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UPDATED: Did ‘Young Justice’ And ‘Green Lantern: The Animated Series’ Get The Axe?

EDITOR’S UPDATE: Yeah, these shows are officially going to the big cartoon graveyard in the sky; they have passed on, are no more, have ceased to be, expired and gone to meet their maker,┬ákicked the bucket, shuffled off their mortal coil,┬árun down the curtain and joined the bleeding choir invisible.

Young Justice fans (I mean, were there really any fans of GL?) were understandably outraged, and have shown their support for their favorite animated show by creating an online petition and defacing Cartoon Network’s Wikipedia page:

Will “Young Justice” get justice through Internet Justice? Perhaps the end of this story is yet to be written.

Cartoon Network just announced their lineup of new programming for 2013 featuring the refreshed DC Nation block which would include “Teen Titans Go!” and “Beware the Batman.” Does the absence of “Green Lantern: The Animated Series” and “Young Justice” mean that the CN is abandoning both shows after their current seasons?

In the case of “Young Justice,” maybe we’re worrying a little prematurely. The upfronts represent the 2013-2014 seasons, and as we saw with the first and second seasons of the DC animated series, there was a bit of a gap, with the 25 episodes comprising the first season stretching through the fall of 2010 into spring of 2012. Season two kicked the almost immediately after with new episodes through June, a three month gap, two more episodes, then a hiatus through January when new episodes resumed.

The loss of “Young Justice,” whose ratings have been strong, wouldn’t be a huge hit. I don’t mean that it wouldn’t be unfortunate if the series didn’t make it to a third season, but the single-storyline structure of the show means that if it didn’t come back in 2013 (or beyond), it’s not like viewers would be left hanging. The current season saw the cast jump ahead five years, with the heavy hitters of the DCU off-planet fighting an alien menace, leaving Nightwing and the senior members of the teen group of superheroes to face the mysterious organization the Light made up of the world’s supervillains (and some from offworld).

“Green Lantern: TAS” is a little harder to get a handle on, but at only 20 episodes in its first season, if this is, indeed the last of the show, it seems unfairly abandoned. Keep in mind, Cartoon Network is very cagey with their release dates and what is and is not coming back (I don’t think there was ever official confirmation that “ThunderCats” was dead and gone) but after the push the network gave “GL,” it’s kind of a surprise to see no kind of announcement this time out.

The next new episode, “Loss,” airs February 2nd.

Of course another possibility is that both series could just be going away for “off” years as “Teen Titans Go” and “Beware the Batman” occupy the rotating programming of the DC Nation block. So maybe this isn’t the last we’ve heard of either one.