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'Samurai Jack' to Return For New Season on Adult Swim

The day fans of "Samurai Jack" fans have long wished for has finally arrived.

Adult Swim announced this morning that creator Genndy Tartakovsky will return with a new season of the beloved animated series, set to air next year as part of the Toonami programming block. According to the cable channel, production is already under way at Cartoon Network Studios in Los Angeles.

Premiering in 2001, the acclaimed series follows a time-displaced samurai on a quest to defeating the shape-shifting demon Aku, who destroyed his father's kingdom. Praised for its animation style and epic battle scenes, "Samurai Jack" aired for four seasons before being canceled in 2004 by Cartoon Network. During that time it earned four Emmy Awards.

Tartakovsky, who went on to create "Star Wars: Clone Wars" and direct "Hotel Transylvania" and its sequel, discussed a "Samurai Jack" movie for several years, announcing in 2012 that it had begun pre-production. However, the project never appeared to make any public progress.

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