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EXCLUSIVE: 'Supernatural' Gets Animated ... Sort Of

by Laura Prudom, posted Dec 1st 2011 10:00AM
'Supernatural' gets 'Mad'Apologies for the semi-misleading headline, 'Supernatural' fans -- sadly the show is not taking a page out of the 'Fringe' playbook and tackling a psychedelic animated episode; at least, not as far as we know. (Although there's always the anime series.)

But for those of you who take your Winchesters in 3D, 2D and heck, any way you can get them, AOL TV has an exclusive sneak peek at an upcoming 'MAD' episode, featuring Sam and Dean facing one of their most frightening foes yet: a teenage girl celebrating her Super(natural) Sweet Sixteen.

The parody airs next week (Mon., Dec. 5 at 8.30PM ET on Cartoon Network), but you can get a first look at the hilarious skit after the jump. Prepare to learn more than you ever wanted to know about Dean's taste in shoes ...

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EXCLUSIVE 'Star Wars: The Clone Wars' Season 4 Preview: Can the Jedi Prevent Civil War? (VIDEO)

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 14th 2011 1:00PM
Star Wars Clone Wars Season 4A civil war is on the horizon for the watery world of Mon Calamari, but the Jedi are on hand to help ... right?

In this exclusive preview of Cartoon Network's one-hour 'Star Wars: The Clone Wars' Season 4 premiere (Fri., Sept. 16, 8PM ET), Yoda and Mace Windu consult with Anakin Skywalker, Captain Ackbar (yep, he's not an admiral -- yet!) and Padme Amidala about the impending war. Can they stop it and protect the Mon Cala from the Quarren?

Check out the clip from 'Water War' below!

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'ThunderCats' Preview: Panthro's Back (And This Time, It's Personal)

by Laura Prudom, posted Aug 19th 2011 5:05PM
PanthroDie-hard fans have probably spent the last few weeks grumbling over the lack of loyal Panthro on the 'ThunderCats' roster, but the old favorite made a triumphant return in the final minutes of last week's episode.

There wasn't time to answer many questions in the last installment, but tonight's episode, 'Old Friends,' will fill in plenty of gaps, utilizing flashbacks to great effect to give us a brief history of Panthro's journey.

If you haven't had a chance to watch yet, tonight is a great starting point, since you'll get all the backstory in one handy bite.

Join us after the jump for some highlights from tonight's episode. Light spoilers ahead!

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'ThunderCats' Premiere: Five Things You Should Know About The New Show

by Laura Prudom, posted Jul 29th 2011 3:00PM
Lion-O'ThunderCats' HOOOOOO!

Sorry, I just had to get that out of my system. It's been 20 years since the intrepid inhabitants of Thundera last roared across our screens (yes, the original series ended in 1989), and since then, 'ThunderCats' has lived on in the minds of nostalgic Gen X-ers and millennials through T-shirts and trips to YouTube, gone and mostly forgotten.

Our memories may be forgiving, but the well-intentioned series doesn't exactly hold up to repeat views (select episodes are available on KidsWB.com, if you're curious) and the campy costumes and earnest dialogue seemed long overdue for an update. Cartoon Network has taken up the task, turning to Studio 4°C, the animation house behind portions of the 'Batman: Gotham Knight' and 'Animatrix' movies to update the visuals. The tone is darker, the story more focused and relatable, and the dynamics between characters have shifted to reveal new conflicts that will drive the narrative. All in all, it's nothing to Snarf at.

Join us after the jump for our take on the new series, including five facts you should know before watching. Mild spoilers ahead.

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EXCLUSIVE Preview of 'Green Lantern: The Animated Series' Sizzle Reel (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jul 21st 2011 8:00AM
What's that, comic book fans? You were expecting a little more from that Ryan Reynolds-helmed 'Green Lantern' movie? Perhaps a little animation might do the trick.

Warner Bros. Animation is bringing the Green Lantern to TV in an all-new CG animated action series for Cartoon Network, 'Green Lantern: The Animated Series,' coming in 2012. Yes, we know that's a very long time to wait to see Hal Jordan, Kilowog, Salaak and crew fighting off Red Lantern Corps invasions on the Guardian Frontier. That's why we've got an exclusive sneak peek, featuring those fan-favorite characters and more, just for you.



Before the sizzle reel for this latest incarnation of the DC Comics superhero is unveiled at Comic-Con on Friday, check out a preview of it right here.

