I watched incredibly talented friends of mine leave the studio one by one while this unfolded. It looks like CN is about to hit what they were headed for.
Link: Cartoon Network Loses Gamble
I guess they'd rather take the "safer" bet of RADICAL XTREME SPORTZ 4 BOYZ than do something genuinely entertaining or creative. I guess they didn't bank on the fact that their teenage boy demographic would rather be off playing Xbox or texting their friends than watching garbage like that.The LA Times has a huge front page story in it’s Business section today, reporting on Cartoon Network’s recent programming gamble on live action. From the article:
The new shows haven’t reversed the slide. In July, the network had the fewest viewers in that target age range since May 2000 and its least-watched month overall since June 1998.
There is internal tension as well, with many veteran animators either quitting or being handed their walking papers. There are even whispers inside the channel’s Burbank animation studios that the network might drop “Cartoon” from its name.
Angry? Yeah, just a little.