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** Their sitcom DorkAge, however, arguably began with ''Series/ShakeItUp'' in 2010, as most people believe the shows beforehand, like ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'' were still fun to watch. To many viewers, the only sitcoms worth watching were ''Series/GirlMeetsWorld'' and Creator/DisneyXD's flagship sitcom ''Series/LabRats''.
5th Mar '17 7:26:00 PM MyFinalEdits
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On top of all that, Cartoon Network also managed to screw over what few acquisitions they had (though it has been arguably gradual over the last decade, even between the Dork Ages), with ''WesternAnimation/SonicBoom'' (despite becoming a CultClassic even amongst non-Sonic fans, to the point that even its scheduling was messed up for some of the later episodes), ''WesternAnimation/TransformersRobotsInDisguise'' ([[HarsherInHindsight which had recently moved the franchise from Discovery Family in hopes of a wider audience]]) and ''WesternAnimation/{{Supernoobs}}'' (which is seen as a remarkable improvment from its [[WesternAnimation/JohnnyTest infamous predecessor]]). Also, the LongRunner mainstay, ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', is hinted to have moved to Creator/DisneyXD because of it's continual screwing over. To no one's surprise, [[AdoredByTheNetwork/TeenTitansGo guess which show replaced its longtime Saturday morning slot]].\\

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On top of all that, Cartoon Network also managed to screw over what few acquisitions they had (though it has been arguably gradual over the last decade, even between the Dork Ages), had, with ''WesternAnimation/SonicBoom'' (despite becoming a CultClassic even amongst non-Sonic fans, to the point that even its scheduling was messed up for some of the later episodes), ''WesternAnimation/TransformersRobotsInDisguise'' ([[HarsherInHindsight which had recently moved the franchise from Discovery Family in hopes of a wider audience]]) and ''WesternAnimation/{{Supernoobs}}'' (which is seen as a remarkable improvment from its [[WesternAnimation/JohnnyTest infamous predecessor]]). Also, the LongRunner mainstay, ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', is hinted to have moved to Creator/DisneyXD because of it's continual screwing over. To no one's surprise, [[AdoredByTheNetwork/TeenTitansGo guess which show replaced its longtime Saturday morning slot]].\\



And now its 2017, most shows that aren't ''Teen Titans Go!'' or ''Gumball'' see little to no airtime, and lately, when the two shows aren't taking up all the slots, the channel has gained a habit for airing either a ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' movie, or the reviled ''Film/TheCatInTheHat'' or ''Film/AlvinAndTheChipmunks'' movies ([[ILied also Miller going back on her no]] [[NetworkDecay live-action]] [[ILied claim, taking away the last thing liked about her current reign.]]). And to top it all off, ''Teen Titans Go!'' gets a ''nine''-hour block on Fridays for itself, just to lead into ''other'' shows. In strong contrast, now Creator/DisneyXD, and even Creator/{{Nickelodeon}}, [[WinBackTheCrowd are now seen as favorites for cartoons or kids channels.]] When you've managed to get [[ARareSentence Stuart Snyder]], ''[[ARareSentence of all people]]'', VindicatedByHistory, even on ThisVeryWiki, you can tell Cartoon Network has entered a second Dork Age.

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And now its in 2017, most shows that aren't ''Teen Titans Go!'' or ''Gumball'' see little to no airtime, and lately, when the two shows aren't taking up all the slots, the channel has gained a habit for airing either a ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' movie, or the reviled ''Film/TheCatInTheHat'' or ''Film/AlvinAndTheChipmunks'' movies ([[ILied also Miller going back on her no]] [[NetworkDecay live-action]] [[ILied claim, taking away the last thing liked about her current reign.]]). And to top it all off, ''Teen Titans Go!'' gets a ''nine''-hour block on Fridays for itself, just to lead into ''other'' shows. In strong contrast, now Creator/DisneyXD, and even Creator/{{Nickelodeon}}, [[WinBackTheCrowd are now seen as favorites for cartoons or kids channels.]] When you've managed to get [[ARareSentence Stuart Snyder]], ''[[ARareSentence of all people]]'', VindicatedByHistory, even on ThisVeryWiki, you can tell Cartoon Network has entered a second Dork Age.
5th Mar '17 2:50:29 PM stewyworks333
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And now its 2017, Cartoon Network gave up the rights to its last anime outside of Creator/{{Toonami}}, perennial LongRunner, ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' (which was unsurprisingly filled in with ''Teen Titans Go!''), most shows that aren't ''Teen Titans Go!'' or ''Gumball'' see little to no airtime, and lately, when the two shows aren't taking up all the slots, the channel has gained a habit for airing either a ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' movie, or the reviled ''Film/TheCatInTheHat'' or ''Film/AlvinAndTheChipmunks'' movies ([[ILied also Miller going back on her no]] [[NetworkDecay live-action]] [[ILied claim, taking away the last thing liked about her current reign.]]). And to top it all off, ''Teen Titans Go!'' gets a ''nine''-hour block on Fridays for itself, just to lead into ''other'' shows. In strong contrast, now Creator/DisneyXD, and even Creator/{{Nickelodeon}}, [[WinBackTheCrowd are now seen as favorites for cartoons or kids channels.]] When you've managed to get [[ARareSentence Stuart Snyder]], ''[[ARareSentence of all people]]'', VindicatedByHistory, even on ThisVeryWiki, you can tell Cartoon Network has entered a second Dork Age.

