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A Little Old, A Little New at DC Nation

DC Nation

DC Nation

DC Nation- the ani­mated col­lab­o­ra­tion between Car­toon Net­work, Warner Bros. Ani­ma­tion and DC Enter­tain­ment– will see new episodes of Green Lantern: The Ani­mated Series and Young Jus­tice: Inva­sion  through­out the fall. Also return­ing are the comedic ani­mated shorts and exclu­sive behind-the-scenes views of the DC Uni­verse. This full hour ani­mated action show begins a new sea­son Sat­ur­day, Sep­tem­ber 29, at 10 a.m.

The crit­i­cally acclaimed Green Lantern: The Ani­mated Series uses stun­ning, styl­ized CG ani­ma­tion to take view­ers on a jour­ney of cos­mic pro­por­tions as Hal Jor­dan and his band of heroes fight to save the uni­verse. After thwart­ing the Red Lantern inva­sion into Guardian space, Hal, Kilo­wog, Razer and Aya must unravel the mys­tery of the Man­hunters while bat­tling the pow­er­ful Anti-Monitor.

Young Jus­tice: Inva­sion con­tin­ues as the team (Aqualad, Kid Flash, Super­boy, Miss Mar­t­ian and Artemis), now led by Nightwing, and its new mem­bers (Robin, Blue Bee­tle, Beast Boy, Lagoon Boy, Won­der Girl, Bum­ble­bee, Bat­girl) go deeper and more covert than ever before. As team rivalry and per­sonal con­flicts arise, the team must band together to fight the real threat that faces Earth.

Round­ing out the hour will be brand-new DC ani­mated shorts such as JL Ani­mals, a hilar­i­ous take on Jus­tice League where ani­mal ver­sions of clas­sic DC heroes show off their wild sides while fac­ing trou­ble on the farm and Amethyst: Princess of Gem­world, which fol­lows the adven­tures of nerdy and intro­verted Amy Win­ston as she does bat­tle with the evil Dark Opal as Amethyst, the pow­er­ful princess and pro­tec­tor of Gem World. Favorites like New Teen Titans, S.B.F.F. and DC’s World’s Funnest from Aard­man Stu­dios will also make their return.

DC Nation will con­tinue to show­case event pro­gram­ming, inter­sti­tials, exclu­sive behind-the-scenes looks at the­atri­cal motion pic­tures and an insider look into the world of all things DC Entertainment.

Cartoon Network Greenlights Homegrown Animated Series

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Car­toon Net­work Studios

Build­ing upon the global suc­cess of recent artist-driven series like Adven­ture Time and Reg­u­lar Show, Car­toon Net­work has green-lit two new ani­mated series. Steven Uni­verse, from Adven­ture Time writer and sto­ry­board artist Rebecca Sugar, and Uncle Grandpa, from Emmy Award-nominee Pete Brown­gardt, have started pre-production.

Both series are slated for a 2013 debut. Hav­ing seen its most-watched sum­mer in its 20-year his­tory in early prime-time because of artist-driven series, Car­toon Net­work has fur­ther mined its own Car­toon­sti­tute shorts devel­op­ment for these new series. Both new series will fur­ther define the genre of home­grown ani­mated come­dies com­ing from Car­toon Net­work Studios.

Sugar’s Steven Uni­verse is a coming-of-age story told from the per­spec­tive of Steven, the youngest mem­ber of a team of mag­i­cal Guardians of the Universe.

Browngardt’s Uncle Grandpa is based upon the Emmy-nominated short of the same name and fol­lows the exploits of Uncle Grandpa — every­one in the world’s “mag­i­cal” uncle and grandpa.

Steven Uni­verse and Uncle Grandpa will build upon our record-breaking streak with orig­i­nal pro­gram­ming, and fur­ther define the voice for Car­toon Net­work Stu­dios come­dies,” said Car­toon Net­work Chief Con­tent Offi­cer Rob Sor­cher. “Rebecca and Pete rep­re­sent our next gen­er­a­tion of home­grown tal­ent, fol­low­ing Pen Ward and JG Quin­tel who set a high bar with their dis­tinc­tive visual sto­ry­telling and unique comedic styles.”

Rebecca Sugar became a sto­ry­board artist and writer on Adven­ture Time in 2009 after grad­u­at­ing from the School of Visual Arts (SVA). The first episode she boarded, “It Came From the Nightos­phere,” was nom­i­nated for an Emmy and included the first song she wrote for the series, “Daddy, Why did you eat my fries?” which quickly became a fan favorite. Since then, she’s writ­ten 17 songs for the show and has boarded on some of Adven­ture Times’ most acclaimed episodes: “The Real You,” “Jake vs. Me-Mow,” “Fionna and Cake,” “What was Miss­ing,” and “Incendium.” Sugar was nom­i­nated for an Annie Award (ASIFA) for her sto­ry­boards on the Adven­ture Time Sea­son 2 finale “Mor­tal Folly.”

