Teletoon announces Fall 2011 Programming Skid

Hell month begins... now!

Teletoon, Canada’s premiere animation channel has announced its Fall 2011 programming highlights. While anime fans won’t exactly be getting a feast from the cable channel, there’s certainly some programming to be excited over. Especially, the premiere of the long awaited Cartoon Network original, Young Justice, as well as a certain anime-influenced My Life Me.

Young Justice follows Robin, Aqualad, Kid Flash, Superboy, Miss Martian and Artemis as teenage super heroes trying to prove themselves worthy of the mantle they’ve been granted. The series has reached universal acclaim, and high ratings since its debut on Cartoon Network in the US, and will premiere on Teletoon Friday, September 9 at 7 p.m. ET/PT.

My Life Me is a story about teenagers fitting in, or rather trying hard not too. Meet Birch, an inspiring manga artist who’s dealing with the ins and outs of everyday highschool. You know, boy problems, homework, and well, homework. The series has its characters designs by none other than Dramacon creator Svetlana Chmakova, the comedic slice of life series will premiere Saturday, September 10 at 2:30 p.m. ET/PT.

Please don't be animated like Three Delivery, please don't be animated like Three Delivery...

Detentionaire tells the tale of Grade 10 student Lee Ping, who is sent to a year of detention after having an inexcusable prank blamed on him. Follow his journey as he attempts to escape detention, clear his name, and find out who the real prankster is as this Nelvana series premieres Monday, September 12 to Friday, September 16 at 5 p.m. ET/PT in a five episode sneak peak event.

Those are the major standouts for me on Teletoon’s Fall 2011 schedule. However, they’ve picked up more, such as The Looney Tunes Show, Best Ed, and new episodes of Ben 10, Adventure Time, Johnny Test, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Jimmy Two-Shoes, and more. The truly bizarre things are the acquisitions of Cartoon Network’s less than popular game show series Hole In The Wall, and a green light to an live action adventure series Beyond Human. This along with the recently green lit for season 2, My Babysitter is a Vampire is giving a rather decent portion of the schedule to live action programming. This is a concern for viewers who’d much rather the channel stick by its “animation station” moniker. There’s no real reason these series couldn’t air on half-sister channels like YTV, or Family Channel. What’s really bizarre is that Teletoon reports that they’ve picked up Meta-Jets. That’s not a bizarre pickup given they created the show, but it’s a bizarre pickup in that they aired the show last year in an unadvertised sent to die manner…

But that’s enough talk about Teleton’s day time schedule, after all, we still have Teletoon at Night, and Teletoon Retro to go through, and let me tell you something, it’ll be short.

Teletoon at Night’s new programming pick ups exist in only one show – the “sure doesn’t look like a ripoff of Family Guy’s art style” Crash Canyon. Thankfully, that wasn’t the only thing the channel picked up for the block, as they’ve picked up season seven, and eight of Futurama, and season two of Archer. Like I said, kind of a light pull, though obviously perennial series like Robot Chicken, and Family Guy will remain on the channel.

Now, the digital cable channel Teletoon Retro on the other hand picked up a tonne of new programming. So much so that rather than giving any sort of summary, I’m just going to list series – Batman (1960’s live action), Felix The Cat, For Better or For Worse, Garfield and Friends, Jem, King of the Hill, Looney Tunes shorts, My Pet Monster, Ned’s Newt, and Tom and Jerry Friends. While this list is certainly large, it makes me feel a bit old given I was around when Ned’s Newt, For Better or For Worse, King of the Hill, etc. premiered…

As an overall schedule for Teletoon, the network and its sister played it safe. All of the series I highlighted were all expected series. Young Justice, being a Cartoon Network, DC Comics creation was guaranteed to air on the channel eventually, and we’ve known about My Life Me, and Detentionaire for ages. That’s kind of the problem here, outside of Beyond Human, and maybe Hole In The Wall, these were all series one would expect to air on this channel. They didn’t make any jumps for new and unique programming, but rather more of what fits within their standard conventions. Sure, it’s exciting that Futurama, and Archer are coming back with new seasons, but that’s expected. Better yet, where are the new episodes of the rest of Adult Swim’s programs? Why is it the first original Teletoon at Night production we see in ages is just a clone of other highly successful shows? Where are the Marvel anime series? They’re airing on G4 in the US right now, and Teletoon’s Marvel exclusivity agreement doesn’t expire until next year. I don’t know, and despite my very negative outlook on this skid, it isn’t bad by any means. It’s just expected, and something tells me that’s what I’ll be saying about Family’s, and YTV’s in the upcoming weeks.

