Four new series are scheduled to join the lineup for the 5th season of 4Kids TV, 4Kids Ent.’s four-hour Saturday morning programming block on the FOX network. New shows Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Fast Forward, Viva Pinata, Yu-Gi-Oh! Capsule Monsters and Chaotic will also join returning favorites on the new 4Kids TV On Demand network in August.
Premiering July 29 at 10 a.m. (ET), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Fast Forward takes place in New York City in the year is 2105. In a world where humans and aliens live together in peace and harmony, there’s still a need for heroes and a strange twist of fate delivers Michelangelo, Leonardo, Raphael and Donatello.
Viva Pinata debuts on Sept. 9. Produced in partnership with Microsoft and Rare Ltd., the CG-animated comedy takes kids inside the fun-loving world of Pinatas, treat-filled party animals who live on the lush Pinata Island and regularly blast-off to parties around the world to bring joy and fun to kids of all ages. Main characters Fergy Fudgehog, Paulie Pretztail, Franklin Fizzlybear and Hudson Horstachio will also star in a Viva Pinata videogame coming this holiday season from Microsoft.
The adventures of Yugi and his friends continue in Yu-Gi-Oh! Capsule Monsters, also premiering on Sept. 9. This new, action-driven show has our heroes entering a strange realm in which the monsters are real and the battle becomes much more than just a game. Before reaching their destination, their plane crash-lands in a deserted forest where they discover a portal to another dimension where Yugi trades in his Duel Disk for a Capsule Shooter. The original Yu-Gi-Oh! series will also air on 4Kids TV this fall.
Premiering Sept. 30, Chaotic is based on new trading card game coming in the spring 2007. In the game, each card has its own code that lets players and collectors battle and trade online. But when some players start receiving mysterious passwords, they find their own codes transported to a place called Perim, where the Chaotic Creatures clash. The show promises to take interactivity to a whole new level as players and viewers discover that they can use the codes to transform themselves into the actual Creatures and play the game for real.
The 4Kids TV On Demand network will launch on Aug. 7 on Comcast ON DEMAND, offering 10 hours of programming from the 4Kids TV library. The lineup will be updated with new episodes every two weeks and will include never-before-seen episodes, exclusive premieres, sneak peaks and encore presentations of popular shows such as Yu-Gi-Oh!, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Winx Club and Sonic X, as well as new offerings Viva Pinata and Chaotic. The initial slate will feature five previously unaired episodes of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and a sneak peak at the first episode of Yu-Gi-Oh! Capsule Monsters.
4Kids TV airs from 8 a.m. to noon (ET) on the Fox Broadcasting Network. Kids can also watch streaming video of shows, play games, participate in promotions and engage in various other interactive activities at at www.4Kids.tv.