Cartoon Network Rolls Out 2001-2002 Schedule
At a press conference in New York on Wednesday, Cartoon Network executives unveiled the new TV and online schedule for 2001-2002. The network announced four new series for 2001. Launching in June 2001, TIME SQUAD, created by Dave Wasson (MAX AND HIS SPECIAL PROBLEM), centers on a group of time travelers who must travel into the past to change events, which are disrupting the future. Launching in August 2001, SAMURAI JACK, created by Genndy Tartakovsky (DEXTER'S LABORATORY), tells the story of a great warrior displaced to the distant future by the evil shape-shifting wizard Aku. Launching in November 2001, JUSTICE LEAGUE, directed of Emmy Award-winner Bruce Timm (THE NEW ADVENTURES OF BATMAN/SUPERMAN), will re-team the DC Comic book heroes from the 1980s TV series SUPER FRIENDS in a new hour-long adventure. Launching in October 2001, GRIM & EVIL, created by Maxwell Atoms, will be comprised of two cartoons THE GRIM ADVENTURES OF BILLY & MANDY and EVIL CON CARNE. THE GRIM ADVENTURES OF BILLY & MANDY tells the story of two young kids, happy-go-lucky Billy and cynical Mandy, who become best friends with the Grim Reaper after winning an otherworldly limbo contest against the messenger of Death. THE GRIM ADVENTURES was the winner of Cartoon Network's first Big Pick contest, which had viewers choose the network's next series. EVIL CON CARNE is about a criminally insane brain, the bear he is attached to, and his disembodied stomach. The channel has also acquired episodes of BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES, THE ADVENTURES OF BATMAN & ROBIN, THE NEW BATMAN/SUPERMAN ADVENTURES and SUPERMAN from sister company Warner Bros. In addition, the network has gained 96 new episodes of DRAGONBALL Z and six new series for its successful action Toonami block, including MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM, PILOT CANDIDATE, GUNDAM 8S, OUTLAW STAR, BIG O and DRAGONBALL. Along with several on-air/online promotions, Cartoon Network will also release 40 new animated shorts on CartoonNetwork.com.