Monday, September 06, 2004

How about bad subject matter? Or a bad title, even? That could kill a show pretty good

Nifty. Teletoon has shuffled their schedule around for the fall, and we lose Rocket Robin Hood and Spider-Man, but pick up The Flintstones and The Jetsons. That's not a bad trade at all, and it's still better than the butchered shorts of The Bugs Bunny and Tweety Show that had the 8pm weeknight slot for two years. Plus, it's also suggested that they've now in fact bought seasons 3 and 4 of Futurama, which is a relief; S1-2 was getting old. And it takes an awful lot of repeat viewings to make any season of Futurama get old. The schedule is still dominated by Canadian-made dreck, of course. Daft Planet is back, one of those shows whose entire gimmick is an odd deformity in character design; here, it's that the characters have no necks. I remember it well, because it had the 9:00pm weeknight timeslot last summer, when I was working overnights; I had to leave to catch the bus right after it ended. It's genuinely terrible, in that special way that only shows created specifically to extort federal production funding in order to fill federally-mandated Canadian content levels can be. Imagine, non-Canadian readers, if you will: a show created largely by government, to fulfill government regulations. Artistic merit, competent scripts, and potential target audiences? All irrelevant, for such Potemkin Programming. I've said it before, and I'll say it again: Screw you, CRTC, I want Cartoon Network.

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