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A Bold New Day Dawns...
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Aside from a tiny photo of the back of a tiny, naked head, I haven't posted in like four months. No doubt if you're reading this blog, you care about The Venture Bros.. And if both of those things are true, then you probably have some questions about the upcoming season, and just what the hell we think we're doing over here at the AstroBase. Questions such as...

"WHEN WILL SEASON 4.2 FINALLY AIR?"


According to some other blogs and apparently the adultswim website, we're supposed to be premiering in August. I say this because I haven't been told an official date by anyone yet. But August sounds about right.

"AUGUST?! BUT DOESN'T THAT SUCK?"


Yes it does, but don't blame the network. They couldn't get it on much sooner than that if they tried. Why? Because we suck. I know...when we split the season into two halves last year we promised to have the second half on by spring or early summer of this year. But we got a later start on these episodes than we originally intended. Suffice to say neither half of Season 4 has been easy to produce...

In the end, it'll all be worth it. We think you're going to really dig these next eight episodes. We seem to have re-embraced the show's sci-fi/comic book/adventure roots, and as much as it was a struggle to write them, they're a whole lot of fun. Lots more development of Hank and Dean, lots of new characters, and lots of old faces returning both triumphantly and trivially.



Back in November, I wrote that we were working on our script for the season finale. And that was true...we ended up turning it in, just before Christmas, several weeks late. But over the break, Doc and I took another look at it and we weren't 100% happy with it. Despite being a good script (and well-received by the network), we just didn't feel right about ending a 16 episode season with a single half hour episode. Especially not one that, despite cutting a bunch of stuff we loved, we'd over-written to the point that it would have to suffer massive cuts in the editing process...

So we called the network and asked them if they'd give us the time and money to take the script back and turn it into a one-hour special. And they said yes. Which brings us to...

"WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU GUYS DOING OVER THERE?"


After spending January re-writing the finale script--and February and March designing and storyboarding it--we are currently editing the animatic for what will be a Very Special Venture Bros. Season Finale Hour-Long Extravaganza.

Which is another reason why we won't be premiering until August. And why the finale probably won't air until December. But hey--that's an extra half an hour of Venture-y goodness for your patience, right? What we take away with one hand, we give back with the other...



Meanwhile, we've received rough cuts of the first three episodes of Season 4.5 from our overseas studio so far. The screen-grabbed evidence of which is strewn about this entry. We get a new one every two weeks and then spend about 4-5 days reviewing every frame for mistakes, during which we yell at our monitors and each other and compile a list of retakes to send back.



So yeah, that's where we're at in production right now. What else?

"WHAT'S THIS I KEEP HEARING ABOUT TOYS?!"
It's probably not news to anyone by now, but we have indeed struck a deal with Bif Bang Pow! to produce a line of Venture Bros. action figures (and bobbleheads). At Toy Fare in February, Bif Bang Pow unveiled several prototypes.



I say again...prototypes. These are not the final figures. Since those photos were released, we've been working closely with Jason Lenzi to get the head sculpts, outfits and proportions just right. We're even contributing to the packaging...

Some of you--most likely those of you born after 1978--will never be happy with our choice to go with a retro "Mego style" design, but Doc and I think it's pretty fucking funny. And what is this whole Venture Bros. business about if not a doomed attempt to re-live our childhoods? So there.

Anyway, I'm told the first wave of figures will hit the streets right around the time of the San Diego Comic Con...so start saving your pennies now. And then, in July, go to the bank and get them changed to $20 bills...because we hate pennies, and we will not accept them.

"I LOVE LASERS. ESPECIALLY LASERS THAT PLAY DIGITAL MEDIA. WHAT ABOUT DVDs?"


We were originally going to hold off on producing any DVDs of Season 4 until all 16 episodes were complete and we could release one massive boxed set, but given the massive amount of time between seasonal halves, that's pretty unlikely now. The current plan is to release a standard def DVD of the first 8 episodes sometime between July and October (depending on how quickly we get our acts together to record commentary, dig up special features and design the packaging), and then release both a standard def DVD of the second 8 episodes and a Blu-Ray of the entire 16 episode season in March. But that's all I know right now, so don't ask me any questions about it.

