Upfronts 2012: Cartoon Network Announces Seven New Series


New York -- At an upfront presentation here Wednesday celebrating its 20th anniversary, Cartoon Network unveiled announced a 2012-13 programming slate of seven new series, while touting its rank as the No. 1 channel for boys 6 to 11.

The new series include a sketch comedy show from Nick Cannon featuring a comedy troupe of teen stars; Annoying Orange, based on the YouTube sensation about an orange and his food pals on a range of adventures, will premiere in summer 2012; and DreamWorks' Dragons: The Series, based on the film How to Train Your Dragon, which debuts this fall.

Also on tap are a new animated series from the Ben 10 franchise called Ben 10: Omniverse; Beware the Batman, a new CG-animated take on the classic Dark Knight franchise; and the competition spinoff Total Drama: Revenge of the Island.

Cartoon Network has also inked a new partnership with Lego for a second series in 2013 following the success of Lego's recently launched CG-animated Ninjago.

The Turner-owned net also announced renewals for existing series Adventure Time, Regular Show, The Amazing World of Gumball, MAD and The Looney Tunes Show, as well as a second-season pick-up for the live-action comedy Level Up and a fifth campaign of Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

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