Cartoon Network (CN) is an American cable television network owned by Turner Broadcasting which primarily airs animated programming . The channel was launched on October 1, 1992, after Turner purchased the animation studio Hanna-Barbara Productions in 1991. It was originally a 24-hour outlet for classic animation properties from the Turner Broadcasting libraries and was all-ages-oriented, but now the channel targets kids and teens (about ages 8-15) with mature content during its late night daypart Adult Swim, which is treated as a separate entity for promotional and ratings purposes. The network broadcasts shows ranging from action to animated comedy . Original series started in 1994 with Space Ghost Coast to Coast, along with Cartoon Cartoons original programs like Dexter's Laboratory, Cow and Chicken, I Am Weasel, The Powerpuff Girls, Ed, Edd n Eddy, Johnny Bravo, and Courage the Cowardly Dog . In 2009, it started airing live-action programming, including movies New Line Cinema . The network celebrated its 20th birthday; this celebration started on October 1, 2012, and ended on November 4, 2012 . At 12 p.m. ET on October 1, 1992, Cartoon Network was launched as an outlet for Turner's considerable library of animation, and the initial programming on the channel consisted exclusively of reruns of classic Warner Bros cartoons (the pre-1950 Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies), the 1933–1957 Popeye cartoons, MGM cartoons, and Hanna-Barbera cartoons. At first, cable providers in New York City, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., and Detroit carried the channel. The channel opened with an introduction by Droopy, and the very first program that Cartoon Network ever broadcast was a Bugs Bunny cartoon from 1946 titled "Rhapsody Rabbit". By the time the network launched, Cartoon Network had an 8,500-hour cartoon library. From its launch until 1995, the network's announcers said the network's name with the word "The" added before "Cartoon...
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