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New ‘Mad,’ ‘Young Justice’ Animated Series Round Out a Cartoon Network Schedule That’s Chock-Fulla’ Comics

I have to admit, when Fox’s sketch comedy show “Mad TV” came to a close awhile back I didn’t expect to see the brand resurface with a new format so quickly. Same thing with Cartoon Network’s “Teen Titans.” That said, I’m still intrigued by today’s announcement that both franchises are headed back to television with revamped animated series.

The Source has reported that both “Young Justice” and “Mad,” will arrive on Cartoon Network this fall, marking something of a new animated era for both properties. Having grown up a huge fan of YJ, I’m pretty stoked on the news, even if the team is modernized.

As reminded by Comicvine, DC doesn’t have a monopoly on comic-to-cartoon adaptations this fall. Phil Hester and Andy Kuhn’s “Firebreather” will also arrive on the airwaves this autumn, although as a CG feature rather than a straight series. There’s also the matter of Man of Action’s “Generator Rex,” which debuts on the network this weekend and is based on the team’s 1999 “M. Rex” series.

All in all, CN seems like it’s stocking up on comic book properties, which as part of a complete breakfast make for a healthy way to start your proverbial day/night/afternoon/weekend. Check out the official synopses for each project straight from CN’s official press release after the jump.From CN’s press release:

• MAD: Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and using the iconic MAD magazine, published by DC Comics, as inspiration, MAD is an animated sketch-comedy series utilizing a chaotic mix of animation styles and twisted humor to pull back the curtain and expose the truth behind movies, TV shows, games, pop culture and, of course, curtains! Classic MAD magazine characters and features such as Alfred E. Neuman and Spy vs. Spy pop up, and no subject matter or individual will be safe from MAD’s barrage of parodies and sketches. In the end, viewers won’t get even, they’ll just get MAD! Sam Register (Teen Titans, Ben 10, Batman: The Brave and the Bold) is the executive producer. Kevin Shinick (Robot Chicken) and Mark Marek (KaBlam! The Andy Milonakis Show) are the producers.

• Young Justice: In Young Justice, being a teenager means proving yourself over and over-to peers, parents, teachers, mentors and, ultimately, to yourself. But what if you’re not just a normal teenager? What if you’re a teenage super hero? Are you ready to join the ranks of the great heroes and prove you’re worthy of the Justice League? That’s exactly what the members of Young Justice-Robin, Aqualad, Kid Flash, Superboy, Miss Martian and Artemis-will found out, whether they have what it takes to be a proven hero. This all-new series is produced by Warner Bros. Animation and based upon characters from DC Comics. Sam Register (Teen Titans, Ben 10, Batman: The Brave and the Bold) is the executive producer. Brandon Vietti (Batman: Under the Red Hood, Superman Doomsday, The Batman) and Greg Weisman (Gargoyles, The Spectacular Spider-Man, W.I.T.C.H.) are the producers.

• Generator Rex: From the creators of Ben 10 comes Generator Rex, a new half-hour animated series that takes viewers on an adventure full of fun, action, wish fulfillment and teenage drama. Generator Rex is a young super agent who, with his incredible ability to create mechanical weapons and vehicles from his own body, must balance his adrenaline-fueled adventures with the everyday ups and downs of being a teenager. Generator Rex revolves around 15-year-old Rex, as he attempts to balance his duty as a soldier in a super-spy team with just being a teenager. Generator Rex was created by Man of Action (Joe Casey, Joe Kelley, Duncan Rouleau, and Steven T. Seagle) with supervising producer John Fang (Ben 10: Alien Force, The Batman) and is produced at Cartoon Network Studios. Generator Rex will air Friday at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on Cartoon Network beginning April 23, 2010.

• Firebreather: Cartoon Network’s first original all-CG animation adventure presents Duncan Rosenblatt, a rather typical, awkward high school kid, except that his dad is a fire-breathing monster who tells Duncan that he is destined to protect the earth. Firebreather is created and co-executive-produced by Phil Hester (The Wretch), co-executive-produced by Andy Kuhn (Freedom Ring) and executive-produced by Julia Pistor (Lemony Snicket). Jim Krieg (Ben 10: Alien Force) joins as writer with Peter Chung (Aeon Flux) directing.

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