Cartoon Network will jump into the awards show arena in 2011 with the launch of a sports-centric gala, the network announced during its upfront presentation Wednesday in New York.
The Cartoon Network's All Of Game awards event is one of more than 20 new live-action and animated series and events the network will roll out over the next year to its core boys 6 to 11 audience, according to Cartoon officials.
"This year we're delivering and adding great brands and beloved franchises that represent the breadth and scope of Cartoon Network's ongoing evolution," said Stuart Snyder, president and chief operating officer of Turner Broadcasting's Animation, Young Adults and Kids Media division.
Hall Of Game, set to debut February 2001, will honor the best sports stars and sports moments of the year as chosen by the viewers, according The network will stay on the sports field with several other series including My Dad's A Pro, a short-form series which follows the life of Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez and his 8 year-old son Nikko; and Run It Back Sunday, a weekly series which remixes sister network TNT's Thursday night NBA game of the week into a one-hour telecast complete with fun facts and analysis, said Snyder.
Cartoon Network will delve further into the live-action series space with Unnatural History, a comedy mystery series that follows the exploits of an exceptional skills teenager who attends high school on the grounds of The National Museum Complex in Washington D.C.; Tower Prep, a one-hour series about a teen who wakes up trapped at a mysterious prep school that offers no escape, according to network officials.
The network will also offer a live action sequel to its record setting Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins movie in fall of 2010.
The Mystery Inc. gang will also be the subject of a new animated series dubbed Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated. Other new animated series/pilots include The Looney Tunes Show, which resurrects the classic cartoon characters Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck; Robotomy; about two teenage droids interacting among human kids in high school; Secret Mountain Fort Awesome, which follows underground monsters shunned by humans; Young Justice, a takeoff on cartoon's Justice League that showcases several teen super heroes trying to earn their stripes: and Mad, a sketch comedy produced in part by Mad magazine.
Animated pilots in development include Krog, which focuses on monsters bent on taking over the world disguised as a costume music band; Ben 10: Ultimate Alien, a spinoff of Cartoon's successful Ben 10 franchise; Generator Rex, which follows teen super agent trying to live a double life in high school; and Sym-Bionic Titan, which examines the lives of three alien teenagers set to protect earth from evil aliens. Movies such as the animated comedy Lords Of Bad Axe; and the CG animated Firebreather are also on tap for the network.
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