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‘Toy’s’ Buzz Lightyear to TV

Animated skein hits ABC, UPN

Straight from infinity and beyond, “Buzz Lightyear of Star Command” is coming to ABC’s and UPN’s kid skeds this fall.

The “Toy Story” character will be voiced by “Seinfeld’s” Patrick Warburton, who’s also in line to star in “The Tick,” Fox’s live-action pilot based on the cartoon. Walt Disney Television Animation is producing 65 episodes of the skein — 52 for BVTV/UPN’s “Disney’s One Too” and 13 for ABC’s Saturday morning lineup.

Buzz is the only “Toy Story” character to make the jump to the small screen; co-star Woody won’t be featured. Pixar will produce the cartoon’s opening via computer animation, but the series itself has been animated by Disney in traditional 2-D form.

Disney TV ani exec veepee Barry Blumberg, ABC children’s programming senior veepee/g.m. Jonathan Barzilay and Buena Vista TV prexy Janice Marinelli announced the new series Thursday.

“Third Rock’s” Wayne Knight (who provided a voice in “Toy Story 2”) will provide a voice as Buzz’s enemy, Emperor Zurg. The series features Buzz’s adventures as he patrols the universe with an army of Space Rangers.

Nicole Sullivan, Adam Corolla, Stephen Furst and Larry Miller give voice to the Space Rangers. In addition, French Stewart and Linda Hamilton provide the voices of several recurring villains.

“Buzz Lightyear” is expected to debut in October. Tad Stones, Bob Schooley and Mark McCorkle executive produce.

“The success of the ‘Toy Story’ movies and the fan base surrounding the characters made Buzz Lightyear an obvious choice as the heroic lead for a comedy-adventure TV series,” Marinelli said.

Golden Globe winner “Toy Story 2,” featuring the voices of Tim Allen and Tom Hanks, grossed $208.5 million last year.

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