We reported earlier this year that Dan Harmon created an Adult Swim pilot called Rick and Morty with his Channel 101 cohort Justin Roiland, but just this weekend, it was announced via Roiland’s Twitter that Adult Swim has ordered the show to series. Harmon and Dino Stamatopoulos’s production company, Starburns Industries, also confirmed the news via Twitter. The first season order is for ten half-hour episodes that are expected to air in late 2013. Rick and Morty follows a genius inventor and his non-genius grandson and is based on Roiland’s old Channel 101 shorts “The Real Animated Adventures of Doc and Mharti,” which are based on Doc Brown and Marty McFly from Back to the Future. So, start saving some DVR space for “sometime in late 2013” right now.
UPDATE: Deadline reports that the show will premiere in 2014, not 2013 as Roiland and company tweeted.
Check out art from the Adult Swim series and the original “Doc and Mharti” shorts after the jump:
A poster by Rick and Morty lead designer Myke Chilian, via his Tumblr.
A Rick and Morty production sheet.