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Third season of “LazyTown” goes into production

LazyTown

Lazy­Town

Award-winning children’s TV series Lazy­Town is back in pro­duc­tion for a third sea­son of brand new 13 half-hour shows fol­low­ing its acqui­si­tion by Turner Broad­cast­ing last September.

Chart­ing the adven­tures of action hero Sporta­cus, aspir­ing dancer Stephanie, res­i­dent vil­lain Rob­bie Rot­ten and the rest of the Lazy­Town gang, the show com­bined live action with pup­petry and CGI ani­ma­tion. It once again stars its cre­ator, Mag­nus Schev­ing, as Sporta­cus, with a new actress in the role of Stephanie.

Ten-year-old Chloe Lang, from Con­necti­cut and already a suc­cess­ful com­pe­ti­tion dancer, takes over from Julianna Rose Mau­riello as Stephanie, the show’s lead female char­ac­ter, who is much loved by chil­dren for her bright pink hair, sunny dis­po­si­tion and danc­ing skills.

I’m happy and hon­ored to take on this role, and very excited to have the oppor­tu­nity to live in Ice­land for the next few months and work with the Lazy­Town crew,” says Chloe. “I have always looked up to Julianna — she was great on the show, and I just hope I can per­form to her standards.”

Cre­ated as a con­cept nearly 20 years ago by Schev­ing, Lazy­Town is the only global enter­tain­ment brand ded­i­cated to kids’ health. Its aim is to moti­vate kids and their fam­i­lies to make pos­i­tive lifestyle choices in a fun, enter­tain­ing and inspi­ra­tional way.

As well as the TV show, the brand encom­passes live shows, music, games, radio, pub­lish­ing, retail, and such com­mu­nity ini­tia­tives as marathons, sports clubs, meet and greets, and government-backed healthy eat­ing campaigns.

I’m really excited about film­ing the new [sea­son], not least because Sporta­cus has got some really cool new gad­gets to help him in his mis­sion to get kids active and hav­ing fun in a cre­ative way,” says Scheving.

Filmed as usual in the Lazy­Town Stu­dios in Ice­land, the spe­cial effects are being cre­ated this time around by Turner Stu­dios in Atlanta, whose cred­its include Ben 10, Level Up, Matrix and X-Men.

The new sea­son is being pro­duced by Schev­ing and Björn Thorir Sig­urds­son, and directed by Schev­ing and Sig­valdi J. Karason.

Lazy­Town is one of the most pow­er­ful kids’ brands in the world,” says Turner’s chief con­tent offi­cer for EMEA, Michael Car­ring­ton. “It’s not only great enter­tain­ment, but — thanks to Mag­nus — has had a huge impact on society’s fight against child­hood obe­sity. The new TV [sea­son] promises to be even big­ger and bet­ter than before, and will play an impor­tant role in our plans to build up and extend our pre-school chan­nel Cartoonito.”

The first two sea­sons of Lazy­Town have also been acquired by Turner. They will be trans­mit­ted on Turner chan­nels before the new sea­son airs in early 2013.

Cartoon Network To Cross Canadian Bounds

Cartoon Network Studios

Car­toon Net­work Studios

If you thought it was about time Car­toon Net­work and [Adult Swim] should hit the air­waves north of the bor­der, your wait is over. Tele­toon and Turner have announced that they would be bring­ing the Car­toon Net­work to Cana­di­ans begin­ning July 4th.

To whet the appetites of view­ers, Tele­toon will begin broad­cast­ing a weekly Car­toon Net­work pro­gram­ming block, start­ing this Sat­ur­day. The web­site CartoonNetwork.ca has already launched.

Before the final launch, Tele­toon will air a two-hour pre­view block every Sat­ur­day in May and June fea­tur­ing four Car­toon Net­work series. Adven­ture Time has already been air­ing on Tele­toon will will kick of the new CN block on Saturday’s at 11:00 am. The Amaz­ing World of Gum­ball will fol­low at 11:30am. At noon Cana­di­ans will see Reg­u­lar Show fol­lowed by the Car­toon Car­toon clas­sic, Dexter’s Lab­o­ra­tory at 12:30pm. The two hour pre­miere block will begin this weekend.

Car­toon Net­work Canada will also be fea­tur­ing the [adult swim] pro­gram­ming block.

Mean­while, Car­toon Net­work char­ac­ters will come to life this sum­mer at the Atlantis on the Par­adise Island resort in The Bahamas. Infused with family-fun, the sum­mer fes­tiv­i­ties will run May 25 – Sept. 3, 2012 promis­ing even more Car­toon Net­work enter­tain­ment than last year. Guests can antic­i­pate branded ele­ments from the network’s top-rated and award-winning ani­mated series Adven­ture Time includ­ing an Adven­ture Time themed pool­side dive-in the­ater and a Car­toon Net­work, multi-brand char­ac­ter takeover of one of Atlantis’ most pop­u­lar din­ing des­ti­na­tions, Sea­grapes restaurant.

Boomerang To Celebrate Earth Day with Captain Planet

Captain Planet And The Planeteers

Cap­tain Planet And The Planeteers

In obser­vance of Earth Day, Boomerang called upon the Cap­tain Planet Foun­da­tion — ded­i­cated to give the next gen­er­a­tion of envi­ron­men­tal stew­ards an active under­stand­ing and love for the nat­ural world in which they live — to hand-pick 28 episodes to be pre­sented in a 14-hour Cap­tain Planet marathon Sun­day, April 22.

