CN slows its slide into the live-action abyss and makes some new 'toons.
Cartoon Network announced greenlights for two new original comedy animated series, Regular Show and Horrorbots, in addition to a picking up more episodes of The Marvelous MisAdventures of Flapjack and additional writing for Adventure Time.
Regular Show is created by J. G. Quintel and was developed as a short for Cartoon Network's Cartoonstitute ... Two bored groundskeepers, Mordecai ... and Rigby ... are best friends who spend their days trying to entertain themselves by any means necessary ...
Horrorbots tells the story of Thrasher and Blastus, two outsider teenage droids who are only slightly less horrific than the ultra-powerful robots that populate their planet, Killglobe. Now they face their greatest challenge yet: high school ...
Back before I flew off to Florida, a Cartoon Network employee told me: "One of the top Turner execs told some people here 'Gee, animation has a long shelf life and is cheaper to do than most of our live action stuff. Maybe CN should be doing more of it.'"
That's why Turner and Time-Warner pays the big bucks to their execs. You smack them in the head with the obvious, and sooner or later they pick up on it. With any luck ... and a few more live action shows going belly up in the ratings ... Cartoon Network might get back to its roots.
I'm informed some other series might sprout from the Cartoonstitute. This would be a good thing, because frankly, CN morphing itself into an under-powered imitation of the Disney Channel is a short-sighted and ultimately self-defeating business model.