I know. I know. There are plenty of streaming services out there. But stick with me on this one. VRV (pronounced “verve”) launched in 2016 and made immediate waves in the geek circles by bundling together partners like Funimation and Shudder. But in case anime content and the best horror streaming service available (the best … don’t @ me) isn’t enough to sell you, today VRV announced their partnership with Final Space form TBS, along with a full slate of animated content coming soon.
Beginning today (Wednesday, 11/7) VRV is the exclusive SVOD home for the first season of Final Space from TBS. In fact, you can binge the first four episodes right now and catch new episodes airing every Wednesday. The series is executive produced by Conan O’Brien and features a spaceman named Gary and his mysterious new alien friend Mooncake. Creator Olan Rogers says that the show “pairs genuine emotion and real stakes with comedy and premium animation.” Gabriel VanHuss, head of programming at VRV says Final Space is “a show about finding your tribe.” You had me at Conan, Gabe. Conan is my tribe.
Rogers worked to create an animated series that feels impactful and important, with animation built straight from compiled NASA photographs. But, all of that is brought to life by voice work from stars like Fred Armisen, Tom Kenny, David Tennant, Tika Sumpter, Steven Yeun, and Coty Galloway. So there are plenty of laughs amidst the space opera. The final product feels a lot closer to Guardians of the Galaxy than Futurama.
Season 2 of Final Space is currently in production. The new season will air on TBS and VRV in 2019.
Along with the Final Space news, VRV announced that, beginning November 13th, they will be adding the Boomerang channel and its full library of nostalgic animated content. Like Scooby-Doo, Scooby-Doo, and, also, Scooby-Doo. And probably other things, as well.
And as if that’s not enough, VRV landed all seasons of Mike Tyson Mysteries, available in early 2019. If this is a brand new concept for you, I need you to go back and read the title again. Now, picture in your mind Mike Tyson. Got it? Now send your little mind Mike Tyson out to solve mysteries. Not enough? That’s just f**king fine, because Iron Mike is not alone. He should have an adopted Asian-American daughter, you say? Done. A gay gentleman ghost voiced by Dean Pelton from Community? I like the way you think. Hey, let’s throw in a curse pigeon just for sh*ts and giggles. Yes. It exists. And it’s on VRV.