Venture Bros. Revival Is In The Works At HBO Max

By Doug Norrie | 2 weeks ago

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Venture Bros. fans were rightfully bummed back in September when it looked like the long-running Cartoon Network show wouldn’t be returning. The trials and tribulations of Hank and Dean, half-wits who only half-save the world on a weekly basis, would come to an end. The show’s long-running timeline, though rather obscure status, made it something of a cult hit for the network, and hardcore fans had reason to mourn the loss. But worry not folks, some social media juju has the rumor mill spinning that The Venture Bros. might be returning sooner than later. 

Fans were dealt a blow in September when Publick announced that The Venture Bros. had been canceled and wouldn’t be back for an eighth season. With the slightest hope that HBO Max would pick it up, fans took to the internet to voice their displeasure, but they did so under the idea that there remained a chance it could return on another platform.  With the show possibly returning, it looks like the effort may have worked. 

The tweet above is reason for The Venture Bros. fans to not think this is some half-baked internet rumor. Andy Forssell was named the head honcho at HBO Max back in August. This is the big guns talking about how the platform is “working on it” when it comes to the show. There’s no reason to throw this out there from his high perch if they didn’t have real traction on the eighth season. 

HBO Max and Comedy Central are now linked with content. In late October, the platform and channel signed a deal to carry shows like South Park, Chappelle’s Show, Key & Peele, and the rest of the Comedy Central catalog. It was a distribution deal, not a creative deal though Andy Forssell’s tweet suggests there could be even more overlap with the two entities going forward. 

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The Venture Bros. began all the way back in 2003 as a simple project from creator Christopher McCulloch, who’s better known under his pen name, Jackson Publick. The show is a play on old-school Saturday morning schlocky cartoons in which the children, unwittingly thrust into dangerous and evil situations, actually end up saving the day, instead of their parents who were tasked with the world-saving to begin with. Unlike those shows of the past, where the kids were super high-functioning, Hank and Dean are complete and utter dopes. 

The Venture Bros. began all the way back in 2003 as a simple project from creator Christopher McCulloch, who’s better known under his pen name, Jackson Publick. The show is a play on old-school Saturday morning schlocky cartoons in which the children, unwittingly thrust into dangerous and evil situations, actually end up saving the day, instead of their parents who were tasked with the world-saving to begin with. Unlike those shows of the past, where the kids were super high-functioning, Hank and Dean are complete and utter dopes. 

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Though originally airing 17 years ago, The Venture Bros. has only aired seven seasons. Such a small number of seasons over such a long timeline is remarkable for any show and a testament to its staying power, considering it never reached critical mass in terms of overall popularity. But the show retained a hardcore fanbase and continuously evolved over the nearly two decades on the air. 

Comedy Central and HBO Max’s relationship could mean great things for both engaging in the shows we already know and love, but also picking up other works that may not have had staying power on the network alone. The Venture Bros. returning could be the first sign of that. 

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