It looks like Meatwad, Frylock, and Master Shake may have some competition next year for the title of weirdest characters on their channel. Adult Swim, the late-night incarnation of Cartoon Network known for airing transgressive, bizarre and uncensored cartoons — announced last week that it has picked up the live-action series Loiter Squad featuring rap group Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All.
The show is set to air sometime in 2012, and is being billed as a "Jackass-style showcase" featuring the Los Angeles skate-punk/hip hop collective, with sketches, man-on-the-street segments, pranks and music. It sounds like a match made in heaven for the group, which has gained a reputation for weirdo rooftop hijinx and jackass-esque videos.
OFWGKTA seems to be gaining nothing but mainstream momentum lately. The announcement comes on the heels of group leader Tyler, The Creator scoring a surprise win for Best New Artist at the MTV Video Music Awards less than two weeks earlier. (Read my column about what that win means for hip hop here.)
Loiter Squad is being put together by a pair of the actual stars from MTV's original Jackass (Johnny Knoxville and Jeff Tremaine), who run the Dickhouse Entertainment production company with director Spike Jonze.
The move continues the long love affair between Adult Swim and hip hop artists. Producers Jay Dilla and Madlib have both provided musical bumps between programs, MF Doom hosted the Adult Swim Christmas special, and Mos Def, Busta Rhymes and Snoop Dogg have all popped up as voices on The Boondocks.
The show also continues a trend toward more live-action programs on Adult Swim, which has scored cult hits with the improvised Children's Hospital and the surreal Tim And Eric Awesome Show Great Job.
Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All will roll into Tampa on Nov. 2 for a show at The Ritz in Ybor.