Kids’ WB Announces 2006-2007 Saturday Morning Schedule
[via press release]
Kids’ WB! On The CW Announces 2006-2007 Saturday Morning Programming Schedule
(September 8, 2006 – Burbank, CA) – The Kids’ WB! 2006-2007 programming slate will feature four new, original shows and the return of four established hit series when the Saturday morning schedule kicks off on September 23 on The CW Network, the new broadcast network launching this month, it was announced today by Betsy McGowen, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Kids’ WB!
The five-hour block of programming, created for a target audience of children ages 6 through 11, will introduce a new generation of young viewers to some of the most iconic characters in animation history via three new series from Warner Bros. Animation: the highly anticipated “Legion of Super Heroes,” based on the DC Comics characters and featuring Superman in an all-new adventure, “Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get a Clue!,” and “Tom and Jerry Tales.”
Kids’ WB! will also present the U.S. television premiere of “Monster Allergy,” a new half-hour show based upon the international best-selling comic book series of the same name and produced for TV by Rainbow S.p.A.
The Saturday morning programming block will kick off with two back-to-back episodes of Warner Bros. Animation’s “Krypto the Superdog,” airing on Kids’ WB! for the first time and selected in close consultation with educational media advisor Miki Baumgarten, Ph.D., to ensure it fully meets federally mandated educational and informational (E/I) programming requirements.
Current hit Kids’ WB! series returning to the fall schedule include “The Batman,” with Robin—the Boy Wonder—joining the Caped Crusader in his crime-fighting exploits, “Loonatics Unleashed” and “Xiaolin Showdown,” all produced by Warner Bros. Animation, and “Johnny Test,” produced this season by Cookie Jar Entertainment, Inc.
The complete 2006-2007 Kids’ WB! programming schedule, along with information about the respective series, follows. In some markets, the schedule may vary. Check local listings for dates and times.
7:00-7:30 am “Krypto the Superdog” (E/I Compliant)
7:30-8:00 am “Krypto the Superdog” (E/I Compliant)
8:00-8:30 am “Monster Allergy”
8:30-9:00 am “Tom and Jerry Tales”
9:00-9:30 am “Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get a Clue”
9:30-10:00 am “Johnny Test”
10:00-10:30 am “Legion of Super Heroes”
10:30-11:00 am “The Batman”
11:00-11:30 am “Xiaolin Showdown”
11:30 am-12:00 pm “Loonatics Unleashed”
“Krypto the Superdog”: Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a …dog! “Krypto the Superdog” chronicles the comedic canine adventures of Metropolis’ day-saving super dog from the planet Krypton. Krypto jettisons to Earth after orbiting countless years in space as a test-pilot puppy aboard a malfunctioning rocket ship built by Superman’s father. Landing astray on unfamiliar terrain, the fully-grown Krypto swiftly seeks out companionship on Earth and flips over Kevin Whitney, a young boy who, too, longs for friendship. Endowed with an amazing array of super hero powers—ranging from heat vision to super strength to flying—Krypto partners with best pal, Kevin, to fight evil forces that threaten the safety and well-being of the people and animals of Metropolis. So begins the surprising story of a boy and his dog…or is it the story of a dog and his boy? The series is executive produced by Sander Schwartz and produced by Linda Steiner and Paul Dini.
“Monster Allergy”: Based on the international best-selling comic book series of the same name, the new series “Monster Allergy” is a fun romp for children of all ages. Due to his allergies, 12-year-old Zick discovers he has the exceptional ability to see what no other kids his age can: the invisible supernatural monsters that live among us. Teamed up with his next-door neighbor, Elena, and mentored by his talking cat, Timothy, Zick learns to harness his powers in hopes of one day achieving his destiny of following in his father’s footsteps and becoming a Monster Tamer. “Monster Allergy” is executive produced by Iginio Straffi for Rainbow S.p.A.
“Tom and Jerry Tales”: The iconic superstars, Tom and Jerry, make their first-ever appearance on Kids’ WB!, starring in their first new U.S. television series in more than 13 years. In this half-hour program from Warner Bros. Animation and executive producers Sander Schwartz and toon pioneer Joseph Barbera, Tom and Jerry return to basics, chasing each other in an all-new series of hilarious cartoon shorts. With endless rivalry and slapstick gags, this cat-and-mouse comedy team scrambles, slides and slams onto the screen, creating over-the-top mayhem and laugh-out-loud memories. Frank Molieri and Tom Minton serve as producers.
“Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get a Clue!”: Ruh-roh! Everyone’s favorite quivering sleuths—Shaggy and his lovable Great Dane, Scooby-Doo—are back in a new adventure. In this new series, Shaggy inherits a fortune from his Uncle Albert (the brilliant Dr. Albert Shaggleford), moves with Scooby into his newly bequeathed mansion and uncovers the evil Dr. Phineus Phibes’ plot to steal his uncle’s invention. They unwittingly stumble upon the invention, cleverly hidden in the form of Scooby Snacks, and discover that these snacks give Scooby amazing powers that they can use to defeat the devious Dr. Phibes. “Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get a Clue!” is executive produced by Sander Schwartz and Joseph Barbera, co-founder of Hanna-Barbera, and produced by Eric Radomski.
