How do we know what Brock, Rusty, Hank, and Dean are up to when Adult Swim cancels The Venture Bros?
The animated series The Venture Brothers, which ran 7 seasons over 17 years, is finally coming to an end on Adult Swim.
Unfortunately, fans have to say goodbye to the Venture family, which includes teenage brothers Dean and Hank, their scientist father Rusty, family bodyguard Brock Sampson, and a host of bizarre but funny super villains and henchmen.
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The show's creator, Christopher McCulloch (who writes under the pen name Jackson Publick), confirmed via Twitter on Monday that the series would end. Apparently the writing team was in the process of working on season eight when they got the news.
"Unfortunately it's true:" Venture Bros. "Has been canceled," McCulloch tweeted. "We received the most disappointing news a few months ago when we wrote Season 8. Thank you, our great fans, for 17 years of your kind (and patient) attention. And as always, we love you."
Unfortunately it's true: #VentureBros has been canceled. We got the most disappointing news a few months ago when we wrote Season 8. Thank you, our great fans, for 17 years of your kind (and patient) attention. And as always, we love you.
– Jackson Publick (@jacksonpublick) September 7, 2020
Actor James Urbaniak tweeted about his appreciation for speaking to father Rusty Venture for so many years.
"So, as it should be for everyone, The Venture Bros has been canceled," Urbaniak tweeted on Monday. "The pilot aired 17 years ago which means the show was almost old enough to vote. It was one of the great gifts of my life and career. The fans were simply the best. Thank you everyone. Go. Team. Venture! "
As for everyone, The Venture Bros. must be canceled. The pilot aired 17 years ago, meaning the show was almost old enough to vote on. It was one of the great gifts of my life and career. The fans were simply the best. Thank you all. Go. Team. Dare! pic.twitter.com/MPMAvWS6Z4
– James Urbaniak (@JamesUrbaniak) September 8, 2020
However, according to Variety on Monday, Adult Swim was looking for a way to continue the story with McCulloch and co-writer Doc Hammer. So maybe all is not lost.
"We want more Venture Bros. too, and have worked with Jackson (Publick) and Doc (Hammer) to find another way to continue the Venture Bros. story," Adult Swim said in a statement.
The series was one of the longest running original series on Adult Swim, spanning seven seasons. The pilot first aired on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim in 2003.
Fans shared their love for The Venture Brothers on social media and asked other networks to save the show or maybe fund another season to air elsewhere.
Words can't explain how upset I am that Venture Bros is canceled. I hope a streaming service like Netflix will pick up the show as the show has developed a universe and lore throughout its run and the show deserves a decent ending. 😭 https://t.co/48XUma19lY
– Taylor Lyles (@TayNixster) September 8, 2020
Crazy idea, and forgive me if this is an impossible proposition, but would crowdfunding be possible last season? There are so many of us who would love to help you and Doc Hammer finish the show on your own terms.
– Lauryn Ipsum (@LaurynIpsum) September 8, 2020
Wow Venture Bros. 17 years is an insane long time for an animated series, congratulations everyone involved. Fifteen years ago, I went to a season 2 preview and met co-creator Doc Hammer. Obviously I was much more excited about it. Pic.twitter.com/KWkxqMiksa
– Bryan Brinkman (@bryanbrinkman) September 8, 2020
That sucks. This show had a creative impact on me when I started writing. Hell, I wrote an article about #VentureBros in grad school. Use genre and comedy to develop deeply flawed, human characters, and don't miss a step over seventeen years. It is sorely missed. https://t.co/HIcGT7bjlA
– Frank Angones (@FrankAngones) September 8, 2020
It sounds like the makers were in the middle of the actual final season – which, as far as I know, was backlit green in 2018 – only for adults swimming to cancel the show. A bloody run anyway, but Venture Bros deserve better, https://t.co/8yPeIyhyaU
– Nathan Grayson (@ Vahn16) September 8, 2020
Suppose AdultSwim would log out. They had a similar arrangement with Brendon Small, the man behind Metalocalypse; Hulu would pay for the finale if there were enough signatures on a petition.
Collected more than enough signatures, then AdultSwim turned down the deal.
– Nate Smith (@Clockwork_Cloak) September 8, 2020