The Earth Day cel­e­bra­tion will begin at 6 a.m. (ET), show­cas­ing favorite episodes from each sea­son of the series through­out the day, includ­ing the pilot episode, “A Hero for Earth,” at 8 a.m. Addi­tion­ally, should view­ers wish to enjoy more of the orig­i­nal 72 half-hour episodes cre­ated for the series, Cap­tain Planet And The Plan­e­teers airs at 6 a.m. each day of the week on Boomerang.

Cap­tain Planet is an excit­ing, adventure-filled series that com­mu­ni­cates to kids how impor­tant our planet is and that we need to take care of it,” says Stacy Isen­hower, senior vice-president of pro­gram­ming and sched­ul­ing for Car­toon Net­work and Boomerang. “Pre­sent­ing a full-day marathon of Cap­tain Planet And The Plan­e­teers to cel­e­brate Earth Day is our way of sup­port­ing this wor­thy cause.”

In an effort to inform younger view­ers about seri­ous envi­ron­men­tal issues, leg­endary cable entre­pre­neur Ted Turner part­nered with DIC Enter­prises in 1990 to cre­ate the world’s first ani­mated envi­ron­men­tal series, Cap­tain Planet And The Plan­e­teers. The half-hour series was about a group of young peo­ple (The Plan­e­teers) who com­bine their spe­cial indi­vid­ual pow­ers (given to them by Gaia, the Spirit of the Earth) to sum­mon Cap­tain Planet, an envi­ron­men­tal super­hero, to bat­tle the world’s worst eco-villains.

Cap­tain Planet fol­lows the adven­tures of five young Plan­e­teers from five dif­fer­ent con­ti­nents as they fight to save our planet from a vari­ety of pol­lut­ing per­pe­tra­tors. Using magic rings given to them by Gaia, the spirit of the earth, these five teenagers (Kwami, Wheeler, Linka, Gi and Ma-Ti) each pos­sess super­nat­ural pow­ers — Earth, Fire, Wind, Water and Heart — which, when com­bined, sum­mon Cap­tain Planet to pre­vent envi­ron­men­tal dis­as­ters and save the world.

Cap­tain Planet and the Plan­e­teers orig­i­nally aired domes­ti­cally and inter­na­tion­ally in syn­di­ca­tion and on cable net­works TBS and TNT. Six full sea­sons of the series were pro­duced in the orig­i­nal run of the series, fea­tur­ing the voice tal­ents of mul­ti­ple guest celebri­ties, includ­ing Whoopi Gold­berg (Gaia), Meg Ryan (Dr. Blight), Mar­tin Sheen (Sly Sludge), Edward Asner (Hog­gish Greedly), James Coburn (Looten Plun­der), Dean Stock­well (Duke Nukem) and Sting (Zarm). Win­ning mul­ti­ple Envi­ron­men­tal Media Awards across its pro­duc­tion, Cap­tain Planet and the Plan­e­teers also scored sev­eral Day­time Emmy nominations.

High­lights of the Cap­tain Planet marathon include:

Trou­ble on the Half Shell” — 6 a.m.: Hog­gish Greedly and Ver­minous Skumm are ship­wrecked on one of the Gala­pa­gos Islands, where some of Skumm’s mutated rats start steal­ing eggs from an endan­gered tor­toise nest. The eggs soon also are con­t­a­m­i­nated by pol­lu­tants, and hatch a new breed of aggres­sive mutant tor­toises, which threaten to wipe out the ecosys­tem. With the help of JASON, a robot remote-controlled by a kid at a New York museum, the Plan­e­teers and Cap­tain Planet must put an end to the destruction.

Plun­der Dam” — 7 a.m.: Looten Plun­der dams off an African village’s river and offers the peo­ple elec­tric­ity to improve ser­vices the river once pro­vided, and some lux­u­ries. The Plan­e­teers real­ize that this means severe loss of fish-life and ani­mals becom­ing wild with thirst, espe­cially since Plun­der has blocked the water he didn’t dam up. The vil­lagers can­not sur­vive long with­out the river, so Cap­tain Planet is sum­moned to help save the ecosys­tem there.

A Hero for Earth” — 8 a.m.: The Spirit of Earth, Gaia, is woken from a century-long sleep to dis­cover that Earth is dying because of humans’ care­less­ness in defor­esta­tion, pol­lu­tion and over-hunting. She sends a quin­tet of rings out to five youths around the world as newly-appointed Plan­e­teers. When they com­bine their new indi­vid­ual pow­ers they are able to sum­mon Cap­tain Planet.

Skumm Lord” — 8:30 a.m.: Ver­minous Skumm cre­ates a sub­stance that, when placed in water, will mutate its drinker into a rat-resembling char­ac­ter who will­ingly serves him. The Plan­e­teers go to stop him, but Wheeler falls into a vat of it, and Linka and Gi are splashed, so the oth­ers must hurry to recover an endan­gered plant Ma-Ti’s friend the Shaman believes may cure them. Mean­while, Skumm plans to place the liq­uid in Ma-Ti’s vil­lage water sup­ply, then the Ama­zon to infect the coun­try and per­haps even the world.

