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Will Cartoon Network become "The Network"?

by Danny Gallagher, posted Aug 18th 2009 9:07PM
Cartoon Network It seems that all of television is slowly losing its identity. The History Channel doesn't cover history. TV Land clogs their airwaves with run-of-the-mill reality shows. Comedy Central gives Carlos Mencia his own show.

It must be hard to draw in the kind of ratings the average television executive expects (average=viewers who are willing to commit mass suicide if they miss a rerun of Chico and the Man) when you're anchored to one theme or genre. But it's not impossible.

One network that seems very close to giving up entirely is the Cartoon Network. According to the Los Angeles Times, CN's new lineup of live-action, reality-based programming is tanking in the ratings and rumors are swirling that the CN may drop the "C" in its name. Does the head of Radio Shack now work for the Cartoon Network?

It seems the network's animation nation aren't happy with the network's new direction. Animators are finding their work extremely frustrating and leaving the building on their own or have gotten the big ol' pink slip. The network's new direction of reality based kid shows such as Survive This, Brainrush and Destroy-Build-Destroy aren't doing any better.

Granted, the network hasn't always been a ratings giant and its Adult Swim block has been successful but hardly enough to carry an entire network. But who thought more reality shows would be a good idea? I understand that it's a successful trend, but not when every single network has one under their wing with nobody watching them. What worries me is that this trend will just repeat itself until every pay channel on my dial is just an endless string of reality shows grasping at hope of an audience.

Just imagine, with nothing to watch on TV, I might be forced to (gulp) turn it off and go outside. Where is your God now?

[via TVTattle.com]

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jack brady

A great cartoon to watch is... "Funny Face" created by Renegade Animation.... great fun for all ages!!

October 02 2009 at 4:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jack brady

A great cartoon to view is Funny Face!! Renegade Animation created the cartoon..... great fun for every age!!

October 02 2009 at 4:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Slade

This is ridiculous. I can understand the wanting to boost ratings, but you are "CARTOON" network. Is it so hard to follow Disney's example and stop thinking of your audience as a group of mindless children. Cartoons like Avatar:TLAB and Kim Possible have proven it: Your viewers respond well to depth! Random gags and toilet humor will only fly for so long. Show you viewers some respect and give them real stories. Code Lyoko wasn't a smash hit but it was a step in the right direction. This is why "anime" became so popular; because unlike most American made animation, it had linear progression and character growth.

September 07 2009 at 3:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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David

I completely agree. I miss the 90s-2003 Cartoonnetwork.

Cartoonnetork used to be PACKED with programming.

Okay, for comedy it had the Cartoon Cartoons! Before the show, the logo would animate and the character would pop out saying "Cartoon Cartoons!". And it had Cartoon Cartoon Fridays where a different character would host every week.

It felt like the cartoons were alive and running the network, interacting w/ each other, and such.

And even though they were funny, they had some level of depth! PPG, Dexter, all had memorable characters.

And the "Coming Up Next" bumpers with the cartoonnetwork logo in different cartoony situations!

They had classic Looney Tunes that the whole family could watch.

They had Cartoon Theatre where they would show both classic and new stuff like Balto, Dexter Ego Trip.

For real action and depth, they had Toonami with the best anime lineup you could ask for with DBZ, Rurouni Kenshin, Yu Yu Hakusho, G Gundam, etc...

Man, today's generation of cartoons today is lazy animation, recycled jokes, and live action....:P

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTfEkm_HbwQ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61xR9LyN0T8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lejgsYwILOs

October 27 2009 at 4:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
William Beard

Please write to the powers that be Cartoon Network and Turner. Lets flood them with letter telling how we feel
Here are the addresses
Robert Sorcher,
Chief Content Officer,
Cartoon Network Worldwide
1050 Techwood Drive
Atlanta, Georgia 30318

Stuart Snyder
President, Turner Animation, Young Adults & Kids Media
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.
One CNN Center
Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Now, here's one more address you need to write to. The last and ultimate address you might want to use is this one:

Jeffrey L. Bewkes, Chairman/CEO Time Warner
James L. Barksdale
William P. Barr
Stephen F. Bollenbach
Frank J. Caufield
Robert C. Clark
Mathias Dopfner
Jessica P. Einhorn
Michael A. Miles
Kenneth J. Novack
Deborah C. Wright
c/o Office of the Corporate Secretary
Time Warner Inc.
One Time Warner Center
New York, NY 10019

August 25 2009 at 6:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Eric Hamilton

It's just shameful...I loved Cartoon Network when they were churning out awesome shows like Samurai Jack, Dexter's Laboratory, Johnny Bravo, Powerpuff Girls, almost all of the adult swim stuff, and even back when they had Dragon Ball Z & Sailor Moon. It's like they've lost their roots. Bring back innovative and creative cartooning and you're sure to be just fine. And, dear God, just stuff the reality shows right back up your butts...because they are becoming so outdated and were never really that interesting to begin with. Just my two cents...

August 21 2009 at 12:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Frank Provasek

Cartoon Network has this HUGE library of timeless classics...Popeye, Bugs Bunny, Flintstones, Yogi Bear, Scooby Doo, Tom & Jerry...but they don't show them! Out of sight, out of mind, as they say, and they are risking these properties becoming as obscure as Flip the Frog, Koko the Clown and so many others know only to animation history weenies rather than pop culture.

August 21 2009 at 4:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Nick545

Here's an idea. - Drop the Anime!!

August 20 2009 at 5:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Andy

The problem today is after the writer strike many veiwers stopped watching tv and moved to other things such as the web. Studios now face smaller audiences and as result try to spend less on shows. Reality is cheap and always has a market as a result most networks are turning to reality in order to continue to make a profit.

August 20 2009 at 12:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
RobynM

In regards to their current live action slate, maybe they should take a closer look at what's going on. There's a difference between "lack of viewers" and "active boycott". Of course, most of the boycotters aren't in the desired demographic, so they're probably ignoring it outright.

Craig McCracken left? C.H. Greenblatt fired? Maxwell Atoms' contract expired? Idiocy on the hoof. At least they've managed to hold onto Paul Dini and Genndy Tartakovsky - for now.

August 19 2009 at 11:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
John davis

OMGosh dude Cartoon Network totally ROCKS!

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August 19 2009 at 11:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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