Archive for March, 2012
Hi fans Gene Scallop here! Here’s what’s topping today!
What luck! Cartoon Network’s ratings have improved again for the 6th week in a row! And to show for it, the network has released its summer and fall schedule with new and returning shows. Here’s the big 20th anniversary package just released today:
Cartoon Network Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Ratings Growth and
a New Generation of Content for a New Generation of Kids
The #1 Network with Boys 6-11 Announces Slate of New and Returning Series
Cartoon Network.com Ranks as #1 Domain in Kids Category
Celebrating its 20th Anniversary, along with double-digit growth and its #1 status with boys 6-11 on all of television, Cartoon Network announced today several new and returning series to its programming line-up.
Having its best first quarter with kids in prime in five years (up 28% vs. 2011) and showing the most gains compared to the competition in the kids space, the network’s afternoon Upfront presentation held at New York’s Roseland Ballroom paid tribute to the past and present with a full orchestra playing classic Cartoon Network television theme songs and live performances from the creative talent behind the hit animated comedy series Adventure Time and Regular Show.
Announcements included a new sketch comedy show from entertainer Nick Cannon; the world premiere of DreamWorks Dragons: The Series, based on the critically-acclaimed feature film, How to Train Your Dragon; an original series based on Web sensation, Annoying Orange; a brand new animated series from the global franchise powerhouse, Ben 10: Omniverse; and a new CG-animated series from Warner Bros. Animation, Beware The Batman. Also, on the heels of the hugely successful Ninjago launch in 2011—currently the #1 show across 1st Quarter 2012 with all boys—a new partnership with LEGO for a second series was announced by the network as it continues to build on its slate of diverse content.
“We are executing a brand vision and content strategy that is fueling tremendous results for Cartoon Network,” said Stuart Snyder, president and chief operating officer, Turner Broadcasting’s Animation, Young Adults and Kids Media (AYAKM). “Today, with a re-invented and thriving prime time, along with overall double-digit growth in total day, we are building the kind of momentum that is making this a great 20th anniversary.”
Ranking #1 in early evening prime time (7-9 p.m.) among boys 6-11 throughout 1st Quarter this year, Cartoon Network also announced new upcoming seasons of its original hit animated comedy series Adventure Time, Regular Show, The Amazing World of Gumball, MAD and The Looney Tunes Show. A 2nd season pick-up for the live-action comedy series Level Up, which debuted as the most watched live-action series in the network’s history, and a 5th season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, also was announced.
Combined with top-performing acquisitions and specials, these programming anchors not only fueled 2011’s prime time performance as Cartoon Network’s most-watched in five years, they also set the stage for a record breaking first quarter in 2012. New seasons for more than a dozen additional series also will premiere across the 2012-13 programming timeframe.
“For 20 years, Cartoon Network has cultivated truly original voices from a diverse array of artists and producers, making us the great alternative to everything else out there,” said Rob Sorcher, chief content officer for Cartoon Network. “Cartoon Network Studios has grown to become the most supportive and creative environment for a new generation of creators.”
Cartoon Network also announced its ongoing commitment to its shorts program with ten original 7-minute shorts to be produced this year with a wholly dedicated production unit at Cartoon Network Studios. With production already underway on many of these projects, this continuing investment in diverse and unique talent has resulted in many of the network’s hit animated series.
Additionally, the network revealed that a third Cartoon Network Hall of Game Awards special has been slated for early 2013. The second annual telecast (Feb. 20, 2012), hosted by Shaquille O’Neal, ranked as the #1 program of the day among all boy demos, and out-performed the inaugural Hall of Game special by double and triple-digits—between 64% and 103%—across all kid and boy demos. Online voting for the celebrity sports awards also nearly tripled in participation, from 37 million votes in 2011 to more than 100 million votes in 2012.
“Cartoon Network enters into the upfront season with strong momentum and a programming foundation that is resonating with our audience, as well as advertisers,” said John O’Hara, executive vice president and general sales manager, Cartoon Network. “The ad sales team is committed to developing ideas that extend the reach of an advertiser’s message and connects their brands across multiple screens with an engaged audience. As brands look to deliver measurable return on their investment, we believe it’s a good time to reassess plans and for advertisers to strategically increase their media budgets with Cartoon Network.”
Building off of the success of Cartoon Network.com ranking as the #1 domain in the kids category among kids 6-11*, the network announced that its next big foray into on-line gaming would be the global roll-out of Formula Cartoon, a huge on-line racing game which will let players race against their friends or favorite Cartoon Network characters.
* Source: Data from comScore Media Metrix run on domain level for Unique Visitors age 6-11 in the Media – Entertainment – Kids category for the February 2012 reporting period
Further details of Cartoon Network’s programming announcements include the following:
CARTOON NETWORK NEW SERIES
Nick Cannon Sketch Comedy Series: The series is a live-action, half-hour, sketch comedy show rooted in raw mischief, high energy and slapstick humor. You’ll never know what will happen next! Some of the silliest kids you know will make up this wild comedy troupe led by teen stars Jeremy Shada (Adventure Time), Brandon Soo Hoo (Enders Game, Tropic Thunder), Shameik Moore (Joyful Noise), Shauna Case (American Horror Story) and Chanelle Peloso (Level Up). Nick Cannon will bring the funny as creator and executive producer along with executive producers Michael Goldman and Scott Tomlinson. The series is being produced by Cartoon Network Studios in association with NCredible Entertainment.
Annoying Orange: Boasting more than 1 billion YouTube online views to date, Annoying Orange is the Web sensation transformed into a new television series that follows Orange and his buddies as they go on a wide range of adventures that take them from the fruit stand to parts unknown and everything in between. The television series was developed and will be produced by The Collective. Dane Boedigheimer co-created the television series with Tom Sheppard (Emmy Award-winning writer for Pinky and the Brain). Conrad Vernon (director of Madagascar 3 and Monsters vs. Aliens) will serve as executive producer for the series along with Gary Binkow and Dan Weinstein of The Collective. The series will premiere on Cartoon Network this summer.
