After months of awaiting word of a new season, we know now that "The Venture Bros." will be back on Adult Swim! However, the weekly series may not return this year.
The timing of the announcement was somewhat accidental. During a post on his livejournal, Jackson Publick (aka Christopher McCulloch) related the news after he and his collaborator Doc Hammer blabbed about the pickup during commentaries for the new "Venture Bros. Season 4 Vol. #2" DVD set.
"We’ve recently signed a new contract with adultswim to produce two more seasons of ‘The Venture Bros,’ wrote Publick. "Doc and I officially started writing last week. Though, in truth, we technically started writing season 5 last year when we accidentally brainstormed a handful of (we think) pretty hot new stories while we were writing the season 4 finale. Our goal is to have enough scripts to comfortably begin pre-production by June."
Jackson also explained why they waited so long to confirm the pick up.
"I’ve been promising Big News for a while, but have had to keep it under wraps," related Publick. "Mostly because contracts take a long time to work out (even when all parties agree to their contents) and the PR department would prefer to be professional and make a proper to-do about the timing and presentation of said Big News."
"However… It just occurred to me that Doc and I mouthed off about our big news all over the DVD commentaries, assuming when we recorded them in November/December that this would all be public knowledge by now," continued Publick. "And since our fans seem to enjoy listening to the commentary tracks the day our DVDs come out–and then immediately discussing them on the internet (FIRST!)–this particular cat will soon be out of this particular bag anyway. So who better than this confessed cat person to deliver it safely?"
Additionally, Publick revealed the existence of a possible "Venture Bros." movie or special.
"Our contract also includes a long-form (60-90 min.) Venture Bros. special," said Publick. "Don’t ask me when we’ll make it, what it’s going to be about, or whether it’ll be on TV or direct-to-DVD, because we don’t have a clue yet. Nevertheless: good news!"
And to mitigate the potential long absence of the series from Adult Swim, Publick added "We’ve been secretly working on an 11 minute ‘Venture Bros.’ special for the past couple of months. A sort of light-hearted, one-off little aperitif we’re producing and animating entirely in-house at Titmouse Studios in NY and LA. It will premiere some time this summer."