Press Release from Boomerang
In 1970, Hanna-Barbera released a show that would take both the cartoon and music worlds by storm. Josie and the Pussycats, based on Dan DeCarlo's Archie Comics comic book series of the same name, debuted with 16 episodes that originally aired Saturday mornings on CBS. In 1972, the show was re-conceptualized as the spin-off Josie and the Pussycats in Outer Space. Reruns and a guest spot on The New Scooby-Doo Movies kept the show going well into the 70's, and a 2001 live-action movie attested to the show's timeless appeal. Now Boomerang, the commercial-free home of classic animation, celebrates summer with a little rock 'n roll, naming Josie the featured star of July's Boomeroyalty weekends. Beginning July 3, the network with showcase favorite Josie and the Pussycats episodes every Saturday and Sunday, 2 - 4 p.m. (ET).
Josie and the Pussycats combined fun and humorous plot elements, resulting in a series that was full of mystery, adventure, bad guys and of course, music. The Pussycats would travel to exotic locales for gigs, finding themselves in the middle of diabolical plans for world domination at the hands of evil villains. And in each episode when the Pussycats gave chase, the scene would be set to an original song that was recorded for a Capitol Records release.
"Summer is a time for families to relax and have fun," said Stacy Isenhower, senior vice president of programming and scheduling for Boomerang and Cartoon Network. "Josie on Boomeroyalty gives viewers of all ages a chance to escape and enjoy the music."
Boomeroyalty episodes of Josie and the Pussycats include:
* Saturday, July 3, 2 p.m.: "The Nemo's a No No Affair" - In this, the series premiere, the gang's ship is sunk by Captain Nemo's super submarine. The great-grandson of the original Nemo reveals his plans of using his sub to sink any ship in his path in order to rule the seas.
* Saturday, July 10, 2 p.m.: "All Wong in Hong Kong" - A toy magnate known as the Serpent pursues the Pussycats in efforts to retrieve a unique coin in their possession so he can uncover the secrets of an ancient Chinese temple.
* Saturday, July 24, 3:15 p.m.: "The Secret Six Secret" - The Pussycats get themselves into an espionage adventure as they stumble upon a secret society that seeks world domination by kidnapping political leaders and replacing them with their own.
* Saturday, July 31, 2:25 p.m.: "Warrior Woman of Amazonia" - Josie and the gang are captured by Merla and her Amazon warriors on a planet where only women rule.
Boomerang is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.'s (TBS, Inc.) 24-hour cable/satellite network offering the best in classic animated entertainment. In partnership with Cartoon Network, the service boasts 75 percent unduplicated programming and is available to cable/satellite operators and their customers in Spanish. Boomerang's official Web site is located at http://Boomerang.CartoonNetwork.com .
Cartoon Network (CartoonNetwork.com), currently seen in more than 97 million U.S. homes and 166 countries around the world, is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.'s ad-supported cable service now available in HD offering the best in original, acquired and classic entertainment for kids and families. Nightly from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. (ET, PT), Cartoon Network shares its channel space with Adult Swim, a late-night destination showcasing original and acquired animation for young adults 18-34.
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.