Hulu has just given a two-season order to Solar Opposites, a new animated series created by Roiland and Rick and Morty writer Mike McMahan. Variety reports that each season will be eight episodes long, and Season 1 is set to arrive at some point in 2020.
Like Rick and Morty, which details the multi-dimensional adventures of an alcoholic mad scientist and his grandson, Solar Opposites will have a science fiction focus, but it sounds like for now that's where the similarities end. The series will follow a family of aliens who must, for reasons we don't yet know, hide out in America, a place that's apparently far inferior to their home planet. While some members of the family are intrigued by the possibilities of this strange new world, others are...not.
Roiland has been developing the project for several years now, and it was previously set up at Fox, but now Hulu has swooped in to secure what will be a much-anticipated new property for the Rick and Morty faithful. As with that series, Roiland will also be lending his voice talents to Solar Opposites, voicing two characters named Terry and Krovo. Actress Mary Mack (Golan the Insatiable) is also signed on to voice a character named Jesse, and The Goldbergs star Sean Giambrone will voice a character named Yumyulack. Roiland and McMahan will serve as both writers and executive producers on the series.
The order marks a major acquisition for Hulu — where Rick and Morty has been a consistent hit ever since it joined the streaming service — and for Roiland, who's now celebrating his second major animated series deal in a matter of months. Back in May, Adult Swim announced a massive 70-episode order that secured Rick and Morty's future on that network for years to come, and now he's got another creative outlet at a streaming giant. We'll just have to wait and see if Solar Opposites can match the high bar that Rick and Morty has so consistently delivered to its fans.