Cartoon Network’s “The Hobbit” has been renewed for a second season, as showrunners Brian J. Smith and Peter Jackson have been fired.
The news was first reported by Deadline, which added that it was the first time that Disney-owned Cartoon Network had fired a showrunner since the company was bought by Turner in 2010.
Smith, who had been a show runner on the show since its debut in 2007, has been replaced by Jackson, who will take over as showrunner of the new season.
“We are so thrilled to welcome Brian to the show,” Disney said in a statement.
“He’s been an incredible friend and collaborator for many years, and we look forward to his continued leadership of the show.
He is a tremendous talent and a great person to work with, and he has our complete support.
We wish him and his wife the very best in their future endeavors.”
The new season will air in 2019, and Disney has not yet announced plans for an early-season renewal.
The show has been nominated for several Emmy awards, including best animated series and the series-nominated “Daredevil” for Season 3.
Cartoon Network also has a deal with Marvel Studios, which has recently expanded its Marvel Studios TV line with two additional animated series.