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Nick Teams With NFL… Again!

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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.

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.