DreamWorks Dragons: The Series: Picking up where the critically-acclaimed feature film, How to Train Your Dragon, left off, this weekly animated series follows the continuing adventures of Hiccup and his dragon Toothless on the island of Berk, along with the band of dragon trainers, all of whom now have dragons of their own!
Through their training, the kids are finding out the cool things dragons can do. Not only will they learn more about their dragons, they’ll also discover new ones and battle against enemies as they explore worlds they never dreamed existed. In addition, the talented cast from the feature film—Jay Baruchel (Hiccup), America Ferrera (Astrid), Christopher Mitz-Plasse (Fishlegs) and T.J. Miller (Tuffnut)—will lend their voices to the series, which is produced by DreamWorks Animation and premieres this fall.
New LEGO Project: Following the instant ratings success of the CG-animated Ninjago, LEGO and Cartoon Network plan to expand their partnership with an all-new series from LEGO for 2013.
Ben 10: Omniverse: In the brand-new animated series, Ben 10: Omniverse, Ben will have a new character design that pays homage to his past, and he’ll have a whole new batch of aliens to battle. Beating the bad guys is just part of the superhero gig. With a little help from his new, by-the-book rookie partner, Ben explores the quirkier side of things in the alien underground and discovers enemies from his past looking for a re-match, all while a mysterious hunter is hot on his trail! With 10 new aliens at his disposal and a brand new lease on life, Ben 10 is back and more fun than ever! Matt Youngberg is supervising producer for the series, which will premiere on Cartoon Network this fall.
Ben 10 is Cartoon Network’s most successful original global franchise. Since the premiere of the original Ben 10 series, created by Man of Action Studios, in 2006, the franchise has spawned four animated series, one animated movie, two live-action movies, a CG movie, a feature film currently in development, a widely-popular consumer products line and has captured the imaginations of viewers on a worldwide scale.
Beware the Batman: A cool, new take on the classic Dark Knight franchise, Beware the Batman incorporates Batman’s core characters with a rogues gallery of new villains not previously seen in animated form. Along with backup from ex-secret agent Alfred and lethal swordstress Katana, the Dark Knight faces the twisted machinations of Gotham City’s criminal underworld led by the likes of Anarky, Professor Pyg, Mister Toad and Magpie. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, this action-packed detective thriller deftly redefines what we have come to know as a “Batman show.” Featuring cutting-edge CGI visuals to match the intricate twists and turns of the narrative, Batman steps out of the shadows and into the spotlight for an entirely new generation of fans. With WBA’s Sam Register executive producing, and Batman Beyond’s Glen Murakami and Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated’s Mitch Watson producing, Beware the Batman, based on characters from DC Comics, is coming soon to Cartoon Network!
Total Drama: Revenge of the Island: It’s back to the island where Total Drama began with an all-new cast! Since the series’ host Chris took the show worldwide, Camp Wawanakwa has been abandoned and turned into a toxic nuclear waste dump—the perfect place for new and painful, cringe-inducing challenges! Fighting for the million dollar prize are thirteen wild new players. Total Drama: Revenge of the Island is produced by Fresh TV and will premiere on Cartoon Network this summer.
SPECIALS AND MOVIES
Cartoon Network Hall of Game Awards: Hall of Game is Cartoon Network’s signature venture into the broadcast awards arena, created and produced in association with IMG Media, the production arm of global sports, entertainment and media company, IMG. This high-energy, multi-platform experience lets viewers decide who’s got game, by honoring their favorite sports stars and sports moments of the year. From the red carpet, to the never-before-seen stunts and surprises on stage, this unconventional celebration in 2013 will be led by a celebrity host and feature icons from television, film, music and sports, as kids experience an evening of humor and fun at the most raucous and biggest sports awards show ever presented on television.
The Amazing World of Gumball
The Looney Tunes Show
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Green Lantern: The Animated Series
Almost Naked Animals
Casper’s Scare School
In other gossip news, Lions gate which released Wallace and Gromit’s World of Invention, is planning to release Power Rangers Samurai on DVD. Here’s the scoop!
Lions gate has signed a deal to distribute Saban Brands’ “Power Rangers Samurai,” the current incarnation of the long-running children’s action series. Under the multiyear agreement, Lions gate obtains all DVD and Blu-ray rights, as well as multiple digital rights for “Power Rangers Samurai,” which has aired on Nickelodeon since 2011. The second season, “Power Rangers Super Samurai,” premiered in February.
The first releases under the deal, Power Rangers Samurai Vol. 1: The Team Unites and Power Rangers Samurai Vol. 2: A New Enemy, arrive on DVD and digital download June 19.
Lions gate also acquired the distribution rights to two “Power Rangers” Christmas and Halloween specials, and a “Power Rangers” movie special.
Saban recently signed a deal with Shout! Factory to distribute other shows in its catalog, including the earlier “Power Rangers” series that aired from 1993 to 2009.
Let’s check on the Penguins petition:
There’s 780 signatures on the dotted line so far, 10 more than last time. As it creeps on by, many fans are preparing for a new episode of Penguins this Saturday as part of our KCA coverage. Which reminds me, be sure to tune in this Saturday morning for all of the action leading up to the 2012 KCA’s Until next time in April, I’ll be seeing you in KCA HQ for all highlights and analysis!
The KCA’s are approaching fast as it enters its final week and The Hunger Games outlast the Twilight movies
Hello there KCA fans, I’m Realistic Fish Head coming to you from KCA HQ! It’s the last week to vote for your favorites at the KCA supersite! It’s been getting hotter since the nominees were announced at the beginning of this month. And thanks to you kids, your favorites could be winners at the most important event in toon history!
Before we unveil this weekend’s KCA lineup, let’s check on the Penguins petition tally with Gene Scallop!
Gene: Hello again fans! Topping today is the Penguins of Madagascar petition. We were in the 800’s last time, now we’re in the 700’s as 791 are left to sign their names with 1,209 signatures altogether. By the looks of this number, there should be more of them this week as it progresses. Some predictions say that the petition will be approved, but the show says “no way” saying that Madagascar 3, the movie which features Alex and the zoosters along with the flightless spies, will find out whether they’ll return to Central Park Zoo. As for the show, they’ve still have kept their word on the Penguins’ 3rd season and most importantly, their final mission. Let’s hope DreamWorks has it right!
