Adult Swim has cancelled its animated comedy “The Venture Bros.” after seven seasons and seventeen years.
Creator Christopher McCulloch announced the news on Monday on Twitter saying he and the writers had been in the middle of writing the eighth season when they received the news a few months ago that the show would not be returning. The final seventh season run aired in 2018.
Initially a satire of “Jonny Quest” and other Space Age fiction prevalent in the early 1960s, the series chronicles the lives and adventures of the Venture family: well-meaning but incompetent teenagers Hank and Dean Venture; their loving but emotionally insecure and underachieving super-scientist father Dr. Thaddeus ‘Rusty’ Venture; the family’s bodyguard, secret agent Brock Samson; the reformed villain and pederast Sergeant Hatred; and the family’s self-proclaimed archnemesis, The Monarch, a butterfly-themed supervillain.
In McCulloch’s tweet he says: “Unfortunately, it’s true: ‘Venture Bros.’ has been canceled. We got the highly disappointing news a few months ago, while we were writing what would have been season 8. We thank you, our amazing fans, for 17 years of your kind (and patient) attention. And, as always, we love you.”
Things may not be over just yet though. An Adult Swim rep tells Variety it was looking for a way to continue the story with McCulloch and co-writer Doc Hammer: “We also want more Venture Bros. and have been working with Jackson [Publick] and Doc [Hammer] to find another way to continue the Venture Bros. story.”
One possible avenue would be the series moving to HBO Max with that possibility being discussed, however that’s all it is – early discussions and a long way from the reality of a revival.