Mis­sion to Save Earth” — 10 to 11 a.m.: In this one-hour spe­cial, vil­lains Looten Plun­der, Dr. Blight, Ver­minous Skumm, Duke Nukem and Sly Sludge team up to defeat the Plan­e­teers by get­ting pow­ers sim­i­lar to the ones they steal from their rings. Armed only with their brains and tech­nol­ogy to sub­sti­tute for their pow­ers, the Plan­e­teers must recover their stolen rings, sum­mon Cap­tain Planet, and defeat the team of pol­luters from destroy­ing the world.

Fare Thee Whale” — 1 p.m.: Looten Plun­der leads a whal­ing oper­a­tion with Dr. Blight aboard attempt­ing to con­coct the per­fect poi­son, and the Plan­e­teers are enraged to see that it is legal for him to kill whales with calves sim­ply because he claims that he is “exper­i­ment­ing with a new whale-repellent.”

Jail House Flock” — 6 p.m.: After Hog­gish Greedly sneak­ily obtains a per­mit to build houses near wet­lands, Cap­tain Planet and the Plan­e­teers are framed and thrown in jail.

Teers in the Hood” — 7 p.m.: The Plan­e­teers try to put an end to a cycle of vio­lence and bring a mes­sage of peace after Gi’s friend is almost killed in a gang war.

Nick To Debut Skateboard Series April 27

Wild Grinders

Wild Grinders

Pro­fes­sional skate­boarder and entre­pre­neur Rob Dyrdek (star of MTV’s Rob & Big, Fan­tasy Fac­tory and Ridicu­lous­ness) brings a car­toon com­edy, set against the excit­ing back­drop of the sport of skate­board­ing, to Nick­toons with the new series, Wild Grinders, pre­mier­ing Fri­day, April 27, at 7:00 p.m.

Inspired by Dyrdek’s real-life expe­ri­ences, each orig­i­nal half-hour episode fol­lows the adven­tures of a group of friends bonded by their love of skate­board­ing. The 26-episode series, cre­ated and exec­u­tive pro­duced by Dyrdek, is pro­duced in part­ner­ship with Home Plate Enter­tain­ment and Dyrdek’s Four Down Pro­duc­tions. Agogo Cor­po­ra­tion, Moon­scoop, Tel­egael and Coper­ni­cus Stu­dios are also co-producers on the HD pro­duc­tion. Fol­low­ing the pre­miere, Wild Grinders will air reg­u­larly on Fri­days at 7:00 p.m. (ET) on Nicktoons.

Part­ner­ing with Rob Dyrdek on his pas­sion project has allowed Nick­toons to show view­ers an enter­tain­ing new branch of Rob’s increas­ingly pop­u­lar brand,” says Keith Dawkins, SVP/General Manger Nick­toons & Teen­Nick. “Rob’s estab­lished fan base and new view­ers will enjoy watch­ing the antics of Lil Rob in this new series fea­tur­ing authen­tic char­ac­ters in fun and extreme sit­u­a­tions. Wild Grinders illus­trates the increas­ingly pop­u­lar sport of skate­board­ing and the cul­ture that sur­rounds it.”

Wild Grinders becom­ing an ani­mated series and air­ing on Nick­toons is another one of my boy­hood dreams come true. I came up with the name when I was eleven years old, when I needed a name for my first skate crew – who knew it would turn into such a mega brand. The jour­ney we took to get to this point has been noth­ing but WILD,” says Rob Dyrdek, cre­ator and exec­u­tive pro­ducer of Wild Grinders. “This series has every­thing, com­edy, action and skate­board­ing. It is some­thing I am very proud of and def­i­nitely will be a series kids will love for years.”

Wild Grinders is a kickin’ ani­mated com­edy about Lil Rob, a quick-thinking skater kid. The series also fea­tures Lil Rob’s talk­ing right-hand dog Meaty (inspired by his own bull-dog of the same name), his best friend Gog­gles, and their mid­dle school skate crew. The series fol­lows the friends, known as Wild Grinders, on their escapades around their home­town of Sprawl City and at their beloved skate spot, The Lot. This smart, witty and tal­ented posse from diverse back­grounds skate in and out of dilem­mas, under­take new chal­lenges and expe­ri­ence adven­tures together. From an under­sea skat­ing quest (inspired by Dyrdek’s real life dive with sharks) to star­ring in a zany real­ity show, each episode of Wild Grinders is infused with fun and friendship.

The Wild Grinders cast includes: Rob Dyrdek as the voice of Lil Rob and Gene; Chelsea Chanel Dud­ley, the rap­ping recep­tion­ist from the Fan­tasy Fac­tory, as the voice of FLIPZ; Ster­ling Brim, Rob’s co-host on MTV’s Ridicu­lous­ness, as the voice of Meaty; Kel Mitchell, Nickelodeon’s Kenan & Kel, as the voice of Jay Jay; and come­dian Erin Fitzger­ald, Ed, Edd & Eddy, Mon­ster High, as the voice of Stub­ford, the self pro­claimed neme­sis of Lil Rob.

In the pre­miere episode, “Decon­structed,” the Wild Grinders must fig­ure out a way to save their beloved vacant lot skate spot from Track Huck­er­ster­ball, the meglo-maniacal, greedy local busi­ness man, who plans to use the land to build a theme park. Then in “Close-Up,” hot­shot TV Net­work head hon­cho Chip Flig­ging­ton is look­ing for a new real­ity star. When Lil Rob catches his eye, Chip casts him and the Grinders in a series of ter­ri­ble real­ity shows.

