Friday, April 24, 2009

Saturday Morning is Dead

There I was checking some things on my DVR and decided to see what was on tomorrow's SNL. Instead of searching for it I just went to NBC and cycled through to tomorrow night. On my journey I noticed something a bit disheartening, the lack of kid's shows.

It has been a long time since I was up early on a Saturday when I did not have somewhere to go. Since High School, or probably longer, I have not gotten up and watched TV very early so I never really noticed the gradual change in programming. I guess with the majority of people having cable and channels like Disney, Nickelodeon, Nick Toons and many more there is no need for the major networks to fill their mornings with cartoons. The current lineup is not completely devoid of kid oriented shows, but it is nothing like it used to be. NBC, for example, has the Today show on until 9:00, then it is local news and finally two hours of cartoons before it switches to golf, or NASCAR, or whatever lame sport is in season. ABC has reruns of Nickelodeon kid sitcoms (That's So Raven, Hannah Montana, etc...), CBS shows cartoons starting at 8:30, and the FOX has an hour of Saved by the Bell. The only channel showing cartoons is the CW, from 7:00am until noon, most of which are weird Japanese shows like Yu-Gi-Oh.

I could just be remembering a bit wrong, but I could swear that when I was a kid every network channel had cartoons from around six or seven through to noon. That was the best part of the week. No school and eating cereal, or pancakes on special occasions, in my He-Man PJs while watching hours of cartoons. Snorks, Smurfs, Transformers, Masters of the Universe, Heathcliff, Looney Tunes, Dungeons & Dragons, Tom & Jerry, Muppet Babies and so many more. Most of the cartoons on today are crap, in my opinion, but it still sucks that kids without cable are screwed.


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