Pete Browngardt’s inter­est in ani­ma­tion devel­oped early. The youngest of five chil­dren, Brown­gardt was mak­ing ani­mated Super 8 and stop-motion films while still in grade school on New York’s Long Island. After study­ing char­ac­ter ani­ma­tion at CalArts, Brown­gardt started work­ing pro­fes­sion­ally for Futu­rama at age 19, fol­lowed by stints with Indus­trial Light and Magic, Augen­blick Stu­dios and MTV Ani­ma­tion. Since then Brown­gardt has worked on a num­ber of Car­toon Net­work series includ­ing Chow­der, The Mar­velous Mis­ad­ven­tures of Flap­jack and Adven­ture Time. Most recently Brown­gardt was the Creator/Executive Pro­ducer of the Car­toon Net­work ani­mated series Secret Moun­tain Fort Awe­some which won the Annie Award for Best Pro­duc­tion Design in a tele­vi­sion pro­duc­tion, the “Cristal” for Best TV pro­duc­tion at the Annecy Inter­na­tional Ani­mated Film Fes­ti­val and two juried Emmy awards in 2012.

Animated series “Brickleberry” premieres Sept. 25

Brickleberry

Brick­le­berry

Move over, Yel­low­stone, there’s a new national park in town!

Brick­le­berry, co-produced by Fox 21 and Com­edy Cen­tral, is a new ani­mated series revolv­ing around a group of dys­func­tional park rangers at a second-tier national park. Ten episodes kick off on Com­edy Cen­tral at 10:30 p.m. Tues­day, Sep­tem­ber 25, fol­low­ing the fall pre­miere of Tosh.0. The series is from exec­u­tive pro­ducer Daniel Tosh (Tosh.0) and series cre­ators, writ­ers and exec­u­tive pro­duc­ers Waco O’Guin and Roger Black (MTV2’s Stankervi­sion).

Brick­le­berry voice tal­ent includes Kaitlin Olson (It’s Always Sunny in Philadel­phia) as Ethel, the smoking-hot top ranger who is trans­ferred to Brick­le­berry; Tom Kenny (Sponge­Bob SquarePants) as Woody, the head ranger who has good inten­tions, but not always the best ideas; Dave Her­man (Futu­rama) as Steve, the over­con­fi­dent Ranger of the Month; Jerry Minor (East­bound & Down) as Den­zel, the African-American ranger who isn’t com­fort­able in the woods; Roger Black as Con­nie, the unusu­ally strong and mas­cu­line female ranger; and Tosh as Mal­loy, the cud­dly, yet vul­gar and spoiled res­i­dent bear. Jim Sharp and Ian Fried­man are the exec­u­tives in charge of pro­duc­tion for Com­edy Central.

In the pre­miere episode, “Wel­come to Brick­le­berry,” long-running Ranger of the Month, Steve, feels threat­ened when a new ranger, Ethel, comes to work at the park to help turn it around. Steve does every­thing in his power to get her fired, even try­ing to expose her alco­holic past. Mean­while, Woody feels that his room­mate and pet bear cub Mal­loy could stand to lose a few pounds and puts him on a strict diet.

The Brick­le­berry Web site will fea­ture episode pre­views, high­lights and photo gal­leries of con­cept art­work from the upcom­ing episodes. In mid-September, the site will roll out vignettes to intro­duce each of the show’s main characters.

The Brick­le­berry Face­book page has spent the sum­mer giv­ing excited fans an early look at the pro­duc­tion, includ­ing ani­matic shots from Ben­to­Box Stu­dios, as well as video and pho­tos from the show’s appear­ance at San Diego Comic-Con. The page will be updated daily through­out the sea­son with new art­work from the season.

Nick Teams With NFL… Again!

NickToons

Nick­Toons

Nick­elodeon and the National Foot­ball League con­tinue their rela­tion­ship with NFL Rush Zone: Sea­son of the Guardians, the sec­ond sea­son of the first-ever orig­i­nal half-hour ani­mated series devel­oped by a major U.S. sports league and a cable net­work, the two enti­ties jointly announced today.

The sec­ond install­ment of the Nick­toons series (24 episodes) – based on NFLRUSH ZONE, the NFL’s online world for kids – is set to pre­miere on Nick­toons this Novem­ber and fol­lows kid pro­tag­o­nist Ish­mael (Ish) and his friends on a jour­ney to pro­tect the league’s 32 teams and the world from a plot­ting mas­ter villain.

Dur­ing each episode, view­ers will hear NFL play­ers and coaches voic­ing their ani­mated per­sonas, includ­ing New Orleans Saints quar­ter­back Drew Brees, who passed for an NFL record 5,476 yards in 2011; Detroit Lions All-Pro wide receiver Calvin John­son; Dal­las Cow­boys Pro Bowl line­backer DeMar­cus Ware; and New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan.

We are proud to part­ner with the NFL to bring Nick­toons view­ers a full-length sec­ond sea­son of NFL Rush Zone,” said Keith Dawkins, Senior Vice Pres­i­dent & Gen­eral Man­ager, Nick­toons, Teen­Nick and Nick Jr. “Com­bin­ing rich sto­ry­telling, ani­ma­tion, fan­tasy and kid-relatable con­tent with team­work, com­pe­ti­tion and the world of the NFL, NFL Rush Zone truly reflects the best of our two worlds.”