The Wild Grinders series will be dis­trib­uted inter­na­tion­ally by Moon­scoop, who also serves as the con­sumer prod­ucts provider/supplier.

IFC heading “Out There” for 2012–13 season

Out There

Out There

At IFC’s first-ever Upfront event in New York, the net­work unveiled its 2012–13 orig­i­nal pro­gram­ming lineup, which includes a new scripted com­edy, the ani­mated series Out There.

Run­ning for 10 half-hour episodes, Out There pre­mieres next January.

Out There fol­lows the coming-of-age adven­tures of Chad, his lit­tle brother Jay and best friend Chris. Liv­ing in a small town, the boys run face first into the wall of ado­les­cence, the hor­rors of puberty, first loves, mor­tal ene­mies, local leg­ends, and social ostracism. They expe­ri­ence the won­der­ment and frus­tra­tion of that ter­ri­fy­ing limbo between child­hood and adult­hood. Grow­ing up is weird to do… out there.

Out There is cre­ated, writ­ten and exec­u­tive pro­duced by Emmy-winning ani­ma­tion direc­tor and pro­duce, Ryan Quincy, who was the long­time ani­ma­tion direc­tor for South Park. The series is pro­duced for IFC by 20th Cen­tury Fox Television.

Jeff Foxworthy, friends voice CMT’s Bounty Hunters

Bounty Hunters

Bounty Hunters

CMT has picked up the network’s first-ever ani­mated project, Jayson Dins­more, exec­u­tive vice-president of pro­gram­ming and devel­op­ment, announced Wednes­day dur­ing the network’s annual upfront presentation.

Exec­u­tive pro­duc­ers Jeff Fox­wor­thy, Bill Eng­vall and Larry the Cable Guy will voice char­ac­ters on the series Bounty Hunters, sched­uled to debut on CMT in 2013.

Lisa Lam­pan­elli will also be a voice on Bounty Hunters, a hilar­i­ous tale about three friends and their two-bit bounty hunt­ing busi­ness. The series is a pro­duc­tion of Muse Enter­tain­ment and Par­al­lel Entertainment.

We’re in the midst of a bold, new era here at CMT with more record-setting series than ever before,” said Dins­more. “We just closed our strongest quar­ter in two years, signed our first ani­ma­tion deal with the Blue Col­lar Com­edy team and announced our newest slate of broad-appeal orig­i­nals with some of the top pro­duc­ers and tal­ent in the busi­ness. It’s a great time to be at CMT.”

Join­ing Dins­more onstage in front of a small, invitation-only crowd at New York’s Museum of Arts & Design were spe­cial guests Kelly Ripa and Mark Con­sue­los, exec­u­tive pro­duc­ers of CMT’s upcom­ing series Cheer, along with series star and coach Patty Ann Romero. Top Via­com brass, includ­ing Philippe Dau­mon and Tom Doo­ley, were among the crowd, along with Via­com Music and Logo Group pres­i­dent Van Tof­fler and CMT pres­i­dent Brian Philips. The event closed with Repub­lic Nashville super­stars The Band Perry per­form­ing a three-song set that included their quadruple-platinum #1 smash sin­gle, “If I Die Young.”

So far this year, CMT has launched its two highest-rated series in net­work his­tory, Bayou Bil­lion­aires and My Big Red­neck Vaca­tion. The network’s con­tin­ued suc­cess crosses all screens, with orig­i­nal series stream­ing at an all-time high on CMT.com and triple-digit growth across social media. The network’s biggest show of the year, the annual CMT Music Awards, will air live from Nashville on Wednes­day, June 6.

Cartoon Network marks its 20th with new shows

Cartoon Network Studios

Car­toon Net­work Studios

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

Disney’s 2012–13 Schedule Presented to Advertisers

Walt Disney Television Animation

Walt Dis­ney Tele­vi­sion Animation

Disney’s 2012–13 cre­ative con­tent for its kid-driven, fam­ily inclu­sive TV chan­nels, high­lighted by fresh ways to tell great new Dis­ney sto­ries, will be pre­sented to sponsors/advertisers this week in New York by Gary Marsh, pres­i­dent and chief cre­ative offi­cer of Dis­ney Chan­nels Worldwide.

New projects announced Mon­day and upcom­ing pro­gram­ming events pre­sented to spon­sors include:

Dis­ney Channel

 

Wander Over Yonder

Wan­der Over Yonder

Wan­der Over Yon­der
Emmy-winning pro­ducer Craig McCracken, among the most sought-after tal­ent in TV ani­ma­tion, is the creator/executive pro­ducer of Dis­ney Channel’s upcom­ing Wan­der Over Yon­der, an ani­mated com­edy series about best friends and epic ene­mies, set in sur­real places across the uni­verse. Wan­der is an overly-optimistic inter­galac­tic trav­eler who, along with his loyal but bull­ish steed, Sylvia, goes from planet to planet help­ing peo­ple to live free and have fun, all against the evil reign of Lord Hater and his army of Watchdogs.

