Cartoon Network Touts 2005 Additions

At the annual Television Critics Association meeting in North Hollywood, Cartoon Network today officially announced the addition of two eagerly awaited new series to its lineup for winter and fall of 2005. The cable toon outlet revealed that the previously untitled Seth Green project will be called Robot Chicken, and will be introduced to the Adult Swim block in February. Aaron McGruder’s The Boondocks will then dive into the pool during the fall season.

Cartoon Network ordered up 20 episodes of Robot Chicken. The stop-motion animated comedy is exec produced by Green, who voiced the Brian Griffin character in Seth McFarlane’s Family Guy, which airs in re-runs on the network. Green describes Robot Chicken as "Saturday Night Live with toys instead of actors." He created the satirical pop culture assault with Matthew Senreich, editorial director of Wizard Ent. The duo will co-write the episodes with Doug Goldstein and Tom Roots. Green recently starred in the box office hit comedy Without a Paddle.

Also on order are 15 episodes of The Boondocks, a half-hour animated series based on the successful, syndicated comic strip of the same name by McGruder and partner Reggie Hudlin. Sony Pictures Television is producing the show, which uses edgy humor to tackle cultural and political issues as seen through the eyes of two inner-city kids relocated to the suburbs and placed in the custody of their grandfather.

The comic strip first appeared in 1999 and is now seen in more than 200 newspapers. McGruder and Hudlin wrote the pilot for the toon and will serve as exec producers on the TV series. The duo is also scripting a Boondocks feature film, which Sony plans to develop as well.

Adult Swim airs Sunday through Thursday from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. (ET/PT) and features such cult favorites as Sealab 2021; Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law; Cowboy Bebop; Aqua Teen Hunger Force and Inuyasha, as well as Former Fox favorites Family Guy and Futurama. The block is No.1 in its time period on all of ad-supported basic cable with adults 18-24 and adults 18-34.