We are thrilled to con­tinue our rela­tion­ship with Nick­elodeon by expand­ing the NFLRUSH ZONE world that kids love through a first-of-its-kind, ani­mated series,” said NFL Vice Pres­i­dent of Fan Strat­egy and Mar­ket­ing Peter O’Reilly. “Young fans and par­ents will relate to our unlikely heroes while also expe­ri­enc­ing their favorite NFL teams and play­ers in a whole new ani­mated way.”

In addi­tion to the new series, Nick­toons and the NFL will cre­ate exclu­sive video seg­ments with NFL Net­work ana­lyst and Pro Foot­ball Hall of Famer Deion Sanders. Dur­ing the weekly video seg­ments, which pre­miere on Nick­toons fol­low­ing Sunday’s NFL action, Sanders will pro­vide his top three plays from games played that week.
Sea­son two begins with Ish and his fam­ily relo­cat­ing to Can­ton, Ohio, home of the Pro Foot­ball Hall of Fame, where he dis­cov­ers the NFL is fac­ing a new foe, Wild Card, and his wing­man, Drop Kick. The pair schemes to destroy the NFL and the world by tar­get­ing the 32 teams’ Mega­cores – the essence of each team, its fans and its com­mu­nity – and the Core itself. With the esca­la­tion of this con­flict, Ish height­ens his own train­ing, skills and pow­ers and is joined by an unlikely group of heroes, mem­bers of his local Youth Foot­ball Tackle league.

NFL Rush Zone: Sea­son of the Guardians will be acces­si­ble on Nicktoons.com and NFLRUSH.com fol­low­ing each episode’s on-air pre­miere. They will also be re-aired on NFL Net­work and pro­duced in high def­i­n­i­tion for avail­abil­ity on video boards in NFL sta­di­ums across the country.

NFL Rush Zone: Sea­son of the Guardians is pro­duced by Roll­man Enter­tain­ment, Inc. The team is led by Roll­man Enter­tain­ment CEO Eric Roll­man, who pre­vi­ously served as pres­i­dent of Mar­vel Ani­ma­tion and worked on numer­ous ani­mated TV series, includ­ing The Avengers: World’s Great­est Heroes, Mar­vels Super Hero Squad and Iron Man Armored Adventures.

Nick­elodeon and the NFL ini­ti­ated their part­ner­ship in 2010 with Rush Zone: Guardians of the Core, which launched as a short-form series. The 22-chapter micro-series fol­lowed 10-year-old unlikely kid hero Ish on his des­tiny to pro­tect shards of a power source that were for­ti­fied in NFL sta­di­ums across the coun­try. Ish’s pow­er­ful enemy, Sud­den Death, used an army of Blitz Botz in a plan to hunt down the shards and destroy the NFL in an attempt to take over the world. How­ever, with a secret avatar, known as “The Sub,” Ish ulti­mately defeated Sud­den Death in the sea­son finale at Cow­boys Sta­dium dur­ing Super bowl XLV.

The NFLRUSH ZONE, a role play­ing game on NFLRUSH.com, was launched in Decem­ber 2007 and today has more than 2.5 mil­lion reg­is­tered users. The NFLRUSH ZONE is an immer­sive vir­tual world where kids are able to cre­ate avatars, join their favorite team, play games, chat, and com­pete with friends in a safe and fun envi­ron­ment. All 32 teams are rep­re­sented within the NFLRUSH ZONE with dis­tinct team lands and team Rush­erz and Avatars.

NFLRUSH ZONE will be acces­si­ble on mobile devices this sea­son and will fea­ture exclu­sive con­tent asso­ci­ated with the ani­mated TV series, includ­ing achieve­ments and games linked to the show. Users will become NFLRUSH Zone Guardians, immers­ing them­selves in the world as they “Enter the RUSH ZONE” with Ish and his fel­low Guardians.

FEARnet brings back animated favorites August 18

FEARnet

FEAR­net

FEAR­net, cable’s pre­mier des­ti­na­tion for hor­ror, sus­pense and thriller con­tent, is adding a new two-hour week­end pro­gram­ming block start­ing August 18.

The morn­ing seg­ment, dubbed “Fun­house,” fea­tures half-hour ani­mated pro­grams The Real Ghost­busters and Tales From the Cryp­t­keeper, as well as partly ani­mated sus­pense drama Dark Ora­cle. The “Fun­house” block will be broad­cast from 10 a.m. to 12 noon ET on Sat­ur­days and reaired the next day, Sun­day, in the same time period on the lin­ear TV channel.

FEARnet’s new “Fun­house” lineup marks the first time that the emerg­ing cable net­work has broad­cast both ani­mated and live-action acquired series in a com­bined themed block of time. In fact, the block will high­light three all-time favorite tele­vi­sion shows that haven’t been nation­ally broad­cast in over a decade, and one show, Dark Ora­cle, that has never been avail­able on United States stations.

