Fans of Adult Swim's Rick and Morty are counting down the days until Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland's animated mayhem returns to their screens once more (with five episode airing in 2019, beginning Sunday, November 10, at 11:30 p.m).
But while Rick and Morty were busy making deals with HBO Max and partnering with All Elite Wrestling (AEW) as "hype men" tag team Best Friends, Harmon, Roiland, and the rest of the writing team were wrapping up the fourth season – and giving Adult Swim the greenlight to release a new, Jerry-focused preview image as well as include a preview clip in the middle of the Halloween edition of Adult Swim's Development Meeting.
Now comes news that our friends across the climate-change-diminished pond will also be getting their fill of Rick and Morty's fourth season adventures – they just have to wait an extra month or two.
Channel 4 announced on Wednesday that Harmon and Roiland's popular award-winning animated series will air exclusively on Channel 4 in the UK beginning January 2020. In addition, repeats will air on E4 and episodes will also be available to stream on All 4.
"Millions of fans have been waiting for more than two years for a new series of Rick and Morty, the most brilliantly bonkers show on television. We're thrilled that it will be aired exclusively on Channel 4 and I promise it will be worth the wait."
– Ian Katz, Director of Programmes, Channel 4
Channel 4's announcement confirms news reported by Bleeding Cool earlier this year that the network would be the exclusive home for the Adult Swim series.
Last month, fans learned the titles of the season's first five episodes last week via Adult Swim's reveal video.
Fair warning: Harmon and Roiland's Rick/Morty "Pun Fu" is strong this season… let the speculation begin!
"Edge of Tomorty: Rick Die Rickpeat"
"The Old Man and the Seat"
"One Crew Over the Crewcoo's Morty"
"Claw and Hoarder: Special Ricktim's Morty"
From the Upfronts earlier in the summer, there was the announcement of season 4 with an accompanying video (see below), and red carpet interviews with Harmon and Roiland that teased (jokingly?) a Rick and Morty future with Daniel Radcliffe and Kanye West in it. In late June, Adult Swim announced a second addition of its two-day festival in Los Angeles – which will be of particular interest to fans (more below).
But now? Things are getting serious: it's the season 4 trailer!
To coincide with the show's Comic-Con International: San Diego (SDCC) appearance during the summer's ultimate "geekfest" (and only days after two images from the upcoming season were released and the creators discussed the new season), Rick and Morty fans were given their first look at the upcoming 10-episode season – and it involves apps, matching jumpsuits, what looks like a bad start-up, and a ton of slapping around:
Fans of Rick and Morty who plan on being in the Los Angeles area in mid-November have a chance at a very cool opportunity. The Adult Swim Festival (Friday, November 15 and Saturday, November 16 at Banc Of California Stadium in Los Angeles, California) will feature an exclusive, premiere screening of Rick and Morty's fourth season (though no word yet on if Dan Harmon and/or Justin Roiland will make an appearance).
Speaking of "Rick and Morty" 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.
— Justin Roiland (@JustinRoiland) May 10, 2018
Not to be left out of the celebration, Harmon released his own shower-themed announcement and offered good tidings to the fans: