Cartoon Network Upfronts: ADVENTURE TIME Miniseries, POWERPUFF GIRLS Reboot, and More

     February 19, 2015


Cartoon Network has announced its slate of upcoming series for the 2015-2016 season, and while there aren’t many surprises, there are a few interesting inclusions to note. Come along with me …!

For one, that Powerpuff Girls reboot that was talked about last summer now has a few more details attached, like the fact that Adventure Time‘s Nick Jennings will be executive producing the show.

the-powerpuff-girls-dance-pantsed-posterSpeaking of Adventure Time, the long-running (and super awesome) series will be getting its own miniseries that will focus on a Princess Bubblegum experiment gone wrong — one that unleashes ghosts from Marceline’s past (never a good thing). Regular Show will also be getting its own movie, in addition to its regularly scheduled series episodes (the same is true for Adventure Time).

As for new acquired programming, there’s Transformers: Robots in Disguise, as well as Supernoobs, from Scott Fellows (Johnny Test) — more details below.

Cartoon Network is also looking to expand accessibility to its content, as noted in the press release:

“We are seeing great results with our platform-inclusive strategy to expand the definition of programming across all screens” said Christina Miller, President and General Manager, Cartoon Network- Boomerang -Adult Swim. “Whether in short or long form there are no walls for how Cartoon Network can be consumed. Digital, mobile and TV have all come together for this new generation of kids, who are very comfortable with the sheer volume of choice; and when you deliver compelling original content and innovative ways of experiencing it, they will find it, engage with it, and share it on every platform.”

You can check out the entire list of new and returning shows, as well as special series and all of their synopses, here:

New Original Programming:


  • We Bare Bears: We Bare Bears is a comedy about three bear siblings, named Grizzly, Panda and Ice Bear. Each episode follows their awkward attempts at assimilating into human society, whether they’re looking for food, trying to make human friends, or scheming to become internet famous. Created by Annie Award-winner Daniel Chong (Toy Story of Terror!), We Bare Bears is produced by Cartoon Network Studios.
  • The Powerpuff Girls: Slated for a 2016 launch, The Powerpuff Girls reboot will include an all-new television series produced by Cartoon Network Studios and a full licensing program slated to roll out across all regions. One of the network’s most enduring original series, The Powerpuff Girls, which debuted on Cartoon Network in 1998, earned two Emmy® Awards, five nominations and countless animation honors throughout its 78-episode run. The Powerpuff Girls centers on three sugar-coated superheroes — Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup — whose mission in life alternates between going to school, fighting crime, winning at hopscotch and saving the world before bedtime. Emmy® and BAFTA award winner Nick Jennings (Adventure Time) is on board as executive producer.
  • Mighty Magiswords: From Kyle Carrozza comes Cartoon Network Studios first original digital series about a brother and sister team of “Warriors for Hire,” who go on hilarious adventures and crazy quests to collect magical swords.


New Original Crossovers, Movies and Specials:


  • Long Live the Royals Mini-Series: Come join the royal family as they celebrate the yearly Yule Hare Festival. Parties and feasts will be a plenty as they struggle to balance ruling a kingdom and life as a typical family. A new mini-series from Emmy® winner Sean Szeles (Regular Show).
  • Steven Universe/ Uncle Grandpa Crossover Special “Say Uncle: Two of your favorite Cartoon Network series, Steven Universe and Uncle Grandpa, are joining forces for a special crossover episode! Watch as a long lost relative of Steven’s comes to town to aid him in unlocking the power of his mother’s gem!
  • Regular Show: The Movie: From the creators of the hit Cartoon Network series Regular Show, comes a time travelling long-form special.  After accidentally creating a “Timenado,” slacker groundskeepers Mordecai and Rigby go back in time and battle an evil volleyball coach in order to save the universe… and their friendship.
  • Adventure Time Special Mini-Series: In this multi-part series, Finn and Jake face a new threat to Ooo when Princess Bubblegum’s experiment unleashes ghosts from Marceline’s past.


New Acquired Programming:


  • Total Drama Presents: The Ridonculous Race: In this action-filled, outrageous buddy comedy, 18 pairs of contestants are put to the mental, physical and emotional test in a frantic race around the world. They’ll push themselves and their partners to the limit, but only one team will arrive at the mat first and become the winners of one million dollars!
  • Transformers: Robots in Disguise: Summoned by Optimus Prime to save Earth from a new Decepticon threat, Bumblebee puts his light-hearted mettle to the test after assembling a rouge team of young Autobot action heroes.
  • Supernoobs: From creator Scott Fellows (Johnny Test) and DHX Media, Supernoobschronicles the misadventures of four nerdy friends, who are mistakenly tasked with saving the world from an evil space virus.


Returning Series: 

Adventure Time                             
The Amazing World of Gumball                                      
Regular Show
Teen Titans GO!
Uncle Grandpa
Steven Universe
LEGO® NINJAGO: Masters of Spinjitzu
Pokémon the Series:XY
Sonic Boom