China, IL returns to Adult Swim on April 5th!
Make sure you’re watching Adult Swim this Sunday to catch the premiere of the new season of the network’s surreal hit, China, IL. How will the world solve its overpopulation problem? Who will win Steve and Frank’s annual competition for the title of History Department Head? Find out in the season three premiere episode “A Gentleman’s Bet” on Sunday, April 5th at 11:30 p.m. (ET, PT). The second episode “Best Face Forward” will premiere on Sunday, April 12th at 11:30 p.m. (ET, PT)
Adult Swim was kind enough to send the FanBros an advanced copy of the first two episodes from this new season of China, IL. The first “A Gentleman’s Bet” re-introduces us to the staff and students of the worst college in america. Lots of recurring and supporting roles got a bigger chance to shine since the show took a 22 minute format the beginning of season 2. But this 3rd season premiere ups the ante, throwing our beloved cast of weirdos, misfits and abject failures into new scenarios to test their patience, wit, and bodily functions. And the upcoming guest stars are just as exciting as the show itself; Childish Gambino, Kate McKinnon, Ike Barenholtz, Andy Richter, Christian Slater, Brooke Hogan(her father has a regular role on the show,) and more are all scheduled to appear on the new season of China, IL.
Brad Neely, creator and showrunner of China, IL, spoke to Salon.com about using his time as a writer on Comedy Central’s South Park to his humor into a device to ask the greater questions of our society.
Taking bigger, real ideas—whether they be social or personal or philosophical—that we find are fresh or worth dramatizing. And then we dramatize it in the dumbest, most juvenile, most dumbed-down way that we can figure out. So we might talk, like this season, about this debate of whether or not there’s a gay gene—if there is, are bisexual people marginalized? That’s a thing that we wanted to talk about, which arguably is not exactly something that young, pothead teens want to discuss. And then we dramatized it by way of making it about toppings on pizza.
Our show could easily be dismissed because of our overt sexuality, and gross-out body humor, and the fact that it’s a cartoon. But we find that due to those things we’re able to satirize and discuss a lot of super-deep, meaningful stuff that’s going on with us personally as well as in our culture.
Catch new episodes of China, IL on Adult Swim every Sunday night at 11:30 p.m. EST.