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On top of all that, Cartoon Network also managed to screw over what few acquisitions they had (though it has been arguably gradual over the last decade, even between the Dork Ages), with ''WesternAnimation/SonicBoom'' (despite becoming a CultClassic even amongst non-Sonic fans, to the point that even its scheduling was messed up for some of the later episodes), ''WesternAnimation/TransformersRobotsInDisguise'' ([[HarsherInHindsight which had recently moved the franchise from Discovery Family in hopes of a wider audience]]) and ''WesternAnimation/{{Supernoobs}}'' (which is seen as a remarkable improvment from its [[WesternAnimation/JohnnyTest infamous predecessor]]). Also, the LongRunner mainstay, ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', is hinted to have moved to Creator/DisneyXD because of it's continual screwing over. To no one's surprise, [[AdoredByTheNetwork/TeenTitansGo guess which show replaced its longtime Saturday morning slot]].\\
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And now its 2017, Cartoon Network gave up the rights to its last anime outside of Creator/{{Toonami}}, perennial LongRunner, ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' (which was unsurprisingly filled in with ''Teen Titans Go!''), most shows that aren't ''Teen Titans Go!'' or ''Gumball'' see little to no airtime, and lately, when the two shows aren't taking up all the slots, the channel has gained a habit for airing either a ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' movie, or the reviled ''Film/TheCatInTheHat'' or ''Film/AlvinAndTheChipmunks'' movies ([[ILied also Miller going back on her no]] [[NetworkDecay live-action]] [[ILied claim, taking away the last thing liked about her current reign.]]). And to top it all off, ''Teen Titans Go!'' gets a ''nine''-hour block on Fridays for itself, just to lead into ''other'' shows. In strong contrast, now Creator/DisneyXD, and even Creator/{{Nickelodeon}}, [[WinBackTheCrowd are now seen as favorites for cartoons or kids channels.]] When you've managed to get [[ARareSentence Stuart Snyder]], ''[[ARareSentence of all people]]'', VindicatedByHistory, even on ThisVeryWiki, you can tell Cartoon Network has entered a second Dork Age.
1st Mar '17 7:44:20 PM stewyworks333
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** Not even Creator/{{Toonami}} was immune. The TOM 4 era was hated by a lot of fans for the [[UncannyValley TOM's]] [[YouDontLookLikeYou redesign]], and for things like the Absolution and [[SpaceshipGirl SARA]] being [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome dropped without any indication of a reason]]. The general [[ScrewedByTheNetwork screwing]] of multiple shows reducing the block to nothing but reruns and ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' led many to suspect ExecutiveMeddling, especially given that this happened in 2007, after the [[WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce Mooninite]] [[UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom bomb scare]] in Boston and the resulting management shake-ups at Creator/CartoonNetwork. Of course, then the block [[ScrewedByTheNetwork got taken]] [[{{Cancellation}} off]], and [[AlasPoorScrappy people mourned its passing]], no matter what they'd thought about the {{retool}}. It wasn't until 2012, one of the last years with Snyder as CN's president, when Toonami [[UnCanceled came]] [[NetworkToTheRescue back]], retrieving the better-received TOM 3 version.
* A lot of sports fans consider Creator/{{ESPN}} to be in one now, especially with its flagship program ''Series/SportsCenter''. The sports news show rose to great popularity in TheNineties due to its charismatic anchors that could deliver scores and highlights with a touch of witty banter. Later still, the show seems to be more focused on trumpeting its hosts over the games they're supposed to be reporting on through endless "analysis" segments that last way too long for many viewers. What's more, the hosts they have now, like Skip Bayless and Stephen A Smith, come off as too egotistical and annoying in the eyes of many.\\

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** Not even Creator/{{Toonami}} was immune. The TOM 4 era was hated by a lot of fans for the [[UncannyValley TOM's]] [[YouDontLookLikeYou redesign]], and for things like the Absolution and [[SpaceshipGirl SARA]] being [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome dropped without any indication of a reason]]. The general [[ScrewedByTheNetwork screwing]] of multiple shows reducing the block to nothing but reruns and ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' led many to suspect ExecutiveMeddling, especially given that this happened in 2007, after the [[WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce Mooninite]] [[UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom bomb scare]] in Boston and the resulting management shake-ups at Creator/CartoonNetwork. Of course, then the block [[ScrewedByTheNetwork got taken]] [[{{Cancellation}} off]], and [[AlasPoorScrappy people mourned its passing]], no matter what they'd thought about the {{retool}}. It wasn't until 2012, one of the last years with While Stuart Snyder as CN's president, when Toonami [[UnCanceled came]] [[NetworkToTheRescue back]], retrieving was eventually removed, Christina Miller came to power, which basically over the better-received TOM 3 version.
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next few year put Cartoon Network into yet ''another'' Dork Age. First by ([[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment reportedly]]) [[ExecutiveMeddling forcing some of sports fans consider Creator/{{ESPN}} the]] [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids more mature shows]] [[MoralGuardian to be in one now, especially with its tone down their content]] (despite Cartoon Network being well-loved for not being afraid for pushing the envelope compared to other kids channels), and then turning the controversial LoveItOrHateIt ([[CriticalDissonance but ratings success]]) ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo'' into the flagship program ''Series/SportsCenter''. The sports news show rose to great popularity '''[[PeripheryHatedom deliberately]]''' [[PeripheryHatedom against the other shows fans wishes.]] And that's not even bringing in TheNineties due to its charismatic anchors that could deliver scores and highlights hiring scheduler Vishnu Atherya, the man responsible for the the Asian feed's Dork Age with a touch of witty banter. Later still, the show seems to be more focused on trumpeting its hosts over the games they're supposed to be reporting on through endless "analysis" segments that last way too long their NotSoDifferent love for many viewers. What's more, the hosts they have now, like Skip Bayless and Stephen A Smith, come off as too egotistical and annoying in the eyes of many.''WesternAnimation/OggyAndTheCockroaches''...\\