The fans have spoken! The Hunger Games, which hooked up with 19.75 million smackers on its midnight screening, has increased up to 155 million smackers beating out box office expectations and predictions! The big win trumps the Twilight Saga as it tops the box office this week making it the 4th best opening weekend in Lion gate’s history, making it officially the 5th best non sequel. It also beat Warner Bros. first 2 Dark Knight prequels putting them at 2nd best, and thus making March the biggest opening in box office history.
This puts 21 Jump Street at 2nd, The Lorax in 3rd, John Carter in 4th, and Act of Valor in 5th. If Monday’s calculations are right, then we may be in for the best summer movie marathon this year, which could rebound from last summer. You’ll see why in my summer movie preview coming soon. but for now, let’s head back to Fish Head.
Breaking news! Alien jellyfish are planning an invasion as they are prepared to invade Bikini Bottom! As a swarm of them are headed towards downtown, they’re on the hunt as they target SpongeBob’s best friends! Our valiant hero must find a way to stop the alien menace before it turns into a nightmare! The swarm continues into Central Park Zoo as well as a space squid threatens to immobilize our heroes! Can Lemmy the robot lemur keep the the tentacle fiend at bay?
Don’t miss the action this Saturday morning with brand new episodes of SpongeBob, Penguins, and Power Rangers Super Samurai!
As we get you ready for the 2012 KCA’s, this is Realistic Fish Head saying, so long from KCA HQ!
The Penguins petition reaches the halfway mark while the Angry Birds reach the heavens. Meanwhile, Peabody and Sherman prepare to fix history
Hi again folks, Gene Scallop here! Let’s see what’s on top today!
The petition for a 4th season of the Penguins is halfway to its goal of 2,000 signatures on the dotted line as many as hundreds of watchers and viewers piled in some help as of early this morning. There are 1,200 signatures currently signed on. That means they’re only 800 signatures left to go. That’ll get things cooking now!
In other news, The Angry Birds make their debut tonight as they fly off the Web and in to your TV! Perch Perkins has some advice on when to see those angry fliers!
Perch Perkins (at the news-side desk): An all-new exclusive Angry Birds short film, “Angry Birds Space” lands on Nickelodeon and Nicktoons on Wednesday, March 21, at 7:00 p.m. (ET/PT) during SpongeBob SquarePants on Nickelodeon and Power Rangers Samurai on Nicktoons.
“Angry Birds Space” is a global exclusive to Nickelodeon and will also run on Nick channels around the world starting Wednesday, March 21.
The encore short will air during “Angry Angry Saturday” morning on Saturday, March 24, at 10:30 a.m. (ET/PT) during SpongeBob SquarePants on Nickelodeon and Power Rangers Dino Thunder on Nicktoons. Leading up to the short film, six brand-new birds will be revealed. Following the exclusive world premiere, viewers can catch the birds at nick.com/watch.
This animated short tells the story of how the Angry Birds end up in space. It begins on a day much like any other, but suddenly a cosmic vortex appears and brings visitors from another galaxy with some unfriendly intentions. This means the heroic birds have to slingshot themselves into a new adventure – space.
Angry Birds are the most downloaded games ever, with over 700M downloads in the two years since they launched. The Angry Birds Space game will be available worldwide on Thursday, March 22.
Gene: For those of you familiar with Rocky and Bullwinkle, time travelers Mr. Peabody and his assistant Sherman will attempt the impossible. Jim Trout has the story:
Jim Trout- DreamWorks Animation’s feature adaptation of Jay Ward’s beloved series Mr. Peabody & Sherman has found its leads in Ty Burrell (Modern Family) and Max Charles (The Amazing Spider-Man). Set for a March 14, 2014 release, the 3-D movie will be directed by Rob Minkoff (The Lion King).
With a script by Craig Wright (Six Feet Under) the film centers on Mr. Peabody, describes as the world’s smartest person, who happens to be a dog, and his “pet” boy Sherman who uses their time-traveling machine. As a result events in history spiral out of control to disastrous and comical results. It’s up to this most unexpected of father-son teams to somehow put things back on track before the space-time continuum is irreparably destroyed.
Alex Schwartz, who previously served as the head of development at DWA, will produce with Denise Cascino (Shrek the Third). Bullwinkle Studios’ Tiffany Ward and Classic Media’s Eric Ellenbogen will exec produce with Jason Clark (Stuart Little).
Look out for the time traveling duo in theaters March 2014.
Everyone’s waiting for the arrival of Lions gate’s The Hunger Games which hits theaters in 2 days. How will it do in the box office now that Disney’s John Carter is destined to lose more than 200 smackers? The answer lies in this week’s box office report! Until next time we meet, I’ll have the numbers for you!
Will luck prevail on The Penguins Petition? And the big news for SpongeBob and the Fairly Odd parents will promptly continue its holiday tradition
SpongeBob and the fairies strike gold! I’m Realistic Fish Head. We’ll have more on that later in Gene Scallop’s Entertainment Report. But first…
The Penguins petition is currently extended! Many people signed on St. Patrick’s Day bringing the total to 1,166. With its new goal increased since we last checked they’re only 834 signatures left. But there’s a snag!
With vacant signatures in the 800’s, looks like luck may not be on their side once the shows salvages the 10 episodes and begins its prompted 3rd season. They were delays by the show’s team blogs that past week prompting a schedule change for the returning Nick stars. That meant that viewers can see their fan favorites returning to the show which was scheduled for this winter, should return this spring.
By Neptune, let’s hope their plans work!
Gene: Another remake in the making! Sony and MGM’s 21 Jump Street based on the Fox hit series from the 90’s makes a whopping 34 million smackers! While The Lorax slips 2nd with 21 million smackers. Bad news for Disney as John Carter slumps to 3rd. Project X and A Thousand Words wrap up the top 5. Due to a 7% decrease in the last box office report, much to the opening of The Lorax proved to soften the load like a field of Thneeds. Why? Because the latest R-rated movies were hot off the presses.
