The members of the TEEN TITANS are back on Cartoon Network for a second season starting on Jan. 10, 2004 at 9:00 pm. TEEN TITANS, a half-hour action-adventure animated series based on the popular DC Comics series, debuted on Cartoon Network in July 2003 and became an instant hit.
Boomerang, Cartoon Network's 24-hour commercial-free classic animation network, will greet the new year with a full-day marathon on New Year's Eve (Dec. 31, starting at 8:00 am) to spotlight THE ADVENTURES OF JONNY QUEST. Entitled, A Hadji New Year, the holiday stunt will feature 26 original half-hour episodes from the 1964 series, as well as two made-for-television feature films JONNY'S GOLDEN QUEST (1993) and JONNY QUEST VS. THE CYBER INSECTS (1995) produced by the Hanna-Barbera Animation Studios.
COMEDY CENTRAL kicks off the holiday season for animation fans with holiday-themed episodes of SOUTH PARK and TV FUNHOUSE throughout December, and SOUTH PARKS NEW YEARS ROCK-A-THON on New Years Eve. Comedy Central will also start airing MAD-TV, which regularly features animated segments such as SPY VS. SPY or Corky Quakenbush stop-motion parodies of movies and TV shows.
Following is the holiday programming schedule:
ARTHUR wraps up its eighth season final five new episodes Christmas week, Dec. 22-26, 2003 (check local listings), culminating with blues musicians Koko Taylor and Taj Mahal guest starring in "Big Horns George."
In this episode on Dec. 26, a chance meeting with legendary Queen of the Blues Koko Taylor inspires George to write and perform his own blues song. Stage fright and self-doubt overwhelm him, but fortunately, Taylor and fellow blues great Taj Mahal give George the encouragement he needs to keep singing those blues!
The DIC Kid's Network has been surpassing major kids commercial broadcast networks since launching Sept. 1, 2003, according to David Ozer, svp, domestic television, DIC Ent.
Cartoon Network is having a four-day Christmas party beginning at 9:00 am, Dec. 22, 2003 featuring cartoon characters like Scooby-Doo, The Smurfs, Space Ghost and Yogi Bear for CNs longest holiday blast. Viewers can enjoy Christmas cartoon classics, new and old, for four days straight to carry them into the holiday. Following is the lineup for Cartoon Networks Christmas Party Marathon.
Dec. 22:9:00 am, OLIVE THE OTHER REINDEER 10:00 am, THE POWERPUFF GIRLS: TWAS THE FIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS
11:30 am, SMURFS CHRISTMAS SPECIAL
Nickelodeon has ordered 90+ new episodes of its series, THE FAIRLY ODDPARENTS, ALL GROWN UP, MY LIFE AS A TEENAGE ROBOT, CHALKZONE and THE ADVENTURES OF JIMMY NEUTRON, BOY GENIUS, totaling more than 50 hours, according to Cyma Zarghami, evp/gm of Nickelodeon.
The order breaks down to 30 episodes of THE FAIRLY ODDPARENTS and 20 episodes of THE ADVENTURES OF JIMMY NEUTRON, BOY GENIUS.
Nickmas is on through most of December 2003, as the kid channel delivers nightly primetime presents programming marathons and throughout the month.
Kids' WB! has ordered 26 more episodes of the cyber/adventure anime hit series MEGAMAN NT WARRIOR from ShoPro Entertainment for a second season that will kick off in Spring 2004.
"MEGAMAN NT WARRIOR proved to be the breakout hit we knew it would be," said John Hardman, svp of Kids' WB! Programming (www.KidsWB.com). It debuted on May 17, 2003 as the #2 overall program among boys 6-11, and ranked #1 against the broadcast competition in kids 2-11 and kids 6-11, #2 in boys 2-11, and among the top seven programs in tweens 9-14 and male tweens 9-14.
Legendary Japanese icon ASTRO BOY series debutes Jan. 17, 2004 on Kids' WB! (8:30 am ET/7:30 am PT), bringing 25 new anime adventures to kids in the U.S. The network also will launch that day 13 new episodes in the fourth season of returning hit STATIC SHOCK (11:30 am ET/10:30 am PT). In addition, STATIC SHOCK moves into the weekday lineup to air six days a week, beginning Jan. 5, in its new 3:30 p.m. ET timeslot.
Canal+ has picked up Bardels award-winning holiday special, THE CHRISTMAS ORANGE special for its Christmas 2003 season to air in France, Monaco, Mauritius, Switzerland and Africa.
"THE CHRISTMAS ORANGE is exactly the kind of moral tale we like to have on Canal+", says Sandra Ouaiss, acquisition director of fiction & animation at Canal+ international acquisition.
