(January 6, 2001 – Burbank, CA) – Kids’ WB!, a leader in kids’ television, will bring more of Jackie Chan’s action-comedy-adventure to its schedule with a total of 52 episodes of the new Saturday morning breakout hit series “Jackie Chan Adventures” from Sony Pictures Family Entertainment Group (SPFE). The series will go to strip, airing six days a week Monday-Saturday in Fall 2001, it was announced today by Donna Friedman, Executive Vice President, Kids’ WB! Since its debut on September 9, 2000, “Jackie Chan Adventures” has soared in the ratings, garnered critical acclaim and received an early second season pick-up. Season-to-date, the series is the #1 broadcast program in its time period among Kids 2-11, Kids 6-11, Boys 2-11 and Boys 6-11. In addition, the series ranks #2 among Kids’ WB! programs in Kids 6-11 and Boys 6-11, behind only “Pokémon: The Johto Journeys.” “We are thrilled to be announcing our further commitment to ‘Jackie Chan Adventures’ for Fall 2001,” stated Ms. Friedman. “It is our great confidence in Jackie Chan and the creative team at Sony Pictures Family Entertainment, as well as the amazing response we have received from kids, that motivated us to strip the series so quickly. We are excited to be giving kids what they’ve asked for – ‘Jackie Chan Adventures,’ six days a week.” “We’re thrilled that Kids’ WB! is as excited as we are about Jackie Chan and launching ‘Jackie Chan Adventures’ into a 52 episode strip series for next season,” said Sander Schwartz, President, Sony Pictures Family Entertainment Group. “Given the show’s strong performance this season, increasing momentum and popularity, we’re excited to showcase more of Jackie’s magnetic persona in this animated series,” he added. “JACKIE CHAN ADVENTURES” celebrates Chinese culture as animated Jackie, an ancient artifact expert and a special agent for the government's secret Section 13, shares ancient Chinese wisdom with his feisty 11-year-old niece, Jade, who quickly becomes his apprentice and partner in adventure. The series follows Jackie and Jade as they embark on a global quest to recover 12 magical talismans. In each episode, Jackie appears in live-action segments, demonstrating his athletic skills, wit and charm. “JACKIE CHAN ADVENTURES” airs on Saturday mornings at 9:00 a.m. ET/8:00 a.m. PT on Kids’ WB!, featuring all of Jackie’s acrobatic style of action, combined with his trademark underdog hero humor. Kids’ WB!, a leader in kids’ television, is the children’s programming service of The WB Network. The network has set precedent with its innovative and diverse 2000-2001 programming schedule and is the #1 broadcast network for the second consecutive season. Kids’ WB! brings viewers this season’s breakout hits “Jackie Chan Adventures,” “Pokémon: The Johto Journeys,” the first African-American teen animated superhero in “Static Shock,” the all-original “X-Men: Evolution,” the music-comedy “Generation O!,” along with the new mid-season series “The Zeta Project” and “Cubix.” The network also brings viewers the returning highly-rated hits “Pokémon,” “Cardcaptors,” “Batman Beyond,” “Men In Black: The Series,” “Max Steel” and other Kids’ WB! favorites. Kids can find out more on Kids’ WB!’s web site at www.KidsWB.com.
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