Here’s some news that you might like. Since I reported that all Saban shows including Power Rangers are going to be on DVD, Perch Perkins was at the Nick convention and was at Cartoon Network HQ last week. He’s got the latest!
Perch Perkins (at the side desk): At the Nickelodeon Upfront 2012 in New York City, the network announced a premiere date for The Legend of Korra on April 14, 2012, at 11:00, with new episodes airing regularly on Saturday in the same timeslot. In addition, new series were announced based on the Raving Rabbids video game and DreamWorks Animation’s Monsters vs. Aliens, as well as a new series called Robot & Monster, all with 26 episode orders. Robot & Monster is slated to air during the 2012-13 season, while Raving Rabbids is slated for spring 2013.
Other animation-related announcements include a stop-motion Christmas episode of SpongeBob SquarePants (inspired by the classic Rankin-Bass holiday specials); a fall 2012 premiere of the new TMNT series; new episodes of SpongeBob SquarePants, T.U.F.F. Puppy, Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness, Penguins of Madagascar, The Fairly Odd Parents, and Winx Club; seven new pilots picked up for the 2012-13 season, including four by Butch Hartman (The Fairly Odd Parents, T.U.F.F. Puppy).
Also, Nickelodeon will implement a new animated shorts program designed to develop comedy-driven content, it was announced today by Brown Johnson, President, Animation, Nickelodeon and MTVN Kids and Family Group. As part of the program, ten, 60 second shorts will be made with the potential of becoming long-form animated comedy series which will air on the network or Nick.com.
“The new shorts program gives us an opportunity to tap into comedy talent from many different sources,” said Johnson. “We’re excited to offer this unique opportunity to artists and comedians with all levels of experience, where their creative voices and point of view will be a potential pipeline for new animated series.”
Created to expand on Nickelodeon’s animation comedy development slate, the shorts program is designed to attract new talent to develop both artist and comedian-driven shorts. Ideas will be solicited from in-house and outside talent including artists, designers, writers and directors who will be provided artistic support to produce their short depending on their level of experience. In addition, selected comedians will be partnered up with the artistic and production support necessary to complete their short.
And to finish things off, Adventure Time, Cartoon Network’s hit animated comedy series returns with its fourth season on Monday, April 2, at 7:30 p.m. Recently nominated for its second Primetime Emmy® Award for Outstanding Short-format Animated Program as well as an Annie Award for Best Animated Television Production for Children, Adventure Time has become a genuine ratings and pop culture phenomenon since its April 2010 debut. Most recently season three of the series earned the distinction of being the #1 program on Monday nights (7-9 p.m.) on all of television with kids 2-11, according to Nielsen Media Research.
In the highly anticipated fourth season, familiar characters return and a new flame heats things up for Finn. Also, Jake and Finn venture into the Nightosphere, Lumpy Space Princess writes a tell-all book and viewers see who would win in a fight between Finn and Jake. The new season features guest voices by Donald Faison, George Takei, Erik Estrada, Andy Milonakis, Emo Phillips, Bobcat Goldthwait and Susie Essman.
Gene: We’ll keep you updated ASAP on the newest info on this breaking story!
And to add things up, another signature is in bringing up the total to 1,167! With 833 signatures left, we’ll see if things hold up between now and this spring! We head there this week as the weather starts to get warmer. This is Realistic Fish Head saying, keep an eye on the Penguins petition all this week!
Cartoon Network and Adult Swim ratings chalk up for a 2nd week And Shout factory plans to Release all 17 Power Rangers seasons
The Power will be on DVD! Gene Scallop here on another edition of Gene Scallop’s Entertainment Report. Here’s what’s on top today…
For the 2nd week in a row, Cartoon Network and Adult Swim continue to improve ahead of spring sweeps next month. The ratings prove that:
* Once more, Cartoon Network claimed television’s #1 network for
the week among boys (2-11, 6-11, 9-14) in Early Evening Prime (7-9
p.m.), charting remarkable double-digit delivery growth across all kids
demos in both Prime and Total Day ranging between 21% and 39%. In Prime
(7-9 p.m.), average kids 2-11 delivery (957,000) grew by 36%, kids 6-11
(685,000) by 39% and kids 9-14 (524,000) by 30%. In Total Day, average
kids 2-11 (553,000) grew by 21%, kids 6-11 (349,000) by 30% and kids
9-14 (267,000) by 27%.
* Winning every weeknight (Monday-Friday, 7-9 p.m.) among boys
2-11, 6-11 and 9-14, Cartoon Network also was the #1 destination for
kids 2-11 & 6-11 on Wednesday night. Wednesday night’s premiere episode
of Ninjago (8 p.m.) was the #1 telecast of the week among boys 2-11 and
the #1 telecast of the day among kids 2-11 & 6-11 (and all boys) on
television, posting triple-digit gains (109% to 160%) across all kids
* Among the network’s original comedy programming, Monday’s
Adventure Time (7 p.m., 7:30 p.m.), Regular Show (8 p.m.) and Mad (8:30
p.m.) each ranked #1 in their time periods among boys. Tuesday’s The
Amazing World of Gumball (7:30 p.m.) and Level Up (8 p.m.) both ranked
#1 in their time periods among boys. Thursday night’s line-up earned
double & triple-digit delivery gains vs. last year among kids and boys,
and Friday night’s line-up also earned double-digit delivery gains among
kids 2-11 & 6-11 and boys 2-11 & 6-11.
* Saturday morning’s presentation of the new DC Nation block,
featuring Green Lantern (10 a.m.) and Young Justice (10:30 a.m.), earned
significant double delivery gains across all kids demos vs. the same
time period last year. Green Lantern’s kids 2-11, 6-11 & 9-14 average
delivery grew between 13% and 38%, while Young Justice’s kids demo
deliveries grew between 25% and 42%.
