Thursday, December 08, 2011

Bad News Nick ...

... and good news Disney Channel. As the Reporter reports:

... [Nickelodeon] is on track to surrender its ratings crown to rival Disney Channel for the year among the coveted demo of kids ages 6 to 11 for the first time since Disney Channel launched in 1983. ...

When the Disney Channel got started, most of us young, smart-ass WDP employees thought it was a really lame idea. The cable channel launched with a Winnie-the Pooh series produced for $25,000 per half-hour with actors in animal suits in front of a green screen, decades-old programming from out of the vaults, and cheap-jack documentaries. "This leadass turkey will never fly. What is Ron Miller thinking?"

Twenty-eight years later, it turns out that Chairman Miller was thinking clear and smart, and a lot of the twenty-something snot-noses (me included) had their heads embedded in their large intestines.

3 comments:

Christopher M. Sobieniak said...

It's only a shame the programming isn't something I would want to watch anyway.

Anonymous said...

It's Nick's fault for not exercising more quality control on its programming. Spongebob's appeal has nearly been destroyed through bad writing. Instead of a lovable child-man, he's now a callous moron. And of course the Fairly Odd Parents have been crap for some time now. Cosmo is killing that show. And the new toons aren't much better. Tuff Puppy needs to be taken to the pound. Meanwhile, Disney has a real winner in Phineas and Ferb, and even Fish Hooks is easier to watch than most stuff on Nick. The moral here is, put out crappy programming and even a kid audience will desert you. Maybe Nick will finally clean up its act and start focusing on quality and appealing characters now. Money is a great motivator, especially for a crass, cynical organization like Nick.

Dan Siciliano said...

You know. You're right. Maybe there should be a show that not only targets kids but teens and adults. A show I would imagine would be a show where a group of characters or animals would "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern" on Biblical epics like Moses, Noah and even the time of Christ.

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