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Turner Broadcasting presents 2014 kids’ slate

Published on: 10th March 2014

Turner Broadcasting revealed its 2014 programming slate at a media showcase event held at The Soho Hotel in London.TJ_logo300

Uncle Grandpa is a brand new original animated comedy from Cartoon Network Studios, which premieres Monday 14th April. The show centres on a ‘magical’ uncle and grandpa who travels the world in an RV and is voiced by Pete Browngardt.

Steven Universe is a brand new original animated comedy from Cartoon Network Studios, which premieres 12th May at 5.30pm. The show is about the misadventures of a boy named Steven, created by artist, composer and director Rebecca Sugar, best known for writing and storyboarding for Adventure Time and who is the first woman to create a show for Cartoon Network.

Clarence is the third brand new animated comedy from Cartoon Network Studios, set to premiere later in 2014, based on a regular kid who turns every day into a thrilling adventure. The show is created by Skyler Page, who at age 24 is the youngest creator to be given his own show.

Warner Brothers’ Animation Studios’ Teen Titans Go! premieres this April on Cartoon Network. The character-driven comedy focuses on the antics that happen in between saving the world and living without adult supervision.

The broadcaster also announced it will air the brand new series of The Tom and Jerry Show on Boomerang from 12th April. Also premiering on Boomerang in June is a special episode of The Powerpuff Girls – Dance Pantsed – guest starring Beatles drummer Ringo Starr performing the original music video and song ‘I wish I was a Powerpuff Girl’.

The third series of multi-award-winning The Amazing World of Gumball launches on Cartoon Network in September 2014. The channel sees returning favourites including: Adventure Time, Regular Show, Ben 10 Omniverseand Dreamworks Dragons: Defenders of Berk and more.

Presenting at the event, Anthony Lukom, Turner UK’s managing director, revealed that 2013 was the best year for Turner’s kids’ channels for a decade, with Cartoon Network beating its nearest competitor for the first time since 1999 and posting an 80% year-on-year ratings increase, placing it as the number one commercial kids’ channel for boys. Second flagship channel Boomerang’s ratings are up 9% year on year and it is the number two pay TV channel for kids aged 4-9.

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