While some cable net­works are extremely suc­cess­ful in tar­get­ing the adult audi­ence with ani­mated con­tent blocks in late night,” said said Peter Block, FEARnet’s pres­i­dent and gen­eral man­ager, “we decided to go a dif­fer­ent route and pro­vide our view­ers with the abil­ity to enjoy pro­gram­ming in a time period that harkens back to week­end morn­ings of their youth. More­over, ‘Fun­house’ opens doors to new adver­tis­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties due to the pro­gram­ming content.”

Start­ing August 18, FEARnet’s pro­gram­ming sched­ule for both Sat­ur­day and Sun­day morn­ings will include:

The Real Ghost­busters (10 a.m. ET/7 a.m. PT) — For the first time in 13 years, The Real Ghost­busters (1986–91) are return­ing to TV to keep the world safe from marsh­mal­low men, pink slime, and a spooky assort­ment of unfriendly ghosts. This ani­mated series was cre­ated by found­ing Ghost­busters film stars Dan Aky­royd and Harold Ramis, and fea­tured the voice tal­ent of come­dian Arse­nio Hall as Win­ston Zeddemore.

Tales From the Cryp­t­keeper (10:30 a.m. ET/7:30 a.m. PT) — Brace your­selves: the Cryp­t­keeper is back, and he’s bring­ing his fright­ful ani­mated fea­tures to FEARnet’s “Fun­house” lineup. Star­ring the voice of the infa­mous Crypt Keeper, him­self, John Kas­sir — and pro­duced by orig­i­nal Tales from the Crypt execs Robert Zemeckis and Joel Sil­ver — “Tales from the Cryp­t­keeper” (1994–97) trans­ports the fran­chise back to its clas­sic comic book roots.

Dark Ora­cle (11:30 a.m. ET/8:30 a.m. PT) — Round­ing out FEARnet’s “Fun­house” lineup is the Cana­dian export Dark Ora­cle, where twin teens Cally and Lance Stone dis­cover that the tit­u­lar comic book con­tains clues about their future… and har­bors deadly secrets. Cre­ated by Degrassi: The Next Gen­er­a­tion scribe Jana Sinyor, and star­ring Alex House, lead char­ac­ter Todd of FEARnet’s Todd & The Book of Pure Evil, Dark Ora­cle (2004–06) mixes live action with comic book ani­ma­tion, and intro­duces a healthy blend of teenage drama into the hor­rific pro­ceed­ings. An engag­ing run­ning sto­ry­line will keep view­ers hooked week after week.

Nickelodeon OKs new animated, live-action series

Nickelodeon

Nick­elodeon

Nick­elodeon announced Fri­day that it has green­lit over a dozen new ani­ma­tion, live-action and TV-movie projects — fea­tur­ing top cre­ative tal­ent in front of and behind the cam­era, iconic char­ac­ters from its most pop­u­lar series and an ani­mated talk­ing snake — that will begin rolling out this fall and into 2013.

The CG-animated series Mon­sters vs. Aliens and 2D-series San­jay & Craig have been green­lit, with both pro­duc­tions based at Nickelodeon’s Ani­ma­tion Stu­dio in Bur­bank, Cal­i­for­nia. In addi­tion, Nick preschool has added a new ani­mated series, Monty and Norville, and two pilots, Blaze and the Mon­ster Machines and Bad Seeds.

Nick­elodeon, the top pro­ducer of tele­vi­sion ani­ma­tion in the United States, is in pro­duc­tion on three new series and two new pilots.

Cur­rent Productions:

San­jay & Craig (Nick­elodeon series) — A clas­sic tale of boy meets snake, this 20-episode, 2D-animated series fol­lows two best buds who ded­i­cate their lives to becom­ing the coolest, most rebel­lious dudes in the neigh­bor­hood. San­jay & Craig is cre­ated by Jim Dirschberger, Jay How­ell and Andreas Trolf, and exec­u­tive pro­duced by Nick alumni Will McRobb and Chris Vis­cardi (The Adven­tures of Pete & Pete, Alvin and the Chipmunks).

Mon­sters vs. Aliens (Nick­elodeon series) — An exten­sion of the block­buster movie, the all-new CG-animated tele­vi­sion series fea­tures the lov­able mon­sters and a whole new group of nefar­i­ous aliens liv­ing and work­ing together at Area 50-something. Green­lit for 26 episodes, the series will be exec­u­tive pro­duced by Bob Schoo­ley, Mark McCorkle and Brett Haa­land (The Pen­guins of Mada­gas­car).

Monty and Norville (Nick­elodeon preschool series/working title) — Monty and Norville fol­lows the adven­tures of a five-year-old troll named Monty and his dragon friend Norville. With the help of view­ers at home, Monty can use his magic stick to make incred­i­ble things hap­pen as long as he uses the right words. The new ani­mated 26-episode series, cre­ated by Adam Peltz­man (head writer, Blue’s Clues, The Back­yardi­gans), will intro­duce a lit­er­acy cur­ricu­lum to Nickelodeon’s preschool audience.

Pilots:

Bad Seeds (Nick­elodeon pilot) — From Sponge­Bob SquarePants alum­nus and Chow­der cre­ator Carl Green­blatt, Bad Seeds is about a good bird run­ning with the bad crowd… and hav­ing a great time!

