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Cartoon Network is a cable channel created by Turner Broadcasting System in 1992. Since March 4, 2019, the channel is part of Warner Bros., following the redistribution of Turner's assets to other subsidiaries within WarnerMedia, the parent company.
Initially created following the Turner company having bought the Hanna-Barbera cartoon library, the network also housed the color Looney Tunes shorts produced before 1948, which were under Turner's ownership at the time (these shorts were also being shown on fellow Turner-owned channels TNT and TBS).
Cartoon Network has international stations globally. These other stations show different programming fit towards the popularity with audiences.
In 2000, Cartoon Network/Turner launched Boomerang USA. This led to the creation of more Boomerang channels globally.
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Reruns of Looney Tunes
In 1996, as a result of Warner Bros. merging with Turner Entertainment, Cartoon Network was now allowed to show more Warner Bros. cartoons. However, since most of the post-1948 Looney Tunes cartoons were still under contract to be shown on Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network would not be able to show them until September 1999. In 2002, airings of classic Looney Tunes shorts on Cartoon Network have been changed from "The Bugs & Daffy Show" to "The Looney Tunes Show."
In the meantime, reruns of Taz-Mania appeared on Cartoon Network in late 1996. Then in 1998, the first 45 episodes of Animaniacs were shown on Cartoon Network, and Tiny Toon Adventures and Pinky and the Brain joined it in September 1999. However, Tiny Toons, Taz-Mania, and Animaniacs were eventually removed from the channel's schedule by 2001. However, in 2002, Cartoon Network picked up reruns of The Sylvester & Tweety Mysteries and ran them until 2005. To date, Loonatics Unleashed have never been shown on Cartoon Network, except in some non-US regions during the late 2006-early 2007 season.
When Boomerang was launched as a separate cable channel in 2000, the Looney Tunes shorts were shown on the network until 2007, where they were dropped from Boomerang's daily line-up and would not return to the schedule until October 2013.
As a result of the network's reface in June 2004, the Looney Tunes shorts were dropped from Cartoon Network's regular schedule altogether in October of that year, though The Sylvester & Tweety Mysteries and Duck Dodgers remained until mid-2005. However, Bah, HumDuck! A Looney Tunes Christmas has aired every December since its release as part of the channel's Christmas marathons. Also, Bugs Bunny's 3rd Movie: 1001 Rabbit Tales and Wakko's Wish are still aired occasionally, and Bugs Bunny's Howl-oween Special was also aired on the network for the first time in October of 2009.
The channel finally brought the Looney Tunes shorts back to their regular schedule in November 2009, only to drop them again in January 2010. The shorts returned to the network again on March 25, 2011. Currently, there is not yet any word on if any other WB Animated Universe shows will also be returning to the network, but The Looney Tunes Show premiered on the channel in May 2011. Midway through 2013, Cartoon Network returned to showing Looney Tunes shorts daily and also returned them to its sister channel Boomerang after a 3-year hiatus in October 2013.