Cartoon Network Green Lights 13 New Shows

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Car­toon Net­work described its plans for build­ing new global fran­chises Wednes­day as it unveiled a broad slate of new con­tent for 2011 at its annual Adver­tis­ing Upfront presentation.

Newly announced shows are:

Thir­teen new ani­mated series and 19 return­ing shows will debut over the next year. The morning’s announce­ments also spot­lighted a new part­ner­ship between Warner Bros., DC Enter­tain­ment and Car­toon Net­work in which the three enter­tain­ment brands would unite their pow­er­ful assets in pub­lish­ing, the­atri­cal and tele­vi­sion to cre­ate a multi-platform block of exclu­sive branded orig­i­nal con­tent on the net­work named DC Nation.

New Series

The Prob­lem Solverz
Cre­ated by cel­e­brated artist Ben Jones, The Prob­lem Solverz presents a fresh, dis­tinc­tive visual style and tone in a new series that fol­lows three crazy young dudes, Horace, Roba and Alfe, the pro­pri­etors of an unortho­dox detec­tive agency ded­i­cated to solv­ing the mys­ter­ies of the uni­verse, one case at a time. Slated to pre­miere at 8:45 p.m. (ET/PT) Mon­day, April 4.

Secret Moun­tain Fort Awe­some
From Pete Brown­gardt (Chow­der), Car­toon Net­work Stu­dios presents a hilar­i­ous new com­edy about a mega-rad group of mon­sters that live under­ground and do crazy awe­some stuff like steal the sun, fight CGI-sharks, and get their butts kicked by a veloci­rap­tor. Plus they wres­tle! See, it’s awe­some, right? But remem­ber, it’s a secret. Shh!… pre­mier­ing this summer.

Level Up
After high-schoolers Wyatt (Gae­lan Con­nell), Lyle (Jessie T. Usher), Dante (Con­nor del Rio) and Angie (Aimee Car­rero) unwit­tingly open a por­tal from a video game into the real world, char­ac­ters from the game and Inter­net start leak­ing into the real world. The group now finds them­selves bal­anc­ing their every­day lives with the extra­or­di­nary things that show up in their town. Level Up is cre­ated and writ­ten by Derek Gui­ley and David Schnei­der­man (both cred­ited for Chas­ing Lib­erty) and exec­u­tive pro­duced by Peter Mur­ri­eta (Wiz­ards of Waverly Place, Hope and Faith).

The Amaz­ing World of Gum­ball
Dad is a 6’4″ pink rab­bit who stays home while Mom works in the rain­bow fac­tory. Their chil­dren include Gum­ball, a blue cat with a giant head; Anais, a 4-year-old genius bunny; and Dar­win, a pet gold­fish who became part of the fam­ily when he sprouted legs. The eye-catching ani­mated series com­bines 2D and 3D ani­ma­tion tech­niques in a live-action set­ting and orig­i­nates from Car­toon Net­work UK. The Amaz­ing World of Gum­ball pre­mieres at 7:30 p.m. (ET/PT) Mon­day, May 9.

The Looney Tunes Show
Screen icons Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck are back, star­ring in an all-new mod­ern com­edy series from Warner Bros. Ani­ma­tion fea­tur­ing all of the favorite Looney Tunes char­ac­ters — Porky Pig, Speedy Gon­za­les, Yosemite Sam, Foghorn Leghorn, the Tas­man­ian Devil, Mar­vin the Mar­t­ian, Tweety, Sylvester, Granny, Gos­samer, Lola and Tina, Daffy’s new no-nonsense girl­friend. Fresh designs cou­pled with a vivid, con­tem­po­rary ani­ma­tion style enhance the time­less wit and charm that make these clas­sic char­ac­ters so beloved around the world. The Looney Tunes Show will pre­miere at 8 p.m. (ET/PT)Tuesday, May 3.

New Ben 10 Series [Title TBD]
Ben 10 has been one of Car­toon Network’s most suc­cess­ful orig­i­nal series since first pre­mier­ing on the net­work in Jan­u­ary 2006. The fran­chise has since spawned four ani­mated series, one ani­mated movie, two live-action movies and a widely-popular con­sumer prod­ucts line, and has cap­tured the imag­i­na­tions of view­ers on a global scale.