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Then in 2015, AdoredByTheNetwork their adoration for ''AdoredByTheNetwork/TeenTitansGo'' (and the more-liked ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' in second) ended up [[ScrewedByTheNetwork screwing over previous beloved hits like]] ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' and ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'', while ignoring SleeperHit ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' (albeit not screwing it as bad as the aforementioned other shows, as its not cancelled, [[TemptingFate yet]]), to the point that daily marathons took over the schedule, and gained WolverinePublicity levels, including calling it [[TakeThatCritics "Your New Favorite Show"]], and advertising it all the time.\\
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Come 2016, Cartoon Network ends up using ''Teen Titans Go!'' as a template for its reboots (including ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls2016'' and ''WesternAnimation/Ben102016''), and quietly cancels ''Regular Show'', and despite renewing ''Adventure Time'' for two last seasons, the show has seen ''no reruns'', and new episodes [[InvisibleAdvertising receive minimal advertising, so that they can give]] ''Teen Titans Go!'' commercials for even its own reruns and marathons. Much of which seems aimed at its massive {{Hatedom}}.\\
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And now its 2017, Cartoon Network gave up the rights to its last anime outside of Creator/{{Toonami}}, perennial LongRunner, ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' (which was unsurprisingly filled in with ''Teen Titans Go!''), most shows that aren't ''Teen Titans Go!'' or ''Gumball'' see little to no airtime, and lately, when the two shows aren't taking up all the slots, the channel has gained a habit for airing either a ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' movie, or the reviled ''Film/TheCatInTheHat'' or ''Film/AlvinAndTheChipmunks'' movies ([[ILied also Miller going back on her no]] [[NetworkDecay live-action]] [[ILied claim, taking away the last thing liked about her current reign.]]). And to top it all off, ''Teen Titans Go!'' gets a ''nine''-hour block on Fridays for itself, just to lead into ''other'' shows. In strong contrast, now Creator/DisneyXD, and even Creator/{{Nickelodeon}}, [[WinBackTheCrowd are now seen as favorites for cartoons or kids channels.]] When you've managed to get [[ARareSentence Stuart Snyder]], ''[[ARareSentence of all people]]'', VindicatedByHistory, even on ThisVeryWiki, you can tell Cartoon Network has entered a second Dork Age.
** Not even Creator/{{Toonami}} was immune. The TOM 4 era was hated by a lot of fans for the [[UncannyValley TOM's]] [[YouDontLookLikeYou redesign]], and for things like the Absolution and [[SpaceshipGirl SARA]] being [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome dropped without any indication of a reason]]. The general [[ScrewedByTheNetwork screwing]] of multiple shows reducing the block to nothing but reruns and ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' led many to suspect ExecutiveMeddling, especially given that this happened in 2007, after the [[WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce Mooninite]] [[UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom bomb scare]] in Boston and the resulting management shake-ups at Creator/CartoonNetwork. Of course, then the block [[ScrewedByTheNetwork got taken]] [[{{Cancellation}} off]], and [[AlasPoorScrappy people mourned its passing]], no matter what they'd thought about the {{retool}}. It wasn't until 2012, one of the last years with Snyder as CN's president, when Toonami [[UnCanceled came]] [[NetworkToTheRescue back]], retrieving the better-received TOM 3 version.
* A lot of sports fans consider Creator/{{ESPN}} to be in one now, especially with its flagship program ''Series/SportsCenter''. The sports news show rose to great popularity in TheNineties due to its charismatic anchors that could deliver scores and highlights with a touch of witty banter. Later still, the show seems to be more focused on trumpeting its hosts over the games they're supposed to be reporting on through endless "analysis" segments that last way too long for many viewers. What's more, the hosts they have now, like Skip Bayless and Stephen A Smith, come off as too egotistical and annoying in the eyes of many.\\
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4th Feb '17 10:12:41 AM karstovich2
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* Creator/{{CBS}} went through a bad decade in TheNineties. For much of TheEighties, its shows had skewed much older than its competitors ABC, NBC, and (starting in 1987) Fox meaning that, while it was pulling in huge ratings from seniors and retirees with shows like ''Series/{{Dallas}}'' and ''Series/MurderSheWrote'', it wasn't hitting the lucrative 18-49 demographic that advertisers crave. [[note]](Interestingly, CBS went through the same problem two decades ago, which it resolved with UsefulNotes/TheRuralPurge.)[[/note]] This earned it the nickname "the network of the living dead", and by the early '90s [[{{Foreshadowing}} they were relying on their weekend sports coverage to stay in the black]].\\