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'ThunderCats': Sneak Peek of the New Series (VIDEO)

by Chris Harnick, posted Jul 11th 2011 10:15AM
ThunderCatsDo you hear that roll of thunder? It's not an approaching storm, it's Lion-O's roar! OK, what you're really here for is the 9-minute leaked preview of 'ThunderCats,' not terribly awful 'ThunderCats' jokes.

In the new preview, Lion-O meets Cheetara, there's some Snarf action -- you can rest easy with that knowledge -- Tygra does some whipping and so much more. With all of this squeezed into a very brief clip, you can imagine how action-packed the actual premiere will be when it airs on Cartoon Network on July 29 at 8PM.

Meet the new (younger) ThunderCats in the preview below. Hat tip to Screen Rant for the video embed.

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'The Looney Tunes Show' Producers Tease Bugs and Daffy's Modern Makeover

by Laura Prudom, posted May 2nd 2011 4:00PM
Bugs Bunny and Daffy DuckFew cartoon characters can boast the name recognition or audience appeal of that infamous wascally wabbit Bugs Bunny, but it's been a long road for the folks at Warner Bros. Animation to get him and the rest of the 'Looney Tunes' gang back on our screens. We've seen them in baby form, variety shows, basketball movies and computer games, but at 8PM ET on May 3, we'll see Bugs and Daffy as we've never seen them before: in a suburban sitcom on Cartoon Network.

Last month, AOL TV was invited to a preview of 'The Looney Tunes Show' at Warner Bros. Animation in Burbank, and we had the opportunity to sit down with the series' writers, Hugh Davidson and Rachel Ramras, producers Tony Cervone and Spike Brandt, and character designer Jessica Borutski to find out how they approached the task of updating such iconic characters for a new generation.

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Charlie Sheen Lawsuit to Go Forward in Arbitration, New 'Torchwood' Season Gets U.S. Premiere Date and More TV News

by Jean Bentley, posted Mar 23rd 2011 6:30PM
Charlie SheenDespite Charlie Sheen's best attempts, the star's lawsuit against CBS will go forward in arbitration.

Sheen had filed an injunction to get the dispute settled in court, but according to Entertainment Weekly, a judge ruled that the case can continue in private arbitration as his contract with Warner Bros. stipulates, saving us from a very public court battle.

Instead, we'll just have to rely on inside sources and Sheen's frequent rants to inform us of the progress.

In other TV news ...

Want more Zach Galifianakis on your TV screen? You're in luck: the comedian has signed a deal with HBO and has also co-written a new show for the network. [Deadline]

'Torchwood: Miracle Day' has gotten its U.S. premiere date. The fourth season of the British series will debut on Starz Fri., July 8. [TV Line]

The 'Modern Family' cast is about to get intimate with James Lipton. The six adult leads will all appear on Bravo's 'Inside the Actor's Studio' in an episode that will tape May 16. [EW]

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Advance Review: 'Young Justice' Offers Super New Twists in Episode 3

by Laura Prudom, posted Jan 21st 2011 5:45PM
Superboy, Robin, Kid FlashCartoon Network and Warner Bros. animation have been delivering excellent comic book-based series for over a decade, and many fans have been awaiting the arrival of their latest superhero offering, 'Young Justice,' with bated breath.

The show premiered with an hour-long special event back in November (which we reviewed here) and garnered critical acclaim and super-sized ratings for Cartoon Network, scoring 2.5 million viewers and outperforming the rest of the network's programming.

Those first two episodes were repeated over the last two weeks, but tonight's episode, 'Welcome to Happy Harbor' is the first all-new episode we've seen since that November debut. Join us after the jump for our thoughts.

Light spoilers ahead.

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Cartoon Network Succeeds By Staying True to Itself

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 16th 2011 10:00AM
Alfred E. Neuman, the cover boy of Just about every major cable network seems to have abandoned their original, core genre for bland, unoriginal shows that barely fit their format.

VH1, formerly "Video Hits No. 1," has more sleazy reality shows on their lineup than the Fox Reality Channel. A&E focuses less and less on the "arts" and airs stuff that's barely "entertainment." MTV got so tired of people complaining that they didn't air music videos that they actually took the "music" out of their name.