The voice cast includes Jack McBrayer (30 Rock, Phineas and Ferb), Keith Fer­gu­son (Foster’s Home for Imag­i­nary Friends) and Tom Kenny (Sponge­Bob SquarePants). McCracken cre­ated the Emmy-winning series The Pow­er­puff Girls and pro­duced a fea­ture film based on it. He also cre­ated the hit series “Foster’s Home for Imag­i­nary Friends” which also won him an Emmy Award. Prior to cre­at­ing his own shows, McCracken directed Dexter’s Lab­o­ra­tory and worked on a vari­ety of shows for Hanna-Barbera. Wan­der Over Yon­der is a pro­duc­tion of Dis­ney Tele­vi­sion Animation.

 

Gravity Falls

Grav­ity Falls

Grav­ity Falls
Pre­mier­ing in June, this clever, unex­pected approach to ani­mated com­edy is helmed by its cre­ator, executive-producer/director Alex Hirsch, a 2007 Cal Arts grad­u­ate. His col­lege short, Off the Wall, gar­nered atten­tion from notable ani­ma­tion blogs Drawn! and Car­toon Brew, as well as Cold Hard Flash. He sub­se­quently worked as a writer/storyboard artist on The Mar­velous Mis­ad­ven­tures of Flap­jack and devel­oped Dis­ney Channel’s Fish Hooks. He is also the voice of Cla­man­tha on that series.

His inge­nious new series Grav­ity Falls fol­lows twin brother and sis­ter Dip­per and Mabel, whose sum­mer plans are ruined when their par­ents ship them off to spend the sum­mer with their Great Uncle Stan in the very strange town of Grav­ity Falls, Ore­gon. The voice cast is Jason Rit­ter (Par­ent­hood), Kris­ten Schaal (Flight of the Con­chords, Toy Story 3) and Alex Hirsch. It is a pro­duc­tion of Dis­ney Tele­vi­sion Animation.

Sum­mer Adven­ture Week­end
In July, Dis­ney Chan­nels presents its most expan­sive pro­gram­ming ini­tia­tive yet, a Sum­mer Adven­ture Week­end, with new, vaca­tion adventure-themed episodes of every series on Dis­ney Chan­nel and Dis­ney XD to be pre­sented across three days. The Sum­mer Adven­ture Week­end includes the first of an epic Phineas and Ferb two-part episode. In the episode, “Where’s Perry?,” the Flynn-Fletchers are off on an African safari, leav­ing Perry at home to deal with Doofen­sh­mirtz and his most evil plot yet: to take over the OWCA. But when Doofen­sh­mirtz acci­den­tally zaps Carl the intern with his Ultimate-Evil-Inator ray, Carl takes over the OWCA (Orga­ni­za­tion With­out a Cool Acronym) and impris­ons Doof and Mono­gram. Agent P steps in but gets zapped with one of Doof’s many rays and in the cliffhanger of all cliffhang­ers, dis­ap­pears. The mys­tery of Perry’s where­abouts will be con­tin­ued in August. The voice cast includes Vin­cent Martella, Thomas Sang­ster, Ash­ley Tis­dale, Mitchel Musso, Car­o­line Rhea, Richard O’Brien, Dee Bradley Baker and Alyson Stoner. Cre­ated and executive-produced by Dan Poven­mire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh, the series is a pro­duc­tion of Dis­ney Tele­vi­sion Animation.

Dis­ney XD

The epic sto­ry­telling of Mar­vel — full of action, adven­ture and humor, along with com­plex, coura­geous and aspi­ra­tional char­ac­ters – will be intro­duced to a new gen­er­a­tion of kids and fam­i­lies through a ded­i­cated weekly pro­gram­ming block, Mar­vel Uni­verse, pre­mier­ing Sun­day, April 1 on Dis­ney XD.

 

Ultimate Spider-Man

Ulti­mate Spider-Man

Ulti­mate Spider-Man
The new series, Ulti­mate Spider-Man, is writ­ten and guided by a cre­ative team that includes some of the most influ­en­tial names in comic books and pop cul­ture: Marvel’s chief cre­ative offi­cer, Joe Que­sada, and Marvel’s head of tele­vi­sion, Jeph Loeb, super­vis­ing producers/writers Man of Action (Joe Kelly, Joe Casey, Steven T. Sea­gle and Dun­can Rouleau), cre­ative consultant/writer Paul Dini (Bat­man: The Ani­mated Series, Lost), and con­sult­ing producer/writer Brian Michael Bendis (Marvel’s Ulti­mate Comics Spider-Man comic series).

In the sto­ry­line, a teenage Peter Parker (voiced by actor Drake Bell) jug­gles the relat­able chal­lenges of high school with the extra­or­di­nary chal­lenges of being a Super Hero. Nick Fury (voiced by actor Chi McBride) invites Parker to train with his S.H.I.E.L.D. orga­ni­za­tion, where Peter’s alter-ego, Spider-Man, will join forces with four other teenage Super Heroes — Nova, White Tiger, Power Man and Iron Fist — on the great­est action and adven­ture ever as they work to become ulti­mate super­heroes. The Mar­vel Uni­verse pro­gram­ming block will also fea­ture the sec­ond sea­son of The Avengers: Earth’s Might­i­est Heroes, and new short-form series that take view­ers behind the scenes to meet the cre­ative teams and explore the many facets of the Mar­vel Universe.

