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Upfronts 2013: Cartoon Network Slates Nine New Series
by Andrea Morabito (Broadcasting & Cable)
Nine new series and a quartet of specials and movies will be joining Cartoon Network’s lineup in the 2013-14 season.
Cartoon Network Studios will produce three new animated comedy series developed from its shorts program:Steven Universe, about the youngest member of a team of magical Guardians of the Universe; Uncle Grandpa, about the exploits of a magical uncle and grandpa; and Clarence, about an optimistic boy who wants to do everything. Steven Universe and Uncle Grandpa are both slated for 2013.
The network has two superhero series from Warner Bros. Animation: Teen Titans Go!, features the return of Robin, Starfire, Raven, Beast Boy and Cyborg and premieres in April. Beware the Batman, based on characters from the Dark Knight franchise, debuts on CN’s DC Nation block this summer.
A new series from LEGO, Legends of Chima, will premiere this summer, with three quarterly installments of LEGO’s The Yoda Chronicles, a new CG-animated foray into Star Wars, also on tap.
FremantleMedia Ltd. will distribute the musical-comedy series Grojband, about a 12-year-old rocker whose lyrics are inspired by his sister’s diary entries; The Tom and Jerry Show is a new iteration of the famous cat-and-mouse duo from Warner Bros. Animation; and animated reality series Total Drama will return with a heroes vs. villains format in Total Drama All Stars.
Cartoon also has a number of specials on tap for 2013, including an Adventure Time special on Feb. 18 featuring Donald Glover and Neil Patrick Harris; a half-hour Regular Show Thanksgiving special; and the re-imagining of The Powerpuff Girls in a CG special featuring an original song by Ringo Starr.