Cartoon Network is ditching as much of the 'Cartoon' part of itself as possible


The affairs of Cartoon Network aren't necessarily our domain, at least when it's outside the realm of their anime lineup, but I figured this was something of note to talk about. We're seeing logic behind them pulling out on Naruto and Code Geass.

So, Cartoon Network has unveiled their new slate of programming, and on their slate are six live-action reality show, along with another seven new animated series and four animated movies. They're aiming for various promotions, like an NBA tie-in, aimed at roping in young boys.

I suggest going to read the Variety article, and after you've read through the slightly offbeat writing style for an industry reporting site, you'll get a better idea of what's going on. Basically, Cartoon Network has been looking for lower and lower priced content to fill their timeslots.

For the anime content we've seen on adult swim, the publishers are actually paying Cartoon Network a fee for that, although with Naruto, I suspect that's it's different because the show has such a strong presence that Viz could demand that CN actually license the show from them. Whatever the situation may be, the programming on CN is quickly deteriorating, with The Venture Bros being one of the few programs they have that's worth watching.

I have to wonder if Nickelodeon will start picking up anime programming to fill a gap that Cartoon Network is leaving behind. 

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