FOX Cancels Hopes And Dreams For Infomercials

29 Nov

From 8-12 on Saturday mornings, I would sit down in front of the tube and watch cartoons on FOX when I was a young buck. Shows such as Bobby’s World, Batman, X-Men, Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventures, Animaniacs, and The Tick aired in the early 1990s on FOX. Animaniacs would later move to The WB network, but these shows were the programs I watched as a kid. Heck, I even watched Sonic The Hedgehog on ABC. There were plenty of other shows that were enjoyable or short-lived that aired. They eventually even had some live-action shows like Eerie, Indiana but would still keep plenty of animation flowing on the airways.

No more! The second incarnation of their Saturday morning cartoon block has been canceled because FOX says that cartoons are no longer a viable entity on network programming due to competition from cable providers. Instead, prepare yourselves to be entertained by Ron Popeil and several other infomercial kings. That’s right, they’re just giving back a couple hours to the local networks, who will then sell the time! Woohoo! Who needs fun programming for kids when you can just air a long commercial? I know I don’t! It’s just like NBC putting Chuck and Heroes on hold so they can show some dancing. Dancing! Jesus christ.

Well guess what? I’m bringing it to you!

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4 Responses to “FOX Cancels Hopes And Dreams For Infomercials”

  1. CJ November 29, 2008 at 2:58 pm #

    I’m not sure this is going to mean a bunch of infomercials. Every over-the-air affiliate is required by the FCC to fulfill a certain number of hours of children’s programming every week. There are stringent rules about when the programs need to air and what kinds of commercials can run in them. This might actually be hard on the Fox affiliates who may have to go out and find alternative children’s programming.

    Of course… cartoons have been dying for years. How long ago was it that NBC dumped its morning cartoons for Saved by the Bell (which totally rocked) and bunch of substandard live-action shows?

  2. Chris November 29, 2008 at 3:36 pm #

    I think they only require 3 hours a week of ‘children’s programming’, which can be loosely defined. SBTB fit that definition, for instance.

  3. CJ December 1, 2008 at 12:54 am #

    Chris: Right… 3 hours a week which generally falls on Saturday mornings (Sunday mornings, for example, are worth much more to paid programmers than Saturday). And those 3 hours can’t early too early in the morning or too late at night. And, yes, Saved By the Bell may be the more educational programming in television history!!!!!!

  4. Sonny December 3, 2008 at 4:12 pm #

    Go outside and play.

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