* Sunday night’s presentation of the Adult Swim original series
Robot Chicken (10 p.m.) scored double-digit delivery gains across all
targeted adult and male audiences: adults 18-34 (217,000) grew by 13%,
adults 18-49 (391,000) by 18%, adults 18-24 (136,000) by 81%, men 18-34
(147,000) by 62%, men 18-49 (269,000) by 49% and men 18-24 (108,000) by
* Thursday night’s premiere episode of original series Delocated
(12 a.m.) also earned solid delivery gains across all adult demos vs.
the same time period last year. Adults 18-34 (649,000) grew by 5%,
adults 18-49 (879,000) grew by 8% and adults 18-24 (342,000) grew by
* Across the second week of March, Adult Swim ranked #1 on basic
cable for Total Day Delivery of young adult and young men demos-adults
18-34, 18-49 & 18-24, as well as men 18-34 & 18-24.
* Adult Swim programming-including Family Guy, Robot Chicken and
American Dad-accounted for 16 of the top 50 telecasts for the week on
basic cable among adults 18-34 (more than any other network), and 20 of
the top 50 among men 18-34, also more than any other network.
The wait is over Power Rangers fans, Shout Factory is planning to bring all 17 Power Rangers seasons on DVD after years of being on TV, including some of your favorite Saban shows.
Here’s a press release to prove it:
Shout! Factory has signed a multiyear agreement to distribute several Saban Brands properties, including episodes from the “Power Rangers” franchise.
The deal gives Shout! Factory exclusive DVD, Blu-ray and select digital rights to more than 700 episodes of the various “Power Rangers” shows that ran between 1993 and 2009, as well as 92 episodes of “VR Troopers” (1994-96), 26 episodes of “Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation” (1997-98) and 88 episodes of “Beetleborgs” (1996-98). The agreement does not extend to the ‘Power Rangers’ theatrical movies.
“We look forward to bringing these highly entertaining series with great packaging and extras to fans and on family home entertainment shelves,” Shout! Factory founding partners Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos said in a joint statement.
Initial rollout plans for the Saban are slated to begin in summer 2012, according to Shout! Factory, with single-season sets to start and potentially complete-series sets in the future.
“Shout! Factory will provide unequaled access to archived content from Saban Brands,” said Elie Dekel, president of Saban Brands. “Fans can enjoy past episodes they haven’t seen, relive some of the exciting entertainment in these episodes, or even share them with a new generation of fans.”
Here’s the skinny on the Penguins petition:
Last time we checked, there were 1,076 names on the dotted line. Now with 1,106 names currently on it as of today. We’re getting close to 2,000 with 30 names left on the dotted line to go.
There’s more news ahead at the newsroom this week as we prepare for Spring sweeps just 2 weeks away. I’ll see you for another edition of Gene Scallop’s Entertainment Report. See you soon movie fans!
Penguins fans continue to put Nick under pressure! I’m Realistic Fish Head. The last time we checked the Penguins of Madagascar petition, there were 1,030 people participated. Now there are 1,076 people participating as of today. 46 signatures remain for many other viewers and watchers of the show to sign in. With pressure continuing to mount for Nick, the network has continually brought special original movies such as Big Time Rush’s Big Time Movie which aired last night.
Over the years, Nick has introduced the world of Nicktoons since its inception back in the 90’s. With Teen Nick bringing it back and Nicktoons continuing to show Nicktoons of the past and current shows into today, Nick has been continuing its mission. But too many cancelations which were due to viewer increase, or lack of storyline, or the writers out of ideas have been hounded by viewers themselves.
Such Nicktoons such as Rug Rats, Cat Dog, Rocko, Danny Phantom, and Jimmy Neutron have ended on a positive note for viewers with lots completed storylines, completed conflicts, and more surprises ahead as some of its production companies were ceased out of production or currently in production.
CatScratch was cancelled due in part to an incomplete storyline and a impossible future for the characters of the show which caused the actors of the show to move on to better shows such as Back in the Barnyard and the Penguins.
SpongeBob avoided all of the conflicts after a successful movie, more TV specials, and brand new seasons to go with it.
With the Penguins’ future hanging in the balance, DreamWorks says there’s hope! As Madagascar 3 which opens in theaters this summer, will determine what happens in the end and how will the movie will play in a role which will help the show decide its future!
Gene: The Lorax stays on top of the box office for a 2nd week with 125 million smackers saying that the animated world of movies is still going stronger than ever. Disney’s John Carter stops by in 2nd with 29 million as it opens weak defied by the Seuss movie. Project X moves down 3rd while Act of Valor moves up 4th. Silent House silently places 5th, while Paramount and DreamWorks share A Thousand Words with Eddie Murphy in 6th. The previous 3 movies drop a spot again in 7th through 10th in the list. How will the Lorax do next week? We’ll see!
With the world safe thanks to the super spies of Big Time Rush on their London tour, there’s only one more team of super spies, the Penguins! We’ll see if they survive the petition. Don’t despair Penguin fans, Bikini Bottom News will keep you informed of the situation as new information develops!
Cartoon network and Adult Swim’s rating for March gain more viewers than before and the Care Bears move to basic cable
Hi movie fans, welcome to March! I’m Gene Scallop with some views and breaking news.
Cartoon Network and Adult Swim do it again as this month’s ratings continue to increase dramatically as the numbers tell us:
* Again claiming television’s #1 network for the week among boys (2-11, 6-11, 9-14) in Early Evening Prime (7-9 p.m.), Cartoon Network also charted double-digit delivery growth across all kids demos in both Prime and Total Day vs. the same time period last year. In Prime (7-9 p.m.), average kids 2-11 delivery (952,000) grew by 14%, kids 6-11 (670,000) by 17% and kids 9-14 (527,000) by 21%. In Total Day, average kids 2-11 (535,000) grew by 10%, kids 6-11 (341,000) by 13% and kids
9-14 (271,000) by 19%.
* Cartoon Network also won every weeknight (7-9 p.m.) among boys 2-11, 6-11 and 9-14-Monday through Friday. Fueled by original animated comedies, Monday night’s premiere of Regular Show (8 p.m.) was the #1 telecast of the week among boys 9-14, and #1 telecast of the day among boys 2-11 & 6-11. Tuesday night’s premiere of Level Up (8 p.m.) was the #1 telecast of the day among boys 6-11 & 9-14, earning double and triple-digit gains across the board. Wednesday night’s presentation of Ninjago (8 p.m.) was the #1 telecast of the day among boys 2-11 & 6-11 on all television, posting double-digit gains across all demos.
