The Kids WB! 2006-2007 programming slate kicks off on Sept. 23, 2006, on The CW Network, the new broadcast network launching this month. It features four new, original shows and the return of four established hit series on the Saturday morning schedule.
The five-hour block of programming, targeted at kids 6-11, will introduce a new generation of young viewers to some of the most iconic characters in animation history, via three new series from Warner Bros. Animation: LEGION OF SUPER HEROES, based on the DC Comics characters, featuring Superman in an all-new adventure; SHAGGY & SCOOBY-DOO GET A CLUE! and TOM AND JERRY TALES, according to Betsy McGowen, svp/gm, Kids WB!
Kids WB! also presents the U.S. television premiere of MONSTER ALLERGY, a new half-hour show based upon the international bestselling comicbook series of the same name, produced for by Rainbow S.p.A. in Italy.
The Saturday morning programming block starts off with two back-to-back episodes of WBAs KRYPTO THE SUPERDOG, airing on KidsWB! It was selected in close consultation with educational media advisor Miki Baumgarten Ph.D., to ensure it fully meets federally mandated educational and informational (E/I) programming requirements.
Kids WB! series returning to the fall schedule include THE BATMAN with Robin the Boy Wonder joining the Caped Crusader in his crimefighting exploits; LOONATICS UNLEASHED and XIAOLIN SHOWDOWN, all produced by WBA, as well as JOHNNY TEST, produced by Cookie Jar Ent.
The 2006-2007 Kids WB! programming schedule, along with information about the respective series, follows. In some markets, the schedule may vary. Check local listings for dates and times.
7:00-7:30 am, KRYPTO THE SUPERDOG (E/I Compliant)7:30-8:00 am, KRYPTO THE SUPERDOG (E/I Compliant)8:00-8:30 am, MONSTER ALLERGY8:30-9:00 am, TOM AND JERRY TALES9:00-9:30 am, SHAGGY & SCOOBY-DOO GET A CLUE!9:30-10:00 am, JOHNNY TEST10:00-10:30 am, LEGION OF SUPER HEROES10:30-11:00 am, THE BATMAN11:00-11:30 am, XIAOLIN SHOWDOWN11:30 am-12:00 pm, LOONATICS UNLEASHED
KRYPTO THE SUPERDOG chronicles the comedic canine adventures of a Metropolis day-saving super dog from the planet Krypton. Krypto jettisons to Earth after orbiting countless years in space as a test-pilot puppy aboard a malfunctioning rocket ship built by Superman's father. The fully-grown Krypto swiftly seeks out companionship on Earth and finds it with Kevin Whitney, a young boy who also longs for friendship. Endowed with an amazing array of superhero powers, ranging from heat vision to super strength to flying, Krypto partners with Kevin to fight threats to the safety and well being of the people and animals of Metropolis. The series is exec produced by Sander Schwartz and produced by Linda Steiner and Paul Dini.
MONSTER ALLERGY features 12-year-old Zick, who, due to his allergies, discovers he has the exceptional ability to see what no other kids his age can: the invisible supernatural monsters that live among us. Teamed up with his next-door neighbor, Elena, and mentored by his talking cat, Timothy, Zick learns to harness his powers to follow in his father's footsteps to become a Monster Tamer. MONSTER ALLERGY is exec produced by Iginio Straffi for Rainbow S.p.A.
The iconic superstars Tom and Jerry star in their first new U.S. television series in more than 13 years, TOM AND JERRY TALES. In this half-hour program from WBA and exec producers Schwartz and toon pioneer Joseph Barbera, Tom and Jerry return to basics, chasing each other in all-new series of hilarious cartoon shorts. With endless rivalry and slapstick gags, this cat-and-mouse comedy team scrambles, slides and creates over-the-top mayhem. Frank Molieri and Tom Minton serve as producers.
Quivering sleuths Shaggy and his lovable Great Dane, Scooby-Doo, are back in a new adventure, SHAGGY & SCOOBY-DOO GET A CLUE! Shaggy inherits a fortune from his Uncle Albert (the brilliant Dr. Albert Shaggleford), moves with Scooby into his newly bequeathed mansion and uncovers the evil Dr. Phineus Phibes plot to steal his uncles invention. Cleverly hidden in the form of Scooby Snacks, the invention in these snacks give Scooby amazing powers that they may use to defeat the devious Dr. Phibes. SHAGGY & SCOOBY-DOO GET A CLUE! is exec produced by Schwartz and Barbera, co-founder of Hanna-Barbera, and produced by Radomski.
