Just can't keep a good robot down. Hasbro, maker of Transformers and other toys, acquired a 50% controlling interest in the Discovery Kids channel last year. With plans to re-brand the channel with more entertainment programming for kids, they also plan to bring out a new Transformers animated series, entitled "Transformers PRIME". Few details have been released to this point, mainly about the voice actors involved.
-- The new "Robots in Disguise" will be based mainly on the designs of the live action movie. Check out the re-designed Bumblebee.
-- Starscream's characterization will be based on the back-stabbing version of the G1 series.
-- Jeffrey Combs (Herbert West in "Re-Animator", The Question in "Justice League Unlimited") will voice Ratchet, the mechanic/doctor of the Autobots. (Sweet!)
-- Johnny Yong Bosch (Vash the Stampede in "Trigun", Adam Park in "Power Rangers") will be voicing Bumblee. (Yay!)
-- The greatest voice of the 1980's will re-prise his defining role. Peter Cullen will be voicing Optimus Prime!! No word on whether Frank Welker will be voicing Megatron, though! (Fingers crossed, people.)
I think this series has some incredible potential, based on the voice acting alone. I cannot wait `til this show premieres, which is (hopefully) sometime this fall. OH YEAH, this is gonna`rock!