The Kids' WB! has announced two new shows for their 1999-2000 fall lineup. The first is ON THE ROPES, a live-action high school wrestling series, from the producing/directing team of Mike Tollin and Brian Robbins (KENAN & KEL, ALL THAT, VARSITY BLUES). The second freshman show, DETENTION, is an animated entry from Warner Bros. Television Animation, a comedy about eight mismatched preteens who regularly end up in afterschool detention. The show features the voice talents of twin sisters Tia and Tamera Mowry (SISTER, SISTER), Tara Charendoff (BATMAN, THE RUGRATS MOVIE), Billy West (REN AND STIMPY) and Carlos Alazraqui (CATDOG). "We think these shows represent the chance to merge classic Warner Bros. attitude with subjects that occupy the minds of today's kids," commented Donna Friedman, Senior VP, Kids' WB! In addition, the network has ordered 52 new episodes of their red-hot midseason replacements BATMAN BEYOND and POKéMON (produced by 4Kids Entertainment). The results of Warner Bros. TV Animation's massive 100+ artist layoff [AF 11/17/98] are clearly obvious this season. The studio is not currently producing any new episodes of HISTERIA!, PINKY, ELMYRA & THE BRAIN, SYLVESTER & TWEETY MYSTERIES or ANIMANIACS. Their fall schedule is as follows (all times ET/PT):
8:00 a.m. THE KIDS' WB! CAT - AND - BIRDY - WARNEROONIE - PINKY - BRAINY - BIG - CARTOONIE - SHOW
(a compilation of STEVEN SPIELBERG PRESENTS ANIMANIACS, STEVEN SPIELBERG PRESENTS PINKY, ELMYRA & THE BRAIN, STEVEN SPIELBERG PRESENTS PINKY & THE BRAIN and SYLVESTER AND TWEETY MYSTERIES).
8:30 a.m. WARNER BROS.' HISTERIA!
3:00 p.m. THE KIDS' WB!...BIG-CARTOONIE-SHOW
3:30 p.m. POKéMON
4:00 -5:00 p.m. THE NEW BATMAN/SUPERMAN ADVENTURES/ BATMAN BEYOND
8:00 a.m. THE NEW BATMAN/SUPERMAN ADVENTURES
8:30 a.m. MEN IN BLACK: THE SERIES (Columbia TriStar)
9:00 a.m. BATMAN BEYOND
9:30 a.m. ON THE ROPES (new live-action show)
10:00 a.m. POKéMON
10:30 a.m. DETENTION (new animated show)
11:00 a.m. THE KIDS' WB!...BIG-CARTOONIE-SHOW (one hour)