 

Motorcity

Motorcity

Motorcity
This ani­mated series, set in a futur­is­tic Detroit after it has been pur­chased and built into Detroit Deluxe by evil bil­lion­aire Abra­ham Kane, pre­mieres Mon­day, April 30 on Dis­ney XD. Kane, hav­ing banned per­sonal free­doms includ­ing auto­mo­bile trans­porta­tion, is ulti­mately chal­lenged by a group of rebels, The Burn­ers, led by 17-year-old Mike Chilton. The Burn­ers retreat to an under­ground city, cus­tomize their fleet of hot rods and pur­sue their quest to stop Kane from tak­ing over the world.

Motorcity is executive-produced and directed by noted pro­ducer Chris Prynoski (Met­alo­ca­lypse). Craig Lewis (Foster’s Home For Imag­i­nary Friends) is the story edi­tor and John O’Bryan (Avatar: The Last Air­ben­der) and George Krstic (Star Wars: Clone Wars) are the writ­ers. The series voice cast is Reid Scott, Nate Tor­rence, Kate Micucci, Kel Mitchell, Jess Har­nell, Brian Doyle Mur­ray, Jim Breuer and Mark Hamill. Motorcity is a pro­duc­tion of Tit­mouse, Inc. and Dis­ney Tele­vi­sion Animation.

 

Tron: Uprising

Tron: Upris­ing

Tron: Upris­ing
An impres­sive group of artists, ani­ma­tors, writ­ers, direc­tors and pro­duc­ers have deliv­ered an excit­ing new series that com­bines 3D and 2D ani­ma­tion for a rev­o­lu­tion­ary visual aes­thetic. The excit­ing sto­ry­line takes place between the two Tron fea­ture films and intro­duces Beck, who has been cho­sen to lead the mis­sion to free his home, a com­puter world known as The Grid, from the reign of the vil­lain­ous Clu and his hench­man Gen­eral Tesler. Beck will be trained by the great­est war­rior The Grid has ever known, Tron.

The exec­u­tive producer/director is Char­lie Bean (Robot­boy, Samu­rai Jack and Pow­er­puff Girls), and the con­sult­ing pro­duc­ers are Edward Kit­sis, Adam Horowitz (both screen­writ­ers of Tron: Legacy/executive pro­duc­ers of ABC’s Lost and Once Upon a Time) and Justin Springer (co-producer of Tron: Legacy). The music is com­posed by Joseph Tra­panese (Tron: Legacy). The voice cast is: Eli­jah Wood, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Mandy Moore, Nate Corddry, Lance Hen­rik­sen, Paul Reubens, Regi­nald VelJohn­son and Bruce Boxleit­ner. The series is a pro­duc­tion of Dis­ney Tele­vi­sion Animation.

 

Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja

Randy Cun­ning­ham: 9th Grade Ninja

Randy Cun­ning­ham: 9th Grade Ninja
This action-packed ani­mated com­edy, set to pre­miere in the fall on Dis­ney XD, fol­lows the fast-paced adven­tures of unlikely hero Randy Cun­ning­ham who, armed with his magic ninja suit, the teach­ings of the “Nin­ja­Nomi­con” (an 800-year-old ninja guide) and the help of his best buddy Howard, finds him­self as the one thing pro­tect­ing his school and the world from cer­tain destruction.

The voice cast is Ben Schwartz (Parks & Recre­ation), Tim Curry (The Rocky Hor­ror Pic­ture Show), Megan Mul­lally (Will & Grace) and Andrew Cald­well (Trans­form­ers). The creators/executive pro­duc­ers are Jed Eli­noff and Scott Thomas (Scooby Doo). The series is a pro­duc­tion of Boul­der Media in Dublin and Tit­mouse, Inc. in Los Angeles.

Acquired series for Dis­ney XD include Slugterra for fall 2012, Pack­ages from Planet X for early 2013 and Pac­Man for spring 2013.

Dis­ney Junior

Dis­ney Junior, a 24-hour basic cable/satellite chan­nel expressly for kids age 2–7 and their parents/caregivers, launches Fri­day, March 23 (12 mid­night, ET/PT) in the United States, join­ing 28 other Dis­ney Junior chan­nels around the world. The pop­u­lar Dis­ney Junior daily pro­gram­ming block will con­tinue on Dis­ney Chan­nel while the new 24-hour chan­nel will ful­fill par­ents’ demands for quin­tes­sen­tial Dis­ney pro­gram­ming through­out the day. The 24-hour Dis­ney Junior chan­nel will be avail­able via major cable and satel­lite providers Com­cast, Time Warner Cable, Cable­vi­sion, Bright House Net­works and Ver­i­zon, among oth­ers. Addi­tional infor­ma­tion regard­ing Dis­ney Junior is avail­able at DisneyJuniorTheChannel.com.

 

Doc McStuffins

Doc McStuffins

Doc McStuffins
This ani­mated series about a six-year-old girl who com­mu­ni­cates with and heals stuffed ani­mals and toys in her back­yard clinic, pre­mieres with the 24-hour chan­nel Dis­ney Junior and will also be seen on the Dis­ney Junior pro­gram­ming block on Dis­ney Chan­nel. Under the con­sul­tancy of the Hol­ly­wood Health & Soci­ety divi­sion of the USC Annen­berg Nor­man Lear Cen­ter, the series will high­light the impor­tance of tak­ing care of one­self and oth­ers, while show­cas­ing the hall­marks of great Dis­ney sto­ry­telling — fan­tasy and wish fulfillment.

