Cartoon Network USA Announces 2015-2016 Programming Slate

We Bare Bears

Today (19/02/2015), Cartoon Network USA has announced their new programming for the next 12 months, including new and returning shows.

One of Cartoon Network’s new shows is We Bare Bears, a comedy about three bears trying to integrate into human society. Also in production is a digital series called Mighty Magiswords, a show about a brother-and-sister team of “warriors for hire”. The Powerpuff Girls will be rebooted and back on screens in 2016.

After the popularity and success of Over The Garden Wall, Cartoon Network has green-lit another miniseries called Long Live the Royals, based on the animated short created by Regular Show’s co-supervisor director, Sean Szeles. An crossover episode of Uncle Grandpa and Steven Universe has also been announced to broadcast sometime in the 2015-2016 season, Adventure Time will have a multi-part series and Regular Show will have a TV movie. All of the aforementioned shows are produced by Cartoon Network Studios.

New acquired programming that will air on the channel during 2015-2016 include: Total Drama Presents: The Ridonculous Race, Transformers: Robots in Disguise and Supernoobs.

The following shows will continue on Cartoon Network USA throughout the 2015-2016 season: Adventure Time, The Amazing World of Gumball, Clarence, Regular Show, Teen Titans GO!, Uncle Grandpa, Steven Universe, Mixels, LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu, Pokémon the Series: XY and Sonic Boom.

Cartoon Network Signs Deal With Spin Master For Powerpuff Girls Toys

Powerpuff Girls New Design

Cartoon Network has signed a toy deal with Spin Master to manufacture Powerpuff Girls toys for the 2016 reboot of the animated series. The toy deal will allow Spin Master to create toys including plush, figures and playsets, dolls remote control toys, and novelty items. The product range will start rolling out to stores in the 3rd Quarter of 2016.

Pete Yoder, vice president, Cartoon Network Enterprises, North America made this statement in regards with the deal with Spin Master:

“As we build our roster of partners to launch The Powerpuff Girls licensing programme and introduce a new generation of fans to this cherished franchise, Spin Master embodies the qualities we’re looking to infuse into our products. Working together, we’ve seen firsthand the level of innovation and excitement they bring to their products, and we’re confident that through play, The Powerpuff Girls toy line will empower fans of all ages to believe that like Bubbles, Blossom and Buttercup, they, too, can save the world before bedtime.”

Craig Sims, Spin Master’s vice president global licensing also commented about the Powerpuff Girls toy deal:

“The partnership between The Powerpuff Girls and Spin Master strengthens our strategic relationship with Cartoon Network that began with the launch of the award-winning Bakugan brand in 2008 and is the perfect brand to continue pushing the boundaries of fun for our consumers. Together, we’re creating unexpected and highly interactive play experiences you won’t find anywhere else.”

Cartoon Network Books Imprint By Penguin

Adventure Time Mad Libs

Cartoon Network is launching a book imprint (or sub-brand) with Penguin Young Readers Group in summer 2015.

Under the brand of Cartoon Network Books, the imprint will publish Mad Libs, novels and chapter books, activity and doodle formats, nonfiction handbooks, gift sets and kits. The 2015 launch will also feature books based on Uncle Grandpa, Steven Universe and Clarence, the upcoming We Bare Bears, and the return of The Powerpuff Girls in 2016. Penguin has already published books for Cartoon Network for Adventure Time, Regular Show and The Amazing World of Gumball.

Francesco Sedita, the president and publisher of Grosset and Dunlap, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group made this statement:

“We’ve seen tremendous success and growth with our Cartoon Network publishing program, so it was a natural next step to truly hold hands with Cartoon Network on a dedicated imprint. There’s just so much creativity and fun that happens when we all sit down together. And our mission is clear: To make awesome books for every child—every type of reader. That is most important to the both of us.”

Pete Yoder, the VP of consumer products for North America at Cartoon Network Enterprises made this statement regarding the deal:

“Publishing plays a vitally important role in the success of our consumer products programs, and Penguin has been a valuable partner in creating engaging books that capture the fun and humor of our characters and shows,” said . “This dedicated imprint and expanded partnership will allow us to continue to tell great stories with our brands within the pages of our books.”