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The CW to end Kids WB! in 2008

by Richard Keller, posted Oct 8th 2007 1:03PM

Say goodbye to Shaggy, Scooby, And Batman. Kids WB! leaves the airways in 2008For many of us the rite of passage that was Saturday morning cartoons died years ago. The following news just puts a final nail in its coffin.

Last week The CW announced that it was dropping the 13-year-old Kids WB! franchise at the end of this season. Replacing it will be content from 4Kids Entertainment, which has been providing FOX with Saturday morning programming for the last six years. Leasing the space made "the most business sense" according to Bruce Rosenblum of Warner Brothers TV Groups. Despite high ratings, Kids WB! was losing viewers to cable networks like Nickelodeon. Currently, only 10 staffers remain with Kids WB!. A spokesperson for The CW said that they would try to find new positions for these people at the network.

In a world where the other major networks dropped their original Saturday morning programming years ago due to the increasing dominance of 24-hour cable networks dedicated to children, Kids WB! was an island unto itself. There seemed to be a resurgence in the programming block over the last few seasons with the introduction of such shows as Tom & Jerry Tales, Shaggy & Scooby Doo Get a Clue, The Batman and Legion of Super-Heroes. There was additional excitement over the summer when Kids WB! announced it would be airing a new Spider-Man cartoon beginning in 2008.

Where all of these cartoons will go now is up in the air. Rosenblum said that Warner Brothers Animation "would continue to produce for cable, direct-to-DVD, broadband and wireless". There's a good chance that many of these shows will end up on the company's online animation platform T-Works, which will be up and running next spring. There's also a chance that some of the product will end up on Toon Disney's Jetix block of programming, which currently airs Batman: The Animated Series, Superman :The Animated Series and soon Pinky and the Brain.

I doff my cap to you, Kids WB!: you did your best for many years and I give you credit for that.

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ticc_tocc


ya theres a lot of crap on tv now a days. the networks are lucky if any one watch's something they'ev got runing. most Adults & kids with an average IQ can see that the show's on there line-up are as sitruc said (dumb have no plots and have horrible characters and are pointless) to the pont of if they weren't advertised non stop then no one would even know they were on. cartoons on in this day and age are just 30-min of random animated mindless dribble. it's not that i feel old because i'm not i'm only 25. i was born in the 80's so most 80's and 90's cartoons i have seen such as C.O.P.S, The 13 Ghosts of Scooby Doo, The All-New Pound Puppies, THE All-New Scooby and Scrappy-Doo Show,The Real Ghostbusters, Alvin & the Chipmunks, Beetlejuice, Chip & Dale's Rescue Rangers, Count Duckula, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, DuckTales, X-Men, Gargoyles, and yes even Animaniacs because there was nothing eals on. yes there's a lot more cartoons i could list enuff to take up this form so here are a few url's to place's with name's and more. that have cartoons and kids show's that we watch'ed. for any one that may like to take a look and to answer Seanross request.

http://www.retrojunk.com/

http://www.80scartoons.net/toons/

if the head of the network programing had half a brain they'ed know people would rather watch show's form the 80's and early to mid 90's then the idiotic mind numbing garbage that there spewing out non stop!!!


have a nice day :-)

December 08 2007 at 1:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Seanross

thanks dude!

December 08 2007 at 10:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
sad

good old days with jackie chan, yu-gi-oh, pokemon!!

October 15 2007 at 7:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
sitruc

Avi, you're right. The channels that ran those shows in my area became UPN, WB, or UPN/WB mixes. I'm not sure about the whole harming broadcast tv thing though...
As far as other channels with good cartoons during the week a few years ago, there were good shows on the Family Channel or whatever it was called then, Nickelodeon, and a few on the Disney Channel. All of the networks had good shows on Saturday morning. During the mid90s, Nickelodeon ruled Sunday mornings.

October 08 2007 at 7:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ac

Wow I'm nowhere near the age where you should feel old but I do now. Iremember growing up with Darkwing Duck, Duck Tales, Animaniacs, Pinky and the Brain, etc. Little kids are missing out now.

October 08 2007 at 6:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Seanross

I miss Ducktales, Darkwing Duck, Tale Spin, all the rest.. I wonder if there is anywhere that has a list of what used to play at that era.. I dont remember them all

October 08 2007 at 2:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Akbar Fazil

khamel, Animaniacs are available on DVD. Not all of them yet but based off of sales on the first two I wouldn't imagine there wont be more.

Now, we just need to get Freakazoid released.

October 08 2007 at 2:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Chris Wyant

Anyone else feel old all of a sudden?

October 08 2007 at 2:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jordan

Cartoons today suck! As a 20 year old college student, I can remember the days of Looney Tunes on Nickalodean (sp?), Darkwing Duck, Duck Tales, Tail Spin, Batman/Superman. All great shows that are still enjoyable to watch.

Today. The cartoons are all the crappy anime or batman/superman with a new look. Bring back the good cartoons or at least start replaying the old ones!

October 08 2007 at 2:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Avi

Duck Tales and co. predates UPN/WB. WPIX was just another unaffiliated station buying first run syndicated content. All this announcement does is further confirm that the creation of UPN and WB harmed broadcast TV more than anything else in the past 15 years.

October 08 2007 at 2:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
sitruc

Chris W, that was nearly 20 years ago, right? I remember when UPN/WB affiliates had those shows. I can still watch those shows. Most of the cartoons that are on Saturday mornings are pointless, have no plots, and have horrible characters. That is why the number of viewers is really down. I can watch some of The Batman, but every other show on the networks on Saturday morning is trash. A lot of the shows are silly just to be silly or dumb just to be dumb. They aren't good shows. They don't even have the annoyingly repetitive teen shows anymore. What happened to Peter Engel? Damn kids today. Get off my lawn.

October 08 2007 at 1:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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