Co-creator of The Venture Bros. Jackson Publick was kind enough to update everyone on the status of the upcoming fifth season of the show. And while we'll be waiting a little longer than expected for the premiere -- March or May, due to the production of the first hour-long episode last -- we were treated to some preview screen shots and a list of special guest stars!
Publick posted the images on his Tumblr and LiveJournal, where he provides his semi-regular updates on all things Venture, as well as some things non-Venture. And as we get a little bit closer to the fifth season finally hitting the airwaves, he has more to tell us, including an array of new and returning guest stars: "J.K. Simmons, Larry Murphy, Paget Brewster, John Hodgman, Wyatt Cenac, Tim Meadows, Gillian Jacobs, Bill Hader, and the kicking-ass-on-SNL-this-season Kate McKinnon!" Hodgman, Hader, and McKinnon have all appeared before, but J.K. Simmons, Tim Meadows, and Gillian Jacobs doing voice work should be something to really, really look forward to this season. I don't even want to know what kind of parts they'll be playing. I want to be delightfully surprised.
But that's not even all Jackson (aka Christopher McCulloch) had to share with us. In addition to revealing that he's seen every episode of the fifth season (and that it all looks "great"), he also mentioned a long-form episode tying not just the fifth and sixth seasons together, but any loose ends from the previous four seasons, "and start a few new ones in the process." He also said they're hoping to have less of a waiting period between seasons (like the two-year wait we're currently enduring, excluding the two stand-alone specials), but I'll believe that when I see it. (Personally, I'm happy to wait for an amazing season for a long time than settle for a mediocre season that was rushed.)
Here are a couple of the new screen shots, which feature many appearances by dinosaurs!
(via Venture Bros. Blog
All images via Jackson Publick