And while this isn't true for EVERY channel on the dial (although Comedy Central came close when it picked up a show where robots fought each other and it wasn't an elaborate sketch written by Demetri Martin), it has since become a sad fact of TV life. One network, however, has proven that if you stick to what you do and know best, you'll smash the competition.

That network is Cartoon Network

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Family TV Round-Up: 'Sesame Street' goes back to China, A New Nickelodeon Series and More

by Rich Keller, posted Dec 17th 2010 4:30PM
Big Bird returns to China in a new set of shows spoken in Mandarin ChineseWelcome to the Family TV Round-Up, a recap of all kid-friendly programming across the television universe. We'll sum up all the news related to children's programming, as well as profile the people and shows that your kids, tweens and teens are talking about.

Back in 1983, the Children's Television Workshop (now Sesame Workshop) and China Central Television worked in conjunction to produce 'Big Bird in China,' a primetime special that aired on NBC.

In the special, Big Bird and the big dog known as Barkley travel through the country to find the Phoenix bird. Highlights of the show featured Big Bird walking across the Great Wall of China as well as strolling around the city of Beijing.

Twenty-seven years later, Big Bird is making a return to the country and bringing some new friends to boot.

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Preview: Cartoon Network's 'Young Justice' is More Superhero than Sidekick

by Laura Prudom, posted Nov 26th 2010 12:36PM
We all know that it's not easy being green, but apparently it's even tougher being a superhero's sidekick. (Don't even get us started on being a superhero's sidekick and being green, like one of the stars of 'Young Justice'.)

If you're a fan of the various animated shows that DC and Warner Bros. have created over the past two decades, chances are that 'Young Justice' was already on your radar -- or maybe this is the first you're hearing about the super new series, an energetic take on some familiar -- and lesser known -- teenage heroes such as Robin, Kid Flash, Aqualad, Superboy, Miss Martian and Artemis. Similar in tone to the superb 'Justice League Unlimited' but focusing more on the 'Teen Titans' generation, 'Young Justice' is certain to appeal to fervent DC fans and newcomers alike.

TV Squad was lucky enough to land an advanced screener of the one-hour pilot event airing tonight (Friday, Nov. 26) at 7PM ET on Cartoon Network. Join us after the jump for our advanced review -- there will be light spoilers, but nothing to ruin your enjoyment of the show.

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Cartoon Network Revives 'Hole in the Wall' ... And Other Game Show Mistakes

by Scott Harris, posted Jul 21st 2010 11:32AM
It's one of the better trends of modern television: networks stepping in to rescue canceled shows. DirecTV, for instance, recently saved the critically acclaimed FX series 'Damages' from certain doom, while Comedy Central brought cult favorite 'Futurama' back from the dustbin of history. And most famously, of course, Fox corrected its own mistake by bringing back 'Family Guy' after a massive fan outcry that lasted years. Yes, these days, quality, popular series will often get a second lease on life.

And apparently that's also the case for unpopular nonsense.

Yes, it's hard to believe, but as we mentioned yesterday, The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Cartoon Network has decided to revive the decidedly unacclaimed and short-lived Fox game show 'Hole in the Wall.' That show, you may recall, features people on a giant treadmill who have to contort themselves, Tetris-style, to fit through cutouts in a series of rapidly approaching walls.

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Cartoon Network Drops Movie Deal With Weird Al Yankovic

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jul 13th 2010 7:00PM
Weird Al YankovicComic musician and accordion auteur "Weird Al" Yankovic scored a deal with Cartoon Network that sounded sweeter than the divine resurrection of Allen Sherman.

The deal came with the opportunity to do a feature film with a mainstream release and if the movie struck gold, the network would consider moving him into something more permanent on their network. Of course, when you're dealing with major broadcast networks, there's always a third option that never seems to come up during the negotiation stage: getting the rug pulled out from underneath you.

Yankovic posted a message on his Wordpress blog announcing that the deal is officially in the can -- the garbage can, that is. It seems that Cartoon Network decided not to get into the feature film business, a decision that shut down a number of projects in development including the Weird one's, um, one.

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Animated 'Green Lantern' Coming to Cartoon Network

by Chris Jordan, posted May 27th 2010 7:06PM
Comic book fans will get a double jolt of Green Lantern's power ring next year when a new animated Green Lantern series debuts in the fall of 2011 on the Cartoon Network, right after the theatrical release of the big-screen version of the superhero, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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