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Adult Swim Renews Smiling Friends, My Adventures With Superman

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Good news out of Atlanta today — Adult Swim agreed to continue producing two of its better new originals: Smiling Friends and My Adventures With Superman. Introduced in 2022 and 2023 respectively, they are currently midway through their second seasons, and rapidly growing into hits for the channel. This was never a guarantee, so we can breathe easier.

In the new cutthroat corporate culture at WB, no sign of success is a sign of safety. When Zaslav took the chair he engaged in a round of slashing and burning that abruptly ended the promising Tuca & Bertie, the rising Three Busy Debras and the already iconic Joe Pera Talks With You — three shows that would’ve headlined the network if they had lived to this day.

Smiling Friends is the funniest show Adult Swim has put on in years, and one it desperately needed (Rick and Morty isn’t getting any younger). It revolves around Pim and Charlie, two employees of a weird corporation devoted to making its clients smile no matter what. The show is a feast for the eyes, using a variety of animation styles to create its world, and it’s also jaw-dropping air-wheezing pants-wetting hilarious. It was created by Zach Hadel and Michael Cusack.

My Adventures With Superman was obviously meant for Cartoon Network — it’s rated TV-PG but the content rarely floats above TV-G. However, it probably would not have found its audience in the daytime. The show is about a young Clark Kent, Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen, all new and inexperienced in their respective jobs. This would be the first season produced under the knowledge it’s running on Adult Swim, so they could start pushing things a bit further, but the beauty of this show is that it’s not really necessary. If it lost its wholesomeness, it’d kind of lose its charm.

AS has also announced two new shows that will debut soon: Oh My God, Yes! A Series Of Extremely Relatable Circumstances, based on the book of the same name by Adele “Supreme” Williams, and Ha Ha, You Clowns, which is reported to be a series of unrelated shorts.

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