Thursday, April 20, 2006

Whither Cartoon Network?

Cartoon Brew has been discussing Cartoon Network's move into live action programming. . . CN has been a mainstay of original animation programming, and the source of some of the best TV animation of the last few decades. Some of my favorites have been Dexter's Lab, Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy, and my all-time favorite Samurai Jack. A Variety article has CN execs emphasizing that cartoons will remain their mainstay, but they are clearly looking to move into both live-action TV series and even features. I suppose being third behind Disney and Nick is forcing them to these extreme measures, but it would be a real shame if they became Cartoon Network in name only. There's an online petition here if you want to voice your feelings on this. You can also tell CN directly. There's also some interesting discussion about the possible fate of Adult Swim here. Thanks to posters on Animation Nation for those last two links.


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