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* Creator/{{CBS}} went through a bad decade in TheNineties. For much of TheEighties, its shows had skewed much older than its competitors ABC, NBC, and (starting in 1987) Fox meaning that, while it was pulling in huge ratings from seniors and retirees with shows like ''Series/{{Dallas}}'' and ''Series/MurderSheWrote'', it wasn't hitting the lucrative 18-49 demographic that advertisers crave. [[note]](Interestingly, CBS went through the same problem two decades ago, earlier, which it resolved with UsefulNotes/TheRuralPurge.)[[/note]] This earned it the nickname "the network of the living dead", and by the early '90s [[{{Foreshadowing}} they were relying on their weekend sports coverage to stay in the black]].\\



You can guess how that went. In 1993, after CBS had already lost broadcast rights to NBA and MLB, Fox signed a contract with [[UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball the NFL]] that gave them the exclusive rights to air NFC games, a move that firmly established Fox as America's fourth network but utterly devastated CBS. A common joke claimed that CBS stood for [[FunWithAcronyms "Can't Broadcast Sports"]]. This was followed by Fox's plundering of CBS' sportscasters and, in 1994, through a contract with New World Communications and its merger with Argyle Television, poaching CBS affiliates in such key markets as [[UsefulNotes/DFWMetroplex Dallas-Fort Worth]], UsefulNotes/{{Atlanta}}, UsefulNotes/{{Milwaukee}} and UsefulNotes/{{Detroit}},[[note]] (NWC would be purchased outright by News Corporation, Fox's parent company, in 1997)[[/note]] forcing CBS to move to lower-tier UHF stations in those and other cities.[[note]] CBS was spared the UHF demotion in Dallas-Fort Worth but still had to move up the dial to Channel 11.[[/note]] CBS would start to recover in 2000 with the debut of ''Series/{{CSI}}'' and ''Series/{{Survivor}}'', its first mega-hits in a long while, and since then, it's been a regular contender for the #1 spot on the Nielsen charts.

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You can guess how that went. In 1993, after CBS had already lost broadcast rights to NBA and MLB, Fox signed a contract with [[UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball the NFL]] that gave them the exclusive rights to air NFC games, a move that firmly established Fox as America's fourth network but utterly devastated CBS. A common joke claimed that CBS stood for [[FunWithAcronyms "Can't Broadcast Sports"]]. This was followed by Fox's plundering of CBS' sportscasters and, in 1994, through a contract with New World Communications and its merger with Argyle Television, poaching CBS affiliates in such key markets as [[UsefulNotes/DFWMetroplex Dallas-Fort Worth]], UsefulNotes/{{Atlanta}}, UsefulNotes/{{Milwaukee}} and UsefulNotes/{{Detroit}},[[note]] (NWC would be purchased outright by News Corporation, Fox's parent company, in 1997)[[/note]] forcing CBS to move to lower-tier UHF stations in those and other cities.[[note]] CBS was spared the UHF demotion in Dallas-Fort Worth but still had to move up the dial to Channel 11.[[/note]] CBS would start to recover in 2000 with the debut of ''Series/{{CSI}}'' and ''Series/{{Survivor}}'', its first mega-hits in a long while, and since then, it's been a regular contender for the #1 spot on the Nielsen charts. Of course, it has since gone back to being "the network of the living dead," with those series largely appealing to older viewers now, but that's less of an issue--these days, it seems like ''only'' older people watch network TV.
30th Nov '16 7:10:50 AM FromtheWordsofBR
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** Over half of the channel's timeslots were filled with reruns of ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants''. They put out poorly-made live-action shows that made the ''Disney Channel'' look like a bastion of quality programming though most agree that ''Series/{{ICarly}}'' at least was good. They gave WebVideo/{{Fred}} three poorly-received movies and a show that didn't even get a second season. They regularly rejected quality pilots from talented creators, including turning down the chance to make ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' into a full series, which was later picked up by Cartoon Network and went on to become a huge success. They regularly cancelled or ignored other good shows they have, yet gave multiple seasons to ''WesternAnimation/FanboyAndChumChum''. And they now trawl Website/YouTube for show ideas, like ''WesternAnimation/{{Breadwinners}}''. It also didn't help that they gained a reputation for relegating any new animated shows they received to Nicktoons Network, usually after only a month or two of their premiere on Nickelodeon. They repeatedly showed themselves to be out of touch with what audiences were interested at the time, (compared to rival networks Disney XD and Cartoon Network) resulting in many of their new shows being criticized for lacking substance in comparison to animated shows on said rival networks. During several points in this period, Nickelodeon's ratings plummeted to lows that hadn't been seen on the network since the early 80s.
** The Dork Age affected their treatment of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. The original show was a phenomenon, raking in views across all demographic groups and bringing in rave reviews and huge ratings for the network, to the point where they planned a movie adaptation for a show less than a decade old (though the less said about ''that'', the better). So how many episodes did Nickelodeon order for its sequel series ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' initially? '''Twelve'''. Then, after the show proved to be successful, they ordered three more seasons... and proceeded to delay it time and time again until September 2013. And then they booted it to the network's website in 2014.

