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New Powerpuff Girls Special Coming To Cartoon Network Plus A DC Nation Shake-Up

Cartoon Network is busy presenting their upcoming roster of shows for advertisers and we’ve seen some interesting developments. For one, there’s an all-new Powerpuff Girls special making its way to the network but Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Green Lantern: The Animated Series, and Young Justice are notably absent. Could this mean what we think it means? It sure can considering two new DC shows are premiering soon. 

While Clone Wars wasn’t mentioned, Cartoon Network did tout a special, The Yoda Chronicles, a LEGO Star Wars adventure set in the prequel timeline. Everyone knew Clone Wars’ time was short once the Disney/LucasFilm merger went through. Hopefully it will find it’s way to Disney XD without missing a beat. But what’s up with the Powerpuff Girls?

This groundbreaking and Emmy®-winning series, created by Craig McCracken, ran on Cartoon Network from 1998-2005 and will soar again as a brand-new, redesigned and re-imagined CG special coming in 2013 where the trio of pint-sized super heroines will be called upon to rescue not just the city of Townsville, but the USA and the world! Featuring an original song “I Wish I Was A Powerpuff Girl” performed by Beatles legend Ringo Starr, who also portrays Townsville’s most famous flamboyant mathematician, “Fibonacci Sequins,” this all-new original special comes from a powerhouse creative team featuring animation talent from around the globe including acclaimed director Dave Smith and award-winning art director Kevin Dart and is produced by Cartoon Network Studios in association with UK’s Passion Pictures. The special also features the original voice cast reprising their iconic roles and will premiere later this year.

Bleeding Cool believes the above image is the new design for the Girls but I haven’t seen it anywhere else and there’s no source listed. McCracken and Lauren Faust seemingly have no involvement in the special.

As far as Cartoon Network’s DC Nation programming block goes, it appears Green Lantern: The Animated Series and Young Justice are done for. They aren’t listed in returning series but two new DC animated shows we previously knew about were given a push. Teen Titans Go! will feature Robin, Starfire, Raven, Beast Boy and Cyborg and premiere in April 2013 and Beware the Batman will feature “backup from ex-secret agent Alfred and lethal swordstress Katana” plus villains Anarky, Professor Pyg, Mister Toad and Magpie and premiere in the summer. God knows how they’re going to make Grant Morrison’s Professor Pyg kid-friendly. We can only hope parents have enough sense not to buy their children the comics with him in it.

The list of returning series or specials is as follows: Adventure Time, Regular Show, Annoying Orange, MAD, The Amazing World of Gumball, The Looney Tunes Show, Ben 10 Omniverse, Dreamworks Dragons: Riders of Berk, Scooby-Doo! Mystery Inc., Johnny Test, Pokémon Black & White: Adventures in Unova, Beyblade Metal Fury, Almost Naked Animals, and Scaredy Squirrel.

(via Deadline)

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  • Jess

    They better not have gotten rid of Young Justice is all I have to say. Especially with all the frakking crap they’ve put us fans through already with hiatuses.

  • Matthew Wayne Ninemire

    And yet, we still have to suffer through more johnny friggin test… I mean seriously…

  • Andrew Kapellusch

    NOOOOOOOOOOO! Young Justice!NOOOOOO! :(

  • TKS

    Hey, Cartoon Network: “The Annoying Orange” is an aptly named show.

    Cancel it.

  • Ribbonquest

    I’m most interested in the PPG special but tentatively. Is ANYONE from the old series going to be on board? McCracken, Faust, Tara Strong, etc. We’ll see how things develop. I don’t require an identical production crew but I hope it stays true to the series.

    By the way, CN: I want Amethyst turned into a series. Pretty please?

  • Anonymous

    I read this headline and got really excited. And then it went away when I read “reimagined CG” and “McCracken and Lauren Faust have no involvement.”

  • mea.glitch

    Kinda worried about PPG: while they have the original voice cast, doesn’t sound like they have much else from the original. Not sure how that’s going to work.

    And am I the only one who noticed “Scooby-Doo! Mystery Inc.” in the list? I had heard it was cancelled and scheduling indicated it was on the outs.

  • Anonymous

    Did the El Santo series they teased a long while back ever happen? Like was maybe it only done in Spanish or something?

  • Anonymous
  • TKS

    Am I the only one who, upon first viewing of Johnny Test, thought “this is a gender-bent Dexter’s Laboratory…except really bad.”

  • Angry And Yellow

    Bastards! Young Justice was the only show in the line-up worth a damn. And how about bring back Samurai Jack?

  • Anonymous

    That is a damn shame about YJ. It had some really awesome lady and poc heroes and a lot of characters I never thought I’d see animated. :|

    The PPG news is good though.

  • Pops

    I’m so incredibly sick of lineless, twee art that looks like a 5th grader just discovered pastels.

  • Steve Pendlebury

    I feel that this is going to be one of those things that could be really good but won’t be. The song and Ringo Starr is interesting, and a 3D powerpuff girl based on the original Craig McCracken designs would be cool, but that picture has got me very worried. The new look PPG’s don’t seem to cut it with me as the originals are still and always will be everywhere. These new ones don’t cut it and I wonder what the other characters will be like….

