FOX KIDS NETWORK ADDS 7 NEW SERIES AND OVER 260 NEW EPISODES TO AMBITIOUS 1999-2000 TELEVISION SEASO
"NASCAR SuperChargers," "Spider-Man Unlimited" and "The Avengers" Among Dynamic New Marquee Series
NEW YORK, Feb. 9 -- Fox Kids Network will add seven new animated series (143 new episodes) and nine returning series (121 new episodes) to its 10th season of highly-rated weekday afternoon and Saturday morning programming. The energetic lineup was unveiled today by Maureen Smith, General Manager, Fox Kids Network and Executive Vice President, Fox Family Worldwide, at the network's advertising upfront sales presentation.
The Fox Kids schedule includes NASCAR SUPERCHARGERS, the first-ever kids' television program involving NASCAR which follows the thrill-a-minute adventures of four courageous young drivers in the exciting world of America's fastest growing sports experience; SPIDER-MAN UNLIMITED, an all-new series featuring everyone's favorite web-slinger like you've never seen him before; THE AVENGERS, based on one of Marvel Comics' most enduring and popular comic book series; BIG GUY AND RUSTY THE BOY ROBOT, based on the Dark Horse comic book series featuring a mighty yet unlikely Robot duo; BEAST HUNTERS, with the popular Beast Wars characters continuing their fight against the evil dragon Megatron and his hordes of Predacons; and CYBER 9, a mysterious futuristic journey of a young man's quest to become king of a brave new world.
Fox Kids also has several series in development including SLAM CITY, SPEEDY PUMPERNICKEL INTERGALACTIC SPACE CADET (from MAD JACK creator Bill Kopp), DIABOLIK, an animated spy-superhero and GENERATION X, Marvel Comics' spin-off to the popular "X-Men."
Fox Kids' nine returning animated and live-action series, (more than 120 new episodes) will be highlighted by all-new episodes of this season's highly-rated hit GODZILLA: THE SERIES; the covert canine comedy THE SECRET FILES OF THE SPYDOGS; more exciting adventures on the high seas with MAD JACK THE PIRATE; and the all-new mystical Celtic adventures of MYSTIC KNIGHTS BATTLE THUNDER.
Other returning series include WOODY WOODPECKER (premieres May 8, 1999), POWER RANGERS LOST GALAXY (premiered February 6), THE MAGICIAN (Spring 99) and SPIDER-MAN.
"Our 1999-'00 slate focuses on our strength as the action-adventure and prankster comedy destination for kids," said Ms. Smith. "The lineup showcases cutting edge animation and live-action favorites, fulfilling kids expectations of over-the-top excitement, adventure and laughs on Fox Kids."
The animated series joining the 1999-2000 lineup (alphabetical order) are:
THE AVENGERS is a fast-paced animated series based on the classic Marvel Comic created in 1963. Set in a vibrant high-tech near future, the series focuses on the mightiest team of superheroes in the Marvel Universe. Based in New York City, they defend the world, the country and the common man from the most dangerous villains on the planet. Living in their headquarters protected by an intelligent computer system, the Avengers are a spirited family of crime fighters who struggle to keep their team together and their personal demons at bay as they battle the forces of evil. There are 13 episodes being produced by Saban Entertainment, in association with Marvel Studios.
BEAST HUNTERS, the next evolution of the popular Beast Wars franchise, continue their fight against the evil dragon Megatron and his hordes of Predacons in 13 all-new episodes with cutting edge computer animation, action, adventure and humor, produced by Mainframe Entertainment.
BEAST WARS takes place in a mysterious world full of the powerful substance Energon. Maximals, wild animals that can transform into robot warriors, battle the evil Predacons for control of this energy source and to protect their freedom. As the stakes rise, each side must find a way to win the Beast Wars. There are 52 episodes produced by Mainframe Entertainment.
BIG GUY AND RUSTY THE BOY ROBOT, based on the popular Dark Horse comic book, tracks the continuing adventures of a mighty but unlikely robotic duo as they protect the Earth from aliens, monsters and evil robots. Big Guy, an electronic colossus designed by the military, is reluctantly teamed with Rusty, a boy robot with human emotions that idolizes this famed metallic hero. What Rusty doesn't know is that Big Guy is really a mechanical suit operated by a human pilot. These high-tech heroes forge a solid friendship and battle foes like one well-oiled machine. Columbia Tri-Star Children's Programming is producing 26 episodes.
CYBER 9 is the mysterious saga of a young man's journey to be king. >From the depths of the underworld to futuristic battlefields where the fate of millions will be decided, our hero Jack must undertake this ultimate quest to bring peace to an apocalyptic world in peril. Jack faces his adventure with the help of Cyber 9, a super computer, and a group of powerful friends. Saban Entertainment is producing 13 episodes.
NASCAR SUPERCHARGERS, a heart-pounding, high-octane adventure, stars four courageous young drivers and futuristic SuperCars, who team up to face untold dangers as they battle for individual glory and the world racing championship title. Saban Entertainment is producing 13 episodes.
SPIDER-MAN UNLIMITED introduces all-new episodes of everyone's favorite web-crawler stranded in a bizarre world where familiar things are never quite as they seem. In a highly stylized New York City, Peter Parker must find a way to blend in while Spider-Man accepts a level of responsibility he has never encountered. Spider-Man faces an array of villains with incredible powers, some who bear an eerie resemblance to his classic foes. Although Peter's friends and family exist in this world, history has created different circumstances from those at home. Spider-Man's legacy continues in 13 new episodes produced by Saban Entertainment.
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