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Fox Nabs Toon Buffy, Evolution

Evolution

Fox Kids Network is adding eight new series to its schedule, including an animated version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Evolution, an animated series based on the upcoming DreamWorks movie of the same name. The animated series will take Buffy and the "Scooby gang" back to high school.

"We are excited to bring the talent and creativity of Joss Whedon to Fox Kids, and we look forward to building upon this franchise's loyal following," said Maureen Smith, president of Fox Kids Network and Fox Family Channel. "Buffy the Vampire Slayer the Animated Series reflects our commitment to developing innovative, creator-driven programs and will undoubtedly become one of our marquee series."

"Buffy the Vampire Slayer the Animated Series is a great opportunity to take our characters back to high school, bad to the painful and hilarious beginning of adulthood, and tell all the stories we never got to ell about Buffy and her friends," said Buffy creator Joss Whedon. "It's a chance to recapture the innocence of the years of heartache and confusion and a chance to do the stories we never could afford to do in live-action. It'll be spooky, tough and epic, but with a constant vein of lighthearted humor and the comfort of the true affection this usual gang has for each other."

Whedon will executive produce the animated series. There's no word on the voice talent but it's unlikely to be the actors from the live-action series.

Evolution tells the story of history repeating itself when a meteor carrying a single-cell organism from outer space crashes in the desert. The extraterrestrial organism begins evolving at an incredibly rapid rate and soon promises to obliterate all life on earth and supplant it with its own.