UPN's new comedy, GAME OVER, network primetime's first-ever CGI-animated series, will debut tonight March 10, 2004 at 8:00 pm, which follows the far-from-ordinary suburban Smashenburn family living in an alternate videogame universe comprised of off-beat characters, action heroes, monsters and cartoon characters inspired by popular videogames.
Entertainment Rights has sold its hot property for boys, DUEL MASTERS, to Turner Broadcasting System Europe, which will see the cartoon airing on screens in the U.K., Ireland, Italy, Spain, Scandinavia, Central and Eastern Europe, reaching 30+ million households via Cartoon Network and Toonami in the U.K.
DUEL MASTERS started life as a Manga comic, which gained a huge following in Japan. The television series is a combination of 2D animation with CGI effects done by Shogakukan's famous production arm, Shopro, who also produced the hit shows POKÉMON and HAMTARO.
Paris-based Moonscoop, the newly combined distributor for Antefilms Prods. and France Animation, has sold its first series, CODE LYOKO, to a U.S. broadcaster. Cartoon Network has acquired 26 episodes of the animated series that blends traditional 2D and 3D animation, which will be a part of the network's new Miguzi weekday afternoon franchise that launches on April 19, 2004.
LAST EXILE, the acclaimed Japanese anime series from Gonzo Ent., premieres in primetime beginning March 8, 2004 at 10:00 pm on TechTV, during Anime Unleashed, a late-night block of anime on the network's regular program schedule. TechTV will preempt ROBOT WARS for this special prime time premiere of Last Exile.
Sci Fi Channel premieres its first animated series, TRIPPING THE RIFT, March 4, 2004 at 10:30 pm. The scandalously sexy, 3D animated, comedy for adults from DPS Film Roman and CinéGroupe, joins the channels new Thursday night lineup that includes the reality show MAD MAD HOUSE (9:00 pm) and practical joke show SCARE TACTICS (10:00 pm).
PorchLight Entertainment has appointed Playhut Entertainment its licensing agency and broadcast distribution representative for Mainland China on behalf of PorchLight's preschool franchise JAY JAY THE JET PLANE.
JAY JAY already has more than 50 merchandise licensees throughout the world. The show airs daily on PBS in the U.S. and has already been licensed to leading networks covering 50+ countries, including FIVE's Milkshake block in the U.K., Canal+ children's network in France and Discovery Kids throughout Latin America.
With all the media and public attention on indecency in pop culture and TV broadcasts, will Stan, Kyle, Kenny and Cartman change their ways? Find out when an all-new season of SOUTH PARK premieres March 17, 2004 at 10:00 pm on Comedy Central. Season eight of SOUTH PARK presents a very special Easter episode, "The Passion of the Easter Bunny."
SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS, takes a trip back in time to show the residents Bikini Bottom in prehistoric times in Nickelodeons SPOUNGEBOB GOES PREHISTORIC primetime special airing at 8-9:00 pm on March 5, 2004.
Houston, Texas-based Stone Soup has announced plans to produce WILL ANIMATE FOR FOOD, a 30-minute TV program for WTP-TV, Cable 17, a public access channel. The show will feature a series consisting of a collection of independently produced animations and animator interviews presented in a variety format.
PARTY WAGON, an all-new animated feature set in the old west, debuts Feb. 27, 2004. at 8:00 pm on Cartoon Network. The 90-minute made-for-television movie, from HEY ARNOLD! creator Craig Bartlett, follows the adventures of one covered wagon on its way west on the Oregon Trail the mid-1800s.
STATIC SHOCK bounds onto Kids WB! Feb. 28, 2004 with a special episode Hoop Squad, featuring basketball all-stars Karl Malone, Yao Ming, Tracy McGrady and Steve Nash in an animated appearance at 8:30 am and 7:30 pm.
Kids' WB! will add two new animated series and two live-action projects to its top-rated Saturday morning and weekday slates. The network continues to build on its all-new all-year-round strategy and success with its diverse and innovative programming schedule, beginning this spring and leading into the 2004-2005 television season according to John Hardman, svp, Kids' WB!, speaking to advertisers and media at the third annual joint Kids' WB! and Cartoon Network upfront sales presentation in New York.
