Celebrating its 20th Anniversary, Cartoon Network announced Wednesday several new and returning series to its programming line-up.
Announcements included a new sketch comedy show from entertainer Nick Cannon; the world premiere of DreamWorks Dragons: The Series, based on the critically acclaimed feature film, How to Train Your Dragon; an original series based on Web sensation, Annoying Orange; a brand new animated series from the 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 Ninjago launch in 2011, 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, Turner Broadcasting’s Animation, Young Adults and Kids Media (AYAKM).
“Today, with a re-invented 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.”
Cartoon Network also announced new upcoming seasons of its animated comedy series Adventure Time, Regular Show, The Amazing World of Gumball, MAD and The Looney Tunes Show.
A 2nd season pick-up for the live-action comedy series Level Up, which debuted as the most watched live-action series in the network’s history, and a 5th 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 timeframe.
Cartoon Network also announced its ongoing commitment to its shorts program with ten original 7-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, it says.
In the picture above: (L-R) Brandon SooHoo, Shameik Moore, Shauna Case, Chanelle Peloso, Jeremy Shada in the upcoming Nick Cannon Sketch Comedy Series.