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Fall 2005 Programming Information for Jetix

ImageJetix, the high-energy programming block built on action, adventure, daring and humor, kicks off its sophomore year on Toon Disney and ABC Family with the greenlight of a new original animated series Get Ed from Walt Disney Television Animation, and additional season pick-ups for three key original series — Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!, W.I.T.C.H. and Power Rangers: Mystic Force (working title), it was announced today by Gary Marsh, Executive Vice President, Original Programming and Production, Disney ABC Cable Networks Group.

In making the announcement, Marsh said, “Jetix on Toon Disney and ABC Family has become a favorite destination for boys, perfectly complimenting Disney Channel’s success with girl viewers. We believe the addition of more originals in the shape of Get Ed and Power Rangers: Mystic Force to our lineup of standout performers including Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go! and W.I.T.C.H. will be a huge draw with fans of action adventure programming.”

The Jetix block on ABC Family delivers the richest concentration of Boys 2-11, 79%, of all kids television platforms. On Toon Disney, the Jetix block also delivers a predominantly boy concentration at 72%.

With a first season order of 26 half-hour episodes, Get Ed joins the Jetix lineup in Fall 2005. Produced by Walt Disney Television Animation, the series follows the adventures of Ed, genetically created from an ancient artifact, who works as a surreptitious cybersleuth, foiling identity thefts and solving other information-based crimes while toiling at a futuristic messenger service. Humanity’s best hope for defeating a massive evil – Bedlam, Ed and his buddies live and do battle in the hyper-jacked, futuristic world of Progress City.

The second season of Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!, which consists of 13 new half-hour episodes, is set to premiere in Fall 2005. This fast-paced, futuristic anime-style action series pits the forces of Ultimate Evil against a scrappy band of high-tech monkey warriors, led by a resourceful 13-year-old boy named Chiro. The series is produced by Walt Disney Television Animation.

W.I.T.C.H., an animated action series based on Disney Publishing’s comic magazines of the same name, will add 26 half-hours in its second season which debuts in Fall 2005. Combining epic adventure, magic and comedy through the lives of the five young heroines (Will, Irma, Taranee, Cornelia, and Hay-Lin) designated to maintain the natural order of the universe… at the same time they cope with the daily trials and tribulations of being teenagers, W.I.T.C.H. is a production of SIP Animation.

Power Rangers: Mystic Force (working title), the 14th edition of the Power Rangers franchise, will debut in early 2006 with 32 half-hour episodes. Featuring adventure, action, comedy and drama while teaching valuable lessons about the importance of working as a team, Power Rangers: Mystic Force takes place on present-day Earth with five teens descended from an ancient race skilled in the art of spell casting.

Premiere dates and the complete 2005-06 season schedule for Jetix on Toon Disney and ABC Family will be announced at a later date.

[Source: Toon Disney and ABC Family]

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