Cartoon Network has acquired the television rights to The Annoying Orange property, and will debut a new half-hour TV series next year as part of Cartoon Network’s original programming block.
The television deal comes as the first wave of The Annoying Orange licensed merchandise hits retail. JC Penny has launched apparel and accessories at stores nationwide. The Bridge Direct will release its collection of talking plush, clip-ons and collectible figures to specialty retailers including Toys 'R' Us and RadioShack for the holiday season. Meanwhile, The Annoying Orange: Kitchen Carnage app is now available for iPhone and Android.
The television series was developed and will be produced by The Collective, which also financed the pilot before shopping it to broadcasters.
"The Annoying Orange and Cartoon Network were just meant to be squeezed together," says Rob Sorcher, chief content officer for Cartoon Network.
"We want to continue to ensure that The Annoying Orange’s huge and loyal audience can enjoy the fruits of creator Dane Boedigheimer’s creative vision whenever and wherever they want," says Michael Green, chief executive officer of The Collective. "Our model at The Collective is to partner with creative artists to build global brands across all possible platforms and we could not be more excited to join forces with the Cartoon Network to extend the magic of this property to cable television."