Cartoon Network revealed its new content lineup, including 25 new entrants and the return of live-action fare, today at its annual advertising upfront presentation held at New York’s Time Warner Center.
The presentation revealed CN’s 2010/2011 slate that consists of 25 new series/movies/specials and 13 returning series. The network also announced its first foray into the broadcast awards arena with Cartoon Network’s Hall of Game. Premiering in early 2011, the sports award event for kids will feature professional and amateur athletes. Hall of Game was created and is being produced by sports and entertainment management company IMG Media. The Sports Illustrated Group will serve as the official promotional partner.
And on to the stuff KidScreen Daily readers care most about – highlights from CN’s new slate.
Samurai Jack creator Ghendy Tartakovsky is back with Sym-Bionic Titan, which follows the lives of three alien teenagers who crash-land on Earth and must protect their new home from alien invaders while navigating the perils of high school life.
Warner Bros. Animation is bringing Mad magazine, published by DC Comics, to life. Sam Register (Teen Titans, Batman: The Brave and the Bold) will serve as the executive producer on MAD.
Robotomy, meanwhile comes from the minds of by Michael Buckley (The Sisters Grimm) and Joe Deasy and tells the story of Thrasher and Blastus, two outsider teenage droids who face their greatest challenge yet: high school.
Secret Mountain Fort Awesome was created by Chowder scribe and artist Pete Browngardt and follows underground monsters in their efforts to break free of human oppression. It’s being produced at Cartoon Network Studios.
Bugs Bunny, Daffy and the gang are set to return in The Looney Tunes Show – a new half-hour animated comedy produced by Warner Bros. Animation.
Young Justice is teenage super-hero series produced by Warner Bros. Animation and based upon characters from DC Comics portfolio. Sam Register also serves as executive producer on this one.
Run It Back Sunday is Cartoon Network’s take on The NBA on TNT‘s game of the week show and remixes it for basketball fans of all ages., using facts, highlights and special effects.
New special events and movies
Cartoon Network’s Hall of Game: The awards event will let viewers decide who’s got game, by honoring their favorite sports stars and sports moments of the year.
KROG (working title): A half-hour scripted live-action comedy pilot from Cartoon Network Studios featuring a costumed band sent from Middle Earth to conquer and enslave the human ‘surface dwellers.’
Lords Of Bad Axe(working title): a 90-minute original movie that speaks to the video game age, directed by Peter Lauer (Sons Of Tuscon, Chuck).
My Dad’s A Pro: Atlanta Falcons Tight-End Tony Gonzalez and his eight-year-old son Nikko will appear in the next installment of the short-form series My Dad’s A Pro. The live-action series follows a professional athlete’s son and his father, and is being produced for Cartoon Network by Left/Right.
Also on the list are: Firebreather, Scooby Doo! Curse of the Lake Monster and Totally Spies! The movie.
The complete run-down of new series
Adventure Time, Ben 10: Ultimate Alien, Generator Rex, Unnatural History (live action), Tower Prep (live action), Sym-Bionic Titan, MAD, Regular Show, Robotomy, Secret Mountain Fort Awesome, The Looney Tunes Show, Scooby-Doo Mystery Incorporated, Young JusticeRun It Back Sunday, Total Drama World Tour, Metajets, BEYBLADE: Metal Fusion, The Amazing Spiez.
As for what made the grade on the renewal front, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, live actioners Dude, What Would Happen and Destroy Build Destroy, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Battle Force 5, Johnny Test, Flapjack, 6Teen, Stoked, Bakugan, Pokémon, Pink Panther & Pals and Totally Spies! are coming back to CN’s schedule.