Blaze and the Mon­ster Machines (Nick­elodeon preschool pilot/working title) — Blaze and the Mon­ster Machines is a CG-animated, inter­ac­tive pro­gram about an eight-year-old boy named AJ and his incred­i­ble mon­ster truck Blaze. AJ, Blaze and their friend Mad­die fight their arch neme­sis Crusher, along with a fleet of other trucks. The series fea­tures a STEM (Sci­ence, Tech­nol­ogy, Engi­neer­ing and Math) cur­ricu­lum and is cre­ated by Jeff Borkin (head writer, Team Umi­zoomi, Lit­tle Ein­steins) and Ellen Mar­tin (pro­ducer, Bub­ble Gup­pies, The Back­yardi­gans).

Nickelodeon’s Robot & Monster Premieres Today

Robot & Monster

Robot & Monster

Nickelodeon’s brand-new CG-animated buddy com­edy, Robot and Mon­ster, pre­mieres on Sat­ur­day, August 4 at 11:00 a.m. (ET/PT). The series fol­lows the friend­ship and adven­tures of the most unlikely best-friend duo, Robot, a mechan­i­cal and self-proclaimed genius, and Mon­ster, a happy-go-lucky organic. These pals live in a strange world where robots and mon­sters, also known as mechan­i­cals and organ­ics, live side-by-side and every­body is united by a love for bacon.

Together, the relent­lessly ambi­tious Robot and patho­log­i­cally con­tent Mon­ster form an unlikely friend­ship. Forged in the fires of child­hood, they are now insep­a­ra­ble as they try to find their way in the world.

In the pre­miere episode, “Monster’s Great Escape,” Mon­ster is shocked to dis­cover that Robot had played a prac­ti­cal joke on him dur­ing their youth. So, Mon­ster decides to get even by pulling an elab­o­rate prank on Robot. How­ever, prac­ti­cal jokes don’t come nat­u­rally to Mon­ster and the joke he pulls ends up being on him­self. Next in “Game Boys,” Mon­ster helps Robot achieve his life-long dream of play­ing in a Pole-O game, a com­bi­na­tion between rugby and caber toss­ing. This could very well be the high­light of Robot’s life… assum­ing he survives.

Robot & Mon­ster is writ­ten by Joshua Sternin and Jef­frey Ven­ti­m­ilia, real life best friends and com­edy vet­er­ans who have writ­ten for such hits as Rio, The Simp­sons, That 70’s Show and Sur­viv­ing Christ­mas. David Pressler cre­ated the char­ac­ters Robot and Mon­ster. He is the artist and char­ac­ter designer who has used sculp­ture and illus­tra­tion to fuse two of his pri­mary pas­sions, fine art and entertainment.

AS Announces Largest Programming Schedule Ever

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Adult Swim

Adult Swim, basic cable’s #1 net­work with young adults for seven con­sec­u­tive years, has announced the largest pro­gram­ming com­mit­ment in Adult Swim’s his­tory, which includes new and return­ing series, pilots and specials.

Adult Swim ordered a sec­ond sea­son of new hit show China, IL. An ani­mated pilot based on the Harold & Kumar films is in development.

Addi­tion­ally, in response to over­whelm­ing fan enthu­si­asm and devo­tion, the beloved anime pro­gram­ming block Toon­ami will make its return Sat­ur­day, May 26.

New orig­i­nal series and specials:

Black Dyna­mite
Pre­mier­ing in July and based on 2009’s critically-acclaimed fea­ture film, Black Dyna­mite, the ani­mated series, fur­ther chron­i­cles the exploits of the cen­tral char­ac­ter, Black Dyna­mite, and his crew. Under the direc­tion of head writer Carl Jones (The Boon­docks), the series fea­tures the voice tal­ent of Michael Jai White (For Bet­ter or Worse, The Dark Knight, Why Did I Get Mar­ried?), Tommy David­son (In Liv­ing Color, Bam­boo­zled), Kym Whit­ley (The Cleve­land Show, Brian McK­night Show) and Byron Minns (Mongo Wrestling Alliance), all of whom starred in the fea­ture film. Black Dyna­mite, the ani­mated series, is being pro­duced by Ars Nova. Jon Stein­gart, Carl Jones and Jil­lian Apfel­baum are exec­u­tive pro­duc­ers. Brian Ash is co-executive pro­ducer. Scott Sanders, White and Minns are pro­duc­ers. Mon­ica Jones is asso­ciate pro­ducer. Lesean Thomas is cre­ative producer/supervising direc­tor. Orig­i­nal music is by Adrian Younge. Black Dyna­mite is being ani­mated by Tit­mouse, Inc.

Toon­ami
Begin­ning Sat­ur­day, May 26, Adult Swim brings back Toon­ami, the network’s pop­u­lar block of anime pro­gram­ming. Air­ing weekly from mid­night to 6 a.m. (ET/PT), in addi­tion to the return of pre­vi­ous series fea­tured in Toon­ami, Adult Swim is also devel­op­ing new orig­i­nal anime pro­gram­ming for fans.

