Rick and MortyLatest News and Opinion
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.”
Posted Friday 6/08/18 at 11:16PM EDT
Justin Roiland wrote a custom Rick and Morty song for Kanye West's 41st birthday
Kim Kardashian tweeted the song for her husband's birthday today. Last month, Kanye West reacted to the Rick and Morty renewal news by tweeting: "This is the greatest news...This is my favorite show...I’ve seen every episode at least 5 times each." ALSO: Check out Rick and Morty portal bookends.
Posted Tuesday 6/05/18 at 10:48PM EDT
Why did Elon Musk wear a Rick and Morty shirt to a Tesla shareholders meeting?
The billionaire mogul, who has expressed his fandom for the Adult Swim series before, apparently tried to show how big a fan he was on Tuesday by wearing a shirt depicting the "Butter Robot," a minor character that appeared only once in a Season 1 episode.
Posted Thursday 5/31/18 at 1:46PM EDT
Rick and Morty creators held out until Adult Swim gave them "many, many, many more seasons"
In a GQ profile of co-creator Dan Harmon, he and fellow co-creator Justin Roiland explain why the renewal took so long. Roiland said they held out for up to seven seasons' worth of episodes for their own state of mind -- so that Harmon “doesn't have to take 12 other jobs while we're working on season four." That way, Harmon could give the show the attention it deserves. ALSO: Roiland says Harmon and Rick are starting to merge in his mind.
Posted Friday 5/25/18 at 10:33AM EDT
Rick and Morty co-creator is making good on a Season 2 joke by selling a special edition Legend of Zelda game for $1,000.
Will Justin Roiland's plan become the next Szechuan Sauce?
Posted Friday 5/18/18 at 11:54PM EDT
What Rick and Morty's DVD commentaries reveal about Season 3
Blu-ray/DVD commentaries reveal that "Pickle Rick" was inspired by Ratatouille, Breaking Bad inspired two Season 3 episodes and co-creator Dan Harmon worried about the show's continuity based on his Community experience.
Posted Saturday 5/12/18 at 12:41AM EDT
Why Rick and Morty's 70-episode renewal is a bad idea
The Adult Swim series could go on for as long as 10 seasons. But how many shows are still good in Season 10?
Posted Thursday 5/10/18 at 9:39PM EDT
Rick and Morty's Blu-ray release offers commentary from Courtney Love with Marilyn Manson
The pair discuss "sexual shenanigans" multiple times, according to Beckett Mufson, who adds: "It’s old pals Courtney and Marilyn who truly shine in a surreal, free-flowing, NC-17 rated convo that, at times, sounds as though the two forgot they were being recorded. It’s a racy, madcap, and ultimately thrilling romp through their psyches." ALSO: Kanye West is psyched for the Rick and Morty renewal news, calling it "my favorite show .... I've seen episode at least 5 times each."
Posted Thursday 5/10/18 at 1:22PM EDT
Adult Swim gives Rick and Morty a massive 70-episode renewal
The 70-episode pickup is more than double the 31 episodes Rick and Morty has produced in three seasons. The renewal is part of a long-term overall deal with creators Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland. "Rick and Morty is truly what a modern day hit looks like across multiple screens and multiple touchpoints,” says Cartoon Network president Christina Miller. The 70-episode order will bring Rick and Morty to 101 episodes, one past the magic number for syndication. According to The Hollywood Reporter, " Rick and Morty renewal was given, but the extent of this new pact is quite unexpected. Should Roiland and Harmon maintain anything close to their current production schedule, this will keep the show on the air for as long as another decade." ALSO: The question now is, when will Rick and Morty return?
Posted Tuesday 5/08/18 at 9:08PM EDT
Atlanta, Rick and Morty and Westworld are revolutionizing TV episode descriptions
Atlanta's episode descriptions are written in the voice of an omniscient hype man, as Clayton Purdom points out. Mr. Robot uses an all-lowercase, acronym- and internet-speak voice, while Westworld is written in character as one of the show's hosts. As Purdom notes, "over the past few years, some of the best shows on television have flagrantly defied the traditional episode description—that terse sentence-or-so description of the main conflict, with maybe a hint toward the B-line, that have accompanied TV listings since time immemorial. The first show I really noticed flouting these convention was Rick And Morty, whose 'broh'-filled episode descriptions sound like recommendations from a skeezy stoner friend."