Cartoon Network had plenty to laugh about at its upfront presentation Wednesday, introducing a new sketch comedy show produced by Nick Cannon and trumpeting the success of its current hits, which dominate in the boys 6-11 demographic. The annual presentation to advertisers, held at New York City's Roseland Ballroom, celebrated the network's 20th anniversary and featured a live performance by the cast of two popular (and trippy) series, Adventure Time and Regular Show, both of which were picked up for additional episodes. The network also had new action-oriented shows, including new incarnations of Ben 10 and Batman.
Cannon's as-yet-untitled live-action series was the centerpiece of the network's new slate. A sample segment, the very SNL digital short-esque "Runnin' Errands With My Mom," got big laughs from the crowd. Adventure Time voice actor Jeremy Shada stars in the skit as a rapping suburban teen. Shada was later joined on stage by his Adventure costars and the Regular Show cast to do live readings in sync with clips from their shows.
Other big announcements were a TV adaptation of the popular YouTube series Annoying Orange, and a fall premiere for DreamWorks Dragons: The Series, which is based on the How to Train Your Dragon movie. The network's popular Total Drama franchise will continue with Revenge of the Island this summer.
On the action front, the network revealed that it will add a second series made with toy juggernaut LEGO, capitalizing on the huge success of their current partnership, Ninjago. Also coming is Ben 10: Omniverse, the fourth series in the popular alien-adventure franchise, and Beware the Batman, a CGI-series featuring the Caped Crusader taking on a new wave of Gotham City villains.
Additional episodes were also confirmed for several returning series, including The Amazing World of Gumball, MAD, Star Wars: The Clone Wars and the live-action show Level Up.
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