Cartoon Network adds live-action series

Channel has picked up 'Tower Prep,' 'Unnatural History'

Cartoon Network has picked up its first two original scripted live-action series: "Tower Prep" and "Unnatural History."

The cable network has ordered 13 episodes of each hourlong show, with production slated to begin in January.

Cartoon Network's transition from all-animated fare to a new emphasis on live-action series and movies was front and center during its upfront presentation in March, when "Tower Prep" (then called "Prepped") and "History" were announced as the network's first live-action scripted pilots.

"These new series will offer our viewers a type of action-packed event entertainment not found anywhere else," said Rob Sorcher, chief content officer at Cartoon.

Action thriller "Tower Prep" centers on a rebellious teen (Drew Van Acker) who is trapped at a mysterious prep school for students with "unique potential." Paul Dini is the writer-executive producer on the project from Cartoon Network Studios and Dolphin Entertainment.

Action mystery "History" centers on a high school student (Kevin G. Schmidt) with exceptional skills acquired through years of globe-trotting with his anthropologist parents. He and his smooth-talking cousin (Jordan Gavaris) find themselves wrapped up in mysteries revolving around the national museum. Mike Werb created the series for Warner Horizon TV.