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Cartoon Network Announces New Adult Swim Shows, Acquisitions at Upfront Event.

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ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 25, 2004

In conjunction with its first-ever Upfront event for Adult Swim, Cartoon Network made a number of announcements concerning new shows, new acquisitions, greenlights of existing shows and future programming events.

Adult Swim, which launched in September 2001, is Cartoon Network's popular late-night block of animation for adults. Currently airing Sunday - Thursday from 11 p.m. - 2 a.m. (ET, PT), Adult Swim regularly ranks as the #1 show on cable among adults 18-24, adults 18-34, men 18-24 and men 18-34, and often beats its broadcast competitors among young adults. Adult Swim features animated programming aimed at adults, including edgy original comedies like Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Sealab 2021 and Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law; popular favorites Futurama and Family Guy; and riveting action/adventure series such as Cowboy Bebop, InuYasha and Trigun.

"Adult Swim not only knows its audience, it is its audience," said Jim Samples, executive vice president and general manager of Cartoon Network Worldwide. "And that's how we spiked the competition with our success."

Following are the highlights of Cartoon Network's announcements concerning Adult Swim:

New Shows and Pilots

-- The Venture Brothers: A new Adult Swim comedy, The Venture

Brothers makes its debut on Sunday, Aug. 8, at 11 p.m. (ET,

PT). The Venture Brothers follows the adventures of two

dim-witted brothers, their scientist father and his bodyguard,

Brock. Hank and Dean Venture regularly find themselves in

danger, even if they are oblivious to it. The Venture family

lives on a spacious ranch with a high-tech laboratory, but

their adventures take them to exotic locales around the world,

from the deepest, darkest rainforests to the most dangerous

urban jungles and even outer space. When the boys get into a

sticky situation, they rely on the muscled, mullet-headed

bodyguard Brock to bail them out. With a huge knife, a steely

glint in his eye and a taste for blood, Brock is the guy that

you want on your side when it is time to defile your enemy.

-- Squidbillies: Five million years ago, the Atlantic Ocean

covered North America all the way to the Ohio Valley. As the

ocean receded to form our present-day geography, a family of

squids was stranded in a remote setting in the North Georgia

mountains. This motley melange of mischievous mollusks,

influenced by the rural ways of the redneck locals, quickly

"adapticise" to a world of fighting, feuding and fornicating

with a Faulknerian flambe of ferocious sea creature livin'.

The humor lies in the "adapticization." A pilot for

Squidbillies is currently in production; seven episodes are

scheduled to air this fall.

-- Untitled Seth Green project: From actor/producer Seth Green

(known for his roles in The Italian Job and the Austin Powers

feature films, TV's Buffy the Vampire Slayer and as the voice

of Brian in Family Guy) comes a new Adult Swim series

scheduled to debut in October. The series will utilize

stop-motion animation to deliver a satirical look at popular

culture. Green will provide voices for the series, which has

been greenlit for 20 episodes. "It's very funny," said Mike

Lazzo, Cartoon Network's senior vice president responsible for

Adult Swim.

-- Tom Goes to the Mayor: Tom Peters is a would-be entrepreneur

and civic do-gooder in the eccentric small town of Jefferton.

He brings his crackpot ideas to The Mayor, who invariably

endorses them. From there, Tom Goes to the Mayor explores the

comedic possibilities of government machinations and

provincial thinking. Adult Swim has greenlit a pilot for the

show, which is written and produced by Tim Heidecker and Eric

Wareheim, who also provide voices for the two main characters.

Bob Odenkirk (Mr. Show with Bob & David, The Larry Sanders

Show) is executive producer. Odenkirk, David Cross, Jack Black

and Kyle Gass will provide voices for the town's assortment of

oddballs and bureaucrats.

-- Stroker & Hoop: Meet John Stroker, a private eye still

mastering the art of lock picking, car hood sliding and

keeping his gun from falling out of his waistband when he

bends over at the grocery store. Together with his partner

Hoop, a self-proclaimed master of disguise, and his

disobedient talking hatchback named CARR, Stroker is willing

to help anyone dumb enough to respond to his 1/8-page ad in

the yellow pages. With Stroker & Hoop on the case, help is

never more than a phone call away. Unless Stroker is really

hungover, or CARR gets them incredibly lost downtown. In which

case, help might take a couple more phone calls. In the end,

Stroker & Hoop don't always solve the case, but they do get to

sleep late, drive fast and shoot guns for a living. A Stroker

& Hoop pilot is in production and is scheduled to air on Adult

Swim in June.

New Greenlights

-- Hit series Aqua Teen Hunger Force has been given the

greenlight for 13 additional episodes, which will take the

series to 55 total episodes.

