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Four Top Toons Return to Kids' WB! For Fall 2007 Season

Warner Bros. Animation has begun production on new seasons of four returning series, all for air on Kids' WB! on The CW, the #1 rated Saturday morning kids broadcast slate.

Kids' WB! gave the greenlight to second seasons of SHAGGY & SCOOBY-DOO GET A CLUE!, the top-rated Saturday morning animated broadcast series, and the popular TOM AND JERRY TALES. Also returning for its second season is LEGION OF SUPER HEROES, recently named WIZARD MAGAZINE's "Best Animated Series" of 2006. In addition, three-time Daytime Emmy Award winner THE BATMAN has begun production on its fourth season.

"We're proud to bring back together four talented creative teams to produce our returning shows and we look forward to taking those series' loyal audiences on a great ride this coming season," Warner Bros. Animation president Sander Schwartz said.

"Our partnership with Warner Bros. Animation has helped Kids' WB! remain the top-rated Saturday morning broadcast lineup for kids, and these four outstanding series have captured the audience's imagination and the critics' fancy with equal aplomb," Kids' WB! svp/gm Betsy McGowen said.

Season to date for the 2006-2007 campaign, Kids' WB! has six of the top 10 rated shows among broadcast networks on Saturday mornings in the kids 2-11, boys 2-11, kids 6-11 and boys 9-14 demographics.

In its maiden season, SHAGGY & SCOOBY-DOO GET A CLUE! has consistently been rated #1 among Saturday morning kids broadcast series in the coveted kids 2-11 demographic. The latest incarnation of the original SCOOBY-DOO characters has our canine hero and his pal Shaggy living in the mansion of Shaggy's mysteriously missing Uncle Albert. Within the mansion, the unorthodox boy-and-his-dog duo discover a secret lab filled with gadgets -- including a transforming Mystery Machine and Scooby Snacks that give Scooby surprising powers. Shaggy and Scooby set out to find Albert and keep the secret technology away from the comically evil Dr. Phineus Phibes.

TOM AND JERRY TALES resumes its eternal cat-and-mouse antics in one of the top-rated Saturday morning kids broadcast series of the 2006-2007 season. Specifically, TOM AND JERRY TALES ranked #1 against broadcast competition in the boys 6-11 demographic, and second only to SHAGGY & SCOOBY-DOO GET A CLUE! among all kids 2-11. Departing the traditional home environment, Tom and Jerry travel the globe in search of all-new mischief, pummeling each other with their ongoing slapstick gags in new geographic locales and culturally diverse settings. Combining a faintly modern spin with a nod to the retro, this cat and mouse comedy team scrambles, slides and slams onto the screen, creating over-the-top, laugh-out-loud mayhem and memories.

THE BATMAN, which is nominated for a 2006-2007 Daytime Emmy Award in the Outstanding Special Class Animation Program category, will focus its new season on the introduction of Batman's Justice League peers -- Superman, Aquaman, The Flash and several others.

The second season of LEGION OF SUPER HEROES finds the group fulfilling their collective destiny, each member elevating his skills to new levels just in time to face even greater challenges. A daunting new villain -- a destroyer of galaxies from the rich annals of DC Comics -- puts the Legion into action alongside new team members. Superman returns from the 21st century with greater development of both his physical prowess and far better utilization of his powers to help the Legion toward victory in the 31st century and beyond. Moreover, the Legion finds a surprising, new ally from across the space-time continuum to assist in its efforts to rid the universe of this powerful foe.

All four returning series are produced by Warner Bros. Animation with Sander Schwartz as exec producer. SHAGGY & SCOOBY-DOO GET A CLUE! returns its creative team of producer Eric Radomski, associate producer Michelle Pniewski and story editor Ray De Laurentis. For TOM AND JERRY TALES, Frank Molieri is producer, Bobbie Page is line producer and Richard Pursel & Christopher Painter are story editors. In his second season as producer of LEGION OF SUPER HEROES" James Tucker is joined by associate producer Amy McKenna and story editor Michael Jelenic. As for THE BATMAN, Alan Burnett and Michael Goguen serve as supervising producers and Kim Smith is producer.

For more information, visit www.KidsWB.com.

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