The Hub is slowly, but surely, becoming a true competitor in the battle of the networks that air primarily cartoons. While acquiring re-runs of series, like Animaniacs, The Hub is also nurturing its slate of original programming, which includes My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (pictured). Recently The Hub announced its new and returning series for the 2013-2014 TV season, with some of the shows set to debut starting this summer.
From a press release, "The Hub is in a tremendous growth stage with triple-digit ratings increases, a major bump in distribution, and quality programming that appeals to both children and their parents," said Margaret Loesch, President and CEO of The Hub. "This slate of new and returning programs will capitalize on and sustain that momentum as we head into next season and continue to exponentially grow our presence in the kids space."
The new programming lineup will include two animated series: the new Hub original series, Sabrina: Secrets of a Teenage Witch, starring Ashley Tisdale (Phineas and Ferb); and an acquired series called SheZow, which features 12-year-old Guy who inherits the superhero persona of his deceased aunt, named (you guessed it) SheZow.
Plus, The Hub is planning two animated Hub original movies, including Stan Lee's Mighty 7, starring the mustachioed comid book legend himself; and Transformers Prime Beast Hunters: Predacons Rising, which wraps up the series' final chapter revealing the fate of Cybertron.
Series that are returning to The Hub are Pound Puppies (summer), Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters (summer), My Little Pony Friendship is Magic (winter), Littlest Pet Shop (winter), and Transformers Rescue Bots (winter).
The one cartoon I don't see on this list is Dan Vs., which excels at dry, sarcastic humor and features a top-notch cast, led by Curtis Armstrong (Risky Business) and Dave Foley (NewsRadio). Hopefully we'll get an announcement later this year that another season of Dan Vs. is coming our way. Otherwise, The Hub will be losing its best shot at earning cred with the adult cartoon-watching crowd.
Picture courtesy of The Hub/Hasbro.