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Development news: Robert Downey Jr. hosting and producing A.I. docuseries; Harvey Birdman back in business 

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May 15, 2018

Today’s development roundup gives us the opportunity to ponder what Iron Man’s lawyer might have looked like, if he also looked a lot like Hawkman.

Let’s start with the news that concerns Iron Man first, or at least the man who is intricately linked with the Marvel hero: Robert Downey Jr. According to Deadline, RDJ is set to host and narrate an as-yet untitled, eight-episode, hourlong Artificial Intelligence docuseries for YouTube Red. 

This just makes sense, right? Considering RDJ’s alter-ego, Tony Stark, has been instrumental in bringing A.I. to the masses, what with J.A.R.V.I.S., and that unfortunate Ultron mishap.

Downey will also executive-produce the show – informed by experts across the arts and sciences – with his wife and Team Downey partner Susan Downey. “Robert and I share a curiosity for A.I., a complicated and often polarizing subject. Our aim is to explore A.I. through a lens of objectivity and accessibility, in a thoroughly bold, splashy, and entertaining way. We’re thrilled to bring this project to life along with Network Entertainment, Sonar, and YouTube Red,” said Susan Downey in a statement. 


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Credit: Adult Swim

In other important though not-quite-as-serious development news, Adult Swim’s Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law is returning to a courtroom near you. 

The satirical cartoon, which ran for four seasons and 39 episodes before adjourning in 2007, found former Birdman and the Galaxy Trio superhero Harvey retired and practicing law at the firm Sebben & Sebben, defending other Hanna-Barbera characters. This fall, Adult Swim is bringing back the fan-favorite for a half-hour special, Harvey Birdman, Attorney General.

Gary Cole is due back as the voice of Harvey, who now finds himself as the highest lawyer in the Land of the Free. And because truth is stranger than fiction, he’ll be serving under (while also trying to oust, for the good of the nation) the founder of his former firm, and now the America's megalomaniacal billionaire president, Phil Ken Sebben, yet again voiced by Steven Colbert. 

The majority of the vocal cast is also returning, including John Michael Higgings (Mentok the Mindtaker), Paget Brewster (Birdgirl), Chris Edgerly (Peter Potamus), Peter MacNicol (X the Eliminator), and Phil LaMarr (Black Vulcan.)