-- Sealab 2021 has been given a greenlight for a new season of 13

episodes, its fourth.

Acquisitions

-- Cartoon Network has acquired 52 additional episodes of the

highly rated series InuYasha, which will begin Saturday, April

24. When a young girl named Kagome is transported back in time

to feudal Japan, she meets InuYasha, the son of a powerful

demon father with a human mother. Together, they protect the

powerful "Jewel of Four Seasons" from the demons and goblins

who seek it.

-- Wolf's Rain, an anime series set in a post-apocalyptic future,

premieres on Thursday, April 29, at 11:30 p.m. (ET, PT). In

this series, wolves are mystical creatures that disguise

themselves in human form. One lone wolf named Kiba is tracking

a scent that he believes will lead him to paradise. The source

of the smell is another wolf named Cheza. When Cheza is

kidnapped, Kiba begins a journey to find her.

-- Case Closed, which joins Adult Swim in June, is adapted from

the popular Detective Conan weekly manga published since 1994.

Case Closed tells the story of Jimmy Kudo, a famous teenage

detective who is poisoned by a mysterious organization. The

experiment was supposed to kill him but instead it makes Jimmy

grow younger. Trapped inside the body of a 7-year-old, Jimmy

takes the name Conan Edogawa and begins to search for the men

who did this to him while a friend and family neighbor, Dr.

Agasa, invents gadgets for Conan to solve crimes.

Programming Announcements

-- Popular original comedy series Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law

returns Sunday, April 18, with a new season of nine episodes

featuring b-list cartoon stars in legal jeopardy. Among the

animated icons turning to Harvey for counsel this season are

Speed Buggy, Auggie Doggie and Doggie Daddy, Inch High Private

Eye and the Jetsons. Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law will air

Sundays at 11:30 p.m. (ET, PT). Aqua Teen Hunger Force becomes

the first original Adult Swim series to go to "strip," joining

the Sunday-Wednesday line-up on Sunday, April 18. Back-to-back

episodes of the adventures of Meatwad, Frylock and Master

Shake, three human-sized food products living in a rental

house in New Jersey, will air at 12 a.m. (ET, PT)

Sunday-Wednesday following Family Guy and Futurama.

-- Adult Swim adds its sixth night per week of programming

beginning Saturday, April 17. Saturday evenings will be

dedicated exclusively to action/adventure and anime

programming. To kick off the new direction for Saturdays,

Adult Swim presents The Animatrix, the popular anthology of

animated shorts inspired by the series of The Matrix films.

Highlights of Saturday's all-action line-up will be new

episodes of popular series InuYasha and the U.S. television

debut of Wolf's Rain, both of which will begin on Saturday,

April 29.

-- Matt Groening makes a rare television appearance when he

introduces his favorite episode of Futurama each night at 11

p.m. (ET, PT) during a weeklong event Sunday, May 23 -

Thurday, May 27.

-- Seth McFarlane, creator of Family Guy, picks his favorite

episodes of the series and gives behind-the-scenes information

about one of Adult Swim's most popular shows Sunday, July 11 -

Thursday, July 15, at 11 p.m. (ET, PT)

Adult Swim features animated programming aimed at adults, including edgy original comedies like Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Sealab 2021 and Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law; popular favorites Futurama and Family Guy; and riveting action/adventure series such as Cowboy Bebop, InuYasha and Trigun. The block, which airs Sunday - Thursday from 11 p.m. - 2 a.m. (ET, PT), with a replay from 2 - 5 a.m. (ET, PT), has been a hit since its debut in September 2001. Beginning Saturday, April 17, Adult Swim will also air on Saturday nights. Adult Swim regularly ranks as the #1 show on cable among adults 18-24, adults 18-34, men 18-24 and men 18-34 and often beats its broadcast competitors among young adults.

Cartoon Network, currently seen in 86.2 million U.S. homes and 145 countries around the world, is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.'s 24-hour, ad-supported cable service offering the best in animated entertainment. Drawing from the world's largest cartoon library, Cartoon Network showcases unique original ventures such as Codename: Kids Next Door, The Powerpuff Girls, Dexter's Laboratory, Samurai Jack, Courage the Cowardly Dog, Ed, Edd n Eddy and other Cartoon Cartoons. Cartoon Network also features Adult Swim, a late night block of animation for grown-ups. Since its launch in 1992, Cartoon Network has remained one of ad-supported cable's highest-rated networks. Cartoon Network's website is located at http://CartoonNetwork.com (AOL Keyword: Cartoon Network).

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, is a major producer of news and entertainment product around the world and the leading provider of programming for the basic cable industry.
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