'Rick and Morty' season 3 news, release date: Fans disappointed by Jan. 9 false alarm

(Facebook/RickandMorty)"Rick and Morty" season 3 will premiere this year.

It's already 2017, but Cartoon Network still hasn't provided a release date for the third season of "Rick and Morty." Fans have been waiting a long time for the return of the popular animated series, but all they got was a recent false alarm.

According to reports, fans were sent into a wild frenzy when they thought that they finally had a premiere date for season 3. The IMDb page apparently posted a Jan. 9 premiere for "Rick and Morty," but this was obviously a mistake.

Co-creator Justin Roiland — who also voices a number of characters, including the eponymous heroes — took to his Twitter handle to clarify the misconception. He explained that, to his knowledge, "Rick and Morty" season 3 does not premiere on Jan. 9.

As the publication points out, IMDb has since removed the date from their page as a result of the confusion and uproar that followed thereafter.

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The show, however, is still speculated to resume sometime early this year, although an exact date has yet to be pinpointed. And while a release date has yet to be set, a short clip from the third season began circulating last month. It was uploaded on the Adult Swim YouTube channel earlier this year.

The clip only features a storyboard animation as it was only a rough sketch of a sequence in an episode. The drawings are incomplete and colors have yet to be added. However, it does provide a glimpse into what fans can expect from the new season.

It starts out with Morty at his locker as he eavesdrops on Jessica's conversation with her friends. He learns that Jessica and her boyfriend have split, making it the perfect chance for Morty to step in. Jessica points out her desire to remain single for the time being, but she is willing to make an exception for the right person.

This is where Morty enters the picture. Clearly nervous and awkward, Morty tries to say something, but he is immediately cut off by Rick's arrival. Rick pulls Morty away into another one of their wild adventures — something that clearly terrifies Morty. After fighting enemies and receiving an award, the two of them sit in their spaceship and begin to emotionally break down.

Watch the clip below.

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