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Young Justice’s Next Cancellation, More Clones & LEGOs
Published on Monday, January 28, 2013 by

The Cartoon Network Press Release (below) cuts through rumors with bad news about Young Justice and Green Lantern: The Animated Series. While hiatuses, odd airing schedule breaks, and even a cancellation or two have weathered the Young Justice cartoon in the past, this announcement sounds more final.

Young Justice, the DC comic book has already been cancelled. The show has had its share of odd schedule breaks and is barely back from a hiatus. The remainder of the season–whenever it airs—will end the cartoon.

Both Young Justice and Green Lantern: The animated Series will end when their current seasons end later this spring. Announced through their exclusion on “new and returning shows” press release for fall 2013 the series non-reports the news.

A representative from Warner Brothers Animation confirmed to Newsarama the cancellation and that Cartoon Network’s only official stance is that the new episodes already produced will continue to air.

While these two great shows will missed by fans that have been trying to watch despite the odd scheduling problems and unexplained hiatuses, they will both exist on DVD. Young Justice has already released the first season on multiple discs and releases part one of the second season in Jan 2012. Young Justice’s use of the comic makes it feel like the series has had more than just the few dozen episodes over the past two seasons.

The “DC Nation” hour-long block on Cartoon Network will begin showing  Beware the Batman, which like GL: TAS uses computer-generated animation, and Teen Titans Go, a comedically-bent rehash of the successful Teen Titans animated series, which aired from 2003-2006 (more on both of those below). Perhaps the revival of Teen Titans Go should point to a possible relaunch of Young Justice in a few years. After all, no one stays dead in comics, so why should a show be kept on mothballs. The odd success of Teen Titans (2003-2006) and DVD sales have helped maintain a fanbase for the offbeat DC show. The newer CG cartoon, Beware the Batman has already reportedly been reimagined after last years Colorado shooting.

Also excluded from the “returning” list, it seems Star Wars: The Clone Wars will be moving to a Disney-owned TV channel. This is a move that is not shocking given that Disney recently purchased the Star Wars franchise and has been churning out fast rumors and news about upcoming projects. Star Wars: Clone Wars seems likely to find a home on Disney XD  yet no official word has been issued. Supervising Director Dave Filoni and multiple cast members have confirmed work on a 6th Season of the series to Newsarama. Interestingly, there will be a new LEGO Star Wars special centered on Yoda on Cartoon Network (see press release below). While it is not shocking that Disney is reclaiming the Star Wars brand for its network, perhaps it is the Lego involvement that keeps the Lego Star Wars on the cartoon network. Since Warner Bros does hold the LEGO license it is possible that Lucasfilm’s new home with Disney does not mandate the moving of Yoda’s block of block entertainment.

Disney pulling its newly acquired Clone show to a Disney station is less surprising than the Disney Store Exclusive Venom action figure.

The other new Lego based show, Legends of Chima, will also be remaining on Cartoon Network according to the press release. While this show supports the new toy line, it has had a recent sample comic and seems like it will be getting the full Lego multi-media push in the future.

The full Press Release, announcing specials featuring Adventure Time, Regular Show, and a CGI revival special of Powerpuff Girls follows. Keep in mind, that DC Nation and Cartoon Network are dropping the great comic-cartoon collaboration of Young Justice and Green Lantern, which are great gateway comics, and making room for new shows which are yet to be reviewed…and more Powder Puff Girls?

