With news breaking that the righteously popular series was set to return for a fourth season in November 2019, WarnerMedia's 2019 May Upfronts turned out to be pretty squanchy affair for fans of Adult Swim's Rick and Morty. Series creators Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland were there for the reveal, which had our animated anti-heroes announcing their return via video (which you can check out below).
While working the event's red carpet something fierce, Harmon and Roiland were asked if they would ever have proud Rick and Morty fan and fellow WarnerMedia mate Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter series, TBS's recently renewed Miracle Workers) appear on the series. The idea was music to Harmon and Roiland's ears, with Radcliffe's response to their open invitation to their writers' room fueling the possibility of a collaboration.
Now? We have this image from Harmon's account, the kind of thing that makes us smile – and hopeful Radcliffe takes them up on their offer:
[Ed. Note: We need an episode where Rick and Morty have to go undercover in "not Hogwarts" as professor and student, with Radcliffe as a Harry Potter-ish "chosen one" who's actually let it go to his head and is an egotistical jackass. Ends with Morty killing "not Voldemort" just so Morty can show "Not Harry Potter" that he's nothing special.]
Here's how the roadtrip to this pop culture lovefest first began (please have Betty Buckley's version of "Memories" playing in your mind while you watch for better "feels"):
— WarnerMedia (@WarnerMediaGrp) May 15, 2019
To which Radcliffe responded:
— WarnerMedia (@WarnerMediaGrp) May 15, 2019
Now here's a look at the announcement video for the return of Rick and Morty for season 4:
After missing for nearly 20 years, Rick Sanchez (Justin Roiland) suddenly arrives at his daughter Beth's (Sarah Chalke) doorstep looking to move in with her and her family. Beth welcomes him with open arms, but her unremarkable husband Jerry (Chris Parnell) isn't too thrilled about the tearful reunion as Rick's arrival serves to shake things up quite a bit around the household.
Rick converts the garage into his personal laboratory and gets to work on all sorts of dangerous sci-fi gadgets and contraptions. That wouldn't be so bad if not for the fact that Rick continues to involve his grandchildren Morty (Roiland) and Summer (Spencer Grammer) in his insane adventures.
In May 2018, Roiland took to Twitter to officially announce that the series had been renewed by Adult Swim – and what a renewal it was! We weren't talking ten… twenty… even fifty episodes. Oh no, this order was for a whopping seventy episodes– which increases the chances of there being a Noob Noob solo episode that much more.
— Justin Roiland (@JustinRoiland) May 10, 2018
Not to be left out of the celebration, Harmon released his own shower-themed announcement and offered good tidings to the fans:
If anyone at the time thought Adult Swim had any doubts about their decision, the network cleared that up pretty quickly:
— [adult swim] (@adultswim) May 10, 2018
After Rick and Morty was renewed last year, GQ sat down with Harmon and asked if the new, long-term deal changes his approach to the process of making the series in any way:
"I think it makes that possible, yeah. Because it's always been the kind of show that lets you obsess about it as much as you want. And I think that over the seasons we've done, the emerging lesson has been that I could be a little more like Justin—and vice versa—in terms of how we work together. We've both observed that. Like, how much is overthinking, how much is under-thinking, when is the right time to turn in a draft, how much are you helping the show by saying "It's not perfect yet," and how much are you hurting it, when you could just be collaborating and letting the thing move forward with animators and fixing it along the way, stuff like that.
The way we finished up season three, it felt like a real final lesson that clicked—it became very objectively measurable, the amount of perfectionism you could apply to something in the earliest stages of writing something that actually ends up making it to the final product at all. And it's much less than you'd think. I think that's a habit I carried over from live-action and from my 30s. But yeah, between it being a job that justifies it being full-time now, and neither Justin nor I wanting the job to be one that drives anyone insane anymore, I believe that—even though we can now focus on it exclusively—it won't be that much of a drain. Because when you are healthy and happy, I think you do end up getting home by sundown."