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Cartoon Network (CN) is an American cable television network owned by Turner Broadcasting which airs animated programming. The channel was launched on October 1, 1992, after Turner purchased the animation studio Hanna-Barbera Productions in 1991. It was originally a 24-hour outlet for classic animation properties from the Turner Broadcasting libraries and was all-ages-oriented, but now the channel targets children and teens (about ages 8–15) with mature content during its late night daypart Adult Swim, which is treated as a separate entity for promotional and ratings purposes. The network broadcasts shows ranging from action to animated comedy. Original series started in 1994 with Space Ghost Coast to Coast, along with Cartoon Cartoons original programs like Dexter's Laboratory, Cow and Chicken, I Am Weasel, The Powerpuff Girls, Ed, Edd n Eddy, Johnny Bravo, and Courage the Cowardly Dog. In 2009, it started airing live-action programming, including movies from Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema. The network celebrated its 20th birthday; this celebration started on October 1, 2012, and ended on November 4, 2012.


The Cartoon Network (1993-1995)Edit

Cartoon Network (1996-2004)Edit

Cartoon Network (2004-2010)Edit

Cartoon Network (2010-present) Edit

In 2010

ProgrammingEdit

Cartoon Network's current programming includes original programming such as Adventure Time, Regular Show, The Amazing World of Gumball, and the Ben 10 series. Acquired animated programming from other studios include Mad, The Looney Tunes Show, and Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu. Live-action programming includes original productions Level Up and the live-action/animated hybrid The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange. In addition, the studio reruns various incarnations of the Scooby-Doo series, the Looney Tunes theatrical short subjects, and Tom and Jerry, which has been in constant rotation since the network's 1992 premiere. A Spanish language audio track for select programs is accessible via SAP; some cable and satellite companies offer the Spanish feed as a separate channel. Cartoon Network benefited from having access to a large collection of animated programming, including the libraries of Warner Bros. (Looney Tunes, Merrie Melodies), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (Tom and Jerry and other series), and Hanna-Barbera (The Flintstones, Scooby-Doo, Snorks, and others). Especially in its earlier years, the company's co-ownership with Hanna-Barbera gave the network access to an established animation studio, something chief rival Nickelodeon did not yet have.[38] Much of Cartoon Network's original programming originates from the network's in-house studio, Cartoon Network Studios. The studio originally began as a small division of Hanna-Barbera but eventually was spun off when that studio was folded into Warner Bros. Animation in the late 1990s. This studio would produce some of the network's earliest original series, including Dexter's Laboratory, Johnny Bravo, The Powerpuff Girls, Ed, Edd n Eddy and Courage the Cowardly Dog. By the early 2000s, Cartoon Network had established programming blocks aimed at different age demographics. The shows broadcast during the early morning had preschoolers as their target audience and mostly had prosocial behavior as a theme. The Toonami programming block, featured later in the day, mostly included anime shows and their target audience were tweens and teenagers. Prime time shows mostly included classic cartoons, featured as part of The Tex Avery Show, The Chuck Jones Show, and The Bob Clampett Show.

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