November 7th, 2009

So you tell me people who watch Cartoon Network don't want to see reality shows?!

At 9:30 eastern tonight (in about 20 minutes), Cartoon Network will air the opening episode to the final season of Justice League Unlimited, itself the final series in the DC Animated Universe franchise developed by the team headed by Bruce W. Timm. Remarkably, this would be only the second time the episode aired on Cartoon Network, the first being its premiere in January of 2006. Also premiering this month are a new Garfield show, and returning to the network are shows with the Pink Panther, and the Looney Tunes characters. Tomorrow, CN premieres the Ed Edd n Eddy movie it produced over a year ago.

What has lead CN to rediscover its roots? The spectacular failure of its experiment in reality programming, also known as CN Real -- formerly known as CN Real. If you watch CN for any length of time, you will notice that sometime during last few weeks, they stopped referring to any show as airing on CN Real. In fact, the the reality shows are no longer shown together, limited each to one or two timeslots a week with no repeats. Given that the shows were responsible for a giving CN its new record low in rating this summer, knocking the network out of the the top 10 -- out of the top 20 of cable networks, this excommunication should be of no surprise. That they thought that 30% off versions of Cash Cab, Mythbusters, Ghost Hunters and Cash Cab would be received well should have been the surprise. -- man, just look at the list of shame as composed by TV Tropes -- the network was as lazy as it was contemptuous of its audience!

But that doesn't mean Cartoon Network hasn't given up its teenaged rebellion. It has picked up two more live-actioners, because isn't animation a juvenile pursuit anyway?