Cartoon Network

Cartoon Network’s pop culture phenomenon and global TV hit Adventure Time is back with an eight-part mini-series ‘Stakes’ on Monday January 18, 2016 at 6pm AEDT.

Is Marceline the most awesome heroine since Princess Bubblegum?

We think so – which is why we’re stoked that our favourite vampire stars in Adventure Time’s first spin-off series, Stakes.

Finn and Jake’s former frenemy sets off on a quest to cure herself of vampirism and become mortal.
However, in the process she accidentally releases five of the toughest vampires from her past.

Now the powerless Marceline and her friends must take on the vampires and restore things back to what they were before.

Along the way we’ll learn more of her mysterious backstory (and there’s a lot of story to tell – Marceline is more than 1000 years old).

Through flashbacks we’ll discover more about her past with the Ice King – as well as her heartbreaking decision to ask Princess Bubblegum to take away her vampire side.

Joining the regular voice cast are Rebecca Romijn (X-Men: First Class) as The Empress, Paul Williams as the Hierophant, Beau Billingslea (Star Trek: Into Darkness) as the Moon, Kyle Kinane (Epic) as Cloud Dance and Ron Funches (Get Hard) as the Fool.

Stakes is more proof that Adventure Time is “a cartoon that may be the most imaginative – and indeed entertaining – on TV”.

It’s the perfect show to sink your teeth into as you wait for the next season of Adventure Time on the Comedy Channel from March 7.

Stakes is on Monday January 18 at 6.30pm exclusive to Cartoon Network.

This Australia Day, Cartoon Network premieres an original production Long Live the Royals, a one-hour TV special, to air exclusively on Foxtel Channel 713 on Tuesday January 26 at 6pm.

Long Live the Royals is about a modern royal family living in an old-fashioned world. Based on Sean Szeles’ Emmy® Award-winning short, it’s the latest project to be greenlit from Cartoon Network Studios’ acclaimed global shorts program.

Long Live the Royals highlights how traditional celebrations can often be hectic, even more so if you’re royalty. During a week-long Yule Hare Festival this unique family of King Rufus (Jon Daly), Queen Eleanor (Wendi McLendon-Covey), Princess Rosalind (Gillian Jacobs), and Princes Peter (Kieran Culkin) and Alex (Nicki Rapp) try to keep it together. Mixing modern technology with medieval traditions they struggle, in often hilarious situations, to balance ruling a kingdom and life as a family. The Royals feast on delicious food, witness exciting frights and singing forest men, but most importantly they’ll be a family you’ll love to laugh at.

“I thought it would be cool to do a show about a family that was kind of funny that happens to be royalty. There’s going to be something in there for everyone,” said creator Sean Szeles.

The TV special features an all-star voice cast including Ellie Kemper (Bridesmaids), Kieran Culkin (Fargo, Quitters), Peter Serafinowicz (Shaun of the Dead), Jon Daly (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty), Wendi McLendon-Covey (Bridesmaids, The Goldbergs), Gillian Jacobs (Community, The Box), Nicki Rapp (The Walking Dead), Horatio Sanz (Saturday Night Live), Fred Armisen (Saturday Night Live, Anchorman), Julian Barratt (The Mighty Boosh), Ken Marino (The State, Men Behaving Badly), Alfred Molina (Spider Man 2), Jermaine Fowler (Orange is the New Black), Nonso Anozie (Zoo, Game of Thrones), and Jordi Molla (Blow).

Long Live the Royals will encore on Saturday 30 January at 10am and Sunday 31 January at 4pm on Cartoon Network (Foxtel Channel 713).