YTV, and Nickelodeon Canada announce Fall 2011 Highlights … more like Friday Night Lowlights?

Corus Entertainment named YTV’s Fall 2011 Press Release as “YTV FALL LINEUP HAS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE, EVERY DAY OF THE WEEK!”. Please keep this in mind while you read on.

YTV’s fall pickups include Friday Night Lights, Rated A for Awesome, and Life With Boys. Friday Nights Life is about football. Rated A for Awesome is a show made by Nerd Corps. Life With Boys is a live action thing produced by Nelvana. Returning series are The Next Star, In Real Life, Splatalot, That’s So Weird, How To Be Indie, Sidekick, Mr. Young, and Beyblade (though they label the second season as a “new series” for some reason). There’s also the stock pile of Nick junk like Big Time Rush, Victorious, and iCarly. You can find all the relevant premiere information here.

Nickelodeon Canada shows no sign of becoming useful and picks up Supah Ninjas, Bucket and Skinner’s Epic Adventure (should I call Bill and Ted?), House of Anubus (which was a YTV.com exclusive at one point), Kenan & Kel, and The Amanda Show. To see relevant information regarding premieres click here.

Yo dawg, I heard you were half dog so I didn't air your show out of principle.

I’ve been an anime fan since I first set my eyes on Escaflowne on YTV back in the day. I lived through the era of Endless Waltz having endless waltzes. I lived through the era where Yu-Gi-Oh!, and Beyblade were king. I gleed during the time of Inu-Yasha. This, is a low point. The biggest low point I think anime’s faced in this country in a long, long time. Retailers like HMV are struggling and cutting back wherever they can, which means store closures, and niche products like anime getting the shaft. We’re seeing large market titles like Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood go to niche venues like Superchannel. Heck, we’re seeing mainstream success stories like Dragon Ball Kai not even airing in this country. All we have are the children’s 22 minute toy commercials, which will we hope will foster an audience someone will want to cater to. But even then that’s flawed as outside of Bakugan, we’re behind in everything. Including Beyblade: Metal Masters which will have premiered in both Australia, and the United States before a single episode even airs in the country that co-produces it, and records the show in Toronto.

Entitled anime fanboy schtick aside, this schedule is pretty bad. YTV only picked up 3 new shows this season. 1 of which already aired on Canadian TV. I mentioned how safe Teletoon’s fall lineup was, well if that was safe, this is hiding under the covers ignorant to the rest of the world safe. No 24/7 major channel should only have 3 new series to debut in the fall.

But worse off is the variety, or rather lack thereof. The fall schedule’s lineup consists almost entirely of family and kid oriented sitcoms, with 2 reality shows, a drama, and an action series. The press release said “something for everyone”. One show people could’ve seen before isn’t going to feed drama fans. A few series aimed to sell toys to boys isn’t going to fulfill the wants of people looking for action programming either. Maybe YTV should’ve saved their share of that 14 million they’re spending on a co-pro action series (!!!!) with Australia and just used that to pay for some new acquisitions.

Just a note to anyone expecting coverage of Family Channel and Disney XD’s lineup, I can say that’s not going to happen. I’ve seen what they’ve picked up and I couldn’t come up with anything longer than a list.

  1. On the bright side, at least they’re giving exposure to kid-oriented anime. Toyetic or not, the young ones have to get into it somehow.

    • Well, with Beyblade they have a vested interest in its success given YTV helps fund the show, and Nelvana produces it.

    • Stéphane Dumas
    • August 16th, 2011

    For their Friday night movies, some titles they chosed like “Aquamarine” and “A Cinderella Story”, if we have insomnia, they could had been a cure, lol! “Dazed and Confused” or “Blazing Saddles” would had been a more appropriate and more hilarious for Friday Night movies.

    Speaking of YTV movies, I spotted those vintage clips of “YTV at the movies” one from 1994 (it begins at 2:25 in the clip) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-k6X5vPW068
    and one from 1989

    Since my cable company (Videotron) removed YTV from the basic package (it’s only available on Illico) and the way YTV is currently, it might be a blessing in disguise for me. The way they invest their money, I think they’ll lost more then they taught in the long-run.

