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Cartoon Network Acquires "Pokemon" Series for June 3 Premiere

Pokémon Chronicles Reveals New Characters and Adventures U.S. Debut on Saturday, June 3, at 7 p.m. (ET, PT) on Toonami

Never before seen in the U.S., Pokémon Chronicles will bring Pokémon fans the stories of the unsung heroes and villains of the hit animated series. The new series debuts on Saturday, June 3, at 7 p.m. (ET, PT) during Toonami, Cartoon Network’s high-rated action block.

Pokémon Chronicles is a collection of mini-stories filled with new characters and old friends, ranging from Misty’s adventures as the Cerulean Gym Leader, to Pikachu’s exciting winter vacation and even the exploits of the Team Rocket duo, Butch and Cassidy. This new series focuses on what favorite characters are doing when they’re not accompanying Ash on his journeys.

“With new characters, monsters and never-before seen stories, we think Pokémon Chronicles will be a great addition to the popular and long-running Pokémon franchise. Our viewers will discover wondrous new aspects of the world of Pokémon as Chronicles focuses on the journeys of so many of the beloved characters from the Pokémon universe,” said Bob Higgins senior vice president of programming and original animation for Cartoon Network. “This is a real bonus for fans who have been watching since the beginning of the series and we’re thrilled to finally bring these episodes to the U.S.”

Cartoon Network has acquired 22 episodes of Pokémon Chronicles.

Cartoon Network (CartoonNetwork.com), currently seen in more than 89 million U.S. homes and 160 countries around the world, is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.’s ad-supported cable service offering the best in original, acquired and classic animated entertainment for kids and families. Overnight from 11 p.m.-6 a.m. (ET, PT) Sunday-Thursday, Cartoon Network shares its channel space with Adult Swim, a late-night destination showcasing original and acquired animation for young adults 18-34. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, is a major producer of news and entertainment product around the world and the leading provider of programming for the basic cable industry.

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