If you’d like to make your own mind on Teletoon’s Fall 2011 programming, check out their Media Site.

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  1. I think for Teletoon at Night they have found they can make more money showing reliable and well known Fox animation shows then risky and little known Cartoon Network shows. That’s probably always been true, but there are more Fox shows to choose from now.

    I recommend Garfield and Friends. Keep in mind that Binky the Clown predates Krusty.

    • Well, Teletoon Retro is showing Garfield & Friends this Fall.

      On unrelated subjects…

      I’m glad that we’re finally getting Young Justice and the Comedy Central seasons of Futurama. Now, if someone could pick up Regular Show, we’re all set.

  2. A huge chunk of the [adult swim] block – essentially, anything not Robot Chicken – moved from Teletoon Detour/at Night to G4’s Adult Digital Distraction (ADd) a couple of years ago. Even then, the newest pickup for ADd was the MAD cartoon last winter.

    As for Family Guy, I can’t remember the last time Teletoon aired that show. The upcoming weeknight rotation is Futurama, American Dad!, Robot Chicken and The Dating Guy. Why Teletoon cycles 26 eps. of The Dating Guy in a weekday rotation these days, I don’t ask.

    • Cycling Dating Guy pales in comparison cycling 13 episodes of Undergrads after ten years of recycling it.

      What’s worse it that it’s still funnier then Dating Guy.

      • Let’s not forget Clone High, which is still popular nine years after its only season, and which was ridden as hard as (maybe harder than) Undergrads.

        Also, Quads! was given airplay on Teletoon as recently as 2009-10, despite its aging very poorly. I know Teletoon doesn’t make many adult-oriented cartoons, but I can’t remember a single show besides Quads! and Sons of Butcher given more than one season.

  3. I don’t watch Teletoon often anymore, but it’s nice to know they’ve continued their odd cycle of weekday strips for series without enough episodes to support it. I remember a few years back Teletoon would air Cybersix via a weekday strip, even though that show has 13 episodes…

    • Stéphane Dumas
    • July 30th, 2011

    No news about the 4rd season of Total Drama known as “Total Drama Revenge of the Island”?

    As for “My Babysitter is a Vampire”, I agree it’s a bit intriguing then it didn’t air on YTV, afterall YTV broadcasted “Goosebumps” and “Are you Afraid of the Dark?” They could even created a block of spooky shows.

    • Isn’t Total Drama x usually a summer series?

      As for My Babysitter, I agree with this. YTV could’ve aired it with The Hub’s “The Haunting Hour” (which they may or may not have the broadcast rights to) – the show’s filmed in Canada, so it counts as partial Cancon and is about as modern Goosebumps as you can get.

      • I also agree. Something about Babysitter just screams “YTV-bound” to me. It fits on Teletoon as much as *ugh* “Majority Rules” did when it aired briefly on the channel.

        • Stéphane Dumas
        • August 16th, 2011

        Yeah, but if I remember correctly, Total Drama Action beginned in January 2009 but then stopped for reruns until Cartoon Network catched up. When Total Drama World Tour aired in Canada, it was in the fall and more frustrating was then CN and an Australian channel aired all the episodes during summer. The Total Drama Wiki have more infos about it.

    • Oliver
    • August 8th, 2011

    Here was hoping for a season 2 of Fred’s Head, but judging by all the show they’ve picked up, I suppose good, original, intelligent animes aren’t really that attractive when it comes to making the most money possible.

      • Stéphane Dumas
      • August 17th, 2011

      You’re not the only one who wished for a season 2 of Fred’s Head. I hoped too for a season 2. And I also wished then Clone High and Undergrads got a season 2 (and even a season 3). And some others animated series like Kappa Mikey and Wayside got 2 or 3 additionnal seasons.

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    WHATS SEXY MEAN? I GAVE HER THE AWNSER THAT IT WAS A BIG
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    CARTOONS ARE NOT LIKE THEY USED TO BE I WILL KEEP WATCHING
    THIS CUSE I LOVE ANIME MOVIES AND SHOWS LOLOL TELLETOON
    IS MY FAVORET CARTTON NETWORK :)

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