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Prelude to a Kill...
HankCo
jacksonpublick
If you've never watched one of our episodes on adultswim.com, this is your week to do it!

Why? Because it's the only place (short of the season 3 DVD anyway) to see a full extra two minutes we had to cut out of the broadcast version. Far from the usual "padding" or "meandering bullshit" we normally cut from our episodes, these two minutes are actually an action-packed, hilarious and entirely self-contained scene that you will not want to miss! The new episodes usually premiere online at about 6pm EST, but sometimes they're up earlier than that.

. . .

So here we are again...about to launch into another epic two-part season finale. Season 3 has been a long haul, and it's not even over for us yet. We still have to mix the final final episode and deliver it to the network, which will happen around Monday. We've not had a break since April or May of 2007, and though my load has been lightened in recent weeks, it doesn't look like we'll get a proper one until Season 4 is finished...

...but we haven't exactly started Season 4 yet. Well, we have and we haven't. It seems we were a bit premature and overly optimistic when we launched headlong into production over a month ago. Doc and I struggled to turn our first two scripts in late, and it was immediately apparent that we would not be able to continue on through the season in that vein. So the first two episodes were designed and storyboarded, we recorded one of them (with special guest star, the legendary Kevin Conroy!), and then we sent everyone on the staff home for six weeks. Which is easily the suckiest thing I've ever had to do on this show. The deadlines on the last few season 3 episodes were just too tight, and we were just too exhausted to start sprinting into production full steam right away. Aside from being impossible, the quality would have seriously suffered, so we're taking this month to finish post-production, rest a bit, regroup and recharge. Our plan is to get a couple of scripts ahead and then resume production in mid-September. I'm not sure yet where that puts us in terms of a Season 4 premiere date, but I'm guessing we're looking at next Fall.

In Other News...
• I had a blast at the San Diego Comicon this year. As usual, the fans were fantastic--a pleasure to meet and sign for--and I saw some hysterically great Venture Bros. costumes. The rest of my time was spent drinking with old friends, drooling over turn-of-the-century prints I'll never be able to afford at Century Guild Gallery's booth, ogling Hayden Panettierre from afar, perusing The Watchmen's Owl Ship, and discovering that Patton Oswalt has a huge geek chubby for The Venture Bros. I also received the coolest, weirdest gift from a fan ever--only to discover it missing from my mysteriously open suitcase when it came around the baggage carousel back at JFK.

• Doc and I will be attending DragonCon down in Atlanta together, as it turns out. We're set to do a panel on Saturday--though I don't know what time yet, or who else will be on it--and we'll undoubtedly arrange some sort of signing during the weekend as well.

The Dark Knight was really excellent.

• I don't know where I've been for the past few years, but I finally discovered and got hooked on Brian K. Vaughan's Ex-Machina comic series last week and blew through every trade paperback and uncollected issue in about two days. Check it out. Especially if you're a New Yorker.

Persepolis and The Diving Bell and the Butterfly were pretty great. Best DVD double feature I've enjoyed in years. Way better than the night I got In Bruges and 10,000 B.C. on Pay-Per-View.

Lastly, A Quick Update About Shirt Club...
A very small minority of you Shirt Club members have fallen victim to American Apparel's continued ham-handed customer service in that a handful of the Dean, Camp Rusty, and Order of the Triad orders are still outstanding. The full supply of Dr. Girlfriend shirts are shipping as I write this, though, and the O.S.I. shirts are on-track for on-time delivery. The Original Team Venture shirts will probably suffer some delays, however, as ringer style t-shirts always seem to give us the most trouble. Again, apologies to all those affected by these delays, and thanks for your continued patronage.


We Love You,

JP



Life imitates Art, courtesy of The Venture Bros. and Siobhan Mullen's deft camera
. Click on Siobhan's name and check out her blog for more delightful photos and the occasional Venture Bros. behind-the-scenes post.

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It'll be worth the wait!

You guys are putting out the best show on TV, no need to rush yourselves.

It should be very interesting to see what got cut out...

Season 3 is almost over? It feels like it just started.

