The Kids' WB! 2006-2007 programming slate features four new original programs and the return of four hit series when the "Too Big For Your TV" Saturday morning schedule kicks off this September on The CW, the new broadcast network launching this fall, it was announced today (April 25, 2006) by Betsy McGowen, svp/gm, Kids' WB!
The five-hour block of programming, targeting kids 6-11, will introduce a new generation of viewers to iconic characters in animation history via three new series from Warner Bros. Animation: LEGION OF SUPER HEROES, based on the DC Comics characters and featuring Superboy, who would later grow up to become Superman; SHAGGY AND SCOOBY-DOO GET A CLUE!; and TOM AND JERRY TALES.
Kids' WB! will also present 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 TV by Rainbow S.p.A.
Kids' WB! series returning to the fall schedule include JOHNNY TEST, produced this season by Cookie Jar Ent. Inc. plus Warner Bros. Animation produced series: THE BATMAN, with Robin joining the Caped Crusader in his crimefighting exploits, LOONATICS UNLEASHED and XIAOLIN SHOWDOWN.
Two additional series, to be announced later, will comprise the PILLOW HEAD HOUR, a one-hour block of programming to kick off the Saturday schedule. Kids' WB! is working closely with educational media advisor Miki Baumgarten Ph.D. to select programs that meet federally mandated educational and informational (E/I) programming requirements. The PILLOW HEAD HOUR is hosted by youth correspondent Gisselle, who roams the red carpet at entertainment events, interviewing celebrities about their own pillow hair experiences and pillow fights, and reporting feature segments, such as "Great Pillow Heads in History."
"Now in our seventh straight year as the Number One kids' broadcast network, we look forward to continuing this winning streak next season as we premiere three brand-new series from Warner Bros. Animation, featuring some of the most popular animated superstars ever created," said McGowen. "It has been a pleasure working closely with Sander Schwartz and his team at Warner Bros. Animation to develop properties geared especially for the Kids' WB! audience. Adding those series to an exciting all-new property from Rainbow S.p.A. starring a budding young hero, along with a roster of proven returning shows, we are well positioned for another successful year of distinctive, quality programming."
"As producers of a diverse slate of shows at Warner Bros. Animation, we are very proud of the series we are producing for the launch of Kids' WB! on The CW this fall,ï¿½ said Schwartz, president, Warner Bros. Animation. ï¿½We are particularly excited about the premiere of our three new programs, including 'Legion of Super Heroes,' the latest series inspired by DC Comics' stable of legendary characters."
The complete 2006-2007 Kids' WB! programming schedule:
PILLOW HEAD HOUR 7:00-8:00 am: A one-hour block of E/I-compliant programming featuring two half-hour series and framed by interstitial segments hosted by Pillow Head reporter Gisselle.
TOM AND JERRY TALES, 8:00-8:30 am: The iconic superstars Tom and Jerry star in their first new U.S. television series in more than 13 years. 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.
MONSTER ALLERGY, 8:30-9:00 am: Based on the international best-selling comicbook series of the same name, the new series 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.
XIAOLIN SHOWDOWN, 9:00-9:30 am: Four young warriors unite for a brave battle against evil in this mystical comedy adventure. Omi, a gifted Xiaolin Dragon-in-training, and his fellow trainees ï¿½ rich Japanese hacker girl Kimiko, flashy Brazilian circus star Raimundo and Texas kung-fu cowboy Clay ï¿½ travel the world to find and protect the sacred Shen Gong Wu, ancient power objects that hold the keys to martial arts superpowers. XIAOLIN SHOWDOWN is exec produced by Schwartz for WBA Eric Radomski is the supervising producer, and Christy Hui is the show's creator and producer.
LOONATICS UNLEASHED, 9:30-10:00 am: Six descendants of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Wile E. Coyote, the Road Runner, Tasmanian Devil and Lola Bunny ï¿½ each boasting special skills, unique powers and gifted with a firm sense of justice ï¿½ 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.
SHAGGY & SCOOBY-DOO GET A CLUE!, 10:00-10:30 am: Quivering sleuths ï¿½ Shaggy and his lovable Great Dane, Scooby-Doo ï¿½ are back in a new adventure that will anchor the "Too Big For Your TV" programming block. Shaggy and Scooby live in the bling'd-out mansion of Shaggy's Uncle Albert, solving mysteries with the help of a transforming Mystery Machine which, at the click of a remote, can morph into one of a number of modes of transportation. New Scooby Snacks infused with a top-secret nano-technology allows the canine hero to fly, become a towering robot or even turn himself into a giant magnet, which comes in handy as Shaggy and Scooby-Doo carry out their new mission ï¿½ protecting the Scooby Snacks and keeping them safe from those who want them for evil. SHAGGY & SCOOBY-DOO GET A CLUE! is exec produced by Schwartz and Barbera, co-founder of Hanna-Barbera, and produced by Radomski.
JOHNNY TEST, 10:30-11:00 am: JOHNNY TEST can do all of thatï¿½and more! This animated action-comedy chronicles the adventures of the fearless 11-year-old boy, Johnny, his genetically engineered superdog, 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.
LEGION OF SUPER HEROES, 11:00-11:30 am: One thousand years from now, a group of teenage superheroes travel back in time to recruit the greatest hero of all, Superman, and enlist him their fight against evil in the 31st Century. While their intentions were good, their time travel skills were not, and Lightning Lad, Saturn Girl, Brainiac 5, Phantom Girl, Bouncing Boy and Timber Wolf end up going too far back into the past, accidentally retrieving the young Superboy instead. This unlikely Legion of Super Heroes bands together to defend the rights of all free worlds and uphold the laws of the newly formed United Planets. That is, if they don't kill each other first. 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 Superboy 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, 11:30 am-12:00 Noon: 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.
Kids' WB! (www.KidsWB.com) continues to reinforce itself as a unique destination for kids. Kids' WB! has been the broadcast home for such cornerstone hits as the blockbusters POKï¿½MON and YU-GI-OH!; Emmy Award-winners XIAOLIN SHOWDOWN and THE BATMAN; culturally diverse series, JACKIE CHAN ADVENTURES and ï¿½MUCHA 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 32 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).