This isn’t an animation-related story, but it’s definitely indicative of the direction in which Cartoon Network has been heading for the past year or so. We learned today that the cable network once dedicated to producing and airing top-notch animated shows has picked up another live-action drama.
The new show is called Unnatural History (working title) and centers on the adventures of Henry Griffin (played by Kevin G. Schmidt), a teenager who has all kinds of amazing skills that he’s picked up through years of traveling the globe with his anthropologist parents. Of course, he faces the crazy world of big-city high school, which may be his most challenging environment. (Doesn’t the pitch sound like Jonny Quest goes to high school?)
At least, the show has great pedigree: It’s created and written by the talented Mike Werb, whose numerous credits include The Mask, Face/Off, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Curious George and Firehouse Dog. Emmy winner Mikael Salomon (Band of Brothers, The Andromeda Strain) is directing the pilot, which is being shot in Toronto. In addition to Schmidt, the show stars Jordan Gavaris (Degrassi: The Next Generation) and Italia Ricci (Greek, Aaron Stone).
We just wish Cartoon Network could blend in some good old-fashioned animation with the live-action elements of the show!