With its new Saturday Morning Lineup set to kick off this weekend, Cartoon Network tonight (Jan. 13) debuts its newest original production, Ben 10. The sci-fi action/adventure romp premieres at 7:30 p.m. (ET), before taking its regular spot on Saturdays at 10 a.m.
Ben 10 is a half-hour series that follows the adventures of 10-year-old Ben Tennyson, whose life is changed when he comes across the Omnitrix, an out-of-this-world wristwatch. With the extraterrestrial gizmo, Ben can transform into any one of ten alien beings, each with their own fantastic superpowers that help him battle the evil Viglax, who will stop at nothing to get the Omnitrix.
The show is created by Man of Action (the collective name for Joe Casey, Joe Kelly, Duncan Rouleau and Steve Seagle), and produced by Cartoon Network Studios in Burbank, Calif. The network has greenlit 26-episodes.
Cartoon Network’s fresh Saturday lineup kicks off at 9 a.m. with Alphanim’s Robotboy, produced by Cartoon Network Europe and France 3. Tapping into the classic Pinocchio mythology, the show centers on a powerful battle robot who dreams of becoming a real boy. Back for season two, Cartoon Network Studios’ The Life and Times of Juniper Lee follows at 9:30 a.m. with the continuing adventures of a regular pre-teen with the unusual responsibility of keeping the delicate balance between the real world and the realm of magic.
There’s more alien action loaded up for 10:30 as the network premieres Zixx from Thunderbird Films Inc. and CG animation studio Mainframe. Aimed at kids 8-12, the sci-fi show chronicles the adventures of an unlikely team of heroes who join forces in a quest to save the universe from evil. Rounding out the block at 11 a.m. is Dragon Hunters. Produced by French animation house Futurikon and managed by BRB Internacional, the series follows the misadventures of Lian Chi and Gwizdo, two warriors who have to take on more than 50 dragons in a fantasy medieval world set in the future.