* The Saturday morning premiere of the new DC Nation block, featuring Green Lantern (10 a.m.) and Young Justice (10:30 a.m.) earned significant double and triple delivery gains across all kids and boys demos vs. the same time period last year. Green Lantern’s kids 2-11, 6-11 & 9-14 average delivery grew between 95% and 105%, while Young Justice’s kids demo deliveries grew between 33% and 88%.
* Across the first week of March, Adult Swim ranked #1 on basic cable for Total Day Delivery of all young adult and young men demos-adults 18-34, 18-49 & 18-24, as well as men 18-34, 18-49 & 18-24. Average young adult delivery increased versus the same time last year: adults 18-34 (512,000) grew by 1%, adults 18-24 (283,000) by 11% and men 18-24 (176,000) by 6%.
* Adult Swim programming-including Family Guy, Robot Chicken and American Dad-accounted for 17 of the top 50 telecasts for the week on basic cable among adults 18-34 (more than any other network), and 22 of the top 50 among men 18-34, also more than any other network.
Hang on folks! This just in… The Hub has released an breaking update on some returning shows returning to the lineup just in time for spring, summer, fall, winter sweeps, and right into next year! And it looks like the Care Bears are indeed moving to the network! Hub HQ has the details:
The Hub is adding three new animated series and has renewed a clutch of others for the 2012-2013 season, the network announced last week.
The Care Bears will return to the screen in CG-animated form in Care Bears: Welcome to Care-a-Lot. The series, from American Greetings Properties, will premiere this summer.
Hasbro itself will produce two new series, Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters and Littlest Pet Shop, that will also debut during the summer. The former is an animated action-fantasy about a boy who must join the mysterious Duel Masters and duel alongside fantastical creatures from a parallel dimension to save said creatures from being enslaved by evil forces. The Hub has ordered 26 episodes of the series.
Littlest Pet Shop is an animated comedy about a girl who cares for the animals at a pet shop. It too has received a 26-episode order.
Returning animated series include Dan Vs., My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, Pound Puppies, Transformers Prime, and Transformers Rescue Bots.
Programs based on iconic names and strong, beloved properties are among the four new original series that will join eight returning popular original series on The Hub TV Network’s 2012-2013 programming lineup. The announcement was made today by Margaret Loesch, President and CEO of The Hub, a TV network for kids and their families. The new series continue the network’s strategy of building a schedule with programs based on well-known brands. The Hub launched October 10, 2010, replacing the former Discovery Kids Network.
Among the new original series coming to The Hub are the animated series "Care Bears: Welcome to Care-a-Lot," "Littlest Pet Shop," "Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters" and the new live-action series "Spooksville" based on the popular tween book series from Christopher Pike.
In addition, The Hub announced the acquisition of the popular live-action series "The Facts of Life," "Mork & Mindy" and "Sabrina The Teenage Witch."
The program announcements were made in advance of The Hub’s advertising upfront events in New York (March 1), Chicago (March 8) and Los Angeles (March 15).
"With the momentum of our successful first year, we’re building a slate of programs for the 2012-’13 season that continues our strategy of presenting series based on well-known names and beloved properties in the kids and family entertainment space," said Ms. Loesch. "One of our advantages has always been the built-in strength and recognition of our programming. The success of that is evident in our large number of returning original series and in the exciting new original series. We’re confident that this lineup will further define us as the entertainment destination for kids and their families."
The first of the new series to appear on The Hub will be "Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters" an all-new, action-packed animated series from Hasbro Studios premiering this summer. The series features the voices of popular actors Scott Wolf ("Party of Five"), Freddy Rodriguez ("Ugly Betty"), John DiMaggio ("Futurama" and "Pound Puppies") and Phil LaMarr ("Mad TV"). "Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters" is an animated action-fantasy series that follows the adventures of a young hero, Ray, who possesses the rare ability to befriend and duel alongside fantastical creatures from a parallel dimension. The series is based on a re-imagination of the wildly successful Duel Masters property in Japan by Wizards of the Coast (Magic: The Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons) and Hasbro, Inc.
The programs expected to debut on The Hub in 2012-2013 are as follows:
New, Hub Original Series (in alphabetical order):
- "Care Bears: Welcome to Care-a-Lot" (Hub Original Series)
Take one step into Care-a-Lot and prepare for wishes to come true and unbelievable adventures to ensue! Coinciding with the property’s 30th anniversary, a new CGI-animated series "Care Bears: Welcome to Care-a-Lot" is set to debut this summer to reconnect with kids and families. Care-a-Lot is the high-above-the-earth home of the Care Bears – the coolest, most caring-est, magical friends around! It’s a whimsical world where the Care Bears help children navigate their feelings through music, love, belly-badge powers and great big Care Bear hugs. Produced by American Greetings Properties, "Care Bears: Welcome to Care-a-Lot" will premiere on The Hub in summer 2012.
- "Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters" (Hub Original Series)
This animated action-fantasy series follows the adventures of a young hero, Ray, who possesses the rare ability to befriend and duel alongside fantastical creatures from a parallel dimension. Evil forces would have these creatures tamed and enslaved, so Ray and his two best friends must join the ranks of the mysterious Duel Masters to ensure the survival of both races before it’s too late. Produced by Hasbro Studios, the half-hour series premieres all 26 episodes starting this summer on The Hub.
- "Littlest Pet Shop" (Hub Original Series)
"Littlest Pet Shop" is an animated half-hour comedy series that centers on the life of fun-loving Blythe and the adventures of the pets that she cares for at the Littlest Pet Shop. Hasbro Studios will produce 26 all-new half-hour episodes of the series, which is expected to premiere in the fourth quarter of 2012.
