Cartoon Network's Plans for 2002


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Sep 23, 2001
Cartoon Network Announces New Programming Initiatives for 2002

I dare you to read through this press release and NOT jump up and down, dance, leap for joy, and any other sudden burst of happiness.

More information on the shows and programs listed in this press release are linked to at the bottom of the page.

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     Cartoon Network announced several major programming initiatives for 2002 today at a press conference in New York. Speakers at the event included Cartoon Network executive vice president and general manager Jim Samples, senior vice president of programming and production Mike Lazzo, and series creators Tom Warburton (Codename: Kids Next Door) and Michael Ouweleen and Erik Richter (Harvey Birdman, Attorney-at-Law).

     Major announcements included:

     Animated Television Programming:

  • Whatever Happened to Robot Jones?, a new Cartoon Cartoon original series that will launch in July 2002.
  • Codename: Kids Next Door, a new Cartoon Cartoon original series, which will premiere in November 2002.
  • More than 100 new episodes of original programs are in currently in production for 2002-2003, including 26 episodes each of Courage the Cowardly Dog and Ed, Edd n Eddy.
  • Eight new series pilots scheduled will premiere throughout Summer 2002.
  • The tenth June Bugs marathon will air May 31-June 2, 2002, featuring more than 175 Bugs Bunny cartoons. Cartoon Network is the exclusive television home of Looney Tunes.
  • "The 1st 13th Annual Fancy Anvil Award Show Program Live!... In Stereo," an animated awards show parody, will air Saturday, March 23.

  • Cartoon Network presents the U.S. television debut of Hamtaro. 52 episodes of the Japanese sensation will premiere in July 2002.
  • 54 new episodes of Dragon Ball Z starting in September 2002. Dragon Ball Z airs exclusively on Toonami, Cartoon Network's action-adventure franchise.
  • 38 new episodes of Dragonball will air on Toonami this year.
     All New Episodes of Top-Rated Originals:

  • 20 new half-hours of The Powerpuff Girls, including a Christmas special.
  • 26 new half-hour episodes of Samurai Jack.
  • 26 new half-hour episodes of Justice League.
  • 13 new episodes of Grim & Evil.
  • A Johnny Bravo Valentine's Day Special is in production and is scheduled for a 2003 premiere.
     Adult Swim:

  • 13 brand new half-hour episodes of Home Movies, created for Cartoon Network, will debut in Fall 2002.
  • 20 new episodes of Harvey Birdman, Attorney-at-Law will debut starting in July 2002.
  • 13 new episodes each of current series Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Sealab 2021 and The Brak Show.
  • 13 half-hour episodes of Mission Hill will premiere in May 2002.
  • 13 episodes of The Oblongs, a half-hour series that will premiere in July 2002.
  • The launch of the new Saturday night action edition of Adult Swim with premieres of animé series Yu Yu Hakusho, Gundam 0083 and Pilot Candidate.
  • New half-hour specials including Saddle Rash, Finkel Files, Penguins Behind Bars and Party Wagon.
<img border="0" src="" alt="Cartoon Network" align="right" hspace="5" vspace="3" width="150" height="41">     Cartoon Network ended 2001 with multiple new records for ratings and delivery of target audiences, along with best-ever performances of original series premieres and annual programming specials. Cartoon Network set new annual rating and delivery records-for both total day and prime-time with kids 2-11, kids 6-11 and adults 18-34. The network posted the largest year-to-year net total day delivery increase of any ad-supported basic cable network with adults 18-34 (+52,000), tweens 9-14 (+57,000), kids 6-11 (+91,000), kids 2-11 (+127,000) and boys 9-14 (+45,000). In prime time, Cartoon Network showed the largest prime time year-to-year net delivery gain of any ad-supported cable network with kids 6-11 (+114,000) and kids 2-11 (+163,000) and boys 9-14 (+38,000). In 2001, Cartoon Network launched four new original series, a new programming block that is boosting the network's appeal to adult audiences, and attracted record traffic to its Internet site,

     Cartoon Network, currently seen in 79.9 million U.S. homes and 145 countries around the world, is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.'s 24-hour, ad-supported cable service offering the best in animated entertainment. Drawing from the world's largest cartoon library, Cartoon Network also showcases unique original ventures such as The Powerpuff Girls, Dexter's Laboratory, Samurai Jack, Courage the Cowardly Dog, Ed, Edd n Eddy and other Cartoon Cartoons. Since its launch in 1992, Cartoon Network has remained one of ad-supported cable's highest-rated networks. Cartoon Network's Web site is located at (AOL Keyword: Cartoon Network).

     Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., an AOL Time Warner company, is a major producer of news and entertainment product around the world and the leading provider of programming for the basic cable industry.

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