Cartoon Network announces its 2013-14 season lineup

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Update (9/22/13): I have a newer post outlining my thoughts on this season’s shows to date.Cartoon Network logo

Earlier today, Cartoon Network announced its revised lineup of shows for the 2013-2014 season. The full press release is available on Toonzone.

As for my thoughts on what’s available, let’s go with what’s new first:

  • Incredible Crew: a live-action show, replacing the now-apparently-cancelled (but unmissed) “Level Up.” A definite “pass,” plus I’ll reiterate my argument against live-action shows unrelated to animation being on Cartoon Network. No matter what CN’s execs may think, nobody will mistake Cartoon Network for the live-action-obsessed Disney Channel or Nickelodeon…
  • Steven Universe: Cartoon Network’s first show made by a solo female creator, this show is about some kid who’s a member of a team of magical Guardians of the Universe (no relation to Green Lantern’s Guardians, I’d assume). Might tune into this one…
  • Uncle Grandpa: Not sure what to make of this one, from the description. However, it sounds like a show about an actual adult character who isn’t a superhero, a rarity in TV animation outside of Fox/Adult Swim nowadays, and despite the massive success of Nickelodeon’s “SpongeBob,” which features a largely adult cast.
  • Clarence: Also not sure what to make of this one…though for some reason I keep thinking of “The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack”…
  • Teen Titans Go!: A new “Teen Titans” series based on the 2000s one, but with a comedic focus. Not to be confused by the comic of the same name (that was based on the old TV show). I’ll tune in for this one, since I liked the old show.
  • Beware the Batman: Yet Another Batman Show, this one features the Dark Knight’s adventures in CG. Here, Bats fights alongside heroine Katana and deals with various villains from the comics who I’d never expected to show up to TV (Anarky?! Magpie?!). I’ll tune into this one as well, though it’ll be nothing like “Brave and the Bold” (which I still miss), plus I’ll state again my wish for a new Superman animated series rather than Yet Another Batman Show.
  • Legends of Chima: Another LEGO-based adventure series. Not of interest to myself, but nice that Cartoon Network is having good luck with “Ninjago” and the like.
  • Grojband: A Canadian import, this one focuses on a 12-year-old front man—er, boy—for a garage rock band. From the producers of “Total Drama Island” and “6Teen.” I’ll be tuning in for this one.
  • The Tom and Jerry Show: A new series featuring the cat and mouse duo. While I wonder why another one so soon after “Tom and Jerry Tales,” I’ll just hope it’s more faithful to the characters than “The Looney Tunes Show,” which of course is setting a (very) low bar.
  • Total Drama All Stars: The newest “Total Drama” series, this one’s an “All-Star” edition just like “The Amazing Race,” which presumably means a mix of characters from previous seasons. Wonder how Chris got out of his situation at the end of the last season. I’ll be watching, just like I’ll be tuning into “Amazing Race”‘s newest season.

Coming back to Cartoon Network are the usual staples, including “Johnny Test,” “Pokemon,” and “The Looney Tunes Show.” Apparently nothing short of a meteor strike will kill off “Pokemon” (unfortunately), while “Johnny Test” should be finally toward the end of its run, since there’s nearly 100 episodes produced. While I’ve given up watching the show, at least “The Looney Tunes Show” has put Bugs and Daffy in front of a new generation of viewers.

Also of interest is a new “Powerpuff Girls” special, featuring Ringo Starr in a guest appearance. Hopefully this one will be entertaining, and live up to the classic series.

Among the shows being canceled are “Young Justice” and “Green Lantern: The Animated Series.” I’d wonder if “GL” would’ve done better if it had featured John Stewart alongside Hal in the series; instead, we got Guy Gardner, though at least he didn’t have his usual “Three Stooges” haircut. Meanwhile, I didn’t care for “Young Justice” at all, especially its takes on Superboy (“surly Wolverine/Hulk-wannabe” personality and all) and Superman (more “deadbeat Dad” stuff? I didn’t like it any better in “Superman Returns”…), so not sorry to see it go.

Overall, the new shows I noted above will give me something to look forward to on Cartoon Network, which I’ve largely not watched lately. Hopefully the new shows will be entertaining.

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  1. I would to see a new teen titans with more serious members added kid flash, wonder girl. aqud lad, Captain Marvel and Captain Marvel Jr, Mary Marvel, Batgirl, as full members, I would like to Super Friends with Superman, Batman, Night wing, Robin, Wonder Woman, Aqua man Flash, Green Lantern ,Hawk man Hawk girl, Super girl, I would like to see a show with Superman find out that his birth parents are alive.

  2. I would like to a show where it a cross over where spider man, superman, captain America , batman, wonder woman, storm. hulk, green lantern, wolverine, aqua man, quick silver, flash, he-man, bionic man called it clash of worlds where take on re united super villain groups. get Disney and Time Warmer show it on Cartoon Network and Disney

  3. The Teen Titian go It can of silly show, I would like them make more like little serious. They should make Called a new Teen Titan Show with Kid Flash, Wonder Girl, Super Boy, Aqua Lad, Night Wing, with some new war hawk son of hawk girl and green lantern.

  4. I like to see more super heroes cartoon shows, Why do something with flash maybe called flash forward it with golden age flash, flash, kid flash, Impulse,

  5. Teen Titan Go, Is kind to silly show, Why do a Teen Titian is so silly and make more like old cartoons in the 70’s and 80’s but a update version. Have kid flash, wonder girl, aqua lad, bat girl.

  6. I don’t care for the new line at all. Why not bring back the Justice League, Since Warner Brothers trying make live action movie. Have 10 members to the league. Americans Love there super heroes !

  7. I don’t care for the new line up, why bring back super heroes shows, Teen Justice wasn’t that good art work like it was back in 70’s or 80’s or 90’s. Bring it back to a new art form called New Teen Justice with members like Robin, Kid Flash, Impulse, Red Arrow, Wonder Girl, Martian Girl, Super Boy ( that have strength has Superman and can fly also.} Bat Girl, Beast Boy, Captain Marvel Junior, Mary Marvel Super Girl } This could be better show also. Take on Teen Crime Squad which be head by Joker Junior and Lex Luthor Jr. Kid Frost,.

  8. Has 53 years old woman I watch cartoons in 60’s 70’s 80’s. I think cartoon network shows aren’t that good no more. They lose there edges to new programing. Billions of Dollars was made from the Batman Movies, X Men Movies Wolverine Movies, Spiderman Movies, Iron Man Movies ,Avengers movie which the second most gross movie in the history of movies all time. American want to see more Super Heroes Cartoon series. Justice League, and Justice League Unlimted was great. Batman the bold and brave was kind of corn ball and Teen Titians was alright if do much corn ball jokes and Teen Titian Go is one of most silly shows I ever seen. Young Justice was poor art work and Green Lantern could have been done better, This 2013 not 1963. Bring some new heroes up. Why not have a spin off network called DC super heroes with showing old shows and new shows also. and show live old action shows also. and movies with dc superheroes also. Do better job ok cartoon network.

  9. I like to see them back the Flintstones and the Jetsons also. A update on Flintstones Fred is now the President of old company. Peebles still a baby and bam bam still a baby also. dino still love fred also. Barney is now Vice President at Fred Old Job. They argue over crazy things still. George Jeston started his own company rival too his old company and other company, Astro does not talk and Leroy he is still genius and Sister still one of top girls in high school and George wife now run a small company from home.

  10. I don’t like the shows so well, I like to bring back Saturday morning where you like get up and watch cartoons. I guess those days are long gone ?

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