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‘Powerpuff Girls’ Coming to Hulu in Exclusive Streaming Deal

Variety logo Variety 11/22/2016 Todd Spangler
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Hulu has secured exclusive streaming rights to the entire franchise of Cartoon Network’s “The Powerpuff Girls,” the animated show about a trio of pint-sized superheroes.

Under the multiyear agreement, Hulu will add the entire “Powerpuff Girls” suite of content, which includes the reboot of the series that debuted on Cartoon earlier this year, and the full classic library of 78 episodes from the show’s original six-season run from 1998-2005. “Chowder,” another Cartoon Network original, will also be added to Hulu’s kids offering. All episodes and titles from the new iteration of “The Powerpuff Girls” will stream exclusively on Hulu starting in early 2017.

One of Cartoon Network’s most popular original series, the initial run of “The Powerpuff Girls,” created by Craig McCracken, earned two Emmy Awards (and five nominations) along with other animation honors.

In the show, the three girls — Blossom (pink), Bubbles (blue), and Buttercup (green) — are called on to protect Townsville from criminals forces using their special powers.

Turner’s Cartoon Network has renewed the new “Powerpuff Girls” for a second season, with episodes from the first season scheduled to become available to stream on Hulu in 2017 and subsequent seasons launching on Hulu after they air on cable TV. The newly reimagined series The Powerpuff Girls is produced by Cartoon Network Studios, with Nick Jennings (“Adventure Time,” “SpongeBob SquarePants”) serving as executive producer and Bob Boyle (“Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!”) as co-executive producer.

To kick off the pact, Hulu on Tuesday launched a collection of “Powerpuff Girls” specials and fan-favorite episodes from the original series, including “Best Friends Forever,” the 10th anniversary special, and a holiday special.

The deal is the latest bid by Hulu to lure subscribers by offering exclusive content aimed at kids. Its tyke-TV lineup includes all seasons of “Curious George,” as well as full libraries of “Doc McStuffins,” “Gravity Falls” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.”

Hulu also offers other exclusive original programming from Cartoon Network through an existing output agreement with Turner Broadcasting. That includes full prior seasons of the network’s “Adventure Time,” “The Amazing World of Gumball,” “Regular Show” and “Steven Universe” series.

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