‘Total Drama Action’ Joins Cartoon Network
Total Drama Island is getting a spinoff as the Cartoon Network has announced the addition of Total Drama Action. According to Variety, the new series, debuting in 2009, will also satirize reality television and was created by Tom McGillis and Jennifer Pertsch of Canada’s Fresh TV.
TDI first debuted on the network July 8, 2007 and mocks the Survivor-style shows with contestants seen on a deserted island. They have to form teams and complete challenges to win prizes. Since its start, the 27 episodes have been the anchor for the channel’s "Har Har Tharsdays" comedy block.
In December, The Total Drama Island Season 1 Movie is expected on DVD from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
Total Drama Action is actually the second season of the series from the producer’s point of view. This time, the contestants will be placed within an empty studio lot. Plans calling for Total Drama the Musical! in its third season followed by Total Drama Comedy. Cartoon Network has yet to pick up the last two seasons as yet.
Total Drama Island Interactive is an online game tied to the Flash-animated series, produced by Xenophile Media. Players can register for a free account and earn points by competing in events based on that week’s episode for marshmallows. The top 22 players will be placed in a drawing and the winner will have their TDII avatar added to the 27th and final episode of the series.