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DIC sells ‘Archie,’ ‘Holmes’ to Pax

Animated series added to fall sked

NEW YORK — DIC Entertainment has sold two new animated half-hour series to the Pax TV Network: “Archie’s Weird Mysteries” and “Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century.”

Pax TV will run the shows weekday mornings starting this fall in a one-hour block. The “Archie’s Weird Mysteries” program, a co-production of DIC and the French companies M6 and Le Studio Tex, will take the characters from the Archie comic strip and stick them in horror or sci-fi situations.

Dr. Watson is robot

The Sherlock Holmes series will pitchfork the Arthur Conan Doyle characters into the future, turning Dr. Watson into a robot. DIC is co-producing it with Scottish Television.

Robby London, executive VP of creative affairs for DIC Entertainment, says one or two more cartoons may get added to the one-hour block because DIC has commissioned only 26 half-hours of “Sherlock.” There’ll be 40 half-hours of “Archie.”

DIC is the exclusive supplier of kids programming to Pax TV, London says. The two new ones, he adds, will fit the guidelines of the Federal Communications Commission that call for TV stations to program three hours a week of pro-social children’s shows.