The series voice cast includes Kiara Muham­mad, Loretta Devine, Lara Jill Miller, Rob­bie Rist, Jess Har­nell, Jaden Betts, Kim Brooks and Gary Anthony Williams. The series’ theme song is per­formed by the star of Dis­ney Channel’s hit series A.N.T. Farm and Hol­ly­wood Records record­ing artist China Anne McClain. Emmy Award-winning writer/producer Chris Nee (Lit­tle Bill and Dead­liest Catch: Crab Fish­ing in Alaska) is the cre­ator and exec­u­tive pro­ducer, and Emmy Award-winning Nor­ton Vir­gien (Rugrats” is the direc­tor. Doc McStuffins is a pro­duc­tion of Dublin-based Brown Bag Films.

Jake and the Never Land Pirates: "Bucky's Great Race"

Jake and the Never Land Pirates: “Bucky’s Great Race”

Jake and the Never Land Pirates: “Bucky’s Great Race
In a prime­time event episode to be pre­sented in Sep­tem­ber, Jake’s pirate ship Bucky falls into the hands of Cap­tain Hook after los­ing a race against the Jolly Roger, so Peter Pan returns once again to help Jake, Izzy, Cubby and Skully fol­low the Pirate Code and win back their trusty ship. Voic­ing the cast of char­ac­ters are Cameron Boyce, Madi­son Pet­tis, Jonathan Mor­gan Heit, David Arquette, Adam Wylie, Corey Bur­ton and Jeff Ben­nett. The Never Land Pirate Band (aka Sharky and Bones) is Loren Hoskins and Kevin Hen­drick­son. The exec­u­tive pro­ducer is Rob LaD­uca and the producer/story edi­tor is Mark Sei­den­berg. The direc­tor is Howy Parkins. The series is a pro­duc­tion of Dis­ney Tele­vi­sion Animation.

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: "Mickey and Donald Have a Farm"

Mickey Mouse Club­house: “Mickey and Don­ald Have a Farm”

Mickey Mouse Club­house: “Mickey and Don­ald Have a Farm
In this spe­cial pre­sen­ta­tion sched­uled for the fall, when the pow­er­ful wind from Pete’s Giant Wind­mill acci­den­tally sends all of the ani­mals on the new Club­house Farm fly­ing to dif­fer­ent places, Mickey and his pals set out to find and res­cue them. The voice cast is Bret Iwan, Russi Tay­lor, Bill Farmer, Tony Anselmo and Tress Mac­Neille. The exec­u­tive pro­ducer is Rob LaD­uca and the producer/story edi­tor is Mark Sei­den­berg. Dono­van Cook is the direc­tor. The series is a pro­duc­tion of Dis­ney Tele­vi­sion Animation.

 

Sofia The First

Sofia The First

Sofia the First
Dis­ney will intro­duce a new lit­tle girl princess to its cel­e­brated legacy of princess fairy­tales in an ani­mated TV-movie, Sofia the First, pre­mier­ing this fall, to be fol­lowed by a series pre­mier­ing in the win­ter on Dis­ney Chan­nel and Dis­ney Junior chan­nels around the world.

The sto­ries are designed to com­mu­ni­cate pos­i­tive mes­sages and life lessons that are applic­a­ble to preschool-aged chil­dren. The voice cast is Ariel Win­ter, Sara Ramirez, Wayne Brady and Tim Gunn. The series was devel­oped by Craig Ger­ber (Pixie Hol­low Games), who also wrote the movie. Jamie Mitchell (Spe­cial Agent Oso) serves as both exec­u­tive pro­ducer and direc­tor on the series. Ger­ber is co-executive pro­ducer and serves as the story edi­tor. The series and movie are pro­duc­tions of Dis­ney Tele­vi­sion Animation.

 

The Happy Hugglemonsters

The Happy Hugglemonsters

The Happy Hug­gle­mon­sters
Based on the book series I’m a Happy Hug­glewug by Niamh Sharkey, this ani­mated series fol­lows the adven­tures of spir­ited five-year-old Henry Hug­gle­mon­ster, the mid­dle child in a fam­ily of fun-loving mon­sters. The series is directed by Nor­ton Vir­gien (Rugrats, Doc McStuffins), the lead writer is Sascha Pal­adino (Won­der Pets, Ni-Hao Kai-Lan), and the pro­ducer is Gillian Hig­gins (Doc McStuffins, Octo­nauts). It is a pro­duc­tion of Brown Bag Films.

Quiet Is…
Tran­quil songs and serene visu­als mark this ten­der new short-form series, one designed to encour­age calm­ness before bed­time for the youngest viewer. Quiet Is… was cre­ated by award-winning author and illus­tra­tor Sara Pinto and acclaimed pho­tog­ra­pher and film­maker Luciana Frige­rio. The com­posers are Rick Gar­cia and William V. Mal­pede. The stop-motion ani­mated series is a pro­duc­tion of award-winning Scotland-based ani­ma­tion stu­dio Ko Lik Films, Limited.

Hallmark to start production on “Jingle & Bell”

Jingle & Bell

Jin­gle & Bell

Pro­duc­tion will soon com­mence on Jin­gle & Bell, a Hall­mark Chan­nel orig­i­nal ani­mated spe­cial, which will pre­miere on the net­work this hol­i­day season.