Press Release

CARTOON NETWORK NEW SERIES
Incredible Crew:
Incredible Crew, is a live-action, half-hour, sketch comedy series from producer and entertainer Nick Cannon. Every episode of this high-energy, fast-paced show delivers hilarious comedy bits, outrageous hidden camera pranks, original music videos and commercial parodies all with a distinct attitude—a contemporary blend of internet sensibility mixed with kid imagination. Incredible Crew showcases six up-and-coming young comedy stars featured in diverse roles in every genre Shauna Case (American Horror Story), Shameik Moore (Joyful Noise), Tristan Pasterick, Chanelle Peloso (Level Up), Jeremy Shada (Adventure Time) and Brandon Soo Hoo (Enders Game, Tropic Thunder). Nick Cannon serves as executive producer of Incredible Crew along with Michael Goldman and Scott Tomlinson. The series is produced by Cartoon Network Studios in association with NCredible Entertainment.
Steven Universe: Slated to debut in 2013, Steven Universe is a coming-of-age story told from the perspective of Steven, the youngest member of a team of magical Guardians of the Universe. The animated series was conceived as part of the shorts development initiative at Cartoon Network Studios, and is created by Emmy® and Annie Award-nominated writer and storyboard artist Rebecca Sugar (Adventure Time). Sugar is Cartoon Network’s first solo female show creator.

Steven Universe: Slated to debut in 2013, Steven Universe is a coming-of-age story told from the perspective of Steven, the youngest member of a team of magical Guardians of the Universe. The animated series was conceived as part of the shorts development initiative at Cartoon Network Studios, and is created by Emmy® and Annie Award-nominated writer and storyboard artist Rebecca Sugar (Adventure Time). Sugar is Cartoon Network’s first solo female show creator.

Uncle Grandpa: Also slated for 2013, Uncle Grandpa is based upon the Emmy®-nominated short of the same name and follows the exploits of Uncle Grandpa—everyone in the world’s “magical” uncle and grandpa. Created and executive produced by Pete Browngardt (creator of Cartoon Network’s Emmy®, Annie and Annecy Cristal Award-winning Secret Mountain Fort Awesome), Uncle Grandpa was conceived as part of the shorts development program at Cartoon Network Studios.

Clarence: From creator Skyler Page, Clarence is a new original animated series about an optimistic boy who wants to do everything. Because everything is amazing! Clarence was conceived as part of the shorts development program at Cartoon Network Studios.

Teen Titans Go!: Featuring the return of Robin, Starfire, Raven, Beast Boy and Cyborg in all-new, comedic adventures, Teen Titans Go! will premiere in April 2013. Character-driven comedy is the order of the day as this new take on the superhero series focuses on the funny business that happens between saving the world and living together as teenagers without adult supervision. The series stars the principal voice cast from the original Teen Titans, and is produced by Warner Bros. Animation.

Beware the Batman: A cool, new take on the classic Dark Knight franchise, Beware the Batman incorporates Batman’s core characters with a rogue gallery of new villains not previously seen in animated form. Along with backup from ex-secret agent Alfred and lethal swordstress Katana, the Dark Knight faces the twisted machinations of Gotham City’s criminal underworld led by the likes of Anarky, Professor Pyg, Mister Toad and Magpie. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, this action-packed detective thriller deftly redefines what we have come to know as a “Batman show.” Featuring cutting-edge CGI visuals, Beware the Batman, based on characters from DC Comics, is coming to Cartoon Network’s DC Nation block in Summer 2013.

Legends of Chima: In the mystical land of CHIMA, Laval the Lion and Cragger the Crocodile are the best of friends. An innocent escapade results in Cragger getting his first experience with the CHI, a powerful and sacred resource important to the delicate balance of CHIMA. The CHI gives awesome power to the user but needs to be managed carefully and certainly not by young adventurous animals. From LEGO, creator of Cartoon Network’s powerhouse action-adventure series Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu, Legends of Chima will premiere in Summer 2013.

Grojband: 12-year-old Corey is the front man for a rockin’ garage band. There’s just one problem: Corey’s lyrics stink. He just can’t think of anything cool to write about, until…he finds his sister’s diary that’s full of “teen angst and junk” and decides to use each diary entry as inspiration for crowd pleasing, heart stopping, foot stomping hit songs. Grojband is distributed by FremantleMedia Ltd. and produced by Fresh TV, creator of the hit animated reality franchise Total Drama Island.

The Tom and Jerry Show: The iconic cat and mouse rivals are back in The Tom and Jerry Show, a fresh take on the classic series. Preserving the look, characters and sensibility of the original, the all-new series shines a brightly colored, high-definition lens on the madcap slapstick and never-ending battle that has made Tom and Jerry two of the most beloved characters of all time. The Tom and Jerry Show is produced by Warner Bros. Animation.

Total Drama All Stars: Total Drama is back, but this time the team at Fresh TV have assembled the best loved and most hated contestants from seasons past to compete – Heroes vs. Villains style! Total Drama Island is produced by Fresh TV and distributed by CAKE Distribution.

SPECIALS AND MOVIES

Adventure Time Special: Highly-regarded comedic actors Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother) and Donald Glover (Community) will be featured in a special episode of Cartoon Network’s hit animated series Adventure Time. The episode, “Bad Little Boy,” is slated to premiere February 18 as part of the series’ fifth and current season. Reprising his role as Prince Gumball from season three’s much-loved gender switch episode “Adventure Time with Fionna and Cake,” Neil Patrick Harris will join Donald Glover, as Marshall Lee, the musical male counterpart to fan favorite Marceline the Vampire Queen in this second installment of the Fionna and Cake (derived from Finn and Jake) saga. In this special episode, the princesses are sick and tired of Ice King’s crazy Fionna and Cake stories, so Marceline stops by the Ice Kingdom to show him how it’s done.

Regular Show Special: Regular Show, Cartoon Network’s Emmy® Award-winning animated comedy featuring best friends Mordecai, a six-foot-tall blue jay and Rigby, a hyperactive raccoon, is slated for a 30-minute Thanksgiving special, Regular Show style. Mordecai and Rigby accidentally ruin Thanksgiving and must find a way to save it before their families arrive for dinner. The gang pulls together to help make it the best Thanksgiving ever! Regular Show, currently in its’ fourth season, has become an instant hit continually ranking #1 in its time period among all key boy demos across all of television according to Nielsen Media Research.

The Powerpuff Girls Special: “Sugar, Spice and Everything Nice…plus a dash of mysterious Chemical X” were the essential ingredients that created Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup—also known as The Powerpuff Girls. This groundbreaking and Emmy®-winning series, created by Craig McCracken, ran on Cartoon Network from 1998-2005 and will soar again as a brand-new, redesigned and re-imagined CG special coming in 2013 where the trio of pint-sized super heroines will be called upon to rescue not just the city of Townsville, but the USA and the world! Featuring an original song “I Wish I Was A Powerpuff Girl” performed by Beatles legend Ringo Starr, who also portrays Townsville’s most famous flamboyant mathematician, “Fibonacci Sequins,” this all-new original special comes from a powerhouse creative team featuring animation talent from around the globe including acclaimed director Dave Smith and award-winning art director Kevin Dart and is produced by Cartoon Network Studios in association with UK’s Passion Pictures. The special also features the original voice cast reprising their iconic roles and will premiere later this year.

The Yoda Chronicles: LEGO Star Wars returns in epic style with THE YODA CHRONICLES, a thrilling, funny and action-packed new LEGO Star Wars story told in three animated TV specials! Set in the “Prequel” Star Wars timeline, THE YODA CHRONICLES stars the one and only Yoda—the Jedi Master who has seen it all, done it all, and taught generations of Jedi Knights—in an all-new adventure. With the help of a fresh class of Padawans, Yoda leads the Jedi in a desperate fight to stop Darth Sidious and his minions from creating a new super-weapon that could crush the Republic and win the war for the forces of Evil.

RETURNING SERIES/SPECIALS



-Adventure Time
-Regular Show
-Annoying Orange
-MAD
-The Amazing World of Gumball
-The Looney Tunes Show
-Ben 10 Omniverse
-Dreamworks Dragons: Riders of Berk
-Scooby-Doo! Mystery Inc.
-Johnny Test
-Pokémon Black & White: Adventures in Unova
-Beyblade Metal Fury
-Almost Naked Animals
-Scaredy Squirrel

One Response
    • I was happy to hear that this weekend we would be snowed in. Unfortunately the weathermen were over describing this weekends winter weather potential. My wife and I are pretending to be snowed in anyway. Luckily, the newest Young Justice DVDs arrived in the mail the other day. So, Young Justice marathon!

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