Robot Chicken DC Comics Spe­cial
Com­ing this fall, the Robot Chicken DC Comics Spe­cial brings you the awe­some­ness of the DC Comics uni­verse of char­ac­ters as only Robot Chicken can, with amaz­ing guest stars and the stop-motion sketch com­edy you’ve come to love after five sea­sons of the pop­u­lar Adult Swim series. The spe­cial fea­tures many Robot Chicken favorites, includ­ing the Robot Chicken Nerd, the Hump­ing Robot, Com­pos­ite Santa, and the Mad Sci­en­tist who will be joined by char­ac­ters of the DC Comics uni­verse to poke fun at those with the most impres­sive pow­ers and the lesser ones who can’t really be called super­heroes. The all-star cast includes Seth Green as Bat­man, Robin and the put-upon Aqua­man; Paul Reubens as The Rid­dler; Neil Patrick Har­ris as Two-Face; Alfred Molina as Lex Luthor; Nathan Fil­lion as the Green Lantern; Megan Fox as Lois Lane; and Breckin Meyer as Super­man; plus Abe Ben­rubi, Alex Borstein, Clare Grant, Tara Strong, Matt Sen­re­ich, Tom Root, Zeb Wells, and Kevin Shinick as the nar­ra­tor. Robot Chicken DC Comics Spe­cial is exec­u­tive pro­duced by Stoopid Monkey’s Seth Green and Matthew Sen­re­ich and their Stoopid Buddy Stood­ios part­ners, Buddy Sys­tems’ John Har­va­tine IV and Eric Towner, along with DC Enter­tain­ment Chief Cre­ative Offi­cer Geoff Johns, and Warner Bros. Animation’s exec­u­tive vice-president and cre­ative affairs, Sam Register.

Ven­ture Broth­ers Hal­loween Spe­cial
This Octo­ber on Adult Swim, the Ven­ture Fam­ily fills your Hal­loween goodie bag with fun-sized Truth. Cre­ated and directed by Jack­son Pub­lick and writ­ten by Pub­lick and Doc Ham­mer, both of whom also pro­vide voices for the spe­cial, Ven­ture Broth­ers Hal­loween Spe­cial is being ani­mated by Tit­mouse, Inc.

Beforel Orel
A Moral Orel spe­cial that sheds light on the ori­gin of Orel’s reli­gious nature and the birth of his brother Shapey. Beforel Orel is cre­ated by Dino Stam­atopou­los (Mary Shelley’s Franken­hole and Mr. Show).

Pilots:

Unti­tled Ani­mated Harold & Kumar Project (In Devel­op­ment)
An ani­mated ver­sion of the epony­mous block­buster stoner com­edy series. Pro­duced by Lionsgate.

Rick & Morty
A genius inven­tor grand­fa­ther and his less than genius grand­son, and the jour­neys in life they share. From Dan Har­mon (Com­mu­nity, Chan­nel 101) and Justin Roi­land. (30-minute animated)

Colonel Wal­lace (Work­ing Title)
An eccen­tric south­ern fried chicken mag­nate and his adven­tures with his fam­ily. Cre­ated by Greg Cohen (Conan O’Brien, King of the Hill, TV Fun­house). (15-minute animated)

Cof­fin Dodgers
A group of mis­fit grumps get into fraternity-style trou­ble at a cozy sub­ur­ban retire­ment home. From Dave Sil­ver­stein and Matt Jeser (Drawn Together). (30-minute animated)

King Star King
King Star King is a mod­ern day he-man who’s half-warrior, half-idiot. From artist JJ Vil­lard (Mon­sters Vs. Aliens) and Eric Kaplan (Big Bang The­ory). (15-minute animated)

Rolling With Dad
A bril­liant but dis­abled man deals with his much less intel­li­gent fam­ily. From Seth Grahame-Smith (Pride and Prej­u­dice and Zom­bies; Abra­ham Lin­coln, Vam­pire Hunter; Tim Burton’s Dark Shad­ows; The Hard Times of RJ Berger) and David Katzen­berg (The Hard Times of RJ Berger). (30-minute animated)

Return­ing series:

Aqua Some­thing You Know What­ever
What hap­pens when three wise­crack­ing room­mates go from chas­ing tail to the dia­per pail? You’ll find out when Fry­lock, Meat­wad and Mas­ter Shake try their hands — and hearts — at rais­ing a baby. But smelly dia­pers aren’t the only thing chang­ing this sea­son — Aqua Unit Patrol Squad 1 has been put to bed for a long nap and replaced by Aqua Some­thing You Know What­ever, the show where Meat­wad and the gang can get down to some seri­ous par­ent­ing. This sea­son, the Aqua Some­things find an ancient trea­sure map and fol­low it all the way to Argentina, where they’re shocked to dis­cover an orphaned baby on the ‘x’ that marks the spot. Out­raged, Mas­ter Shake begins to throw the child off a steep embank­ment but one look into the baby’s eyes, and the only thing get­ting thrown off a steep embank­ment is Shake’s heart. Intro­duc­ing Pepe the Pep­per, the newest mem­ber of the Aqua Some­thing You Know What­ever fam­ily — and boy is he a hand­ful! Find out what hap­pens when three not-so-eligible bach­e­lors catch a case of baby fever, and the only cure is snug­gle time. The only nip­ples these guys will be touch­ing are gonna have a bot­tle on the other end. Aqua Some­thing You Know What­ever pre­mieres in June on Adult Swim. Aqua Some­thing You Know What­ever is cre­ated by Dave Willis (Squid­bil­lies) and Matt Maiel­laro (12 oz. Mouse).

