TV News: Ben, Simpsons, Stooges, Roku, Scream

Ben 10
Cartoon Network has ordered a new animated series based on the global hit “Ben 10” that previously spawned four series spinoffs and three TV movies. The franchise will expand to four shows with the 2016 debut of the newest animated series.

The new show will re-introduce ten-year-old Ben Tennyson and feature new and fan-favorite aliens from the initial series. The franchise has become a global brand with toys, video games and more generating an estimated $4.5 billion in global retail sales to date. [Source: The Live Feed]

The Three Stooges
Cake, Titmouse and C3 are teaming for an animated TV series based on “The Three Stooges”. “Supernal” creator Christy Karacas will direct the pilot. The aim for the show is for top helmers to offer their own spin on the iconic characters .

Titmouse will produce 52 segments that will be 11 minutes in length, featuring the classic physical, visual slapstick humor for which the Stooges are known. The stories will have limited dialogue. [Source: Heat Vision]

The Simpsons
“The Simpsons” show runner Al Jean has confirmed that this year’s traditional Halloween episode, “Treehouse of Horror 26,” will see Sideshow Bob finally achieving his life goal – the death of Bart Simpson. Speaking at the show’s panel at the ATX Festival in Austin, via EW, Jean says:

“He’s in the Halloween show. It’s a segment where, if you put two and two together, you’re going to see Sideshow Bob do something he’s wanted to do for a long time. I’m one of the people who always wanted the coyote to eat the Road Runner, so you can see where this is going. It’s really funny. I hated frustration comedy so we’ll scratch that itch in the Halloween show, which is really funny.”

Showtime
Showtime has confirmed that its standalone online video service will not just be available on Apple in early July, but will be available Roku and Sony’s PlayStation devices as well. The service, to cost $10.99 per month, is aimed at broadband-only households that don’t have traditional pay-TV service much like the HBO Now service. [Source: Variety]

TV Promos
A couple of promos today with Showtime releasing the trailer for the third season of “Masters of Sex” returning July 12th, and MTV has unveiled a new trailer for their “Scream” series which is set to debut June 30th.