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Comedy Central, Cartoon Network Eye New Programs

sg_comedycenComedy Central and Cartoon Network are adding some peculiar programming to their roster. Cartoon Network, which is known for more animated fare, will be adding two new live-action shows to its lineup while Comedy Central will collaborate with satirical news giant, The Onion, for a 30-minute scripted program.

Tower Prep and History will be Cartoon Network’s first live-action scripted pilots. History centers on a “skilled and worldly high school student who gets wrapped up in mysteries at a national museum with his smooth-talking cousin.” The show is created by Mark Web and features the voices of Kevin G. Schmidt and Jordan Gavaris. Tower Prep is an action thriller featuring a “rebellious teenager trapped in a strange prep school for children with unique potential.” Batman: The Animated Series producer Paul Dini is overseeing the project, which features the voice of Drew Van Acker.

The network has ordered 13 episodes of both hour-long shows.

“These new series will offer our viewers a type of action-packed event entertainment not found anywhere else,” said Rob Sorcher, Cartoon Network’s chief content officer.

While Cartoon Network will embark on something different from its usual programming, Comedy Central will not. The cable channel will collaborate with The Onion for a comedy based on the Onion Sports Network online video series, which will take a (surprise) satirical look at sports and sports journalism.

“We are thrilled to be in business with a cultural icon like The Onion to give our audience the sports show they deserve,” says Lauren Corrao, Comedy Central programming president. “The short-form content on the OSN web series is outstanding, hilarious and exactly what you’d expect from the gang. We’re really excited to take this great idea and turn it into a regular, weekly series.

Onion Sports Network’s Julie Smith and Will Graham will executive produce and no air date has been specified.

The Onion is the biggest, most fearless, most influential news organisation in the free world,” said Steve Hannah, CEO of Onion, Inc. “And we see a collaboration with Comedy Central as the next logical step in the expansion of the Onion Sports Network’s hard-hitting coverage.”

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