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WB orders ‘Shock’ block

New segs to bow on Saturday ayem sked in January

This article was corrected on July 7, 2003.

Kids’ WB is bringing back animated superhero series “Static Shock” for a fourth season.

Net has ordered 13 more episodes from Warner Bros. Animation.

Based on the Milestone/DC Comic, show revolves around African American teen Virgil who lives a double life as superhero Static. Since its fall 2000 launch, show has settled into the No. 2 spot in boys 6-11 and earned Emmy and Humanitas nominations for social responsibility.

“It’s something we can hold up as a benchmark for all other series,” said John Hardman, senior VP of Kids’ WB programming.

“The show has tackled a variety of interesting issues,” said Sander Schwartz, prexy of Warner Bros. Animation. “It takes on so much, and in a way that isn’t preachy.”

New segs will bow on the Saturday ayem sked in January. With a total of 52 episodes, show will also be stripped six days a week beginning in January.

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