Brian K. Vaughn is amazing. It sucks that Y: The Last Man (the movie) seems to be in production hell.

would you consider pursuing Will Arnett as voice talent for a villain on the show? i've been waiting to here that guy spit pure evil since the first arrested development and there's no better mix of comedy and drama than your stuff.

also if you're ever hard up for talent and cash, i work for free: http://switchpod.com/users/yahweh/feed.xml

OMG yes, please use Will Arnett!!!

Also, I loved last weeks episode. We just sat there, stunned, for minutes after it ended, trying to absorbed everything that just happened! Wow.

Edited at 2008-08-15 08:29 pm (UTC)

How come Adult Swim stuff never goes to syndication? It'd be neat to see old Venture Bros episodes on the local Fox affiliate after a Season 7 episode of The Simpsons.

Generally a show has to reach either five seasons or 100 episodes to be in syndication. Granted, there are exceptions, but those are few and far between.

I look forward to seeing you at D*C again. The convention's con suite will be hosting a wedding reception for the Monarch and Dr. Girlfriend this year as their party theme. It's on Sunday at 3pm. :)



OMG, the Guild stole someone's gift to you! That stinks. :(

Everybody needs a break sometimes. Don't worry, we'll be waiting when you're all rested up and ready to go.

Who steals a gift? Granted, thievery is wrong no matter the provenance of the item, but come on now. I wonder for our world.

Yay now I have an excuse to watch the Venture Brothers early this week.

Also, I just wanted to say, you have a wonderful taste in music.

I am waiting with bated breath, both for my Order of the Triad shirt and for seeing you and Doc at Dragon*Con. Go Team Venture!

*cry* thank you for deciding to attend dragon con! i saw doc hammer listed on the website a few weeks ago, but i didnt know you would come too. and thank you so much for not making us wait another full year for season 4. oh, bless you!! i am so pleased!

Please tell me you got Kevin Conroy to sing.

I don't care what anybody says. The episode of Justice League where Wonder Woman was turned into a pig and Batman sang at the end was A. MAZ. ING.

Despite my love for Y the Last Man and Runaways, I'm only recently discovering Ex Machina as well. I've decided to read it as the hardcovers come out. The first volume is pretty spectacular.

Even though this glorious season is soon to end, I look forward to the off-topic commentary on the DVD set.

My sincerest thanks to you and Doc for making TV worth watching.

Thank you for all your hard work, it really is paying off and it's been another fabulous ride.

Season 3 has been epic, sucks that its almost over but I cant wait for the 2 part finale! You guys rock so hard for doing this!!

I'm all tingly for the finale...

mrmihocik

2008-08-15 06:49 pm (UTC)

Jackson,

Season three has been fantastic, so I can only assume the finale will be even better. Shirt Club was an amazing addition to the funness of this season (you really should do a short featurette on the DVD if theres still time!) Speaking of the DVD, sit closer to the microphone on the commentaries this year!

Dr. GF shirt is amazing. I just got it this morning, and wow, the facial detail is amazing. The picture on astrobasego does not do this shirt justice.

We love you too!

PS: Monarch shirt this or next week I hope!
PPS: Rocked my Rusty Day Camp shirt to the Radiohead concert last Monday. Go Team Rusty!

Re: I'm all tingly for the finale...

jacksonpublick

2008-08-15 09:00 pm (UTC)

Adult Swim has a Monarch t-shirt for sale in their online store, so we won't be doing one in Shirt Club (I swear we were going to make the exact same one before we saw theirs, though!)

Seeya at D*C! I'll be the one chasing you to audition for the live action Dr. Girlfriend role :P

Honey, you got the part in my book.

I'm smart enough to chose a good season 4 later over an immediate one regardless of what it does to you guys. Looking forward to Season 3 DVD.

I love Hank with the foil on his head. :)

How about a push for more episodes during season 5? Or is that asking too much? Pwease? o.o

More episodes would just mean a longer wait between seasons.

I can't wait!!!
Oh, and will there be a Christmas special this year???

No Christmas special this year, sorry.

Patton Oswalt has a huge geek chubby for The Venture Bros.

Out of all of the comedians playing the attorneys on The Root Of All Evil he's my favorite.

as a data point:

i think this is your strongest season so far. it's really fantastic.

I really must agree with Gillan, your plot and character development has truly been something to behold.
I certainly hope that you and Doc and everyone else involved realize just how smart and talented you all are.

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