To say the former HBO Max doesn’t have the best reputation for animation as of late is an understatement, but rumors of its demise seem to be exaggerated. There are plenty of animated shows coming to the service within the next year, and they were collectively confirmed in a new press release sent out by Max yesterday. This is the same press release that confirmed Season 2 of Velma, and that’s all any other news outlet is focusing on, but there are plenty of things with actual promise that deserve a bit of attention. (Like Clone High, which is running this very second. Get to watching so it can live!)
First off, Max has revealed Harley Quinn Season Four will premiere sometime this summer, and it will be followed up by a spinoff, “Kite Man: Hell Yeah!” This show was originally announced as “Noonan’s” because the premise is that Kite Man purchases the bar by that name that has appeared in past HQ episodes. James Gunn’s “Creature Commandos,” the first series to be borne from the DC’s new cimenatic continuity, is also set to premiere soon.
A second season of “Ten Year Old Tom” is set for the end of this month. The series follows the misadventures of an average kid as he contends with questionable guidance from the well-meaning grownups around him. Look for Season 2 to start June 29.
“Young Love” is now slated for the fall (see splash image). This new series is an expansion of the animated short “Hair Love” and centers around the relationship between millennial parents Stephen and Angela and their daughter Zuri. Their last name is “Young,” to give the title some meaning. “Young Love” will star the voices of Scott “Kid Cudi” Mescudi, Issa Rae, Loretta Devine, Harry Lennix, Tamar Braxton and Brooke Conaway.
After that, the long-awaited Adventure Time spinoff “Fionna and Cake” will premiere. In the premise of the original series, Fionna and Cake aren’t real — they’re a fanfiction written by the Ice King — but that’s only in this dimension. There’s a world where Fionna and Cake truly exist and they’re about to embark on a multiverse-hopping adventure with the help of Simon (the man the Ice King was, and now is). WB mentions “a powerful new antagonist [is] determined to track them down and erase them from existence.”
Max has other animated projects waiting in the wings as well. The following shows are now in development:
Keeping Up with the Joneses
The Newberrys struggle to hold onto their past glory while living in the shadow of Jerry Jones and their other rich neighbors in the wealthy Dallas suburb of Highland Park.
From Tom Kauffman (“Rick and Morty”) Anything Factory follows Henry Zingo as he returns home to reconnect with his ailing father and help his sister manage the family business: A Wonka-esque factory riddled with ethics violations.
Tati Cruz has inherited her father’s old Bodega and vows to keep the business booming in a fast changing Nueva York with the help of her husband, three kids, and Rocky the bodega cat.