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** Over half of the channel's timeslots were filled with reruns of ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants''. They put started putting out poorly-made live-action shows that made the ''Disney Channel'' look like a bastion of quality programming though most agree that ''Series/{{ICarly}}'' at least was good. They gave WebVideo/{{Fred}} three poorly-received movies and a show that didn't even get a second season. They regularly rejected quality pilots from talented creators, including turning down the chance to make ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' into a full series, which was later picked up by Cartoon Network and went on to become a huge success. They regularly cancelled or ignored other good shows they have, yet gave multiple seasons to ''WesternAnimation/FanboyAndChumChum''. And they now trawl Website/YouTube for show ideas, like ''WesternAnimation/{{Breadwinners}}''. It also didn't help that they gained a nasty reputation for relegating any new animated shows they received to Nicktoons Network, usually after only a month or two of their premiere on Nickelodeon. They repeatedly showed themselves to be out of touch with what audiences were interested at the time, (compared to rival networks Disney XD and Cartoon Network) resulting in many of their new shows being criticized for lacking substance in comparison to animated shows on said rival networks. During several points in this period, Nickelodeon's ratings plummeted to lows that hadn't been seen on the network since the early 80s.
** The Dork Age affected their treatment of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. The original show was a phenomenon, raking in views across all demographic groups and bringing in rave reviews and huge ratings for the network, to the point where they planned a movie adaptation for a show less than a decade old (though the less said about ''that'', ''[[Film/TheLastAirbender that]]'', the better). So how many episodes did Nickelodeon order for its sequel series ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' initially? '''Twelve'''. '''Twelve.''' Then, after the show proved to be successful, they ordered three more seasons... seasons...and proceeded to delay it time and time again until September 2013. And then they booted it to the network's website in 2014.


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** Starting in 2015, Nickelodeon started boosting the reputation of their animation department again with the debuts of the acclaimed ''WesternAnimation/HarveyBeaks'' and the outright smash hit ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse''. However, major controversy eventually brewed over the [[ScrewedByTheNetwork massive amounts of screwing over]] the network were dealing to the former series. C.H. Greenblatt revealed that the network ''forced him to apologize'' on a Cartoon Brew article where he stated his displeasure with the treatment his show was receiving, as well as the fact he didn't even know his show was being booted off to Nicktoons Network until a co-worker posted about it on Twitter.
25th Oct '16 5:50:58 PM OnGreenDolphinStreet
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* Creator/{{CBS}} went through a bad decade in TheNineties. For much of TheEighties, its shows had skewed much older than its competitors ABC, NBC, and (starting in 1987) Fox meaning that, while it was pulling in huge ratings from seniors and retirees with shows like ''Series/{{Dallas}}'' and ''Series/MurderSheWrote'', it wasn't hitting the lucrative 18-49 demographic that advertisers crave.[[note]] Interestingly, CBS had gone through this exact same problem about twenty years earlier, though Madison Avenue demography was not nearly as advanced or all-consuming back then. In the late-60's, CBS had a trio of rural-themed shows ''Series/TheBeverlyHillbillies'', ''Series/GreenAcres'', and ''Series/PetticoatJunction'' that got excellent ratings but that the suits considered "too old" and "too Country" for a modern network. So all three shows were cancelled and replaced with much less popular shows that no one remembers.[[/note]] This earned it the nickname "the network of the living dead", and by the early '90s [[{{Foreshadowing}} they were relying on their weekend sports coverage to stay in the black]].\\

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* Creator/{{CBS}} went through a bad decade in TheNineties. For much of TheEighties, its shows had skewed much older than its competitors ABC, NBC, and (starting in 1987) Fox meaning that, while it was pulling in huge ratings from seniors and retirees with shows like ''Series/{{Dallas}}'' and ''Series/MurderSheWrote'', it wasn't hitting the lucrative 18-49 demographic that advertisers crave.[[note]] Interestingly, [[note]](Interestingly, CBS had gone went through this exact the same problem about twenty years earlier, though Madison Avenue demography was not nearly as advanced or all-consuming back then. In the late-60's, CBS had a trio of rural-themed shows ''Series/TheBeverlyHillbillies'', ''Series/GreenAcres'', and ''Series/PetticoatJunction'' that got excellent ratings but that the suits considered "too old" and "too Country" for a modern network. So all three shows were cancelled and replaced two decades ago, which it resolved with much less popular shows that no one remembers.[[/note]] UsefulNotes/TheRuralPurge.)[[/note]] This earned it the nickname "the network of the living dead", and by the early '90s [[{{Foreshadowing}} they were relying on their weekend sports coverage to stay in the black]].\\
5th Oct '16 3:15:41 PM TheRedRedKroovy
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Fortunately for NBC, in 1981 they ousted Silverman and brought in Grant Tinker (co-founder of MTM Enterprises) as the new chairman and CEO, and put Brandon Tartikoff in charge of programming duties. Together, despite a few false starts, Tinker and Tartikoff oversaw the beginning of a golden age for NBC that would last for nearly two decades, with the network dominating the ratings and, in particular, being responsible for many of the great American {{sitcom}}s of TheEighties and TheNineties.
** Alas, those two decades eventually came to an end. Tartikoff died unexpectedly in 1997, but many of the hit shows he greenlit continued for years after. Following the end of ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' and ''Series/{{Friends}}'', two of the network's last big sitcom hits, in 2004, NBC slipped from first to fourth as its new shows either failed to catch on or experienced {{Second Season Downfall}}s, and most of its attempts to make a {{reality TV}} hit like ''Series/{{Survivor}}'' or ''Series/AmericanIdol'' turned out to be failures. Its Thursday night comedy block was one of its few points of consistent acclaim, and even then, shows like ''Series/{{Community}}'' and ''Series/ThirtyRock'' struggled in the ratings.\\

