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    ‘The 100’ Renewed For Season 5 By CW

    By Koby,

    Pro5rbn.jpgThe CW continues its annual round of early renewals with a nod to midseason staple The 100, which has been picked up for a fifth season.


    The serialized sci-fi drama, which successfully weathered a controversy over the killing off of a lesbian character last season, was one of the first CW series designed for shorter runs and the first to go the distance. It airs 13-season installments in spring.


    The 100 was created by Jason Rothenberg, who is expected to remain executive producer and showrunner. Rothenberg has a pilot at the CW, Searchers. If it goes to series, I hear The 100 may beef up its top ranks with a co-showrunner or strong No.2.


    With The 100 pickup, the CW for a third straight year has given early renewals to all returning scripted series currently on its schedule, sans those whose ends have been announced (this year, that’s The Vampire Diaries and Reign). The 100 joins Arrow (renewed for Season 6), The Flash (Season 4), DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (Season 3), Supergirl (Season 3) as well as veteran Supernatural and praised comedies Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (Season 3) and Jane the Virgin (Season 4).


    Additionally, the CW just gave a Season 2 pickup to Riverdale, the first freshman show this season to get a renewal. The network’s new fall entries, No Tomorrow and Frequency, are considered very long shots unless either gets major traction with their reruns, currently available on Netflix.


    Yet to debut are the new seasons of iZombie and The Originals, whose fate will be an April-May decision.


    The 100 has done solid business, running on par with such other renewed CW series as Jane the Virgin and Riverdale. Like those two, it sees significant amounts of delayed and digital viewing. The 100 averages a +70% increase in total viewers, a +73% gain in adults 18-34, and an +86% jump in adults 18-49 in Live+7 day ratings over Live+Same Day.


    Based on the book series by Kass Morgan, The 100 is from Alloy Entertainment, Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios with executive producers Rothenberg and Leslie Morgenstein.

    Scooby-Doo, Looney Tunes – New Episodes Coming To Boomerang Streaming Service

    Charlie Brown
    By Charlie Brown,

    boomerang-post3.jpgTime Warner’s Turner and Warner Bros. announced today they have partnered on a new standalone domestic premium video subscription service – Boomerang – that will launch in the Spring. This will be the first time the two companies have offered the massive Hanna-Barbera, Looney Tunes and MGM animation library of over 5,000 titles on a streaming platform. Boomerang will provide audiences instant and exclusive access to both brand-new original series and timeless franchises like Scooby Doo, Tom & Jerry, Bugs Bunny, The Jetsons and The Flintstones among many others. Launching with a vast number of episodes, new content will be added weekly for kids, families and animation lovers of all ages to enjoy.


    Boomerang will be the exclusive home to a slate of new, original series, including Warner Bros. Animation’s Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz, an uplifting comedic fantasy series that transports audiences to the magical land of Oz and follows the ruby slipper adventures of its brave and feisty princess protagonist; and Wacky Races, a full-engine overhaul of the Hanna-Barbera classic series that takes viewers on a ride filled with zany slapstick comedy, high-octane thrills and exotic locales around the world. Additionally, Boomerang will be the only place to catch new episodes of three fan-favorite series, Scooby-Doo, Looney Tunes and Tom & Jerry.


    Boomerang will support its world-class content offering with a robust set of product features in the months following launch including: family profiles, personalized recommendations, download-to-go, Spanish audio and interactive features that will give users new and exciting ways to discover and share content. The Boomerang OTT service will be powered by applications and technology developed by DramaFever, a Warner Bros. Digital Networks company.


    The service will be ad-free and launch domestically on Web, iOS and Android devices for $4.99 per month (with a 7-day Free Trial) or $39.99 annually (with a 30-day Free Trial).


    The product will expand to several more platforms after launch, including Amazon, Roku and Apple TV. Turner and Warner Bros. will explore additional distribution opportunities with both new and existing partners in the future.


    “Boomerang is a beloved brand that has always had multi-generational appeal and some of the greatest animated shows ever created,” said Christina Miller, President, Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Adult Swim. “Our on-going partnership with Warner Bros. around this new premium service continues our strategy of making sure our fans are engaged with fresh and fun content whenever and wherever they want it.”