"Spooksville" (Hub Original Series)
Based on the acclaimed book series by author Christopher Pike, the new kid in town discovers that he holds the key to a battle between good and evil that has been taking place for centuries in a bizarre small town that plays host to a wide array of supernatural and unexplained occurrences; only to learn that his family is right in the center of the mystery. From Producer Jane Startz, the half-hour series is expected to premiere in the fourth quarter of 2012.
- "The Facts of Life"
A group of girls attending a boarding school experience the joys and the trials of adolescence under the guiding hand of housemother, Edna Garrett (Charlotte Rae). Distributed by Sony Pictures Television, the half-hour series is expected to premiere in the second quarter of 2012.
- "Mork & Mindy"
Mork (Robin Williams) is a wacky alien who comes to Earth to study its residents, and the life of the human woman with whom he boards is never the same. Distributed by CBS Television Distribution, the half-hour series is expected to premiere in the second quarter of 2012.
- "Sabrina The Teenage Witch"
Sabrina Spellman (Melissa Joan Hart) is a teenager with magical powers living with her two aunts Hilda (Caroline Rhea) and Zelda (Beth Broderick) and their magical talking cat, Salem. After discovering at age 16 that she’s a witch, Sabrina is counseled by her aunts and even the cat in growing up magical. Distributed by CBS Television Distribution, the half-hour series is expected to premiere in the second quarter of 2012.
Returning Hub Original Series/Specials with new episodes (in alphabetical order):
- "The Aquabats! Super Show!" (Premiering March 3 on The Hub; produced by Fremantle Media Enterprises and The Magic Store)
- "Dan Vs." (Produced by Film Roman in association with The Hatchery, LLC)
- "Family Game Night" (Produced by Hasbro Studios)
- "My Little Pony Friendship is Magic" (Produced by Hasbro Studios)
- "Pound Puppies" (Produced by Hasbro Studios)
- "R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour: The Series" (Front Street Pictures in association with The Hatchery, LLC)
- "Secret Millionaires Club" (A Hub Original Special produced by A Squared Entertainment)
- "Transformers Prime" (Produced by Hasbro Studios)
- "Transformers Rescue Bots" (Produced by Hasbro Studios)
Gene: Keep a eye on your favorite Hub originals and shows all year long for new episodes! Be sure to find The Hub on your local cable lineup to see when your favorite shows are on!
Meanwhile, in the toon world, a petition regarding the end of Penguins of Madagascar is occurring as we speak. So far, only 1,034 users from around the globe have signed on. They are pressuring Nick and DreamWorks to make a 4th season of the show with some concern about returning characters as well as new ones. They need about 2,000 signatures to reach their goal. 2nd only to SpongeBob who’s gunning for his 8th win and 11th overall according to secret voting experts at Bikini Bottom News HQ, there may be hope for the Penguins after all or is it really curtains after all like they said it would?
Don’t worry movie fans don’t give up hope for the 4 flightless superspies just yet! And speaking of secrets, Fish Head’s got the skinny on this week’s newscast about the Penguins petition! Tell him Gene sent you!
The Artist reigns supreme! I’m Realistic Fish Head. The night belonged to the Artist last week as it picks up 5 Oscars including Best Picture. The critics along with our own Gene Scallop have predicted that the silent film might be the big winner, and they were right! Hugo also took 5 Oscars as well, but the most awards this award season have went in favor of the silent picture.
Perch Perkins on who else racked up some Oscars last week and we asked him which animated toon movie did the academy like? We too ask Gene scallop in his entertainment report, how has The Artist knocked down last year’s blockbuster hits?
Perch Perkins (at the Oscars): Oscar voters endorsed a nostalgic look back to the early days of the movie business on Sunday night, showering “The Artist” with five awards, including Best Picture.
After starting slow and lagging behind “Hugo,” the black-and-white silent film came roaring back at the 84th Academy Awards, winning a Best Director Oscar for Michel Hazanavicius and a Best Actor statue for Jean Dujardin in addition to the night’s top prize.
Its main rival “Hugo,” which, like “The Artist,” was deeply steeped in film history, also won five awards. Yet its statues all came in technical categories.
It was an evening that was short on surprises and long on veteran talent. Screen legends Meryl Streep and Christopher Plummer picked up statues for their work, while Billy Crystal returned to host his ninth Academy Awards telecast.
Despite the fondness for the tried and true, the largely unknown Dujardin held off challenges from Hollywood stars such as George Clooney (“The Descendants”) and Brad Pitt (“Money ball”) to win the honor for his performance as a silent film star struggling with the advent of sound.
“I love your country,” the France-born Dujardin said. He went on to thank silent film star Douglas Fairbanks, saying the actor’s joie de vivre inspired his performance.
Perhaps the evening’s sole unexpected winner was Streep, who many had predicted would be left sitting in the audience while Viola Davis accepted an award for her work in “The Help.”
However, the shape-shifting actress picked up her first Academy Award in nearly three decades on Sunday for her performance as doggedly determined British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in “The Iron Lady.”
“This is such a great honor, but the thing that counts the most to me is the love and the joy … we have shared making movies together,” Streep said.
It was her third Oscar, having previously received awards for “Kramer vs. Kramer” (1979) and “Sophie’s Choice” (1982).
“The Artist” director Hazanavicius thanked the film’s cast, including its canine star, Uggie.
He also paid tribute to the film itself, saying, “Its life is full of grace and it brings to us joy and happiness.”
Beginners” star Plummer captured a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his performance as a gay man coming out of the closet late in life.
The 82-year-old Plummer became the oldest person ever to win an acting Oscar.
“When I first emerged from my mother’s womb, I was already rehearsing my Oscar acceptance speech, but it was so long ago … mercifully I forgot it,” Plummer quipped.
Plummer was the odds-on favorite entering Sunday’s contest, as was Octavia Spencer, who won Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of a maid in the segregated South in “The Help.”
The visibly emotional actress thanked her director, Tate Taylor, and her co-stars.
“I share this with everybody,” Spencer said. “Thank you, world.”
Continuing the tradition of honoring veteran talent, Woody Allen won his first Oscar since 1986’s “Hannah and Her Sisters” for his screenplay for “Midnight in Paris.” True to form, the perennial Oscar no-show was not on hand to pick up his award.