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Fortunately for NBC, in 1981 they ousted Silverman and brought in Grant Tinker (co-founder of MTM Enterprises) as the new chairman and CEO, and put Brandon Tartikoff in charge of programming duties. Together, despite a few false starts, Tinker and Tartikoff oversaw the beginning of a golden age for NBC that would last for nearly two decades, with the network dominating the ratings and, in particular, being responsible for many of the great American {{sitcom}}s of TheEighties and TheNineties.
TheNineties. When General Electric bought out RCA in 1986, it was mainly to acquire NBC, which by then was one of the last profitable divisions of a company that was otherwise circling the drain.
** Alas, those two decades eventually came to an end. Tartikoff died unexpectedly in 1997, but many of the hit shows he greenlit continued for years after. Following However, following the end of ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' and ''Series/{{Friends}}'', two of the network's last big sitcom hits, in 2004, NBC slipped from first to fourth as its new shows either failed to catch on or experienced {{Second Season Downfall}}s, and most of its attempts to make a {{reality TV}} hit like ''Series/{{Survivor}}'' or ''Series/AmericanIdol'' turned out to be failures. Its Thursday night comedy block was one of its few points of consistent acclaim, and even then, shows like ''Series/{{Community}}'' and ''Series/ThirtyRock'' struggled in the ratings.\\
30th Sep '16 4:53:12 PM MyFinalEdits
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** In general, the tenure of Stuart Snyder is seen as one - not only was he the primary pusher towards live-action shows that unilaterally bombed, but he was also directly linked to getting several shows ScrewedByTheNetwork, the total demolition of action-oriented shows, mistreatment and alienation of content producers, eroding relationships with DC, and overall doing everything possible to destroy viewer interest. His tenure did see a number of good shows, but consensus is that they succeeded in spite of him.
** Not even Creator/{{Toonami}} was immune to the DorkAge. The TOM 4 era was hated by a lot of fans for the [[UncannyValley TOM's]] [[YouDontLookLikeYou redesign]], and for things like the Absolution and [[SpaceshipGirl SARA]] being [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome dropped without any indication of a reason]]. The general [[ScrewedByTheNetwork screwing]] of multiple shows reducing the block to nothing but reruns and ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' led many to suspect ExecutiveMeddling, especially given that this happened in 2007, after the [[WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce Mooninite]] [[UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom bomb scare]] in Boston and the resulting management shake-ups at Creator/CartoonNetwork. Of course, then the block [[ScrewedByTheNetwork got taken]] [[{{Cancellation}} off]], and [[AlasPoorScrappy people mourned its passing]], no matter what they'd thought about the {{retool}}... But when Toonami [[UnCanceled came]] [[NetworkToTheRescue back]], [[CanonDiscontinuity it was with an updated version of the previous, well-liked TOM 3, with the Absolution back in space, and with no mention of the last few years of the original run]].
*** The TOM 4 era did indeed happen, as evidenced by [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8CNClh_bMek TOM 3.5 holding a conversation with TOM 4]] and alluding to... whatever it is that they've been up to since their "break." It's presumably a matter of getting the funding to properly tell said story ([[http://toonami.tumblr.com/post/45044747329/so-since-you-got-the-money-for-a-new-tom-might-we-have which they plan on presenting in the form of an online comic]]). At any rate, Toonami is primarily focusing on the nostalgia of the pre-TOM 4 years, as evidenced by a switch/upgrade to TOM 5 (who resembles a sort of intermediate stage between [=TOMs=] 2 and 3) in April 2013, which coincided with [[TheBusCameBack the return of SARA]].
* A lot of sports fans consider Creator/{{ESPN}} to be in one now, especially with its flagship program ''Series/SportsCenter''. The sports news show rose to great popularity in TheNineties due to its charismatic anchors that could deliver scores and highlights with a touch of witty banter. More recently, though, the show seems to be more focused on trumpeting its hosts over the games they're supposed to be reporting on through endless "analysis" segments that last way too long for many viewers. What's more, the hosts they have now, like Skip Bayless and Stephen A Smith, come off as too egotistical and annoying in the eyes of many.\\

