Considering Rick And Morty is one of the most popular shows running right now, and earlier this year secured an unprecedented 70 episode renewal from Adult Swim, it makes sense that other networks and streaming services would look to secure the services of some of the creators behind the series.
That’s exactly what Hulu has done, as they’ve given a two-season, 16 episode order to Solar Opposites, an animated series from Rick And Morty co-creator Justin Roiland and one of the show’s writers and executive producers, Mike McMahan.
Solar Opposites follows a family of aliens from a more advanced world than ours who take refuge in middle America. That’s all we know about the premise, but Roiland is confirmed as voicing two of the characters, while Sean Giambrone (The Goldbergs) and comedian Mary Mack are also a part of the cast.
The series will come from 20th Century Fox TV and will be Hulu’s first animated show from the studio. It is slated to premiere in 2020, with Roiland and McMahan expected to split their time between this new show and Rick And Morty, which should continue well into the 2020s after its massive renewal.
Hulu is doubling down on adult animated content, which has proven to be a genre that consistently draws in subscribers. It is already the streaming home of animated shows such as Bob’s Burgers, South Park, and Family Guy.
The streaming service is also looking to expand its slate of original productions. It recently picked up a second season of Castle Rock, based on the stories of Stephen King, while they’ve also ordered shows such as the George Clooney-produced adaptation of Catch-22, the Aidy Bryant-led comedy Shrill, a show based on Anne Rice‘s Vampire Chronicles novels, and a revival of Veronica Mars.
That’s an intriguing set of projects, and while Netflix will likely still remain the undisputed king of streaming at this time thanks to seemingly unlimited funds at their disposal, some serious competition is developing. The addition of Solar Opposites will only draw more subscribers to Hulu once it premieres sometime in 2020.