Cartoon Network marks its 20th with new shows

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Hav­ing its best first quar­ter with kids in prime in five years (up 28% vs. 2011) and show­ing the most gains com­pared to the com­pe­ti­tion in the kids space, the network’s after­noon Upfront pre­sen­ta­tion held at New York’s Rose­land Ball­room paid trib­ute to the past and present with a full orches­tra play­ing clas­sic Car­toon Net­work TV theme songs and live per­for­mances from the cre­ative tal­ent behind the hit ani­mated com­edy series Adven­ture Time and Reg­u­lar Show.

Announce­ments included the world pre­miere of Dream­Works Drag­ons: The Series, based on critically-acclaimed fea­ture film How to Train Your Dragon; an orig­i­nal series based on Web sen­sa­tion Annoy­ing Orange; a brand-new ani­mated series from global fran­chise pow­er­house Ben 10: Omni­verse; and a new CG-animated series from Warner Bros. Ani­ma­tion, Beware The Bat­man.

Also, on the heels of the hugely suc­cess­ful Nin­jago launch in 2011 — cur­rently the #1 show across the first quar­ter of 2012 with all boys — a new part­ner­ship with Lego for a sec­ond series was announced by the net­work as it con­tin­ues to build on its slate of diverse content.

We are exe­cut­ing a brand vision and con­tent strat­egy that is fuel­ing tremen­dous results for Car­toon Net­work,” said Stu­art Sny­der, pres­i­dent and chief oper­at­ing offi­cer of Turner Broadcasting’s Ani­ma­tion, Young Adults and Kids Media. “Today, with a rein­vented and thriv­ing prime time, along with over­all double-digit growth in total day, we are build­ing the kind of momen­tum that is mak­ing this a great 20th anniversary.”

Rank­ing #1 in early evening prime time (7 to 9 p.m.) among boys 6 to 11 through­out the first quar­ter of this year, Car­toon Net­work also announced new upcom­ing sea­sons of its orig­i­nal hit ani­mated com­edy series Adven­ture Time, Reg­u­lar Show, The Amaz­ing World of Gum­ball, MAD and The Looney Tunes Show. A fifth sea­son of Star Wars: The Clone Wars also was announced.

New sea­sons for more than a dozen addi­tional series also will pre­miere across the 2012–13 pro­gram­ming time frame.

For 20 years, Car­toon Net­work has cul­ti­vated truly orig­i­nal voices from a diverse array of artists and pro­duc­ers, mak­ing us the great alter­na­tive to every­thing else out there,” said Rob Sor­cher, chief con­tent offi­cer for Car­toon Net­work. “Car­toon Net­work Stu­dios has grown to become the most sup­port­ive and cre­ative envi­ron­ment for a new gen­er­a­tion of creators.”

Car­toon Net­work also announced its ongo­ing com­mit­ment to its shorts pro­gram with 10 orig­i­nal seven-minute shorts to be pro­duced this year with a wholly ded­i­cated pro­duc­tion unit at Car­toon Net­work Stu­dios. With pro­duc­tion already under­way on many of these projects, this con­tin­u­ing invest­ment in diverse and unique tal­ent has resulted in many of the network’s hit ani­mated series.

Fur­ther details of Car­toon Network’s pro­gram­ming announce­ments include the following:

Car­toon Net­work New Series


DreamWorks Dragons: The Series

Dream­Works Drag­ons: The Series

Dream­Works Drag­ons: The Series: Pick­ing up where the critically-acclaimed fea­ture film How to Train Your Dragon left off, this weekly ani­mated series fol­lows the con­tin­u­ing adven­tures of Hic­cup and his dragon Tooth­less on the island of Berk, along with the band of dragon train­ers, all of whom now have drag­ons of their own!

