Astro Boy Joins Kids'WB January 17th

Dec 15th 2003
A HERO RETURNS...TO KIDS' WB! WITH LEGENDARY JAPANESE ICON
"ASTRO BOY" SERIES DEBUT

HIGH-ADVENTURE "STATIC SHOCK" PREMIERES
FOURTH SEASON AND JOINS WEEKDAY LINE-UP
TO AIR SIX DAYS A WEEK

New Saturday Morning Slate Launches Saturday, January 17
And New Weekday Line-Up Kicks-Off January 5

BURBANK, CA (December 15, 2003) - A hero returns...to Kids WB with the series debut of the legendary Japanese icon ASTRO BOY (8:30 a.m. ET/ 7:30 a.m. PT), bringing 25 all-new animé-adventures to kids in the U.S. The network also welcomes 13 high-adventure episodes in the fourth season of returning hit STATIC SHOCK (11:30 a.m. ET/ 10:30 a.m. PT). ASTRO BOY and STATIC SHOCK will join Kids WB's Saturday morning line-up, beginning Saturday, January 17. In addition, STATIC SHOCK will jolt the weekday line-up as the series airs six days a week, beginning Monday, January 5, in its new 3:30 p.m. ET time slot.

The classic icon of Japanese animation, based on the original manga character from the popular comic book series launched in the 1950s, ASTRO BOY tells the story of youthful, atomic-powered robot, Astro. A reluctant superhero fighting for justice and peace for humans and robots alike, Astro possesses awesome abilities and a highly advanced artificial brain. Termed kokoro in Japanese, Astro is able experience all of the same emotions as humans. Mankind's only hope to surviving the onslaught of rebellious robots is a robot himself...the fearless, selfless, incorruptible champion known as Astro.

ASTRO BOY was created 50 years ago by the legendary Osamu Tezuka, the pioneer of Japanese "animé" animation and known as the "father of manga," Japanese comic books. In 1963, ASTRO BOY became the first Japanese series imported to the U.S. and one of the country's top-rated syndicated programs. This year marks the 50th Anniversary of ASTRO BOY, a beloved classic character with a rich and worldwide cult-hit following. ASTRO BOY is produced by Sony Pictures Entertainment Japan and Tezuka Productions, and distributed in the U.S. by Sony Pictures Television.

The 2003 winner of the prestigious Humanitas Prize, STATIC SHOCK follows the exploits of the first African-American teenage superhero, Virgil Hawkins. After being exposed to a mutagenetic gas, Virgil became "Static," an urban hero of his own creation with electromagnetic superpowers. Along with his best friend Richie, who developed his own metahuman powers and assumed the guise of techno-whiz "Gear," they have become the new justice-enforcing duo.

Action abounds in the fourth season of STATIC SHOCK as Static and Gear unearth an underground group of metahumans whose exposure to sunlight can be fatal, help African superhero Anansi protect the secret of his power, save a gifted young athlete from the criminal clutches of a powerful supervillain, get jolted into a face off with the Green Lantern who may have gone renegade and discover that world famous NBA All-Stars have a super secret of their own. The captivating season premiere takes Static on an electrifying adventure into the future as he teams up with Batman to save his adult Static-self. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, STATIC SHOCK brings a total number of 52 episodes to Kids WB's Monday-Friday afternoon and Saturday morning line-ups.

The electrifying Saturday morning line-up, beginning January 17, is as follows (all times Eastern):

8:00 a.m. JACKIE CHAN ADVENTURES * (New Time Period)
8:30 a.m. ASTRO BOY * (Series Debut)
9:00 a.m. TEEN TITANS * (New Time Period)
9:30 a.m. XIAOLIN SHOWDOWN
10:00 a.m. POKÉMON: ADVANCED
10:30 a.m. ¡MUCHA LUCHA!
11:00 a.m. YU-GI-OH!: ENTER THE SHADOW REALM
11:30 a.m. STATIC SHOCK * (Fourth Season Premiere)

The new weekday line-up, beginning January 5, is as follows (all times Eastern):

3:00 p.m. JACKIE CHAN ADVENTURES * (New Time Period)
3:30 p.m. STATIC SHOCK * (New To Weekday Line-Up)
4:00 p.m. POKÉMON
4:30 p.m. YU-GI-OH!

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