JOHNNY TEST is action/comedy chronicles series the adventures of the fearless 11-year-old boy, Johnny, his genetically engineered super dog, Dukey, and his 13-year-old super-genius scientist twin sisters, Susan and Mary, who try to solve the trials and tribulations of adolescent angst with out-of-this-world scientific experiments, using Johnny as their willing guinea pig. In season two, Johnny and Dukey will create their own TV network, make their own extreme ice cream, travel back in time and even build a brand-new dad. JOHNNY TEST is exec produced by Toper Taylor for Cookie Jar Ent.
Kids WB! is proud to present a new series, LEGION OF SUPER HEROES, inspired by the DC Comics legend and developed especially as the anchor series for its programming block by WBA. One thousand years from now, Superman, the legendary Man of Steel, will inspire a group of emerging super heroes from the 31st century to band together to defend the rights of all free worlds and uphold the laws of the newly formed United Planets. LEGION OF SUPER HEROES combines humor with high-stakes, grand-scale super heroics to create the ultimate sci-fi, superhero fantasy for kids of all ages. Each episode of this fast-paced, character-driven action/comedy pits Superman and the Legion against otherworldly threats and adversaries who challenge the team on both super heroic and emotional levels. The series is exec produced by Schwartz, and produced by Linda Steiner and James Tucker for WBA.
THE BATMAN features one of the most complex and intriguing character in comicbook history in action-packed super heroic adventures, melding the renowned character's extraordinary physical prowess and super-sleuthing skills with a new range of experimental Bat-gadgets and an amped-up Batmobile. The series, which premiered in fall 2004, picks up Batman's story in his mid-20s, when he's just finding his way as a protector, defender and Caped Crusader, while balancing his public persona as billionaire bachelor Bruce Wayne.
In the third season, the Dark Knight continues his relentless quest to rid Gotham City of its supervillains, but he's not alone. Robin joins the team, and the fabled dynamic duo is also occasionally joined by Batgirl. Harley Quinn, Black Mask, Killer Moth, the Everywhere Man and a brand-new Clayface join the rogues' gallery of villains, led by the Joker, Penguin and Riddler, who ceaselessly torment Batman and Gotham City. THE BATMAN is based upon the DC Comics characters and is exec produced by Schwartz and Alan Burnett for WBA. Duane Capizzi and Mike Goguen serve as supervising producers, while Steiner and Jeff Matsuda are producers.
In XIAOLIN SHOWDOWN, Omi, a young, gifted monk-in-training from the Xiaolin Temple, must lead his three fellow trainees, hipster Kimiko, flashy, street-smart Brazilian Raimundo and Texas Kung Fu cowboy Clay, around the world to find and protect sacred artifacts that hold the keys to martial arts super powers. XIAOLIN SHOWDOWN is exec produced by Schwartz for WBA with Radomski is supervising producer and Christy Hui is the shows creator/producer.
In LOONATICS UNLEASHED, six descendants of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Wile E. Coyote, the Road Runner, Tasmanian Devil and Lola Bunny each boasting special skills, unique powers and gifted with a firm sense of justice come together 700 years in the future to form a brilliant ensemble of superheroes who protect Acmetropolis from evil villains who have their own uncommon strengths. In the second season, new characters descended from classic Looney Tunes characters like Yosemite Sam, Sylvester the Cat, Tweety Bird and Marvin the Martian make special appearances. LOONATICS UNLEASHED is exec produced by Schwartz and produced by Ron Myrick for WBA.
Kids' WB! (www.KidsWB.com) continues to reinforce itself as a unique destination for kids. Kids' WB!, now airing on The CW Network, has been the broadcast home for such cornerstone hits as the blockbusters POKEMON and YU-GI-OH!; Emmy Award-winners XIAOLIN SHOWDOWN and THE BATMAN; culturally diverse series, JACKIE CHAN ADVENTURES and MUCHA LUCHA! GIGANTE; and breakout hits LOONATICS UNLEASHED and JOHNNY TEST.
WBA has been producing award-winning original animation since 1930, when it released its first cartoon, SINKING IN THE BATHTUB. Since then, Warner Bros. Animation's characters have set the standard for innovative, quality animation. Producing for network and cable television, online, home video and feature films both domestically and internationally, WBA is highly respected for its creative and technical excellence, as well as maintaining the studio's rich cartoon heritage. WBA is one of the most honored animation studios in history, garnering a grand total of 34 Emmy Awards, the George Foster Peabody Award, an Environmental Media Award, a Parents' Choice Award, a Humanitas Award, two Prism Awards and 19 Annie Awards (honoring excellence in animation).