New network Hub will feature shows based on toys such as My Little Pony and G.I. Joe
The Hub will produce an original, half hour series based on the board game Clue, the fledgling network announced at the Television Critics Association Press Tour on Wednesday.
The new network represents a partnership between Discovery Communications and Hasbro, the toymaker that owns the rights to the popular game. The series will be different from the eighties mystery film with Tim Curry and Christopher Lloyd in one important respect — it will center on a youthful, ensemble cast who the network says will work together to uncover clues and unravel mysteries. Sounds like the murder element that is central to the board game may be whitewashed.
The new network launches October 10 and will be available in 60 million U.S. households The network also announced that it had tapped a series of "name" television actors for its upcoming slate of original series. Among the actors appearing in Hub programs will be Dave Foley, Meredith Baxter, and Lee Majors. Like "Clue," many of the programs are based on toys made by Hasbro such as G.I. Joe and My Little Pony.
Supplementing its slate of original programming, The Hub has acquired rights to air the family shows "Doogie, M.D." and "The Wonder Years." It will also air reruns of the animated shows "Transformers" and "G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero."
Casting unveiled today includes:
“Dan Vs.” (Hub Original Series, animated)
Cast includes: Curtis Armstrong (“Revenge of the Nerds”), Dave Foley (“The Kids in the Hall”), Paget Brewster (“Criminal Minds”), Meredith Baxter (“Family Ties”) and Michael Gross (“Family Ties”),. Produced by Film Roman LLC.
“Family Game Night” (Hub Original Series, live-action)
Host: Todd Newton (“Hollywood Showdown” and “Whammy”). Produced by
Studios and Zoo Productions.
“G.I. Joe Renegades” (Hub Original Series, animated)
Cast includes: Charlie Adler (“Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”), Lee Majors (“Six Million Dollar Man”), Clancy Brown (“Shawshank Redemption”), Jason Marsden (“Batman: The Brave and the Bold”), Johnny Messner (“Tears of the Sun”) and Kevin Michael Richardson (“The Batman”) Produced by Hasbro Studios.
“My Little Pony Friendship is Magic” (Hub Original Series, animated)
Cast includes: Tara Strong (“Powerpuff Girls” and “King of the Hill”). Produced by Hasbro Studios.
“Pictureka!” (Hub Original Series, live-action)
Host: Cory Almeida (DJ for “American Idol,” “So You Think You Can Dance,” “Dancing With The Stars,” and “America’s Got Talent”). Produced by Hasbro Studios.
“Pound Puppies” (Hub Original Series, animated)
Cast includes: Betty White (“Hot in Cleveland”), Eric McCormack (“Will & Grace”), Michael Rapaport (“Prison Break”), John DiMaggio (“Futurama”), Alanna Ubach (“Hung”), Rene Auberjonois (“Boston Legal”) and Yvette Nicole Brown (“Community”). Produced by Hasbro Studios.
“R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour” (Hub Original Series, live-action)
Cast includes: Bailee Madison (“Bridges to Terebithia”). Produced by The Hatchery, LLC.
“The Adventures of Chuck and Friends” (Hub Original Series, animated)
Cast includes: Lauren Holly (“NCIS”). Produced by Hasbro Studios.
“Transformers Prime” (Hub Original Series, animated)
Cast includes: Peter Cullen (“Transformers” Trilogy – Optimus Prime), Frank Welker (“Transformers” Trilogy – Megatron), Gina Torres (“MadTV”), James Remer (“Dexter”), Josh Keaton (“Justice League: Circle of Two Earths”), Kevin Michael Richardson (“The Batman”), Markie Post (“The Fall Guy”). Produced by Hasbro Studios.