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This week, Cartoon Network formally announced their 2010/11 lineup for kids. These brand new shows (some of which have already started airing) represent a wide range of live action mysteries, cutting-edge animation, superheroes, and -- surprisingly -- sports-themed programming. To me, sports and cartoons go together like working out and eating pancakes, but maybe I just don't get enough Cartoon Network in my regular TV diet. Here's a preview:
The Looney Tunes Show
In this animated remake, the Looney Tunes gang -- including Bugs, Daffy, Taz, Speedy and Marvin -- has been re-imagined in CG-animation and transported to the suburbs instead of the woods. It'll also feature short music videos called "Merrie Melodies." I hope that doesn't mean Porky Pig on autotune.
It's your favorite D.C. superheroes, all growed-down. Watch teenagers Robin, Aqualad, Kid Flash, Superboy, Miss Martian, and Artemis fight for truth, for justice, and their acne away.
Run It Back Sunday
A one-hour remix of the NBA on TNT’s game of the week. Hey, while they're at it, can the same people make a 15-minute version of each week's American Idol?
A teenager who's been traveling with his globetrotting anthropologist parents moves back to America to attend a mystery-laden high school. Oh, and he's also a martial arts master! It’s Morphin Time!... Not.
A 15-year-old amnesiac is infected by nanites -- microscopic robots -- giving him the ability to grow useful machines out of his own body as if he were a walking Swiss army knife (see image above). Now he travels the world on his motor bike with his sidekick, a talking monkey named Bobo Haha. Think: Inspector Gadget meets Word Girl.
In this live action series, a rebellious teen is trapped in a mysterious prep school along with other students. Why are they there and what exactly are they being trained for? (Not exactly unusual questions for actual high school students).
In this animated teen adventure, three beings from a foreign planet crash on Earth. Mayhem involving their high school and giant robots ensues. Still, no Power Rangers.
Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated
In Scooby's 11th animated incarnation, Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy and Scooby-Doo investigate paranormal occurrences in their small tourist town, under the disapproving eyes of the local townspeople. Maybe they just don't like that eyesore of a van.
Total Drama World Tour
This half-hour continues the Total Drama "animated reality series" in which 17 kids are taken on challenges around the globe. This time they're also required to break spontaneously into song. It's like a cartoon hybrid of Glee and The Amazing Race.
Beyblade: Metal Fusion
A spin-off of the Beyblade anime series, this time with an astrological theme and all-new parts. Kinda like LaToya Jackson.
The Amazing Spiez
This spinoff of Totally Spies! has a different look than the original and includes a brand new group of spies from Southdale Junior High -- three boys and one girl. Looks like Southdale could use a better spelling teacher this year, though.
In this animated series, young flying aces compete against each other for glory and aerial domination. No worries -- this is not the grown-up version of Jay Jay the Jet Plane.
It's an animated MAD Magazine for kids, including trademark parodies and classic characters including Alfred E. Neuman and Spy vs. Spy. Will "What, me worry?" become the new kid catchphrase?
This animated series is about two teen outsiders adjusting to modern high school life. Doesn't sound all that original, huh. Oh, did I mention they're all robots?
Secret Mountain Fort Awesome
What sounds like a Matchbox racing set is actually an animated adventure in which not-too-bright underground monsters are unleashed in the real world and treated like second-class citizens. They have Herman Munster to thank for blazing the trail ahead of them.
Two groundskeepers, a blue jay, a raccoon, their gumball machine boss and a lollipop-headed man named Pops get through the day as best they can. Sounds regular enough, no? You have to love a show whose Wikipedia pilot episode summary begins: "While having breakfast, Mordecai and Rigby talk about the lack of furniture in each of their rooms..."
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