New animated series from Bill Cosby and Kelsey Grammer are part of Nick at Nite and TV Lands first-ever slate of original shows and specials. The development slate, which also includes new programming from Henry Winkler, Peter Bonerz, David Steinberg and several others, could be seen on both networks as early as 2004. The originals will serve as a complement to Nick at Nite and TV Land's successful acquired programming.
If you asked Santa for loads of commercial-free FLINTSTONES, your wish has been granted as Cartoon Network's Boomerang channel offers a 240 hours Bedrocks first family, Dec. 15-21, 2003, including such holiday classic specials as A FLINTSTONE CHRISTMAS (1977), A FLINTSTONE CHRISTMAS CAROL (1994) and CHRISTMAS FLINTSTONE (1964). Covering almost 35 years of Hanna-Barbera motion picture and television production, BOOMEROCK will showcase television's largest-ever tribute to the cave-dwelling comedy, pre-empt Boomerang's entire schedule.
HBO has greenlit a second season of the cult TV series, CARNIVALE, reported HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. The David Lynch/Stephen King-like series will get another 13 episodes, debuting at the end of 2004. Production should start in the spring with the original cast members all returning. The series didnt pull in audiences like THE SOPRANOS or SEX IN THE CITY, but it averaged a solid 3.5 million viewers each week.
How superheroes celebrate the holidays is the topic of an all-new holiday episode of JUSTICE LEAGUE, Cartoon Network's top-rated original animated series based on the popular, long-running DC Comic book. The half-hour special, "Comfort and Joy," premieres at 10 pm on Dec. 13, 2003.
Jim Henson Co. will begin production Dec. 15 in Australia on a four-hour miniseries based on the cult favorite TV series FARSCAPE, reported SCI FI WIRE. Citing sources close to the production, the story will pick up and resolve issues left open at the end of the cancelled series. Stars Ben Browder and Claudia Black among others will be reprising their roles. The miniseries has no television distribution deal to date. Both Jim Henson Co. and the Sci Fi Channel had no comment on the rumor.
Sci Fi Channel has scored another win with the premiere of BATTLESTAR GALACTICA. The two-night, four-hour original event delivered a 3.5/2,897,000 HHs/4,177,000 P2+ average for its primetime premieres (Dec. 8-9, 2003, 9:00-11:00 pm ET/PT) - marking Sci Fi's best ratings performance in 2003 and the highest audience delivery for any original miniseries production on cable for the year.
ABC premiered an all-new animated hour-long PEANUTS Christmas special at 8:00 pm on Dec. 9, 2003. I WANT A DOG FOR CHRISTMAS, CHARLIE BROWN! Was produced and animated by the same team that made the now classic PEANUTS specials from the famed comic strip by the late cartoonist Charles M. Schulz.
Starz Encore Group launched its new premium all movie channel, STARZ! Kids, dedicated to kids ages 2-11 on Dec. 2, 2003. The new kids channel is available to affiliates at no additional license fee, and increases the number of unique channels in the Starz Super Pak to 13.
Pune, India-based animation house Digikore Studios Ltd looks to acquire an equity stake in a 2D animated TV series, reported IndianTelevision.com. This deal is part of a larger co-production agreement the company entered with New Zealand's Gtoyz Management Co. earlier this year. As part of that agreement, Digikore and Gtoyz will produce a 2D TV series as well as a 95-minute feature film. Digikore is looking for a credible Indian production firm with a project that attracts solid pre-sales. The studio hopes to aid the co-production partner in selling the series to international markets.
USA Networks has order a pilot and five episodes of a new sci-fi series entitled THE 4,400, reported VARIETY. The new program will follow the events that occur when 4,400 people abducted by aliens are returned to Earth. The project will be exec produced by Francis Ford Coppola, Rene Echevarria (DARK ANGEL) and Maira Suro (PLATINUM). Scott Peters (THE OUTER LIMITS) will be writing and producing the hour-long series with Viacom Prods. and Renegade 83 as the production firms.
Spike TV has given the go-ahead for six episodes of a new animated series, THIS JUST IN, from THE FAIRLY ODDPARENTS writer Steven Marmel. The show will follow three best friends a freelance journalist, a teacher and a househusband -- as they comment on on-going current events. Marmel will reteam with ODDPARENTS partner Kevin Kay to exec produce the show. Kay was formerly evp of production and development at Nickelodeon and now serves as evp of programming and development at Spike TV.
THE TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE, which was partially funded by the BBC, will air New Years Eve in the U.K. on BBC2 at 2:30 pm. The acclaimed Sylvain Chomet animated feature, which made its U.S. debut over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, was released theatrically in Britain in September.