Having scored its most-watched summer in its 20-year history across early primetime, Cartoon Network has greenlit two animated series conceived as part of the shorts development initiative underway at Cartoon Network Studios in Burbank. “Steven Universe,” from Adventure Time writer and storyboard artist Rebecca Sugar, and “Uncle Grandpa,” from Emmy Award-nominee Pete Browngardt, have started pre-production and are currently slated for a 2013 debut.
Building upon the global success of recent artist-driven series like Adventure Time and Regular Show, both new series will further define the genre of homegrown animated comedies coming from Cartoon Network Studios.
Sugar’s Steven Universe is a coming-of-age story told from the perspective of Steven, the youngest member of a team of magical Guardians of the Universe. Browngardt’s Uncle Grandpa is based upon the Emmy-nominated short of the same name and follows the exploits of Uncle Grandpa—everyone in the world’s “magical’ uncle and grandpa.