DAVEY AND GOLIATH is making its return to television after a 30-year absence, in a new one-hour special, DAVEY AND GOLIATHS SNOWBOARD CHRISTMAS. The world premiere will air Dec. 19 at 12:00 noon (ET/PT) on Hallmark Channel, presented by Faith & Values Media. An encore broadcast of the program will air on Dec. 26 on Hallmark Channel at 12:00 noon (ET/PT).
Based Ursula K. Le Guin's sci-fi novel, Hallmark presents LEGEND OF EARTHSEA, a two-night miniseries airing on the Sci Fi Channel at 9:00 pm ET/PT. The fantasy adventure is directed by Robert Lieberman (TVs THE DEAD ZONE).
Visual effects credits include:* Visual effects supervisors: Lee Wilson, Anthem Visual Effects; Eric Grenaudier, Sam Nicholson, Stargate Visual Effects* Visual effects producers: Lisa Sepp-Wilson, Anthem Visual Effects; Shauna Bryan McLeod, Stargate Visual Effects
Kids' WB! is celebrating the holidays throughout the month of December with the tube sock named Holiday Sock hosting the programming block. On Dec. 11 (8:00 am - 12:00 pm ET), the network invites viewers to the fourth annual "Holiday Sock Party" from the North Pole. From more than 10,000 entries received, eight lucky kids will have their wishes granted.
The WB will bring viewers a few timeless holiday classics, including the exclusive broadcast network airing of the 1939 film, THE WIZARD OF OZ, on Dec. 19, 2004, from 7:30 to 10:00 pm for the third consecutive year.
Cartoon Network has decorated its December schedule with holiday premieres that will be telecast every as of Dec. 3, and ending with a two-day marathon of Christmas-themed shows, beginning at 7:00 am Dec. 24 and ending on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 2004, at 11:00 pm.
The network promises the rest of the month will be stuffed with enough Christmas cheer to power Santa's sleigh, with four additional premieres of new holiday specials and the best old and new classics, including of course, the granddaddy of Christmas cartoons, DR. SUESS' HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS.
The holiday season's perennially popular original dancing snowman skates on the edge of danger in the 2D animated musical special FROSTY RETURNS, to be rebroadcast Dec. 3, 2004 at 8:30 pm on the CBS. This half-hour special is the follow-up to FROSTY THE SNOWMAN, the holiday classic special narrated by Jimmy Durante, to be rebroadcast as a lead-in at 8:00 pm.
With newly struck Germany-based deals, TV-Loonlands CONNIE THE COW will be licensed to Disney and East Ent. German firm East Ent. has also secured rights to SOMETHING ELSE and the animated feature film HEIDI.
Snow descends upon the eternal summerland of the cul-de-sac in the new, half-hour HOLIDAY SPECIAL ED, EDD N EDDY'S JINGLE, JINGLE, JANGLE, airing Dec. 3, 2004, at 8:00 pm on Cartoon Network.
Turner Classic Movies is adding animation to its lineup with CARTOON ALLEY, a new franchise hosted by TCMs weekend daytime host, Ben Mankiewicz, premiering at 11:30 am on Dec. 4, 2004, and repeating at various times throughout the month. The programming block includes three classic cartoons themed around a particular subject with Mankiewicz providing wraparounds for each.
Fridays in December, Boomerang, Cartoon Network's 24-hour, commercial-free classic animation cable/satellite network, will host four consecutive all-day tributes to showcase original POPEYE THE SAILOR six-minute shorts from the golden age of theatrical animation. More than 200 of the original Max Fleischer and Famous Studios theatrical cartoons produced from 1933-1954, known as "two-reelers," will be spotlighted in color within the month-long salute. The television event will commence on Dec.
For the big Thanksgiving holiday weekend in the U.S., Cartoon Network will be serving up several special telecasts on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 25, 2004, including a TRANSFORMERS: ENERGON marathon and three back-to-back animated motion picture features.
Things will be looking Smurfy, (which is a good thing) on the DIC Kids Network when it starts airing one of the worlds most popular and successful animated series in television history, THE SMURFS. DIC Entertainment (DIC) acquired the broadcast rights to 26 half-hour episodes of the hit series produced by Hanna-Barbera in the 80s from Warner Bros. Domestic Cable Distribution.
DECODE Entertainment is strengthening its position in Asia, the Middle East and Eastern Europe, announcing recent sales of its programming library to these regions.
