TELETOON Adds 12 for Fall

Canadian broadcaster TELETOON today announced its fall lineup at a press conference held at Astral Media. What the network calls its strongest lineup in its seven-year history will include 12 new animated series including six TELETOON original productions and six acquired series. In addition, the season will feature five world television premieres and five Canadian television premieres.

Zeroman (Sat/Sun at 7 p.m., 11 p.m. and 1:30 a.m. ET/PT) stars Leslie Nielsen from the AirPlane! and Naked Gun movies as the voice of a 64-year-old postman and incompetent possessor of superpowers. He will be joined by Atomic Betty (Mon-Fri at 5:30 p.m. and Sat/Sun at 9:30 a.m.), the Canadian series about a Saskatchewan girl who becomes an intergalactic rocket jockey. Slated for November is 6TEEN (Sun at 6 p.m.), a show set entirely in a shopping mall where six 16-year-olds experience their first jobs. Then, a back-to-nature lifestyle serves as a backdrop for two siblings tackling pre-teen life in The Tofus (Mon-Fri at 6:30 p.m.).

Two TELETOON Original Production series will have their Canadian television premieres this fall. The science-fiction series Delta State (Sat/Sun at 10 p.m. and 12:30 a.m.) features four anti-superheroes in their twenties charged with the task of rescuing humanity. The new CG pre-school series, Miss Spider’s Sunny Patch Friends (Sat/Sun at 1:30 p.m.), stars Kristin Davis (Sex and the City) in the continuing adventures of Miss Spider’s irrepressible brood as they explore the marvelous, miniature wonderland of Sunny Patch.

Acquired series for fall include The Flintstones (Mon-Fri at 8 p.m. and and 2 a.m.) and The Jetsons (Mon-Fri at 8:30 p.m. and 2:30 a.m.), which will both air in during the network’s RETRO block. TELETOON’s KAPOW! block will host the Canadian television premieres of Warner Bros. Animation’s The Batman (Sat/Sun at 11 a.m. beginning November 6) and Cartoon Network’s Megas XLR (Sat/Sun at 11:30 a.m.). The Batman follows the adventures of a twentysomething Bruce Wayne as he comes to terms with his new secret identity, and Megas XLR revolves around a young gearhead who discovers an 80-foot robot that could determine the fate of the universe.

Coming to TELETOON’s The Detour block is Cartoon Network’s The Brak Show (Sunday at 10:30 p.m. and 1 a.m.), which stars both aliens and humans in an outer space that looks more like an American suburb circa 1965. Returning to The Detour are Family Guy, Futurama, Home Movies, UnderGRADS, Daft Planet and Aqua Teen Hunger Force.

Finally, a series of shorts titled Home Things will air throughout the commercial-free pre-school block (Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-11:00 a.m. and 1 p.m.-3 p.m.)

In addition to new series and new episodes of returning favorites, TELETOON will air two feature films as CINETOON Special Presentations this September. Kingdoms, legends, wizards and dragons come together in the world television premiere of the TELETOON/Bardel Ent. original production, Dragons: Fire and Ice, on Saturday, Sept. 11, at 5 p.m. On Sunday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m., Scooby-Doo fans can see the first live-action film starring Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr.