Friday, March 7, 2014

Stuart Snyder resigns from Cartoon Network-----disenfranchised viewers appear to rejoice

The following also appears on my other blog, Saturday Morning Archives:

The Los Angeles Times reported Thursday that Cartoon Network President Stuart Snyder is resigning at the end of the month. While current series such as Regular Show, Steven Universe, Uncle Grandpa, Adventure Time, and The Amazing World of Gumball, as well as the beleaguered DC Nation block were all developed on his watch, Snyder is also being blamed, along with partner-in-crime Rob Sorcher, for needlessly putting live-action programs on CN that didn't belong there. The ill-fated CN Real block was doomed from the start, and should've been parsed among other networks in the Time Warner chain (i.e. Tru TV). The last live-action series on CN, Incredible Crew, was a 1 season bust created by entertainer Nick Cannon, one of the busiest guys in show business today, and more closely associated with rival Nickelodeon.

No successor has been named as yet, but the last imprint of the Snyder era was the bone-brained decision last month to cede the 8 pm (ET) hour to [adult swim], starting March 31. Mike Lazzo, who has been with CN since before the development of [as], would be a good bet to take over if they want to keep it in house.

Meanwhile, folks on message boards are calling for a female president who would restore the gender balance in terms of programming, and erasing the stigma of CN targeting boys 6-14 with poor imitations of comedy (i.e. Teen Titans GO!).

As Rick Nelson put it in "Garden Party", more than 40 years ago, you can't please everyone.

But, then, I speak for those of us who are happy to see Snyder headed out the door........

Now if they can solve the problem of getting Beware the Batman and other action shows back on the air, we'd be all set.......! In the meantime, this may call for a party, with this theme song.......


magicdog said...

Like the saying goes, "Be careful what you wish for..."

Personally I was not expecting this but I'm glad Snyder's out. Perhaps the DC Nation block was the straw that broke the proverbial camel's back. Messing with DC is a no-no!

I have heard some folks wanted Margaret Loesch as President of CN. Others root for Jayne Barbera. I just want someone who won't put out more mind numbing mush and alienate action adventure fans.

Let's hope for the best.

hobbyfan said...

The overall prevailing attitude, not just at CN, but also Nick & Disney, is that young boys like "stupid comedy", and so the programming is geared to that perceived sentiment.

I've seen the name Donna Speciale mentioned over at TZ in relation to possibly being brought in. She's not as well known as Margaret Loesch and/or Jayne Barbera, which begs to ask, what did Ms. Speciale do to merit interest?