Get ready, cartoon fans: The Powerpuff Girls are coming back.
Cartoon Network announced today that the hit series is returning to the airwaves. After premiering in 1998 and airing 78 episodes and a movie, the show quietly receded into rerun memory. But no more.
Chief Content Officer at Cartoon Network Rob Sorcher announced the decision today, saying that:
“The original ‘Powerpuff Girls’ was a franchise phenomenon for Cartoon Network, paving the way for a new generation of innovative storytellers and enthusiastic fans worldwide. We are calling these girls back into action based upon an overwhelming demand for sugar, spice and Chemical X.”
After earning two Emmy awards, the show was a true rarity in TV: a female-oriented cartoon that was both a critical and commercial success.
Cartoon Network’s vice president of consumer products for North America, Pete Yoder, had this to say:
“As the original ambassador of ‘girl power,’ The Powerpuff Girls brand continues to resonate with people of all ages and there is tremendous excitement around introducing Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup to a new generation.
With proven success and great content plans in place, there’s so much potential that we’re looking forward to explore with our licensing partners in the coming weeks.”
The show is slated for a 2016 debut.