Cartoon Network renews ‘The Venture Bros.’

One of television’s most popular cartoons, “The Venture Bros.” will be returning for two additional seasons and one long-form special. The announcement came via show creator Jackson Publick’s blog this past Tuesday.The cartoon, which airs on Adult Swim, part of Cartoon Network’s late night lineup, has already completed four seasons, with the most recent DVD hitting store shelves this past Tuesday.

Following the announcement of the next seasons, Publick stated that he and Doc Hammer, the show’s other main creative force, recently began writing the next season.

“Doc and I officially started writing last week,” Publick wrote. “Though, in truth, we technically started writing season 5 last year, when we accidentally brainstormed a handful of (we think) pretty hot new stories while we were writing the season 4 finale. Our goal is to have enough scripts to comfortably begin pre-production by June.”

“The Venture Bros.,” which originally premiered in 2003, follows the stories of super-scientist Dr. Thaddeus “Rusty” Venture, his sons Hank and Dean and their bodyguard Brock Samson. If the setup sounds familiar, it should. The show pays homage to the famous Hanna-Barbera cartoon, “Jonny Quest.”

But, “The Venture Bros.” skewers the childhood of Jonny Quest and asks what type of person would Jonny have grown up to be? Dr. Venture is the answer. Beyond allusions to popular 1960s cartoons, “The Venture Bros.” pays tribute to hundreds of other icons from the past five decades, while offering an inspired view of those icons.

No word yet on when to expect the new season or the long-form special, but as with “The Venture Bros.,” the wait is always worth it.