'Ballmastrz: 9009' Is Here to Fill the 'Rick and Morty'–Shaped Hole in Your Life

Adult Swim's new show from Christy Karacas is 'Superjail!' meets 'Rollerball.'
March 1, 2018, 7:50pm
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Buckle up, kids, because on Thursday, Adult Swim released the trailer for Christy Karacas's new show, Ballmastrz: 9009, and it looks like the post-apocalyptic sports programming America deserves. If you're looking for a quarter-hour show to fill the Rick and Morty–shaped hole that no amount of Szechuan Sauce can clog, take a peek at the Superjail! creator's latest carnage-filled show.

It seems like the whole purpose of Ballmastrz: 9009 is to dethrone Superjail! as the most violent show on television. The story follows Gaz Digzy (voiced by Natasha Lyonne), a disgraced superstar of the Game—a blood sport so brutal that it's credited with ending all war. In the year 9009, her bad behavior lands her on the worst team in the league, the Leptons.

Her attempt at Bad News Bears–style redemption seems futile in the mind-melting footage so far, but we do get to see the different ways her slacker teammates are mutilated and quickly healed thanks to googly-eyed amoebas—making Ballmastrz: 9009 a near-infinite canvas for the Walt Disney of ultraviolence.

Titmouse, a studio that collaborates with Rick and Morty and creates some of the most innovative cartoons out there, is producing the show with Karacas. The perpetual champion of hand-drawn animation's style is like cutting-edge anime mashed up with French surrealist art cartoons, so expect Ballmastrz: 9009 to be a feast for the eyes.

Aside from Lyonne, the cast is stacked with Aqua Teen Hunger Force alums Dave Willis and Dana Snyder, Disney and Nickelodeon mainstay Eric Bauza, and beloved Gravity Falls and Adventure Time voice actress Jessica Dicicco. Adult Swim has already announced guest stars like The Walking Dead's Norman Reedus, whose character Daryl would 1,000 percent live like a god in the world of Ballmastrz: 9009.

Ballmastrz: 9009 debuts on Sunday, April 8 at midnight (ET/PT) with new back-to-back episodes each week.