YTV announces Fall 2010 programming, grown men shouldn’t cry
Clearly I was asking for too much. Today, YTV parent company, Corus Entertainment announced its Fall 2010 programming skid. Boy, it’s not pretty if you like Japanese animation.
They’ve picked up Victorious, the new Nickelodeon sitcom for kids from Dan Schneider (Drake & Josh, iCarly, etc.). I have nothing witty to say, here’s their description:
VICTORIOUS – NEW SERIES
Premieres: Friday, September 10 at 6:30 p.m.
Already a Nickelodeon hit, this half-hour live-action comedy follows the journey of Tori Vega (Victoria Justice), a 15 year-old girl who has lived in the shadow of her sister Trina – the “star” of the family. When Tori unexpectedly lands an invitation to attend the prestigious Hollywood Arts high school, she soon learns that getting in might be a lot easier than fitting in. Although she doesn’t recognize how talented she really is, Victorious follows Tori’s journey toward discovering that she’s born to be a performer and that entertaining people is what makes her happiest.
Because they want to make sure they don’t have too much Nickelodeon stuff on YTV, they also picked up Big Time Rush, another Nickelodeon show. One that’s not very popular, might I add…
BIG TIME RUSH – NEW SERIES
Premieres: Monday, September 6 at 6:30 p.m.
Meet Kendall, James, Logan and Carlos – four best friends from Minnesota who have been given the chance of a lifetime to join the glamorous L.A. pop music scene in Big Time Rush. But trading hockey sticks for hair and make-up isn’t always easy. Will celebrity life change these talented heartthrob teens forever? Produced in partnership by Nickelodeon and Sony Music, each half-hour of this live-action series features original songs performed by the group.
YTV also picked up Sidekick. Which seems to be a retooled version of the same Sidekick shorts that aired in Funpack (the shorts series that brought us Harold Rosenbaum). It’s from Nelvana, and it’s one of the few non-soul destroying pick ups.
SIDEKICK – NEW SERIES
Premieres: Saturday, September 11 at 10:30 a.m.
Produced in Canada by Nelvana Studio, this animated series follows young orphan Eric Neddles who lives in Sidekick, an animated world filled with superheroes and super villains. On the day Eric was to begin sidekicking for the greatest superhero of all time, Maxum Man, Maxum went missing – leaving this rookie with the task of making the world think that Maxum is still on the job. Since sidekicks aren’t good enough to be superheroes, Eric and his second stringer friends are always given the worst jobs, which mean they’re going to be the first projectiles thrown.
They also picked up the CW’s Life Unexpected. Which, while being a critical darling, wasn’t exactly a ratings power house. Although, what CW show could you say was?
Lastly, they picked up the new CG Babar cartoon (which we’ve known about for a while), as well as Kyle XY. Another ABC Family show that YTV picked up, another one that’s already been canceled. I swear, ABC Family is taking over the cable networks up here. Muchmusic and YTV have most of their original programming covered. For some reason, they’ve also allowed Fanboy & Chum Chum to air on YTV. It was better off left on Nick Canada.
You can expect new episodes of Sponge Bob, iCarly, How to be Indie (Ugh), That’s So Weird!, The Next Star (double ugh), Beyblade: Metal Fusion, Kid vs. Kat, In Real Life, and League of Super Evil. Which makes me wonder, does YTV even know they’ll be airing Three Delivery? Guess it’s just time slot filler. Or maybe they have some more announcements in store? Don’t hold your breath.
Some may read this post and wonder why I’m so critical of these pickups, given that YTV has moved away from anime in recent months for a more family friendly cohesive lineup. Well, that’s because in the past fall seasons, there wasn’t much to pick up. Sure, there was Gundam 00, but without Bionix, it had no venue. Sure, there was Soul Eater, but without a Canadian dub, and the fanservice, it was always going to be a hard sell. But this fall we had Dragon Ball Z Kai, something that’s been a hit in the past, and is proving to do so again. Then there’s Deltora Quest, which is based on a very popular book series, and has a Canadian dub. Then there’s InuYasha: The Final Act, a proven hit, with a Canadian dub. I felt those should’ve been picked up if nothing else. Unless they have some later announcements, this has truly been a brutal fall season for anime in this country.