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Originally this was supposed to be a topic concerning the latest news on CN, but I decided to make this a general topic to talk about the network. I won't be making any long introduction posts though, so I'll cut to the chase. Cartoon Network was founded in 1992 by Ted Turner and his cronies as the first network devoted to animation/cartoons, it's primary reason being to showcase classic Hanna-Barbera cartoons and others. But they decided to expand from their original purpose, which led to a series of original cartoons known as Cartoon Cartoons, as well as the nighttime block [adult swim] and anime block Toonami. This expansion era CN experienced in the 90s and early 2000s is overall considered by many as the network's golden age. Then after a change of heads after a PR stunt for one of adult swim's shows went horribly wrong and one of the top executives passed away due to a sudden illness, things started going downhill-the quantity of original shows and the overall quality of the network's cartoons (original and imported) dropped, Toonami was canned/adult swim started to move away from anime, and both the original network and adult swim started showing a growing amount of live-action shows and movies, culminating in CN Real, a live-action block of scripted shows. After that stunt flopped harder than a stuntman skydiving while on fire into a explosion rigged oil field, the network went through a resurgence of sorts-a variety of higher-quality animated shows, live-action shows almost completely wiped, and even seeing Toonami (albeit in a limited form) and Cartoon Planet (a block that showcases a variety of older cartoons) revived as part of the network's 20th anniversary. That said, the network still suffers from some problems-namely a growing lack of faith in action cartoons by their top executives, leading to many acclaimed shows of this type of genre having their schedules meddled with or being cancelled outright. Though regarding this new piece of news, the above could change... Stuart Snyder, a large proponent of the live-action shows on the network, is stepping down as CEO of the channel. Anyway, your thoughts on channel and/or this latest news? Discuss, this is the general CN thread after all! Personally, I hope Snyder's departure means CN can truly pull itself out of it's Dork Age, and I hope his successor is not a firm believer of the Animation Age Ghetto like he and his colleagues are. I doubt we'll get acclaimed/popular action shows like Young Justice and Sym-Bionic Titan back on the air (though that would be one hell of a sweet cherry on top if the new bigwig's awesome), but hopefully this means CN will finally stop screwing those types of cartoons over.
So in case you haven't heard, Warner Bros. is bringing back Scooby-Doo. No, not in a serious, story driven way they did with Scooby-Doo Mystery Incorporated, but in a new "comedic" way akin to the toons of the old days. We have no release date as of now but I assume the show will air around the 2014/2015 season as the article I got this from mentioned Sonic Boom and The Tom and Jerry Show as part of the new toon lineup. To be honest, it kind of sounds like Phineas & Ferb: Scooby-Doo edition. The art style looks like a huge step back from Mystery Incorporated, but I'll keep an open mind. Perhaps the art style will fit the writing style of the show. It is a comedy after all, so I guess making the character designs a bit more wacky helps fit them in the new comedic universe better. What do you think? Discuss. Source: http://blogs.indiewire.com/animationscoop/wabbit-a-looney-tunes-production-toplines-cartoon-network-upfront-presentation