  • Gabriel Wilson

    no, you are not. it’s a further slap in the face of the fans of Dexter’s Lab

  • Rizz Rustbolt

    It’s not even a rip-off of Dexter’s. It’s a Zim rip-off.

  • Rizz Rustbolt

    Considering that Genndy Tartakovsky said that he would never work with CN ever again, that seems unlikely.

  • Rizz Rustbolt

    If it has a large following outside of the white male(8-25) market, it most likely will not be returning.

  • Jeff Harris

    I won’t worry too much about Clone Wars. That’ll be Disney XD-bound. Sure, it’ll have a quarter of the audience it has on Cartoon Network, but it’ll still be on TV. Still, I think the writing was on the wall for Young Justice the minute Cartoon Network ordered what they wanted in the first place – a comedic action series in the vein of Teen Titans. You know, Teen Titans Go!. Shame about Green Lantern though, replaced by yet another Bat-series. It was the only production that actually made me like Hal Jordan, a feat that will probably never happen again. Oh well.

  • Jeff Harris

    On the bright side, Level Up looks dead! That show was obnoxious and atrocious.

  • Lindsey Stock

    One more show done in crappy CG + No more Young Justice = no more reason for me to watch Cartoon Network. Bye bye.

  • Anonymous

    I’m not so annoyed by the lack of original producers since AFAIK McCracken, Faust, etc are all working on their own projects at the moment anyway, and I doubt they’d have time to work on this.

    They weren’t involved in the Power Puff Girls Z anime either, and what few episodes of that I saw subbed, I was pleased with, so I’m not too worried about their lack of involvement here.

    I’m optimistic about this myself. I wouldn’t mind seeing a re-imagined PPG, and more Powerpuff is always a good thing. Fingers crossed this “special” is a pilot for a series reboot.

  • Travis Fischer

    Young Justice is dead and being replaced with the zombified corpses of Teen Titans and the PowerPuff Girls… Oh joy.

  • Guest

    Clone Wars will be going over to Disney XD since they’re season ahead in production and because of the merger. You should include that in your article

  • Jill Pantozzi


    “Everyone knew Clone Wars’ time was short once the Disney/LucasFilm merger went through. Hopefully it will find it’s way to Disney XD without missing a beat.”

  • Erika M

    No! Man Young Justice is one of my favorite shows! Don’t tell me it’ll be cancelled for good! There’s got to be a please to continue it!

  • Anonymous

    I *hate* Level Up. Another one of those “why is this really stupid non-cartoon on Cartoon Network” programs.

  • Nick Gaston

    Wow…it’s almost like pulling an abrupt 5-year timeskip and retooling followed by an unannounced three month hiatus is a BAD thing for building an audience!

  • Deangelo Hill

    ima be on some other shit they cancel young justice or green lantern i swear to god ima be on my punisher mode keep taking the show off air ight

  • Deangelo Hill

    get rid on annoying orange yall wallen the shit just went away for 3 to 4 months now it cant get a third season fuck stuart snyder

  • Britny Hildreth

    So they take away Young Justice and leave us with stupid shows like Mad and The Annoying Orange? Way to go Cartoon Network. Way to flippin’ go.

  • Ashe P. Samuels

    Glad to know I’m not the only one that finds that show annoying as shit.

  • Kris Kail

    Problem with Johnny Test is that it’s so inexpensive for them to make and it brings in good ratings because kids like the childish humor that’s aimed at them. I don’t mind it, it would be a problem if EVERY Cartoon Network show was that bad, but they have a decent ratio of good to bad shows.

  • kukutjulu

    no se que decir

  • OnyxPrimal

    They kill 2 awesome shows but there will be MORE Johnny Test?!?! There is no Justice in this world.

  • Rarity

    You should be writing a letter to Canada’s Teletoon then, because that’s where the Johnny Test is coming from.

  • Jerry Fill

    Kevin Dart rules, his take will be very refreshing….

  • Can

    Good lord no. Look at it. It looks like it was drawn by a person eating soy vegan yogurt on a bed with a floral pattern. I hate this style so much. I mean really imagine ppg made in flash the same way as mlp. But this would have lasers and explosions and awesome humor. I think this is a big middle finger to all the bronies by television companies saying fuck off this show is for kids. Rest assured, I will not watch this. So whatever they are doing, it’s working.

  • OnyxPrimal

    Canada! I should have known! (Just kidding Canadians… Beautiful country BTW)

  • Dlee

    You mean, no *Young* Justice.

    I’m sorry, that was bad. Forgive me, I’m still in mourning.

  • Anonymous

    Fairly Oddparents rip-off.

  • Jayb

    Glad I’m not the only one who hates JOhnny Test, and it’s on for an hour and a half while they intend on canceling GLTAS and YJ. I want all the old shows back. We don’t have any variety anymore.

  • Kim Martin

    I can’t believe they’re keeping Annoying Orange and booting Young Justice. WTFFFFFF