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** In general, the tenure of Stuart Snyder is seen as one - not only was he the primary pusher towards live-action shows that unilaterally bombed, but he was also directly linked to getting several shows ScrewedByTheNetwork, the total demolition of action-oriented shows, mistreatment and alienation of content producers, eroding relationships with DC, and overall doing everything possible to destroy viewer interest. His tenure did see a number of good shows, but consensus is that they succeeded in spite of him, not thanks to him.
** Not even Creator/{{Toonami}} was immune to the DorkAge.immune. The TOM 4 era was hated by a lot of fans for the [[UncannyValley TOM's]] [[YouDontLookLikeYou redesign]], and for things like the Absolution and [[SpaceshipGirl SARA]] being [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome dropped without any indication of a reason]]. The general [[ScrewedByTheNetwork screwing]] of multiple shows reducing the block to nothing but reruns and ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' led many to suspect ExecutiveMeddling, especially given that this happened in 2007, after the [[WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce Mooninite]] [[UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom bomb scare]] in Boston and the resulting management shake-ups at Creator/CartoonNetwork. Of course, then the block [[ScrewedByTheNetwork got taken]] [[{{Cancellation}} off]], and [[AlasPoorScrappy people mourned its passing]], no matter what they'd thought about the {{retool}}... But {{retool}}. It wasn't until 2012, one of the last years with Snyder as CN's president, when Toonami [[UnCanceled came]] [[NetworkToTheRescue back]], [[CanonDiscontinuity it was with an updated version of retrieving the previous, well-liked better-received TOM 3, with the Absolution back in space, and with no mention of the last few years of the original run]].
*** The TOM 4 era did indeed happen, as evidenced by [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8CNClh_bMek TOM 3.5 holding a conversation with TOM 4]] and alluding to... whatever it is that they've been up to since their "break." It's presumably a matter of getting the funding to properly tell said story ([[http://toonami.tumblr.com/post/45044747329/so-since-you-got-the-money-for-a-new-tom-might-we-have which they plan on presenting in the form of an online comic]]). At any rate, Toonami is primarily focusing on the nostalgia of the pre-TOM 4 years, as evidenced by a switch/upgrade to TOM 5 (who resembles a sort of intermediate stage between [=TOMs=] 2 and 3) in April 2013, which coincided with [[TheBusCameBack the return of SARA]].
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* A lot of sports fans consider Creator/{{ESPN}} to be in one now, especially with its flagship program ''Series/SportsCenter''. The sports news show rose to great popularity in TheNineties due to its charismatic anchors that could deliver scores and highlights with a touch of witty banter. More recently, though, Later still, the show seems to be more focused on trumpeting its hosts over the games they're supposed to be reporting on through endless "analysis" segments that last way too long for many viewers. What's more, the hosts they have now, like Skip Bayless and Stephen A Smith, come off as too egotistical and annoying in the eyes of many.\\



* It's debatable whether or not they are still in it now, but Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} as it was from 2009 to 2015 is almost unanimously considered the lowest point in the network's history. Over half of the channel's timeslots were filled with reruns of ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants''. They put out poorly-made live-action shows that made the ''Disney Channel'' (see below) look like a bastion of quality programming though most agree that ''Series/{{ICarly}}'' at least was good. They gave WebVideo/{{Fred}} three poorly-received movies and a show that didn't even get a second season. They regularly rejected quality pilots from talented creators, including turning down the chance to make ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' into a full series, which was later picked up by CartoonNetwork and went on to become a huge success. They regularly cancelled or ignored other good shows they have, yet gave multiple seasons to ''WesternAnimation/FanboyAndChumChum''. And they now trawl Website/YouTube for show ideas, like ''WesternAnimation/{{Breadwinners}}''. It also didn't help that they gained a reputation for relegating any new animated shows they received to Nicktoons Network, usually after only a month or two of their premiere on Nickelodeon. They repeatedly showed themselves to be out of touch with what audiences were interested at the time, (compared to rival networks Disney XD and Cartoon Network) resulting in many of their new shows being criticized for lacking substance in comparison to animated shows on said rival networks. During several points in this period, Nickelodeon's ratings plummeted to lows that hadn't been seen on the network since the early 80s.
** Exemplified with their treatment of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. The original show was a phenomenon, raking in views across all demographic groups and bringing in rave reviews and huge ratings for the network, to the point where they planned a movie adaptation for a show less than a decade old (though the less said about ''that'', the better). So how many episodes did Nickelodeon order for its sequel series ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' initially? '''Twelve'''. Then, after the show proved to be successful, they ordered three more seasons... and proceeded to delay it time and time again until September 2013. And then they booted it to the network's website in 2014.

