UPDATED: On Monday, Adult Swim stalwart The Venture Bros. officially came to an end.
Series creator Christopher McCulloch took to Twitter — under his pseudonymous handle Jackson Publick — and confirmed the show’s long-rumored demise.
“We got the highly disappointing news a few months ago,” wrote McCulloch, “while we were writing what would have been season 8. We thank you, our amazing fans, for 17 years of your kind (and patient) attention.”
That’s right, according to James Urbaniak who voiced Dr. Venture and many others, the show’s pilot aired 17 years ago. In a tweet marking the news, Urbaniak called The Venture Bros., “one of the great gifts of my life & career.”
The show was a send up of Johnny Quest. It centered on the Venture family: teen brothers Dean and Hank, their scientist father Rusty, their family bodyguard Brock Sampson and a long list of villains. McCulloch and co-writer Doc Hammer voiced many of the characters.
Following Publick’s announcement, Adult Swim twitted that network is looking for ways to continue the long-running series’ story. While the network did not elaborate, sibling streamer HBO Max would be a logical possibility. HBO Max has taken over a couple of series from the linear Turner networks already in TBS’ Search Party and TNT’s Raised By Wolves.
The series’ run comprised 83 episodes over 7 seasons in all, with long, long breaks between each season.