The Hub Network announced a slate of new programming for its 2013-’14 season that includes four new series, two Hub Original Family Movies, and nine returning series. The announcement was made today by Margaret Loesch, president and CEO of The Hub, the fastest growing children’s cable network.
The new programming lineup includes two animated series: the new Hub Original Series, Sabrina: Secrets of a Teenage Witch, featuring the voice of Ashley Tisdale as Archie Comics’ iconic teen character re-imagined for a new generation; and an acquired series called SheZow which features 12-year-old Guy, a thrill-seeking dude trying to cultivate a macho image who inherits the superhero persona of his deceased aunt — the kick-butt, female superhero SheZow!
In addition, The Hub will have two animated Hub Original Family Movies, including Stan Lee’s Mighty 7 starring the legendary superhero creator himself, as well as an all-star lineup of voice actors; and Transformers Prime Beast Hunters: Predacons Rising, which wraps up the series’ final chapter revealing the fate of Cybertron.
Here is the complete list of the new offerings, per the company press release:
Wizards vs Aliens (Hub Acquired Series – Live Action)
Created by Russell T Davies and Phil Ford — the creative forces behind “Doctor Who” and “Torchwood” — the series follows the adventures of two 16-year-old school boys, Tom and Benny, who battle to save Earth from the Nekross, an alien race. While Tom lives a seemingly ordinary life with his dad and grandmother, he hides a deep secret: his family members are wizards. Following the tremendous success of season one in the UK, “Wizards vs Aliens” will make its American debut on The Hub. The series is produced by BBC Cymru Wales and FremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment.
SheZow (Hub Acquired Series – Animated)
Twelve-year-old Guy Hamdon is a natural cut-up who fancies himself an extreme dude with his own catch phrase, “It’s a GUY thing.” Guy lives the dream of every rough-and-tumble boy when he discovers an awesome power ring belonging to his deceased aunt, which transforms him into a mighty superhero SheZow! There’s just one tiny catch — the ring that gives Guy his amazing super powers was only meant to be worn by a girl and the result is absolutely she-larious! Guy must use his super powers to battle mega-villains while sporting an outrageous female superhero costume, which actually ends up helping him tremendously on his own personal journey toward becoming one heck of a super man. The series is produced by Moody Street Kids & Kickstart Productions Inc.
Spooksville (Hub Original Series – Live Action)
Based on the acclaimed book series by author Christopher Pike, the new kid in town discovers that he holds the key to a battle between good and evil that has been taking place for centuries in a bizarre small town that plays host to a wide array of supernatural and unexplained occurrences. The half-hour series is produced by Front Street Pictures and Springville Productions in association with Jane Startz Productions.
Sabrina: Secrets of a Teenage Witch (Hub Original Series – Animated)
The pop culture phenomenon will return to television in the all-new original animated series with High School Musical star Ashley Tisdale, who lends her voice to the lead character of Sabrina. The series features the iconic teen character re-imagined for a new generation. The series is produced by Moonscoop; Archie Comic Publications, Inc.; DSK Group, India; Laughing Lion; and Telegael Teoranta.
Transformers Prime Beast Hunters: Predacons Rising (Hub Original Family Movie – Animated)
The eagerly anticipated conclusion of the CG animated Daytime Emmy winning series will make its network television premiere as a Hub Original Family Movie. A 90-minute epilogue to the final season wraps up the series that chronicles the epic battle between the Decepticons and the Autobots in their mission to defend Earth and one day restore their home planet of Cybertron. The Hub Original Family Movie is produced by Hasbro Studios. The final season of “Transformers Prime Beast Hunters begins on Friday, March 22, 7:30 p.m. ET.
Stan Lee’s Mighty 7 (Hub Original Family Movie – Animated)
Stan Lee executive produces and stars in this Hub Original Family Movie as an animated version of himself, a legendary superhero creator teaching a crew of alien prisoners and their jailers, who have crash-landed on Earth, how to work together and use their powers to be superheroes. The series features brand new characters voiced by an all-star cast. The Hub Original Family Movie, which is produced by A2 Entertainment, Archie Comic Publications, Inc., and Stan Lee’s POW Entertainment, will serve as a springboard for a potential future television series.
Returning Hub Original Series/Specials with new episodes:
- The Aquabats! Super Show! (Season two premiering this summer produced by BatMagic)
- Pound Puppies (Season three premiering this summer produced by Hasbro Studios)
- Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters (Season two “Clash of the Duel Masters” premiering this summer produced by Hasbro Studios)
- Family Game Night (Season four premiering this summer produced by Hasbro Studios and Zoo Productions)
- R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour: The Series (Season four premiering this fall produced by Front Street Pictures in association with The Hatchery, LLC)
- My Little Pony Friendship is Magic (Season four premiering this winter produced by Hasbro Studios)
- Littlest Pet Shop (Season two premiering this winter produced by Hasbro Studios)
- Transformers Rescue Bots (Season two premiering this winter produced by Hasbro Studios)
- Secret Millionaires Club (22 all-new specials produced by A Squared Entertainment to run monthly on The Hub)