“Johnny Test”: Imagine having a lollipop that makes you an amazing singer or attaching hydrogen leg enhancers to make you extremely fast or genetically altering your dog to make him talk. “Johnny Test” can do all of that … and more! This animated action-comedy chronicles the adventures of the fearless 11-year-old boy, Johnny; his genetically engineered super dog, Dukey; and his 13-year-old super-genius scientist twin sisters, Susan and Mary, who try to solve the trials and tribulations of adolescent angst with out-of-this-world scientific experiments, using Johnny as their willing guinea pig. In season two, Johnny and Dukey will create their own TV network, make their own extreme ice cream, travel back in time, and even build a brand-new dad. “Johnny Test” is executive produced by Toper Taylor for Cookie Jar Entertainment Inc.
“Legion of Super Heroes”: Kids’ WB! is proud to present a new series inspired by the DC Comics legend and developed especially as the anchor series for its programming block by Warner Bros. Animation. One thousand years from now, Superman, the legendary Man of Steel, will inspire a group of emerging super heroes from the 31st century to band together to defend the rights of all free worlds and uphold the laws of the newly formed United Planets. That is, if they don’t kill each other first. “Legion of Super Heroes” is an animated series starring a young Superman that combines humor with high-stakes, grand-scale super heroics to create the ultimate sci-fi, super hero, wish-fulfillment fantasy for kids of all ages. Each episode pits Superman and the Legion against otherworldly threats and adversaries who challenge the team on both super heroic and emotional levels, engaging the audience in the characters’ interpersonal dramas as much as their intergalactic ones. The series is executive produced by Sander Schwartz, and produced by Linda Steiner and James Tucker for Warner Bros. Animation.
“The Batman”: The series features the most complex and intriguing character in comic book history in action-packed super heroic adventures, melding the renowned character’s extraordinary physical prowess and super-sleuthing skills with a new range of experimental Bat-gadgets and an amped-up Batmobile. The series premiered in fall 2004 and picked up Batman’s story in his mid-20s, when he’s just finding his way as a protector, defender and Caped Crusader, while balancing his public persona as billionaire bachelor Bruce Wayne. In the upcoming third season, the Dark Knight continues his relentless quest to rid Gotham City of its super villains, but he’s not alone. Robin joins the team, and the fabled Dynamic Duo is also occasionally joined by Batgirl. Harley Quinn, Black Mask, Killer Moth, the Everywhere Man and a brand-new Clayface join the rogues’ gallery of villains, led by the Joker, Penguin and Riddler, who ceaselessly torment Batman and Gotham City. “The Batman” is based upon the DC Comics characters and is executive produced by Sander Schwartz and Alan Burnett for Warner Bros. Animation. Duane Capizzi and Mike Goguen serve as supervising producers, and Linda Steiner and Jeff Matsuda are producers.
“Xiaolin Showdown”: Calling all crouching tigers and hidden dragons! Four young warriors unite for a brave battle against evil in this mystical comedy adventure. Omi, a gifted Xiaolin Dragon-in-training, and his fellow trainees—rich Japanese hacker girl Kimiko, flashy Brazilian circus star Raimundo, and Texas kung-fu cowboy Clay—travel the world to find and protect the sacred Shen Gong Wu, ancient power objects that hold the keys to martial arts super powers. “Xiaolin Showdown” is executive produced by Sander Schwartz for Warner Bros. Animation. Eric Radomski is the supervising producer, and Christy Hui is the show’s creator and producer.
“Loonatics Unleashed”: Seven hundred years into the future, six descendants of some very famous figures from the past come together to form a brilliant ensemble of superheroes, each boasting special skills and unique abilities, and gifted with a firm sense of justice. Alone they are formidable; together they are unstoppable. Their beloved ancestors—Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Wile E. Coyote, the Road Runner, Tasmanian Devil and Lola Bunny—hold a very special place in history. But that was then. This is now. In the year 2772, this super-charged, high-flying action team of a new generation shares the same DNA and sharp-edged wit as their Looney Tunes forefathers…and that’s where the similarities end. Together, they protect Acmetropolis from evil villains who have their own uncommon strengths. Throughout the second season, new characters descended from classic Looney Tunes characters like Yosemite Sam, Sylvester the Cat, Tweety Bird and Marvin the Martian make special appearances. Loonatics are one of a kind. Want to keep the world safe…call in the Loonatics! “Loonatics Unleashed” is executive produced by Sander Schwartz and produced by Ron Myrick for Warner Bros. Animation.
A leader in children’s programming, Kids’ WB! continues to be a unique destination for kids. Kids’ WB!, now airing on The CW Network, has been the broadcast home for such cornerstone hits as the blockbusters “Pokémon” and “Yu-Gi-Oh!,” Emmy® Award-winners “Xiaolin Showdown” and “The Batman,” culturally diverse series “Jackie Chan Adventures” and “¡Mucha Lucha! Gigante,” and breakout hits “Loonatics Unleashed” and “Johnny Test,” among other favorites. Kids and their parents can find more information about Kids’ WB! programming online at www.KidsWB.com.
Warner Bros. Animation has been producing award-winning original animation since 1930, when it released its first cartoon, “Sinking in the Bathtub.” Since then, Warner Bros. Animation’s characters have set the standard for innovative, quality animation. Producing for network and cable television, online, home video and feature films both domestically and internationally, Warner Bros. Animation is highly respected for its creative and technical excellence, as well as maintaining the studio’s rich cartoon heritage. Warner Bros. Animation is one of the most honored animation studios in history, garnering a grand total of 34 Emmy® Awards, the George Foster Peabody Award, an Environmental Media Award, a Parents’ Choice Award, a Humanitas Award, two Prism Awards and 19 Annie Awards (honoring excellence in animation).