"ARE YOU GUYS DOING ANY OF THE CONVENTIONS THIS SUMMER?"

Convention season is many months away, but people are asking us to commit to appearances at both the San Diego Comic Con and Dragon Con. And we've done just that--committed to appearing at both. But again, that's all I know right now, so...

WE LOVE YOU,

JP



Well, I'm super stoked that we get an hour long finale, and that the network were so accommodating. Good stuff.

Also, are any of the Seasons beyond the first ever going to get released on DVD in the UK? Because the lack of them over here is kind of breaking my heart. Or, you know, it's kind of frustrating anyway.

You know, I ask the network people about foreign DVDs every once in a while and I'm never able to get a straight answer out of anybody. Because I'll never be truly fulfilled as a comedy writer until the UK approves of us. And I have an excuse for a free trip to the UK.

So much love and respect for you guys.

Your posts bring me utter joy.

I'm a late-comer to the Venture party. (My Tivo turned me on to it.) I really love what you guys do. I've got the three seasons on DVD and will definitely get the next.

(I loved the animated Tick as well.)

My only comment: quit smoking! Listening to the commentary on the DVD's is painful. Send me a message and I'll tell you about my mom's laryngectomy. . .

"We seem to have re-embraced the show's sci-fi/comic book/adventure roots,"

Good to hear, I am looking forward to the next half season.

Thanks for the sneaks, and lol @ gratuitous cat butt! See you at DragonCon.

We'll wait as long as we have to, as long as you don't compromise, and we get to see exactly what you meant for us to see. Get it right no matter how long it takes.

"The current plan is to release a standard def DVD of the first 8 episodes sometime between July and October (depending on how quickly we get our acts together to record commentary, dig up special features and design the packaging), and then release both a standard def DVD of the second 8 episodes and a Blu-Ray of the entire 16 episode season in March."

Um...so if I want to watch it, I HAVE to buy two sets? There won't also be a standard def release of all 16 episodes? Because uh...that would really suck ass, seriously. I will buy it; I bought all the other seasons pretty much the day they were released. But I really don't want to buy two sets of 8 half-hour episodes.....

While I am quite impatient, I'm sure everyone wants you guys to produce the best show that you can. I am absolutely content to wait for more Venture Brothers if it means better and funnier Venture Brothers. And I'm stoked about an hour-long finale; thrilled AS OK'd that. Though really...they tend to be 2-part anyway, so this will just mean an extra half-hour of Venturey goodness, I'm assuming.

Looking forward to the figures, and I hope they sell well and more are made. I'd love a Dr. Orpheus (and plan on getting The Monarch).

"...Um...so if I want to watch it, I HAVE to buy two sets? There won't also be a standard def release of all 16 episodes? Because uh...that would really suck ass, seriously. I will buy it; I bought all the other seasons pretty much the day they were released. But I really don't want to buy two sets of 8 half-hour episodes...."

This! I know you're not trying to milk us, but it kinda would look that way to an outsider. I still don't own the third season of BSG 'cuz they did that "split the season into two different DVD sets" bullshit. Sorta encourages pirating. Love you guys, but y'know, just saying.

Thats is awesome. Thank you for taking the time to share all this.. I am in tears of Joy.

Also, don't you just love it when your cat turns its butt toward you?

Yeah, me neither.

I have absolutely no problem with any of that except the dvd plan. It is a knife in my heart sir. A knife in my heart. I would gladly eat my left hand WHICH IS THE ONE I WRITE WITH SIR to wait.

PS I continue to stand strong with my belief that blu ray can go fuck itself.

We love you, too! SO excited for the end of summer now! <3

Go Team Venture!

Go Team Venture 2!

Go Team Venture: from our wedding album, Mr. BulkyMonster and I eagerly await the new season.


MADE. OF. AWESOME!