The Boon­docks
Since the debut of the first sea­son in 2005, The Boon­docks has been one of Adult Swim’s most pop­u­lar and crit­i­cally acclaimed series. The Peabody Award-winning ani­mated series is based on Aaron McGruder’s comic strip by the same name. Pro­duced by Rebel Base in asso­ci­a­tion with Sony Pic­tures Tele­vi­sion, The Boon­docks returns with a new sea­son on Adult Swim.

China, IL
Renewed for a sec­ond sea­son, China, IL is about the worst school in Amer­ica, where the teach­ers are crazy and the stu­dents just want to learn. In this sec­ond sea­son of new half-hour episodes, we’ll con­tinue to fol­low the Pro­fes­sor Broth­ers, Frank and Steve Smith, as well as their TA Pony Merks & their man-child friend Baby­cakes, along with a host of other teach­ers, stu­dents and town­ies. Some exam­ples of sto­ries we’ll see this sea­son are Baby Cakes’s Joe McCarthy-esque witch hunt for actual wiz­ards and witches, Frank and Ronald Reagan’s quest for Thomas Jefferson’s leg­endary Crys­tal Cas­tle, and a god who descends down on China, IL, turn­ing it into a surfer town. China, IL was cre­ated by Brad Neely, and is exec­u­tive pro­duced by Neely and Daniel Weidenfeld.

Robot Chicken
Pre­mier­ing its sixth sea­son this fall on Adult Swim, Robot Chicken uses stop-motion ani­ma­tion to bring pop-culture par­o­dies to life in a mod­ern take on the variety/sketch show for­mat. The Emmy Award-winning series began air­ing in Feb­ru­ary 2005 and remains among the top-rated orig­i­nal series on Adult Swim. Robot Chicken is cre­ated and exec­u­tive pro­duced by Stoopid Mon­key Pro­duc­tions’ Seth Green and Matthew Sen­re­ich and their Stoopid Buddy Stood­ios part­ners, Buddy Sys­tems’ John Har­va­tine IV and Eric Towner, also serve as exec­u­tive pro­duc­ers. Green and Sen­re­ich also write, voice and with Zeb Wells, direct the mul­ti­ple Annie Award-winning series. Robot Chicken head writers/co-executive pro­duc­ers Dou­glas Gold­stein and Tom Root are joined by sea­son six writ­ers Matthew Beans, Rachel Bloom, Mike Fasolo, Jes­sica Gao, Breckin Meyer, Jason Reich, Mehar Sethi, Tom Shep­pard, Erik Weiner and Wells. For sea­son six, Robot Chicken wel­comes Eliz­a­beth Banks, Sarah Chalke, Kat Den­nings, Sam Elliott, Ben Fos­ter, Whoopi Gold­berg, Lucas Grabeel, Megan Hilty, Gillian Jacobs, Zachary Levi, J.B. Smoove, Liev Schreiber, Jon Stew­art, Patrick Stew­art, Stanly Tucci, Olivia Wilde, and Alex Winter.

Squid­bil­lies
Pre­mier­ing its sixth sea­son this July, Adult Swim wel­comes you back to the North Geor­gia Moun­tains, birth­place of hell-raising and inhalant huff­ing. At the epi­cen­ter of this rural par­adise is Dou­gal County, home to crip­pling gam­bling addic­tions, mur­der­ous cor­po­ra­tions, sex­ual deviants, and the authen­tic south­ern moun­tain squid. Early Cuyler con­tin­ues his reign as America’s favorite cephalo­pod in sea­son six of Squid­bil­lies, filled with love, mur­der, sobri­ety, and the secrets of the Cat­fish King­dom. This time around, Rusty tack­les father­hood, Early defends his rep­u­ta­tion as the town’s biggest badass, Granny helps the Sher­iff solve a series of butt thefts, Lil embraces the bor­ing life of sobri­ety, and the Sher­iff finds love east of the Iron Cur­tain. Come watch the Cuylers chase the south­ern dream of a reward­ing job in the food ser­vice indus­try, all while using vio­lence and alco­hol to tackle life’s tough­est prob­lems. It’s good clean fam­ily fun, if your fam­ily is in the 18–35 demo­graphic! Squid­bil­lies is writ­ten and pro­duced by Dave Willis (Aqua Teen Hunger Force) and Jim Fortier (Space Ghost Coast to Coast, The Brak Show).

