It’s official: TMNT returns with new episodes on January 25th @ 7pmET! And with a few new cast members you might recognize…[link]
After squeeing over this new picture [link], I took the time to read the article that goes with it. Not only does it confirm the details we've dug up about the first three new episodes, but it reveals that there will be THREE FEMALE CHARACTERS JOINING THE CAST!
There's Karai, of course, (voiced by Kelly Hu), but besides her there are two others: Mrs. Campbell (voiced by Cassandra Peterson), and Kraang Prime (voiced by Roseanne Barr). Here's the descriptions for each of them:
Hu guests as Karai, a rebellious teenager and expert martial artist who stirs up trouble. "As lethal as she is beautiful, Karai brings a whole new level of chaos and complication for the Turtles," says the Nickelodeon description. She first appears in the episode "New Girl in Town," airing Feb. 2.
Peterson voices Mrs. Campbell, a research scientist from the World Wide Genome Project. Her character, who debuts in the Feb. 9 episode "The Alien Agenda," takes a particular interest in April O'Neil.
Barr has signed on to voice the character of Kraang Prime, who will show up later this year in the season finale ... Nickelodeon hasn't released any information about Barr's character, but the Kraang is an alien species created for the new series based in part on Krang, a villain that has appeared in previous Ninja Turtles TV shows.
This is a big deal, people. For the first half of the series, the only female character of any importance was April. Now, with Karai, Mrs. Campbell, and Kraang Prime joining the cast, there will be 4 females total. There's about 20 male characters with major roles and speaking parts (not counting the Kraang, because who knows how many of them there are?). With April as the lone female, that's a 1:20 female-male ratio, but with these new three females it's a 4:20 (1:5) ratio.
Anyway, this gives me hope that the cast will become more gender-balanced as the show progresses. Now if only they can give these ladies some depth and character development to be more than just stock female characters and/or plot devices. Especially April. She deserves it.