research published in three academic journals. “There's a lot of money involved in it and these people are getting more powerful, and several mediocre science papers are being published, which is a severe threat to science (and) academic research.”
Posted Wednesday 10/03/18 at 3:29AM EDT
Rick and Morty can give a massive boost to an obscure song
The band Blonde Redhead's 2000 song “For the Damaged Coda” has been played twice on the Adult Swim series, in Seasons 1 and 3. As a result, it has skyrocketed to No. 15 on Billboard's Hot Rocks chart. It has also been streamed more than 27 million times on Spotify, which is 23 million more times than the second-most streamed Blonde Redhead song.
Posted Tuesday 9/11/18 at 9:05PM EDT
ABC developing Chinese-American comedy pitched as "Lazy Rich Asians" from Rick and Morty's Emmy-winning "Pickle Rick" writer
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Jessica Gao, who won an Emmy over the weekend for writing Rick and Morty's famous "Pickle Rick" episode, is developing the single-camera comedy revlving around Janet Zhao, "a first-generation Chinese-American woman who struggles to set healthy boundaries with her crazy, exhausting family. When her wealthy grandmother dies and names Janet the sole inheritor, she suddenly finds herself the unwilling new matriarch of the family she's spent her life trying to keep at arm's length." The untitled project is one of two Asian-American series in the works at ABC following the success of Crazy Rich Asians at the box office. ABC is also developing Ohana, a potential drama about four mixed-race Asian women in Hawaii.
Posted Sunday 9/09/18 at 12:19PM EDT
Emmys make history with black actors sweeping all guest categories
The Creative Arts Emmy Awards had a historic night on Saturday with black actors winning all guest acting categories in comedy and drama. Tiffany Haddish won the Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for hosting Saturday Night Live, while Katt Williams won Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for his appearance on Atlanta. Ron Cephas Jones won Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for This Is Us after being nominated for the second year in a row, while Samira Wiley won Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for The Handmaid's Tale. The sweep seemed all the more likely when a whopping 11 black actors were nominated in the guest acting categories.
- Megan Amram fails to win an Emmy for An Emmy for Megan, vows that Season 2 will be about "revenge"
- Rick and Morty wins its first Emmy, for Outstanding Animated Program
- Black Mirror creator Charlie Brooker says "never say never" to a "USS Callister" spinoff TV series after it won the Emmy for Outstanding Made for Television Movie
- Game of Thrones won seven awards at Creative Arts Emmys
- James Corden picked up two Emmys, including one for "Outstanding Actor" for his portrayal of James Corden in James Corden's Next James Corden
- Read the complete list of Creative Arts Emmy winners
# TOPICS: 70th Primetime Emmy Awards, An Emmy for Megan, Black Mirror, Game of Thrones, James Corden’s Next James Corden, Rick and Morty, James Corden, Katt Williams, Megan Amram, Ron Cephas Jones, Samira Wiley, Tiffany Haddish, African Americans and TV, Diversity, Emmys
Posted Tuesday 8/28/18 at 1:48PM EDT
Hulu orders two seasons of Solar Opposites, Rick and Morty co-creator Justin Roiland's new animated series
Hulu has ordered two eight-episode seasons of Solar Opposites, from Roiland and Rick and Morty writer Mike McMahan, that follows "a family of aliens from a better world who must take refuge in middle America. They disagree on whether this is awful or awesome."
Posted Wednesday 8/22/18 at 1:56PM EDT
Inaugural Adult Swim Festival to feature the first-ever Rick and Morty "Musical Ricksperience"
Composer Ryan Elder will perform his Rick and Morty music live as part of the first "Musical Ricksperience," featuring special surprise guests. The Adult Swim Festival will take place in downtown Los Angeles from Oct. 5 to 7. ALSO: Watch Adult Swim's Rick And Morty anime makeover.
Posted Thursday 8/02/18 at 10:51PM EDT
A Rick and Morty-themed pop-up bar is coming to Washington, D.C.
The bar, called Wubba Lubba Dub PUB, will open from Aug. 9 through Oct. 6 from Drink Company, which previously opened a Game of Thrones-themed pop-up bar. “I feel like every generation has their adult animated show,” says Drink Company CEO Angie Fetherston. “There are The Simpsons people, the South Park people, the Family Guy people. This is ours.”
Posted Tuesday 7/24/18 at 2:04PM EDT
Dan Harmon apologizes for "distasteful" 2009 baby doll rape video -- Adult Swim calls sketch "offensive" but won't reprimand him
The Rick and Morty co-creator, who deleted his Twitter account after the old video resurfaced during Comic-Con following James Gunn's firing from Disney's Guardians of the Galaxy, said in his apology: "In 2009, I made a ‘pilot’ which strove to parody the series Dexter and only succeeded in offending. I quickly realized the content was way too distasteful and took the video down immediately. Nobody should ever have to see what you saw and for that, I sincerely apologize." Adult Swim released its own statement saying, while it found the video offensive, Harmon won't be punished for the resurfaced video. “At Adult Swim, we seek out and encourage creative freedom and look to push the envelope in many ways, particularly around comedy,” the cable network said. “The offensive content of Dan’s 2009 video that recently surfaced demonstrates poor judgement and does not reflect the type of content we seek out. Dan recognized his mistake at the time and has apologized. He understands there is no place for this type of content here at Adult Swim.”
