(September 14, 2005 - Burbank, CA) — Kids' WB!, the #1 broadcaster in the kids’ business, announced today its diverse new Fall slate, offering broader audience appeal and dual-gender programs as the network continues to build on its first decade of success. The network’s new 2005-2006 broadcast season will be highlighted by the world premieres of three new series and four returning powerhouse hits. Kids' WB! will kick-off its new schedule with a Saturday Unleashed morning, Saturday, September 17 (8 a.m.-12 p.m. ET / 7-11 a.m. PT). The premiere morning also will feature the “Kids' WB! Saturday Unleashed Sweepstakes,” giving kids the chance to win one of two hundred cool iPod Shuffles. On Monday, September 19 (3-5 p.m. ET/PT), the new season’s Monday-Friday weekday lineup will debut, introducing the high-octane vehicles-turned-robots world of "Transformers®: Cybertron," along with more exciting adventures of returning favorites, five-days-a-week, only on Kids' WB! From award-winning studio Warner Bros. Animation, the three new series joining Kids' WB!'s Fall Saturday schedule include the highly anticipated Looney Tunes-inspired series "Loonatics Unleashed," the zany-comedy "Coconut Fred’s Fruit Salad Island" and the action-comedy-adventure "Johnny Test." Kids' WB!'s returning hits include the next installments of the top-rated series "Pokémon Advanced Battle" and "Yu-Gi-Oh! Grand Championship," along with all-new episodes of breakout hits "Xiaolin Showdown" and "The Batman." KIDS’ WB! IS UNLEASHING THE EXCITEMENT: During the launch of its new season on Saturday September 17, the network will host the “Kids' WB! Saturday Unleashed Sweepstakes,” offering kids the chance to rock out and win one of two hundred hot iPod Shuffles. To be eligible to win in this exciting sweepstakes, viewers will be invited to tune-in to Kids' WB!'s new Saturday morning lineup and identify which character unleashes a brand new catch phrase every hour. Entries will be accepted online at www.KidsWB.com and by mail for a chance to win. SATURDAYS ARE UNLEASHED ON KIDS’ WB!: Beginning September 17, the new Saturday morning slate kicks-off at 8:00 a.m. ET (7:00 a.m. PT) with the fifth season and latest installment of "Yu-Gi-Oh! Grand Championship," which officially debuted with the exclusive U.S. premiere on Saturday, August 27. The new season introduces Yugi’s new arsenal of monsters and cards and brings him face-to-face with the greatest duelists in the world for their chance to take his Duel Monsters Championship crown. From 4Kids Productions, Inc., the new season of "Yu-Gi-Oh! Grand Championship" also will air original episodes at 11:30 a.m. ET (10:30 a.m. PT) on Saturday mornings. "The Dark Knight" will join forces with Yugi to fuel the morning with adrenaline-pumping adventures as the Emmy Award-winning series "The Batman" airs at 8:30 a.m. ET (7:30 a.m. PT). The captivating new season introduces a little competition and unwanted ally to The Batman in protecting the citizens of Gotham … from a teenaged girl – Batgirl. "The Batman" is produced by Warner Bros. Animation. At 9:00 a.m. ET (8:00 a.m. PT), the Emmy Award-winning and culturally diverse hit series "Xiaolin Showdown" returns for its third season with our four young monks now having risen to the ranks of Wudai Warriors as they test their courage and new powers. They will stop at nothing to protect themselves, the powerful Shen Gong Wu and the world from evil … prepared to challenge any and all to a "Xiaolin Showdown!" "Xiaolin Showdown" is produced by Warner Bros. Animation. Set sail, at 9:30 a.m. ET (8:30 a.m. PT), for the silliest spot in the Seven Seas, "Coconut Fred's Fruit Salad Island" – a tropical island of unsurpassed beauty. Bananas, melons, mangos and other lucky fruits live on this tiny jewel of an isle, located deep in the middle of the little-known Fruit Salad Ocean. But these islanders are not alone. They share their peaceful paradise with a real nut – a wild coconut named Fred. A ball of boundless kid-like energy driven by an insatiable curiosity, Fred is an eternal optimist who sees every day as a new adventure full of possibilities. High-energy hijinx abound as Fred surprises and entertains his ripening pals with his mighty imagination…since anything he envisions has the ability to come to life. The unique combination of 2-D Flash animated characters set against photo-realistic backgrounds allows Fred's reality to be as limitless as his dreams. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, this original comedy "Coconut Fred’s Fruit Salad Island" splashes onto Saturday mornings with this zany nut and his fresh crop of cohorts. At 10:00 a.m. ET (9:00 a.m. PT), the saga continues with the next evolution of the evergreen animé-adventure hit "Pokémon Advanced Battle," from 4Kids Productions, Inc., as the eighth season catches up with Ash and the gang on their latest adventures while he prepares for the Hoenn League Championships, meeting new Pokémon, intense competition and new challenges as they explore the unknown land of Battle Frontier. The highly anticipated all-new, action-packed, comedy-adventure series "Loonatics Unleashed" will debut at 10:30 a.m. ET (9:30 a.m. PT) and take viewers seven hundred years into the future, the year 2772, to meet the ensemble cast of six heroes who are descendants of the Looney Tunes. Living in the perpetual twilight of Acmetropolis, where supernatural phenomena are the norm, our team becomes imbued with super powers after a massive meteor knocks Earth off its axis. Sharing the same irreverent, sharp-edged wit as their forefathers, and banding together to become the Loonatics, we’ve got: Ace Bunny (descendant of Bugs Bunny), Lexi Bunny (descendant of Lola Bunny), Danger Duck (descendant of Daffy Duck), Slam Tasmanian (descendant of Tasmanian Devil), Rev Runner (descendant of Road Runner) and Tech E. Coyote (descendant of Wile E. Coyote), who are joined by Zadavia, the mysterious organizer of the Loonatics who sends the team out on their missions. Together they are unstoppable, boasting special skills, unique abilities and a firm sense of justice. Want to save the world … call in the Loonatics! This high-octane action-comedy series is produced by Warner Bros. Animation. Join fearless boy/dog duo, at 11:00 a.m. ET (10:00 a.m. PT), in the all-new fantastical-comedy extravaganza "Johnny Test." For 11-year-old Johnny, it's all about the now! He's beyond fearless, and obsessed with breaking limits – speed limits, time limits, physical limits, you name it. Take all that pre-adolescent oomph and throw in the ultimate companion – a genetically enhanced talking dog, Dukey – and we’ve got an unstoppable combo! Johnny’s 13-year-old super-genius twin sisters, Susan and Mary, can create anything they imagine, from a time machine to a supersonic scooter to everlasting lip gloss – when they're not trying to solve the trials and tribulations of adolescence through science. Bribed with spectacular gifts and special powers, Johnny willingly acts as his sisters’ guinea pig. Whether he's defending Earth's supply of Super Hot Ranch-Flavored Nacho Blasters, battling real live monster trucks or fleeing danger with his "Lower Posterior Energy Bursts," Johnny always emerges from his out-of-this-world escapades unscathed. Unfortunately, Dukey's not always so lucky, and Susan and Mary are often grounded by their parents. This comedy-adventure series is produced by Warner Bros. Animation. MORE WEEKDAY ADVENTURES ONLY ON KIDS’ WB!: On Monday, September 19, Kids' WB!'s Monday-Friday weekday lineup will debut, bringing viewers more exhilarating quests, surprising new villains and unpredictable adventures as "Pokémon" (3:00 p.m. ET/PT), "The Batman" (3:30 p.m. ET/PT) and "Xiaolin Showdown" (4:00 p.m. ET/PT) team up with "Transformers: Cybertron" (4:30 p.m. ET/PT) for a powerhouse lineup. The quarter of a century saga continues as the Transformers® are faced with the epic feat of saving their ancient home of Cybertron. When the damaged planet is not able to resist the pull of a gigantic black hole threatening to destroy it, one of the first Transformers ever created and who holds the knowledge of the Ancients, Vector Prime™, is summoned out of the shadows of time. Called upon to protect and repair the planet, he enlists the aid of Optimus Prime® and his Autobot® warriors to recover Cybertron before it’s too late. Also fast-forwarding onto Kids' WB! later this Fall 2005 is "Viewtiful Joe," one of Japan’s hottest television series and from Geneon Entertainment. This action-adventure series introduces Joe, a normal guy who has special superpowers bestowed upon him by his all-time favorite action movie superhero Captain Blue, transforming him into Viewtiful Joe. Featuring the breakout characters from the award-winning video game series developed by Capcom Co. Ltd., the series brings a unique American comic book-style character design that is ripe with action and loaded with comedy.
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