CN rolls out its slate. Among the newer offerings:
The Problem Solvers
Secret Mountain of Fort Awesom
The Amazing World of Gumball
New Ben 10 Series
How to Train Your Dragon
RedaKai: Conquer the Kairu
Warner Bros. Animation has got a lot of super hero shows coming to CN, among them a Green Lantern series in c.g.i. (Warners' staffers told me Bruce Timm, the DC maestro at WB Animation, has had a long-time preference for hand-drawn animation, but liked what he was seeing with the CG Lantern.)
Cartoon Network and WBA have started to develop some synergy between them, something avoided by the Time-Warner in the past. (I could never quite understand why the two studios didn't work more closely to complement one another, but CN is controlled from Atlanta and Warner Bros. Animation is run out of Burbank, so what can a body do? If the Big Conglomerate doesn't want to maximize its animated assets, you can't stop it.)
Unlike Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network isn't doing the DreamWorks' series spinoff How to Train Your Dragon at its Burbank Studio. Word reaches us that C.G.I. development is being done by Wildbrain in Sherman Oaks. And Sym-Bionic Titan, Genndy Tartakovsky's adventure show that premiered last Fall, is wrapping up its last episodes. As a Cartoon Networker told me:
"Genddy's moved on to Sony Pictures Animation. Titan got competitive ratings with other action shows, but what shut it down was it didn't have enough toys connected to it. If you don't have the, the studios don't want to renew for another season."
But it's good to see Cartoon Network commit to so many cartoon shows. (It was getting depressing with all the live-action flooding onto the network. At least now the flood has diminished.) And even though some of the shows are done in studios far from Burbank, it's nice to see les animations resurge at the production house that's got "cartoon" as part of its name.
(The L.A. Times has a story on Cartoon Network new schedule of shows here.)