Posted Monday 7/23/18 at 4:11PM EDT
Dan Harmon leaves Twitter account after his 2009 video depicting the rape of a baby doll resuraces
The Rick and Morty co-creator's baby doll rape video was part of a five-minute comedy pilot called Daryl that Harmon made to spoof Showtime's Dexter. It was posted on Channel 101 in 2009, the same year he launched Community. The video resurfaced during Comic-Con, resulting in a backlash just days after Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn was fired for old offensive tweets.
Posted Tuesday 7/17/18 at 1:20PM EDT
Stranger Things, The Golden Girls and Rick and Morty are getting the Chia Pet treatment
Check out the upcoming Chia Pets, including one featuring Gaten Matarazzo's Dustin from Stranger Things.
Posted Monday 7/16/18 at 3:05PM EDT
Back to the Future's Christopher Lloyd would like to lend his voice to Rick and Morty
"I've seen a few episodes and I gotta tell you, I think it's a lot of fun," Lloyd said in an interview with the Phoenix New Times. "I know it's some kind of parody of Doc and Marty." The origins of Rick and Morty do indeed trace back to a short film by series co-creator Justin Roiland that spoofed Lloyd's Doc Brown character and Michael J. Fox's Marty McFly.
Posted Friday 7/13/18 at 2:51AM EDT
Emmy nominations showed some progress, but voters were still too reliant on old favorites
The Emmy nominations announced Thursday showed that "the industry and its members are still broadening their scope in terms of the voices and types of shows they recognize, which counts as progress," says Jen Chaney. "But there’s also still a repetitive quality in the nominations that has been endemic to the Emmys basically since forever and hasn’t quite gone away." Modern Family was finally dropped from the outstanding comedy series category, but every outstanding drama series contender this year has been nominated in the category before. "While most if not all of them are deserving, that speaks to a long-standing trend of carbon-copy voting," she says. She also points out that the same seven reality competition series were also re-nominated from last year. The outstanding variety talk series remained nearly identical from last year, too, with the exception of The Daily Show with Trevor Noah replacing Real Time with Bill Maher. The rubber-stamping is especially flagrant in the outstanding animated series category, which has often featured South Park and The Simpsons since the 1990s -- while rejecting groundbreaking animated shows like BoJack Horseman (Rick and Morty earned its first nomination in that category on Thursday). "I said this last year, I’m saying it now, and I’ll probably say it again at roughly this same time in 2019: the television landscape is enormous and the Emmy nominations recognize only a fraction of it," says Chaney. "That’s inevitable to an extent. There’s simply too much to nominate everything that’s deserving. But while Emmy voters are recognizing more of the breadth of quality viewing that exists, they could still do even better. More than anything, they need to be more daring, something that is, admittedly, hard to do when a persistent chunk of your voting block leans toward old favorites."
- Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos on his groundbreaking day: "I’m most happy that the nominations were spread out among 40 different shows"
- Freshman comedies had their best showing in two decades, while no freshman dramas were nominated for outstanding drama series
- Late-night hosts react to Emmy nominations: Jimmy Kimmel poked fun at ABC while celebrating his show's two noms
- This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman is honored to have the only network show up for best drama series: "To be popular and well-regarded by fancy people is exciting because it means we’re threading a very fine needle"
- This was the last chance for Emmy voters to pay proper respect to The Americans, and they did the bare minimum
- Comedy has benefitted the most from Peak TV, and TV Academy is starting to recognize that
- Winners and Losers: Comedy was the big winner this year, Drama was the big loser
- Ozark was a big disappointment because Netflix sunk a lot of money into its Emmy campaign, expecting it to become the next big awards competitor
Posted Wednesday 7/11/18 at 9:21PM EDT
Jeopardy! writer was allowed to devote a category to Rick and Morty
Staff writer Mark Gaberman was able to get his Rick and Morty category even though the head writer has never seen the Adult Swim hit.
Posted Friday 6/15/18 at 10:55PM EDT
Rick and Morty perfume!?
Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon weigh in on the best, weirdest and rejected Rick and Morty merchandise. "They were talking about perfume, and I was just like,'What? What the f*ck is that gonna be?”"
Posted Friday 6/15/18 at 12:35PM EDT
Rick and Morty is back to work, and co-creator Justin Roiland promises no more big gaps between seasons
“We‘re super excited that, for the first time ever, we’re locked in, we know what the future is, we have job security,” Roiland said of Adult Swim's recent 70-episode renewal. He added that co-creator Dan Harmon "is in great spirits, we have a great writer’s room. We want the episodes to stay good, but we do also want to try to turn them around a little quicker now that we have this big order, I think it gives us the ability to be faster. We’re not going to do these long breaks, these chasms in between seasons anymore. We’re going to schedule vacation time and just keep the machine going. It’s going to be really cool.”