The immense popularity of Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion followed with the development of a sequel, Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2, which was first announced on the March 2007 issue of Newtype and later confirmed by Sunrise producer Yoshitaka Kawaguchi on the series' official staff blog on March 9, 2007. Whereas initial additions on the official blog had stated the sequel's exact format had not been confirmed as of July 2007, the January 2008 issue of Newtype announced the sequel would be a new television series, which will begin airing on MBS in the spring of 2008.
In January 2008, it was announced that the second season would be slated to premiere on MBS and TBS' Sunday 5:00pm timeslot from April 6, 2008, replacing the network's JNN News Program. Several promotional material, including two trailers on each of the Code Geass DVD Magazine releases and a television commercial broadcast during episode 18 of Sunrise's Mobile Suit Gundam 00, have been released by the creators Sunrise prior to the series' debut on TBS-MBS.
This is the first time a late-night anime series broadcast by TBS has had its sequel airing on the network on a prime-time timeslot. The last time an anime series was broadcast on TBS' Sunday 5:00pm timeslot was in 1985 with the 23-episode Video Warrior Laserion. It had been widely expected Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2 would replace Mobile Suit Gundam 00 in its Saturday 6:00pm anime timeslot, after the end of the first season of Mobile Suit Gundam 00, however this timeslot was effectively moved by MBS and TBS to the current Sunday 5:00pm timeslot.
HAHAHAHAHA OH WOW. A show kicking off a News show, whats next, the Next Prime Minister of Japan is an Ainu?