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Cartoon Network Will Bring Back Old Favorites, ThunderCats Not Deemed a New Favorite

Perhaps taking a cue from Nickelodeon and its recent trip down memory lane, Cartoon Network has announced that it will bring some of its old favorites back into its primetime lineup in a block called Cartoon Planet. It also announced its list of returning shows, and one super-hyped reboot didn’t make the cut. ThunderCats was nowhere to be seen. Could it be coming back at another time of the year, taking a Community-style hiatus? Other evidence points to “Snarf.”

First, the good news: Cartoon Network issued an announcement that contained not just shows that will be coming back (among them: Adventure Time, MAD, Young Justice, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and The Looney Tunes Show), but new shows as well as the new block of returning favorites that starts tomorrow at 8:00 PM (Eastern time). Those shows will include Chowder, Johnny Bravo, Dexter’s Laboratory, Cow and Chicken, and The Powerpuff Girls. Here is this week’s hour-long block:

*Cow and Chicken “Happy Meat”
*The Powerpuff Girls “Meet The Beat Alls”
*Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends “Sight for Sore Eyes”
*Johnny Bravo “Johnny Bravo Meets Adam West”
*Dexter’s Laboratory “Star Spangled Sidekicks”

It’s very reminiscent of Nickelodeon’s nostalgia-fest last summer, which saw the temporary return of classic shows from the ’90s like Clarissa Explains It All, Doug, All That, and The Adventure of Pete and Pete. Those shows, which aired on TeenNick, were decided by an online poll. It doesn’t look like that’s what will decide what runs on Cartoon Planet, but maybe if they see a spike in the ratings, they’ll consider starting a similar interactive element to this. Either way, it will be a great chance to see what Cartoon Network used to look like.

One title missing from the list of returning shows, however, was ThunderCats. Despite all the excitement leading up to its debut, the anime-inspired reboot of the ’80s cartoon was noticeably left off the list. And Topless Robot points out that there were no ThunderCats toys from Bandai at the New York Toy Fair. There isn’t any official statement as to whether it’s been canceled or it just didn’t make this particular lineup. (You’ll recall that NBC left Community off the mid-season lineup and had to quell a very scared internet that the show was definitely going to return eventually. It came back March 15 to huge ratings.) You can be sure that if we hear anything, you’ll read about it here.

Cartoon Planet starts this Friday, March 30 at 8:00 PM and will be hosted by Brak and Zorak. Here is the promo:

(Nick and More via The Daily What, Topless Robot)

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  • Anonymous

    “Cartoon Planet” does not include the /actual/ Cartoon Planet?  Sadface.

  • ShifterCat

    Whaaaat?  But the ThunderCats reboot is awesome!  And I really wanted to see what was going to happen next!

  • Anonymous

    no samurai jack?  :(

  • Anonymous

    Aw man, I thought for a moment that they were bringing back the show “Cartoon Planet”. Which would’ve been AMAZING. This is pretty cool too though.

  • Christopher LaHaise

    March 31st, I think, is the start of the second half of the season, according to Wikipedia.  :)

  • Anonymous

    at least powerpuffs girls is coming back.  “meet the beat alls” is my favorite episode, too!

  • RedBellMage

    I guess its better than nothing even if its not much
    Here’s a better was they can really show they’re listening to the viewers outside of inviting a couple of us (one of them being me) to sit down with them for feedback : Put all that reality garbage Total Drama, Outsiders, Level Up, and that CGI abomination The Clone Wars(yes I totally hated it)  along with those new shows Adventure Time, Flapjack  its own channel call that CN or CNReal whatever and that can be Stuart Snyders baby and if it fails let it be on his head. 
    Make another channel and bring back the quality programming from the golden years late 90′s to early 2000′s like Fosters, Ed Edd, and Eddy, Kids Next Door, PPG, Samurai Jack, Cow and Chicken. Furthermore  bring back the artists who created those shows to make to new episodes. Bring back favorites like the Groovies and What A Cartoon show as opportunities for viewers to see and vote new cartoons and giving an opportunity for fresh new talent to showcase and the chance for shorts that maybe should have gotten a chance but didnt.  Along with resurrecting Toonami Saturdays and Adult Swim Sundays let that be THE Cartoon Network like it should have been anyway. then put the old favorites from 40-80′s possibly 90′s on Boomerang.  That will be bring back the viewership and ratings and money.
    Sorry stepping off soapbox now
    Ah one can dream and wish.

  • YU