Hulu has made a two-season order for Justin Roiland and Mike McMahan’s animated comedy, Solar Opposites, the announcement of which comes not too long after Adult Swim officially extended the run of Roiland and Dan Harmon’s incredibly popular Rick & Morty. The new series will see Roiland and McMahan serve as writers and executive producers, and will, unsurprisingly, makes use of Roiland’s voice talents, having him voice a pair of aliens named Terry and Korvo.
The basic premise of Solar Opposites finds a family of extraterrestrials making a go of it on Earth, following the destruction of their home planet. Roiland tweeted about the project back in 2015, offering up some details about the series’ premise, as well as some of the character specifics. For instance, one of the aliens, Terry, is apparently quite the ladies’ man, which is remarkable since not only is he from another planet, but he’s also a bit of a slob. This was several years ago, so, although it seems the series is still sticking with the names of the aliens in question, it’s unclear whether or not the character details remain the same.
As reported by Variety, back in 2015, the series was in development with 20th Century Fox Television, presumably to air on FOX. 20th Century Fox will still serve as producer on the series, even though it’s now moved to the streaming service.
Our heroes somehow against all odds found earth. pic.twitter.com/7iUohWwbIM— Justin Roiland (@JustinRoiland) September 12, 2015
Impact day. 200 pairs (and their replicants) were chosen by lottery to blast off in ships the day the comet hit. pic.twitter.com/zwxUC5fjV1— Justin Roiland (@JustinRoiland) September 12, 2015
Human girls love Terry. In fact... Everybody loves terry! He's the messy irresponsible one! TV trope! Odd couple! pic.twitter.com/6yWyJGYwJm— Justin Roiland (@JustinRoiland) September 12, 2015
The move is great for Hulu’s original content lineup, as Roiland and McMahan have a certain amount of clout thanks to their involvement in Rick & Morty (on which McMahan is also a writer). Additionally, this marks only the second (presumably) adult-oriented cartoon to make its way to Hulu. The first was Seth Meyers’ superhero spoof, The Awesomes, which ran for three seasons before being canceled in 2015.
Aside from the early look Roiland provided on his Twitter account a few years ago, there’s not much information to go on with regard to the tone of the show or its intended audience. Given Roiland and McMahan’s track record, one could venture a guess that Solar Opposites will be in the vein of Rick & Morty; that is, leaning more toward a TV-MA rating. Thankfully, they won’t run into any content restrictions on Hulu, making this an ideal situation.
Solar Opposites does not currently have a premiere date.