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Adult Swim an­nounced two slates of pro­gram­ming in ad­vance of its re­cent up­front event: one for the top-rated ca­ble net­work and one for AdultSwim.com, which has seen dou­ble-digit growth across mul­ti­ple plat­forms and mo­bile gam­ing.

New on-air an­i­mated pro­gram­ming in­cludes Ro­bot Chicken: The Walk­ing Dead Spe­cial, Brad Neely’s Harg Nallin’ Sclo­pio Peepio and the much-an­tic­i­pated re­turns of Gen­ndy Tar­takovsky’s Sa­mu­rai Jack and anime hit FLCL. An­i­mated pi­lots in­clude La­zor Wulf from Henry Bonsu and Daniel Wei­den­feld ( China, IL) and Chuck Deuce cre­ated by Chioke “Stretch” McCoy and Matt Iles, pro­duced by mu­sic rep Jenn Tol­man.

Orig­i­nal con­tent set for AdultSwim.com in­cludes Stupid Morn­ing Bulls***, Wil­liams Street Swap Shop, Call of Karaoke and De­vel­op­ment Meet­ing, as well as anime fan show Toon­ami: Pre-Flight and FishCen­ter.

Re­turn­ing orig­i­nal an­i­mated se­ries are Mike Tyson Mys­ter­ies, Mr. Pick­les, Ro­bot Chicken, Rick and Morty, Squid­bil­lies and The Ven­ture Bros.

New an­i­ma­tion ac­qui­si­tions are Gun­dam: Iron-Blooded Or­phans, Hunter X Hunter and Di­men­sion W.

Re­turn­ing an­i­ma­tion ac­qui­si­tions are Amer­i­can Dad!, Bob’s Burg­ers, Cleve­land Show, Dragonball Z Kai, Fam­ily Guy, Inuyasha: The Fi­nal Act, King of the Hill, Naruto: Ship­pu­den, Ob­longs, One Piece, Parasyte: The Maxim and Sa­mu­rai Cham­ploo.

Out­stand­ing Achieve­ment in An­i­ma­tion Pro­duc­tion De­sign: Ivan Viaranchyk, Night Shad­ows

Spe­cial Jury Award for Com­edy in An­i­ma­tion: Kristina Martin, Sprigs and Pars­ley in: Cof­fee Ta­ble ex­ec­u­tive pro­duce, along with John W. Hyde of Re­hab En­ter­tain­ment and Blues Broth­ers man­ager Eric Gard­ner. The stu­dio will be­gin shop­ping the project to broad­cast­ers this month.

Early Man busi­ness and tak­ing a $147 mil­lion write off in its sec­ond fis­cal quar­ter earn­ings. ... Fre­mantleMe­dia Kids & Fam­ily and CBBC will bring back the re­vived Dan­ger Mouse for a sec­ond sea­son of his rein­vig­o­rated an­i­mated ad­ven­tures. ... PBS KIDS set the pre­miere of its new­est Jim Hen­son Co. show,

If you’re like this hum­ble ed­itrix, you are cursed by the sched­ul­ing gods and there­fore missed Bob’s Burg­ers Live! last month. But just be­cause we are scorned by heaven doesn’t mean we can’t bring some BB fla­vor into our lives! So strap on your apron and/or pink bunny ears, and let’s get grilling.

In­spired by the show’s iconic Burger of the Day gag, which lets cre­ator Loren Bouchard and his writ­ing team flex their word­play mus­cles, the Burger Book con­tains 75 orig­i­nal, prac­ti­cal recipes whipped up by Cole Bow­den for his fan-cui­sine blog The Bob’s Burg­ers Ex­per­i­ment.

With col­or­ful char­ac­ter il­lus­tra­tions, easy to fol­low di­rec­tions and recipes like “Bleu Is the Warm­est Cheese Burger,” “Br­uschetta-Bout-It Burger” and “I Know Why the Ca­jun Burger Sings,” it’s half cook­book, half mem­o­ra­bilia and 100 per­cent bad dad joke.

E3 Expo brings the fu­ture of gam­ing to L.A. this week. [e3­expo.com] Don’t miss eye open­ing tech talks, pre­sen­ta­tions, demos and the an­nual Com­puter An­i­ma­tion Fes­ti­val at SIGGRAPH in Ana­heim. [s2016.siggraph.org]

Di­rec­tor An­drew Stan­ton had no in­ten­tion of mak­ing a se­quel to his 2003 Pixar hit Find­ing Nemo. Hav­ing lived with that movie for years and seen it hun­dreds of times while mak­ing it, he con­sid­ered it a com­pleted work and had moved on to other projects.

But that all changed in early 2011 when he watched the movie for the first time in years as Pixar pre­pared to re­lease a stereo­scopic 3D ver­sion of the movie.

“It was prob­a­bly the most ob­jec­tive I’d been watch­ing the film, since I’d been away from it so long, and I sur­prised my­self by walk­ing out of it wor­ry­ing about Dory,” he says. “I re­al­ized that her char­ac­ter could eas­ily for­get this new fam­ily she had found and might not find them again. And that kind of stuck with me.”

When that idea re­fused to go away, Stan­ton re­al­ized he had to give it some at­ten­tion.

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