    “We are bringing the best new and classic characters to kids, families and animation fans so they can now watch their favorites anywhere, anytime on any screen,” said Craig Hunegs, President, Business and Strategy, Warner Bros. Television Group and President, Warner Bros. Digital Networks. “It’s a whole new way to access Warner Bros.’ storied legacy of laughs!” (Turner)

    Fire Pro Wrestling World Announcment

    By thisisatrial,


    Coming to PS4 and PC this year!

    One Piece Anime Enters Anime-Original Arc Starting on March 19

    By Koby,

    MoQ4Zts.jpgThis year's 14th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing on Monday that the One Piece television anime series will enter an anime-original "Marine Rookie" arc starting on March 19. The new arc will feature new Marine soldiers making their appearance. (Note: the kanji characters used to mean "rookie" in the arc's title are the same kanji used for the Eleven Supernovas who are the top rookie pirates in the series.)

    The issue also reveals the arc's story. The arc will focus on Luffy and those who are with him traveling to rescue Sanji. After Luffy uses up all their food during their journey, the group infiltrate a Marine base to resupply. Suddenly, three rookie members of Aokiji's crew appear before Luffy. Weekly Shonen Jump is also revealing a key visual for the arc, which features Luffy wearing a Marine coat, fighting three Marine soldiers.


    The cast for the new characters in the arc include: (Note: character name spellings aren't official.)

    • Natsuki Hanae as Grant, who has a strong sense of justice.
    • Hiroki Yasumoto as Bonam, a member of the Longarm Tribe.
    • Makoto Furukawa as Sappa, a dual-sword wielder.
    • Youhei Tadano as Vice-Admiral Prodi, who seems to be an old friend of Garp.


    One Piece is approaching the end of the Zou Arc, which premiered on July 28 in the show's 751st episode. The anime had featured a short anime-original "Silver Mine Arc" after the Dressrosa Arc ended before launching into the Zou Arc.

    D.Gray-man Hallow Anime's Blu-rays & DVDs Cancelled

    By Koby,

    kPiHMBN.jpgThe official website of D.Gray-man Hallow, the second television anime of Katsura Hoshino's D.Gray-man manga, revealed on Wednesday that the Blu-ray Disc and DVD releases for the anime have been cancelled due to "various circumstances." All pre-orders for those volumes have also been cancelled.


    The Blu-ray Disc and DVD releases were originally scheduled to start with the first volume in September, and continue with one volume every month until February for a total of six volumes. The releases were indefinitely delayed in early September to raise the quality of the releases.


    The 13-episode series premiered in Japan last July. Funimation streamed the series as it aired in Japan, and it describes the show:

    From the studio behind D.Gray-man comes the highly anticipated continuation to the popular series. Allen Walker is an exorcist working for the Black Order whose mission is to protect mankind from the evil Millennium Earl and his deadly Akuma. Allen and his comrades must recover lost Innocence while defending against the Earl's terrifying army. But if they fail, Innocence will be lost forever.


    Funimation also streamed an English dub for the anime.


    Yoshiharu Ashino (Tweeny Witches, Cross Ange, First Squad) directed the anime at TMS Entertainment, with scripts by Michiko Yokote (Shirobako, Prison School, Dagashi Kashi), Tatsuto Higuchi (My-Otome, Bakumatsu Gijinden Roman, Schwarzes Marken), and Kenichi Yamashita (Koutetsu Sangokushi, Ishida and Asakura, Actually, I Am…). Yousuke Kabashima (The Girl Who Leapt Through Space, Lord Marksman and Vanadis) adapted the character designs for animation, and also served as chief animation director. Yasuhiro Moriki (Ninja Robots, Crest of the Stars, Bakuon!!) is credited for design. Kaoru Wada returned from the previous D.Gray-man anime to compose the music.


    The original 103-episode D.Gray-man anime series aired in 2006-2008. Funimation released the first 51 episodes on DVD, and the first 13 episodes on Blu-ray Disc.