Cartoon Network is expanding its original programming slate with a pair of new adventure comedies piloted to series through the studio’s global Artists Program.
Mao Mao, Heroes of Pure Heart (pictured) is the first series created by Parker Simmons, who previously served as a storyboard artist and writer on Cartoon Network’s OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes. Produced by Cartoon Network Studios and LA-based Titmouse (Little Big Awesome), Mao Mao stars a crime-fighting samurai cat and his devoted sidekicks Badgerclops and Adorabat.
A teaser clip is available on the CN App and the network’s on-demand platforms. A second sneak peek will launch on June 3 followed by an eight-episode digital premiere on June 28. The series will make its linear television premiere on July 1. New 11-minute eps will roll out on Mondays throughout the summer.
Tig N’ Seek, meanwhile, comes from Uncle Grandpa storyboard artist and writer Myke Chilian. It follows eight-year-old sleuth Tiggy and his feline partner Gweeseek as they solve daily mysteries at the Department of Lost and Found. The series is expected to launch next year.
Cartoon Network is also serving up a second season of current series Summer Camp Island, and extending buddy comedy Apple & Onion by Artists Program alums Julia Pott and George Gendi (The Amazing World of Gumball), respectively. Season two of Summer Camp Island will premiere later this year after new episodes from season one launch on June 23. Apple & Onion, meanwhile, has been picked up for a full season and will return this fall with new eps from season one. Both shows were part of CN’s 2018/2019 upfront slate.
The activity furthers the kidsnet’s commitment to talent incubation and follows the launch of the studio’s inaugural Storyboard Artist Training Program last October. From February to April, the program’s six finalists received mentoring from Cartoon Network creative talent including Pott and Ben Levin (Craig of the Creek).