Turns out there was good reason Adult Swim was taking its time on deciding to renew their iconic animated series “Rick and Morty,” and it wasn’t a question of if so much as ‘how big a renewal’. Today comes the news and it’s a whopper.
THR reports that in a new ‘longterm deal’, the network has handed out a 70-episode order of the cult cartoon from co-creators Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon. That is more than double the 31 episodes that have aired to date across three seasons and pushes it past the 100 episode number which allows for rich syndication deals.
Should it stick to the current episode count, it would take the show through to a tenth season airing sometime well into the late 2020s, though no time frame for the episodes has been announced.
“Rick and Morty” has become the flagship show of Adult Swim, ranking as TV’s No. 1 comedy, cable or broadcast, among millennials in 2017. To celebrate the news Adult Swim is rolling out a multi-city pop-up, the Rickmobile, to cater to the fervent fan base kicking off May 17th in Atlanta and ending at San Diego Comic Con in July.
Source: “Rick and Morty” To Get 70 New Episodes – Dark Horizons