As a grateful nation continues to celebrate the announced November 2019 return of Adult Swim's Rick and Morty, it appears series creators Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland are looking to turn the show into an all-star affair. There must be something about a red carpet that gets the pair to talk, especially when it's WarnerMedia's 2019 May Upfronts, where their animated anti-heroes announced their return via video (posted below).
But when that talk turns to having rapper/artist Kanye West guest on the show, that "talk" gets some attention. West hasn't exactly made his love for the animated series a secret, and the respect it clearly mutual. Referring to West as a "kindred spirit," Roiland extended an "open invitation and reiterated that West was "always welcome" on the show. Not to be outdone, Harmon took it a step futher by offering up an entire episode to the award-winning artists – it's not like they don't have enough to go around:
"I'm giving him an episode, I'm making it official. We have 70, he can have one. Kanye, you can have an episode."
Looks like West might be joining proud Rick and Morty fan Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter series, Miracle Workers). Harmon and Roiland were asked at the same event if they would ever have Radcliffe appear on the series. The idea was music to Harmon and Roiland's ears, and Radcliffe's response to their writers' room invitation is pushing things a little closer to reality – which made seeing this that much sweeter:
Here's a trip down memory lane to see how this pop culture lovefest first began (please have Betty Buckley's version of "Memories" playing in your mind while you watch for better "feels"):
To which Radcliffe responded:
Here's a look at the announcement video for the return of Rick and Morty for season 4:
In May 2018, Roiland took to Twitter to officially announce that the series had been renewed by Adult Swim – and what a renewal it was! We weren't talking ten… twenty… even fifty episodes. Oh no, this order was for a whopping seventy episodes– which increases the chances of there being a Noob Noob solo episode that much more.
Not to be left out of the celebration, Harmon released his own shower-themed announcement and offered good tidings to the fans:
If anyone at the time thought Adult Swim had any doubts about their decision, the network cleared that up pretty quickly:
After Rick and Morty was renewed last year, GQ sat down with Harmon and asked if the new, long-term deal changes his approach to the process of making the series in any way:
"I think it makes that possible, yeah. Because it's always been the kind of show that lets you obsess about it as much as you want. And I think that over the seasons we've done, the emerging lesson has been that I could be a little more like Justin—and vice versa—in terms of how we work together. We've both observed that. Like, how much is overthinking, how much is under-thinking, when is the right time to turn in a draft, how much are you helping the show by saying "It's not perfect yet," and how much are you hurting it, when you could just be collaborating and letting the thing move forward with animators and fixing it along the way, stuff like that.
The way we finished up season three, it felt like a real final lesson that clicked—it became very objectively measurable, the amount of perfectionism you could apply to something in the earliest stages of writing something that actually ends up making it to the final product at all. And it's much less than you'd think. I think that's a habit I carried over from live-action and from my 30s. But yeah, between it being a job that justifies it being full-time now, and neither Justin nor I wanting the job to be one that drives anyone insane anymore, I believe that—even though we can now focus on it exclusively—it won't be that much of a drain. Because when you are healthy and happy, I think you do end up getting home by sundown."