Thun­der­Cats
The reimag­ined ani­mated series based on the beloved ‘80s clas­sic tells the tale of a hero’s epic jour­ney to ful­fill his ulti­mate des­tiny. On Third Earth, the king­dom of Thun­dera is being threat­ened by the evil sor­cerer Mumm-Ra and young heir to the throne Lion-O embarks on a great quest to take his right­ful place as king. The unlikely cham­pion, joined by his faith­ful com­rades Tygra, Chee­tara, Pan­thro, WilyKit, WilyKat and his loyal pet Snarf, must work together to save their world from darkness.

Green Lantern: The Ani­mated Series
Based upon the DC Comics super hero, the series is an all-new CG ani­mated action series from Warner Bros. As Earth’s Green Lantern, Hal Jor­dan is used to being in dan­ger­ous sit­u­a­tions — but he’s never faced any­thing like this! Set at the far­thest reaches of deep space, Hal must face down an inva­sion from the Red Lantern Corps. Hal is soon joined by an all-new group of heroes on a mis­sion to pro­tect Guardian Space — and the Green Lantern Corps itself!

DC Nation
A multi-platform, branded block of orig­i­nal pro­gram­ming and exclu­sive con­tent based on the DC Comics library of leg­endary char­ac­ter prop­er­ties, DC Nation is devel­oped in part­ner­ship with Car­toon Net­work, Warner Bros. and DC Enter­tain­ment. The all-new ven­ture will har­ness the pub­lish­ing, the­atri­cal and tele­vi­sion assets together for one pow­er­ful on-air block on Car­toon Net­work with exclu­sive online content.

How to Train Your Dragon
Based on the book by Cres­sida Cow­ell, Dream­Works Animation’s new series rolls fire-breathing action, epic adven­ture and laughs into a cap­ti­vat­ing and orig­i­nal story. Hic­cup is a young Viking who defies tra­di­tion when he befriends one of his dead­liest foes — a fero­cious dragon he calls Tooth­less. Together, the unlikely heroes must fight against all odds to save both of their worlds.

Total Drama: Revenge of the Island
It’s back to the island where Total Drama began for an all-new sea­son with an all-new cast! Since Chris took the show world­wide, Camp Wawanakwa has been aban­doned and turned into a toxic nuclear waste dump — the per­fect place for a new sea­son of painful, cringe-inducing chal­lenges! Fight­ing for the million-dollar prize are 13 wild new players.

RedaKai: Con­quer the Kairu
An ani­mated kids adven­ture series stars Ky, a 15-year-old stu­dent of ancient mar­tial arts, who embarks on an incred­i­ble quest to find the Kairu, a pri­mor­dial alien energy force. Helped by his friends Maya and Boomer, Ky trav­els the globe look­ing for the Kairu to pro­tect it from his extrater­res­trial teenage oppo­nents, with the hope that one day he will become the great­est Kairu war­rior of them all — a Redakai.

Lego Nin­jago
After a time of peace in Nin­jago, our four Ninja heroes are about to face a new dan­ger­ous enemy. Lloyd Gar­madon, son of their arch­en­emy Lord Gar­madon, has unleashed a new evil with unique pow­ers. Soon, his ambi­tion to fol­low in his father’s foot­steps has put all of Nin­jago in jeopardy.

Movie

Level Up
The 90-minute movie pilot will intro­duce audi­ences to three high-school gamers, Wyatt (Gae­lan Con­nell), Lyle (Jessie T. Usher) and Dante (Con­nor del Rio), who unwit­tingly open a por­tal from an online game into the real world. The trio must put aside their social dif­fer­ences and join forces with class­mate Angie (Aimee Car­rero) in order to play the game for real and defeat evil. Cre­ated and writ­ten by Derek Gui­ley and David Schnei­der­man (both cred­ited for Chas­ing Lib­erty), the Level Up movie is directed by Peter Lauer (Sons Of Tus­con, Chuck) and will pre­miere this fall.

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