In Asia, WHAT ABOUT MIMI? was sold to Indian kids channel Hungama TV, while Disney Channel in Taiwan and Indonesian rights buyer Spectrum Films have picked up pre-school series THE SAVE-UMS! Public broadcaster RTM Malaysia is committing to the first season of FRANNYS FEET and free-to-air channel ATV in Hong Kong is snapping up the second season.
PET ALIEN, Taffy Entertainments groundbreaking, new 3D, CGI character-comedy was acquired today (Nov. 22, 2004) by Cartoon Network to debut on the cablenet in the second quarter of 2005. The series started airing on Animania HD on Nov. 20 at 7:00 pm.
The inspiration and music is from Japan but the animation talent and work is all done in America in Cartoon Networks new 2D series, HI HI PUFFY AMIYUMI. The 30-minute animated comedy about the fictional adventures of two very real-life Japanese pop stars, debuts Nov. 19, 2004, at 7:30 pm during Fridays, CNs popular primetime block of animated comedies.
The Disney Channel has ordered 21 half-hour episodes of EMPEROR'S NEWSKOOL, an animated series based on the 2000 Disney feature film EMPEROR'S NEW GROOVE, to be produced by Walt Disney Television Animation.
Exec producer is Bobs Gannaway (LILO & STITCH: THE SERIES) with David Knott (RECESS) directing the series for 2006.
Disney has signed a multiyear, free television deal with Channel Four Finland (Nelonen) for the broadcast of movies, series, animation and telepics, reports VARIETY. The agreement sends f/x films like PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL and THE VILLAGE and animated series like DISNEY'S 101 DALMATIANS: THE SERIES and DISNEY'S DOUG to Finnish TV sets. Alison Homewood, Buena Vista Intl. TV vp, and Pirjo Airaksinen, Nelonen svp of programming, at brokered the deal.
The U.K.s Channel 4 plans to air a four-hour marathon rundown on the 100 favorite animated shows as voted for by the general public. 100 GREATEST CARTOONS will feature clips of the cartoons and interviews with the creators, celebrities and experts about their opinions of the list. Realizing the list of 105 nominated cartoons can't cater to everyone's tastes, voters will also be given voters the opportunity to list five other cartoons they feel ought to make it in this hall of fame.
While Comedy Central has had an impressive string of animated shows premiere this fall the new development slate for 2005 consists chiefly of live-action shows and a video game project. The all-comedy network has closed talent deals with Norm Macdonald and Jamie Kennedy, completed production on five new pilots, including two entertainment show parodies, and greenlit a concert film with network star Dave Attell, it was announced today (Nov. 16, 2004) by Lauren Corrao, svp, original programming and head of development, Comedy Central.
Cartoon Network in India chose JUNGLE TALES, a 3D animated series based on the classic Panchatantra folk tales to broadcast during the Diwali festival of lights season, Nov. 6-Nov. 12. 2004 at 2:00 pm. The new show is the eighth locally produced animated series to be aired on Cartoon Network and is also the first long format 3D series produced in India by Delhi-based Moving Picture Company India Ltd.
New Zealands first animated adult sitcom, BRO TOWN, has become a hit with audiences. Commissioned by TV3 NZ, BROTOWN follows THE SIMPSONS and garnered higher ratings, with its premiere getting a 74% share among 15 to 29 year olds. Subsequent weeks have continued to be consistently high, with a rise in both younger and older age groups.
Sci Fi Channel announced that it has ordered a second season of STARGATE ATLANTIS and a ninth season of STARGATE SG-1. The network has ordered 20 new episodes of each show from MGM Television Ent., and production on both is set to begin in March 2005 for summer premieres.
STARGATE ATLANTIS debuted in July and drew more than 4.2 million viewers, breaking ratings records. The second season will bring back stars Joe Flanigan, Torri Higginson, David Hewlett, Rainbow Sun Francks, Rachel Luttrell and Paul McGillion.
RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER, the longest-running holiday special in television history, will air its 40th anniversary broadcast Dec. 1 at 8:00 pm on the CBS Television Network. To celebrate, CBS announces its first-ever animated on-air promotional campaign that will feature 3D caricatures of current network personalities along with Rudolph and friends.
TOM GOES TO THE MAYOR, a new animated comedy series from creators Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim and exec producer Bob Odenkirk, redefines limited animation with its odd mix of photoreal cutouts in a fully-realized suburban environment. The half-hour comedy joins Cartoon Networks Adult Swim on, Nov. 14, 2004, at 11:30 pm.