Jin­gle & Bel is the sec­ond story and ani­mated spe­cial to star one of Hallmark’s most lov­able char­ac­ters, Jin­gle the Husky Pup. The Hall­mark Chan­nel orig­i­nal ani­mated spe­cial Jin­gle All the Way was a rat­ings suc­cess for the net­work and gen­er­ated tremen­dous response for the Inter­ac­tive Sto­ry­book and Story Buddy at Hall­mark Gold Crown Stores.

In Jin­gle & Bell, Jin­gle the Husky Pup and his buddy Andrew meet some new friends. A girl Andrew’s age, Sofia, and her husky pup, Bell, have moved from sunny Palm City to Pineville weeks before Christ­mas. With no friends yet and not know­ing what to expect, Sofia and Bell’s world is upside-down and it looks like it might be the worst Christ­mas ever. But with a lit­tle help from Jin­gle and Andrew, Sofia and Bell will soon dis­cover that Christ­mas joy isn’t about where you are — it’s about who you are with!

Jin­gle & Bell is a Bent Image Lab Pro­duc­tion. Jodi Schade, Diana Stu­art, Shawn McClaren and Ray Di Carlo are exec­u­tive pro­duc­ers. Tsui Ling Toomer is pro­ducer. Chel White directs from a tele­play by Allan Neuwirth.

Nickelodeon plans more than 650 new episodes

Nickelodeon

Nick­elodeon

Nick­elodeon, at its annual upfront pre­sen­ta­tion held Wednes­day at Jazz at Lin­coln Cen­ter in New York, unveiled plans for an unprece­dented 650 new episodes — the top-ranked network’s most ever — of both brand-new con­tent and return­ing hits, as well announc­ing pre­miere details for the highly antic­i­pated ani­mated series The Leg­end of Korra, a stop-motion Sponge­Bob SquarePants Christ­mas spe­cial, and an orig­i­nal ani­mated series based on the Rav­ing Rab­bids video games.

Nick­elodeon, the top pro­ducer of tele­vi­sion ani­ma­tion in the United States, will roll out a new ros­ter of over 300 new ani­mated episodes in 2012, which includes:

* New episodes of return­ing hit series, includ­ing Sponge­Bob SquarePants, T.U.F.F. Puppy, Kung Fu Panda: Leg­ends of Awe­some­ness, The Pen­guins of Mada­gas­car, The Fairly Odd­Par­ents and The Winx Club.

* The Leg­end of Korra, in which the mythol­ogy of the beloved ani­mated fran­chise from Avatar: The Last Air­ben­der cre­ators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Koni­et­zko con­tin­ues. The series cen­ters around a new Avatar named Korra, a 17-year-old head­strong and rebel­lious girl who con­tin­u­ally chal­lenges and bucks tra­di­tion on her quest to become a fully real­ized Avatar in a world where ben­ders are under attack. The half-hour series will debut on Sat­ur­day, April 14 at 11 a.m. (all times ET/PT) as part of Nickelodeon’s Sat­ur­day morn­ing block (8 a.m. to noon). The Leg­end of Korra will air reg­u­larly Sat­ur­days at 11 a.m.

* Rav­ing Rab­bids, which will join the net’s ani­ma­tion lineup next spring, brings to tele­vi­sion the hys­ter­i­cal phys­i­cal com­edy that has become so pop­u­lar in Ubisoft’s Rav­ing Rab­bids video games. Nick­elodeon has secured global broad­cast rights for 26 new CG episodes of Rav­ing Rab­bids, which will be pro­duced by Ubisoft.

* Mon­sters vs. Aliens, the all-new ani­mated tele­vi­sion series mark­ing the third part­ner­ship between Nick­elodeon and Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion. Green-lit for 26 episodes and based on the pop­u­lar char­ac­ters from the 2009 block­buster hit fea­ture film ($383 mil­lion world­wide gross), the new series will con­tinue to fol­low the funny escapades of the beloved, well-meaning monsters.

* Robot & Mon­ster, which will also be hit­ting Nickelodeon’s air for a 26-episode run for the 2012–13 sea­son. Cre­ated by Josh Sternin, Jeff Ven­ti­m­ilia and Dave Pressler, this CG-animated buddy com­edy is set in a unique world where gangs of Howl­ing Cyber Mon­keys roam the streets at night, every­body loves bacon, and robots and mon­sters live side by side, but typ­i­cally don’t get along.

* It’s A Sponge­Bob Christ­mas! Nickelodeon’s first full-length stop-motion ani­mated spe­cial is inspired by the clas­sic Rankin/Bass (Rudolph the Red-Nosed Rein­deer, Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town) spe­cials, and the pop­u­lar Sponge­Bob song released in 2009, “Don’t Be a Jerk, It’s Christ­mas,” writ­ten by Tom Kenny (voice of Sponge­Bob) and Andy Paley. In It’s A Sponge­Bob Christ­mas!, Plank­ton vows to get his Christ­mas wish – the Krabby Patty for­mula – by turn­ing every­one in Bikini Bot­tom bad by feed­ing them his spe­cial jerktonium-laced fruit­cake. The spe­cial fea­tures John Good­man as Santa Claus, and will air in December.

* Seven new ani­ma­tion pilots picked up for the 2012–13 sea­son, includ­ing four helmed by hit-maker Butch Hart­man (The Fairly Odd­Par­ents, T.U.F.F. Puppy).