Cartoon Network claims it will broadcast more new episodes than ever before in its 11-year history more than 500 new half-hours, including five new animated series, new episodes of returning original series and new acquisitions. The new schedule was unveiled Feb. 25, 2004 at Cartoon Network's Upfront presentation to advertising executives and the media in New York City, during its pitch for on-air advertising buys.
On March 1, 2004, PBS will launch the PBS HD Channel, making PBS the first broadcaster to provide a fully packaged 24/7 channel consisting entirely of High Definition and Widescreen content. It will be available from local PBS stations that have transitioned to digital broadcasting, as well as through digital cable systems that have agreed to retransmit the digital signal of their local public television station.
Spike TV premieres brand new episodes of STRIPPERELLA, starting on March 4, 2004 at 11:00 pm on the newly named cable network for men. The show, produced by, took a broadcast hiatus and is back with more episodes throughout March along with uncut, digitally re-mastered episodes of REN & STIMPY CLASSICS from Spumco at midnight.
Manchester, U.K.-based animation house Cosgrove Hall has started production on THE WUMBLERS, a 26x11 2D preschool series for Peak Ent. and The Silly Goose Co.
THE WUMBLERS is a heart-warming collection of tales featuring Bertrum, a young Wumbler, and his best friend, Raimundo, a Spanish-speaking snail. Laura Wellington, recipient soon of the New Jersey Business Woman of the Year award, created the series.
Agoura Hills, California-based Krislin Co. has completed production on ROOM TO GROW, an all CGI half-hour special ready for broadcast and DVD release. ROOM TO GROW has been chosen as an official selection in both the Durango Film Festival and the East Lansing Childrens Film Festivals.
Star Wars fans can catch a small screen glimpse of the next big villain to see big screen action in STAR WARS: EPISODE III, when General Grievous threatens The Force in the next 10 installments of Cartoon Networks STAR WARS: CLONE WARS, beginning with chapter 11 on March 26, 2004 at 9:30 pm. Subsequent chapters of the animated micro-series will air weeknights at 8:00 from March 29 through April 8.
When do the likes of Alec Baldwin, Jessica Biehl and Don Knotts find they play second fiddle to another star in Hollywood? When one is a cartoon, with the self-appointed magnitude and ego of Johnny Bravo, in JOHNNY BRAVO GOES TO HOLLYWOOD, a 30-minute special premieres on Cartoon Network on Friday, Feb. 20, 2004 at 8:00 pm.
Contender Entertainment Group (CEG) is tickled pink that its new preschool animated series, PEPPA PIG, has secured sales in seven key international territories in less than four months. The 52x5 series is also set to premiere on Channel Five in the U. K. on May 31, 2004 and will broadcast later this year on Nick Jr. in the U.K.
Comedy Central has ordered eight episodes of ODD TODD, an animated series about the plight of a modern day, unemployed character named Todd and his struggle to make ends meet. Its based on the real life adventures of creator Todd Rosenberg, who made webisodes of his predicament.
Following many suitors responding to the YOUNG SKUNK presentation at Cartoon Forum 2003, Cartoon Saloon has opted to team up with Telescreen as partner to produce a 26x30 series about a kung-fu-fighting skunk trying to protect a forest and his friends in China.
Late-night comedian Jay Leno is taking in on the chin in a very animated way, providing the voice of the Crimson Chin, a caped crusader, in THE FAIRLY ODDPARENTS BIG SUPERHERO WISH, the first FAIRLY ODDPARENTS special, which airs in primetime on Nickelodeon at 8:00 pm on Feb. 16, 2004.
The WB announced it has cancelled the BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER spin-off ANGEL after five seasons on the air. With nine episodes left in the season, the announcement was released early to allow "the show's creators time to wrap up the season appropriately." The cancellation doesn't spell the complete end of the character, which the network might give special movie events to next year.