Super­jail!
This fall on Adult Swim, Super­jail! slams back in gen­eral pop­u­la­tion for a third sea­son of destruc­tion. Triple the insan­ity. Triple the crazy. Triple the pain of being kicked in the guts really hard. Super­jail! is pro­duced at Tit­mouse Stu­dios in N.Y. Series cre­ators and exec­u­tive pro­duc­ers Christy Kara­cas (Car­toon Sushi, Robot­omy) and Stephen War­brick (Beavis and Butthead, Celebrity Death­match) have teamed up again to take this over-the-top ani­mated series to the next level.

Return­ing acquisitions:

Amer­i­can Dad
Bleach
Cleve­land Show
Fam­ily Guy
Full Metal Alchemist: Broth­er­hood
King of the Hill

Total Drama Revenge of the Island” coming to CN

Total Drama: Revenge of the Island

Total Drama: Revenge of the Island

The con­tention, the rival­ries, the ten­sion, the money and… Chef are all com­ing back to Car­toon Net­work at 7:30 p.m. on Tues­day, June 5 for the ani­mated real­ity com­pe­ti­tion series Total Drama Revenge of the Island, pro­duced by Fresh TV and dis­trib­uted by Cake Entertainment.

In past sea­sons, ego­tis­ti­cal series host Chris McLean brought the show to diverse locales, includ­ing a movie set and a voy­age around the world, but now it’s back to the island, where the drama began in Sea­son 1 — this time with an all-new cast! Since the show has gone global, 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 $1 mil­lion prize are 13 wild new play­ers: ath­letic over­achiever Light­ning, wide-eyed bubble-boy Cameron, mul­ti­ple per­son­al­ity Mike, take-no-prisoners jock Jo, devi­ous Scott, fame-monger Dakota, indie chick Zoey, com­pul­sive liar Staci, strong silent genius B, fake tan and hair­spray lover Anne Maria, moon­child Dawn, nice-guy gamer Sam and cadet Brick.

This sea­son promises to be the tough­est ever. As usual, the Total Drama con­tes­tants will be split into two teams, this time there are no reward chal­lenges and one teen will be voted off in every episode. There is one chance for sal­va­tion when host Chris unveils an immu­nity statue, shaped in his own like­ness, to be hid­den some­where on the island. Who­ever finds the statue wins immu­nity from elim­i­na­tion for one radioac­tive camp­fire cer­e­mony. Those chances are slim and all but one con­tes­tant will be cat­a­pulted off the island via the Hurl of Shame!

CartoonNetwork.com will also fea­ture a Total Drama Revenge of the Island game where con­tes­tants will attempt to bal­ance a por­tion of the Island’s mutant squir­rel pop­u­la­tion on their bod­ies all while stand­ing pre­car­i­ously on crudely built struc­tures, try­ing to dodge meat­balls being pelted at them by Chef. The player’s goal is to top­ple each con­tes­tants one-by-one using Chef and sev­eral types of meat­ball ammo rang­ing from large meat­balls that pack a punch to explo­sive and cor­ro­sive meat­balls that dam­age the struc­tures the con­tes­tants are posi­tioned on. The game has 30+ lev­els to mas­ter and will launch on May 29.

Axe Cop” breaking into Saturday late-prime on FOX

Axe Cop

Axe Cop

Ani­ma­tion Dom­i­na­tion HD, the new ani­ma­tion unit cre­ated by Fox Broad­cast­ing Com­pany, has acquired the rights to the hit comic phe­nom­e­non Axe Cop, Nick Wei­den­feld, head of Ani­ma­tion Dom­i­na­tion HD, announced Tuesday.

Axe Cop will pre­miere as part of FOX’s new Sat­ur­day late-prime Ani­ma­tion Dom­i­na­tion HD block (11 to 12:30 p.m. ET/PT), debut­ing in 2013, and across dig­i­tal platforms.

Axe Cop is one of the most cre­ative, hilar­i­ous and nat­u­rally viral comic prop­er­ties to emerge in the last decade,” Wei­den­feld said. “I’ve hoped some­one would adapt Axe Cop for tele­vi­sion for years, and couldn’t be hap­pier that we get to be that some­one. Axe Cop has all the mak­ings of an iconic ani­mated series, and it will help set the tone for FOX’s new late-prime Sat­ur­day ani­ma­tion lineup.”

Axe Cop is the first new series in devel­op­ment by Ani­ma­tion Dom­i­na­tion HD. The new unit has ordered six quarter-hour episodes of the series. Addi­tional aus­pices will be announced.

The Axe Cop Web comic was cre­ated by then five-year-old Malachai Nicolle and his 29-year-old brother Ethan, and chron­i­cles the adven­tures of an axe-wielding police offi­cer and his loyal team of allies as they fight bad guys. Writ­ten by Malachai and drawn by Ethan, the first five install­ments of Axe Cop were put online on Jan­u­ary 25, 2010 and went viral in a mat­ter of days.

Three days after AxeCop.com went live, it was fea­tured as Enter­tain­ment Weekly’s “Site of the Day,” and the series quickly became an Inter­net meme. Since its debut, Axe Cop has gained cult sta­tus and promi­nent recog­ni­tion in the comic sphere through Dark Horse, on the Web, and through var­i­ous media circuits.