Three new adult animated series have received orders from HBO Max, including Scooby-Doo spin-off Velma and a reboot of the vintage MTV show Clone High. The streamer has also renewed Close Enough, another adult animated series, and unveiled a slate of animated originals in development.
The new Clone High, which has a two-season order, will be a “modern refresh” of the original series (image at top) by Phil Lord, Chris Miller, and Bill Lawrence, which initially aired in 2002–03. The show is set at a high school for clones of historical figures. Lord and Miller are set to return as writers and executive producers, and Lawrence will also be returning as an executive producer. Erica Rivinoja (South Park, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm), who wrote on the original Clone High, is returning as showrunner. Clone High is produced by MTV Entertainment Studios.
We knew that a Clone High revival was in the works at MTV, whose parent company ViacomCBS is pulling from the back catalogs of its channels (which also include Comedy Central and Nickelodeon) to create new animated content. With the rise of streaming, ViacomCBS is also starting to produce shows for third parties: for instance, spin-off films for series like Hey Arnold, Invader Zim, and Rocko’s Modern Life have all gone to Netflix rather than its own channels. It remains to be seen how this strategy will change once the company has launched Paramount+, a bona fide streaming competitor of its own, on March 4.