Though some had expected George Clooney to win his first Best Actor statue for his work in Alexander Payne’s “The Descendants,” the tragi-comedy won its sole Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for the director and co-writers Nat Faxon and Jim Rash.
Sending up the Old West did the trick for “Rango,” which won a Best Animated Feature award for Gore Verbinski. The director applauded the star of the animated film and his previous collaborator on the “Pirates of the Caribbean” films.
“I want to thank the real-world chameleon Johnny Depp,” Verbinski said.
In a night free of politics, the only nod to world events came as “A Separation” captured Best Foreign Language Film.
With a nod to the tensions between his country and the Western world, the Iranian film’s director, Asghar Farhadi, thanked his fellow countrymen, noting that many were “people who respect all cultures and civilizations and despise hostility and resentment.”
In the Best Original Song category, Bret McKenzie won an Oscar for “Man or Muppet” from “The Muppets.”
“I was genuinely starstruck when I met Kermit the Frog, but once you get to know him, he’s a regular frog,” McKenzie joked.
In addition to its awards for acting, directing and picture, “The Artist” was honored for its 1920s costumes and for Ludovic Bource’s score, the latter earned despite a controversy involving the composer’s mimicry of Bernard Herrmann’s work on “Vertigo.”
The evening started off on a familiar note as Crystal took the stage at the theater formerly known as the Kodak and revived his typical musical medley featuring the top films vying for honors.
As he had done in eight previous hosting stints, Crystal gently ribbed Hollywood egos and the event’s pomposity, without really going for the jugular.
“Nothing can take the sting out of the world’s economic problems like watching millionaires present each other with golden statues,” Crystal said.
With a nod to the Kodak Theatre’s impending name change and the namesake company’s recent bankruptcy, Crystal quipped, “We’re here at the beautiful Chapter 11 theater.”
It marked the Oscar staple’s first hosting gig since 2004.
There were also performances by Cirque du Soleil and a humorous parody of a test screening for “The Wizard of Oz” featuring Christopher Guest, Fred Willard and Catherine O’Hara.
Gene: Cheers for The Artist! You know, I was searching for that silent film in my previous box office reports last year and they were right on target. Thanks to my prediction last week, The Artist wasn’t affected by the box office slump. That’s why it kept going by knocking out last year’s movies spot by spot in order to continue its award winning domination! Pretty sneaky Weinstein’s!
For animated toons however, Rango shot the lights out thanks in part to “Pirates” star Johnny Depp proving to Puss in Boots and Kung Fu Panda that it takes more than sharp shooting to be the best animated feature in the cartoon business better than being a swashbuckler or a kung fu master.
With that added as the 84th Best Picture and Rango the star of the show in animated entertainment, let’s say happy birthday to Dr. Seuss!
It’s also Universal’s 100th birthday making it the second most (Paramount being the first after Universal) movie studio in the world! The last movie with the previous logo was 1997’s Jurassic Park which started its trilogy onwards until 2000. And who was the star in the studio’s centennial? None other than The Lorax, which made its debut along with the new logo! This tough guy puts the 2 month animation slump away for good, which is good news for the box office!
The animated Seuss story racks up 70 million smackers making it the best open ever in all theaters including IMAX. Following the Lorax’s way, Warner Bros. refreshed movie Project X moves in with 21 million smackers in 2nd putting last week’s movies down another spot from 3rd-9th. The award winning film The Artist finishes the top 10 with 15 weeks total after a 5-Oscar win.
Paramount’s Hugo earns 5 Oscars too. And as 2 bonuses in addition to the Weinstein’s win with The Artist, it joins Wings as the 2nd silent feature. As for TV along with movies itself with 11 awards, its 5 Oscars brings the actual total of 16 awards altogether!
With only 2 months to go until Paramount’s actual 100th anniversary, it will be like Universal, a big bonanza! Did you know that some of Universal’s films are based on a true story? The same goes for animation too! What an award season it was for entertainment!
With award season under wraps, it’s time for kids to make their choice! Join Will Smith as he hosts the 2012 Kids Choice Awards! As we speak, millions of kids are still voting for their favorites in each category. If you haven’t voted yet, there’s still time! Keep voting until March 30th to see if your choices like the Academy, agree with your choices! This is Realistic Fish Head saying, keep voting and make it count!
Hi movie fans! Welcome to the Leap Day edition of Gene Scallop’s Entertainment Report. I’m movie critic and TV ratings expert Gene Scallop!
What a month for Cartoon Network and Adult Swim! The ratings that just came out today off of last year’s Comic Con, and boy did it pay off! Here’s the numbers for February:
All February long Cartoon Network has gone on the right foot for kids, young ones and tweens as they delivered double digit earnings, way better than last year. Some shows as Johnny Test, Adventure Time, Gumball, and Regular Show have propelled the network to the top spot on it’s weekday schedule. As for Saturday mornings, CN mostly earned double digit ratings with shows such as Star Wars: The Clone Wars and the newly appointed Pokémon Black and White: Rival Destines.
As for Adult Swim, their adult based shows such as Robot Chicken have delivered triple digit wins for many other Adult Swim shows in primetime which started not too long ago. If CN and Adult Swim continue to deliver their much improved wins, it could possibly mean total basic cable domination for 2012! Nice job!
Here’s what’s coming to DVD in March in a list compiled by Movies.com:
- Like Crazy
- The Skin I Live In
- Jack and Jill
- The Adventures of Tin Tin
- Happy Feet 2
- The Descendants
- One Lucky Elephant
- The Girl with the Golden Tattoo
- The Muppets
- Alvin and The Chipmunks: Chip Wrecked
That’s the scoop on the DVD’s you’re about to buy this week so keep your eyes peeled in your retailer to find your favorite movie. And if your lucky, you might find a favorite movie or two.
Be sure to join me again soon for more updates in my entertainment report. Join me and Fish Head as we review last week’s Oscar’s. And in my box office report, I’ll tell you how Paramount did at the Oscars. How many does the mountain have overall? Find out very soon movie fans and I’ll see you at the newsroom!