Through their train­ing, the kids are find­ing out the cool things drag­ons can do. Not only will they learn more about their drag­ons, they’ll also dis­cover new ones and bat­tle against ene­mies as they explore worlds they never dreamed existed. In addi­tion, the tal­ented cast from the fea­ture film — Jay Baruchel (Hic­cup), Amer­ica Fer­rera (Astrid), Christo­pher Mitz-Plasse (Fish­legs) and T.J. Miller (Tuffnut) — will lend their voices to the series, which is pro­duced by Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion and pre­mieres this fall.

New Lego Project: Fol­low­ing the instant rat­ings suc­cess of the CG-animated Nin­jago, Lego and Car­toon Net­work plan to expand their part­ner­ship with an all-new series from Lego for 2013.


Ben 10: Omniverse

Ben 10: Omniverse

Ben 10: Omni­verse: In the brand-new ani­mated series Ben 10: Omni­verse, Ben will have a new char­ac­ter design that pays homage to his past, and he’ll have a whole new batch of aliens to bat­tle. Beat­ing the bad guys is just part of the super­hero gig. With a lit­tle help from his new, by-the-book rookie part­ner, Ben explores the quirkier side of things in the alien under­ground and dis­cov­ers ene­mies from his past look­ing for a rematch, all while a mys­te­ri­ous hunter is hot on his trail! With 10 new aliens at his dis­posal and a brand new lease on life, Ben 10 is back and more fun than ever! Matt Young­berg is super­vis­ing pro­ducer for the series, which will pre­miere on Car­toon Net­work this fall.

Ben 10 is Car­toon Network’s most suc­cess­ful orig­i­nal global fran­chise. Since the pre­miere of the orig­i­nal Ben 10 series, cre­ated by Man of Action Stu­dios, in 2006, the fran­chise has spawned four ani­mated series, one ani­mated movie, two live-action movies, a CG movie, a fea­ture film cur­rently in devel­op­ment, and a widely-popular con­sumer prod­ucts line, and has cap­tured the imag­i­na­tions of view­ers on a world­wide scale.


Beware the Batman

Beware the Batman

Beware the Bat­man: A cool, new take on the clas­sic Dark Knight fran­chise, Beware the Bat­man incor­po­rates Batman’s core char­ac­ters with a rogues gallery of new vil­lains not pre­vi­ously seen in ani­mated form. Along with backup from ex-secret agent Alfred and lethal sword­stress Katana, the Dark Knight faces the twisted machi­na­tions of Gotham City’s crim­i­nal under­world led by the likes of Anarky, Pro­fes­sor Pyg, Mis­ter Toad and Mag­pie. Pro­duced by Warner Bros. Ani­ma­tion, this action-packed detec­tive thriller deftly rede­fines what we have come to know as a “Bat­man show.” Fea­tur­ing cutting-edge CGI visu­als to match the intri­cate twists and turns of the nar­ra­tive, Bat­man steps out of the shad­ows and into the spot­light for an entirely new gen­er­a­tion of fans. With WBA’s Sam Reg­is­ter exec­u­tive pro­duc­ing, and Bat­man Beyond’s Glen Murakami and Scooby-Doo! Mys­tery Incor­po­rated’s Mitch Wat­son pro­duc­ing, Beware the Bat­man, based on char­ac­ters from DC Comics, is com­ing soon to Car­toon Network!


Total Drama: Revenge of the Island

Total Drama: Revenge of the Island

Total Drama: Revenge of the Island: It’s back to the island where Total Drama began with an all-new cast! Since the series’ host Chris took the show world­wide, Camp Wawanakwa has been aban­doned and turned into a toxic nuclear waste dump — the per­fect place for new and painful, cringe-inducing chal­lenges! Fight­ing for the million-dollar prize are 13 wild new play­ers. Total Drama: Revenge of the Island is pro­duced by Fresh TV and will pre­miere on Car­toon Net­work this summer.


Return­ing Series

Adven­ture Time
Reg­u­lar Show
The Amaz­ing World of Gum­ball
The Looney Tunes Show
Level Up
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Young Jus­tice
Johnny Test
Green Lantern: The Ani­mated Series
Almost Naked Ani­mals
Casper’s Scare School
Hero 108
Scaredy Squir­rel

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