    Boy, I remember the days of Sailor Moon, Dragon Ball, Thunderbirds, Samurai Pizza Cats, Captain Scarlet, Doctor Who, the Black Stallion http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=moOUIH3t30E and You Can’t Do That on Television. I wonder if we could see some new “glory days” coming again? The YTV programmation looks currently like the “Malaise era” (Malaise era was a term described by Jalopnik about cars of a dark age after the 1st oil crisis http://jalopnik.com/5829483/whats-the-most-collectible-car-from-the-malaise-era )

    • Mohji
    • August 17th, 2011

    If it helps at all, when I emailed Disney XD about their rather stale lineup, I got a reply saying that they are looking into adding new action cartoons to spice it up. The rep also said specifically that they have received a lot of requests for Digimon and Naruto.

    • I wouldn’t hold my breath. Astral can’t get Digimon and Naruto for free, so I doubt they’ll pick those up.

  2. Say, remember when YTV was *the* destination for awesome cartoons, action programming, and above all else, Canada’s destination for anime goodness (That weren’t just blatant attempts to sell kids toys)?

    Man, those were the days…. :(

      • Stéphane Dumas
      • August 17th, 2011

      Yes, I remember, btw in an earlier post I completely forgot to mention Reboot as well as reruns of classics like Rocky & Bullwinkle, Get Smart and even a not widely known anime named “Saber Rider & the Star Sheriffs”. Also “Stickin Around” and anyone who remember Tarzan Dan and the “Hit List”?. Someone posted a list of past shows aired on YTV on Wikipedia.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_programs_broadcast_by_YTV
      I got YTV around 1990 before the cable company removed it from my basic package 1 year ago and I saw their “golden age”.

      I guess the YTV board, the way they organized their tv schedule, will have the same fate as General Motors faced recently. The beancounters invest at the wrong place for programs.

      As for investing 15$ millions with an Australian company, a twisting irony they aired once the Australian “soap-opera” “Home and Away”. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2n2_bXlnes They only rerunned the first season and I heard then it’s still in production in Australia.

      • Your posts are being marked as spam by WordPress because of the amount of links you post, haha.

        As for Home & Away, that series seems to be a soap opera, which would fit well with current day YTV. YTV has also aired other Aussie shows likes that mermaid one a few years back.

        Also, you live in a region of Canada where YTV is not part of the basic cable package?!

  3. Oh, and one more thing: “YTV’s Fall Lineup Has Something For Everyone” is just very blatant false advertising?

      • Stéphane Dumas
      • August 17th, 2011

      I completely agree on that point, it’s really a very big blantant false advertising!

      It’s so tempting to said “shenanigans” like Kyle in South Park. ;)

    • Stéphane Dumas
    • August 17th, 2011

    jonathanprimus :

    Also, you live in a region of Canada where YTV is not part of the basic cable package?!

    To be more precise, YTV as well as CMT was part of the basic cable package until late February 2011 in Gatineau, Montreal and Sherbrooke areas (Videotron don’t offered YTV in Quebec City and Saguenay areas in the basic package, same in the areas desserved by Cocego Cable in Quebec excepted Drummondville), Since then, we have to get Videotron’s service named “Illico” to watch YTV and it cost a bit more money.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Vid%C3%A9otron_Illico_TV_channels

    As for other Aussie shows YTV aired about mermaids, it was called “H2O”.

    • katalyst
    • August 18th, 2011

    Sigh.. i wish Ytv could air anime(Bionix) just like the good old days. I swear Binonix is what made Ytv popular, I miss those Friday nights watching anime. =0 I hardly watch Ytv now cause all they have is lame shows..

    • Bleyzaxx
    • August 25th, 2011

    What frustrates me is that these networking are picking up SO MUCH live-action. Where’s all the animation? I’m not saying there can’t be any live-action shows, but this is ridiculous.

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