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* It's debatable whether or not they are still in it now, but Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} Creator/{{Nickelodeon}}, as it was from 2009 to 2015 2015, is almost unanimously considered the lowest point in the network's history. history.
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Over half of the channel's timeslots were filled with reruns of ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants''. They put out poorly-made live-action shows that made the ''Disney Channel'' (see below) look like a bastion of quality programming though most agree that ''Series/{{ICarly}}'' at least was good. They gave WebVideo/{{Fred}} three poorly-received movies and a show that didn't even get a second season. They regularly rejected quality pilots from talented creators, including turning down the chance to make ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' into a full series, which was later picked up by CartoonNetwork Cartoon Network and went on to become a huge success. They regularly cancelled or ignored other good shows they have, yet gave multiple seasons to ''WesternAnimation/FanboyAndChumChum''. And they now trawl Website/YouTube for show ideas, like ''WesternAnimation/{{Breadwinners}}''. It also didn't help that they gained a reputation for relegating any new animated shows they received to Nicktoons Network, usually after only a month or two of their premiere on Nickelodeon. They repeatedly showed themselves to be out of touch with what audiences were interested at the time, (compared to rival networks Disney XD and Cartoon Network) resulting in many of their new shows being criticized for lacking substance in comparison to animated shows on said rival networks. During several points in this period, Nickelodeon's ratings plummeted to lows that hadn't been seen on the network since the early 80s.
** Exemplified with The Dork Age affected their treatment of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. The original show was a phenomenon, raking in views across all demographic groups and bringing in rave reviews and huge ratings for the network, to the point where they planned a movie adaptation for a show less than a decade old (though the less said about ''that'', the better). So how many episodes did Nickelodeon order for its sequel series ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' initially? '''Twelve'''. Then, after the show proved to be successful, they ordered three more seasons... and proceeded to delay it time and time again until September 2013. And then they booted it to the network's website in 2014.



** They seem to be making an effort to break out of this, however. Recent shows have seen increase in quality. ''WesternAnimation/HarveyBeaks'' was the first Nicktoon to get mostly positive reviews in a long time, while ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse'' was an outright smash hit. ''WesternAnimation/SanjayAndCraig'', initially considered mediocre at best, was allowed to have its humor and writing improve, leading to it GrowingTheBeard and becoming far better liked than it was at the time of its debut. ''Spongebob'' even saw the amount of reruns scaled back. (As well as improving itself in its own way after being in its own Dork Age. See the Western Animation section for details.) Some of the more hated shows were cancelled or shunted off to Nicktoons. While Nick doesn't seem to be ''quite'' out of the woods yet, the channel seems to be taking great lengths to catch up with its rivals Disney Channel[=/=]XD and Cartoon Network and shed its reputation as a cesspool for unfunny and/or substance-less programs and attracting only the LowestCommonDenominator.



* Belgian channel KANAALTWEE (now known as [[UsefulNotes/FlemishTVStations 2BE]]) had one from 2004 to the first six months of 2005. The main reason why is because its major share of programming at the time was outdone by other television networks. Its market share (less than 5%) was considered too low and the network was almost desperate for trying a new hit but they never seemed to find one (with the daily soap Star Academy being much more unsuccessful than expected). Pretty much every new show the network would have would get ScrewedByTheNetwork in a few weeks to get replaced and it seemed like every show would get low ratings (the shows with the highest ratings were stuff such as ''Open en Bloot'' and ''De Heren Maken De Man'', which got 200.000 viewers). The last 6 months became more successful thanks to their new slogan (Need Entertainment?). ''Big Brother 2006'' would get a viewer count of 300.000 viewers a day and their slew of live-action shows on monday evening would get a viewer count of 600.000 viewers, putting them effectively out of their bad status.

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* Belgian channel KANAALTWEE (now known as [[UsefulNotes/FlemishTVStations 2BE]]) had one from 2004 to the first six months of 2005. The main reason why is because its major share of programming at the time was outdone by other television networks. Its market share (less than 5%) was considered too low and the network was almost desperate for trying a new hit but they never seemed to find one (with the daily soap Star Academy being much more unsuccessful than expected). Pretty much Nearly every new show the network would have would get ScrewedByTheNetwork in a few weeks to get replaced and it seemed like every show would get low ratings (the shows with the highest ratings were stuff such as ''Open en Bloot'' and ''De Heren Maken De Man'', which got 200.000 viewers). The last 6 months became more successful thanks to their new slogan (Need Entertainment?). ''Big Brother 2006'' would get a viewer count of 300.000 viewers a day and their slew of live-action shows on monday evening would get a viewer count of 600.000 viewers, putting them effectively out of their bad status.
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* The DisneyChannel (and perhaps the company as a whole too) went through one of these for the better half of a decade, generally agreed to have begun with the premiere of ''Series/HannahMontana'' (which coincides with the end of ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'') and to have concluded with the premiere of ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', though one could argue for it concluding with the premiere of ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb''. During this period, they shoved animation to the side in favor of cheap, mediocre, tween-oriented sitcoms and TV movies that acted as little more than vehicles for whatever pop-star they were trying to bring into the limelight. They hardly even used [[MickeyMouse their]] [[DonaldDuck own]] [[{{Goofy}} mascots]] anymore! Fortunately, starting in 2010, they began to go back to their roots by creating brand-new, well-received animated shows while also making [[WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse2013 new shorts starring Mickey]] that has proven to be an Annie/Emmy magnet.[[note]] Though admittedly, Disney has good legal reason to keep making shorts with the classic characters. Under current US copyright law (unless Disney manages to get it extended ''again''), ''Disney/SteamboatWillie'' will fall into the PublicDomain in 2024; the first Donald and Goofy cartoons won't be far behind. Once that happens, the only thing that will keep Disney in control of their characters is trademarks, which can last forever (unlike copyright), but only if the trademarks are maintained by, for instance, releasing new media with the characters.[[/note]]

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* The DisneyChannel Creator/DisneyChannel (and perhaps the company as a whole too) went through one of these for the better half of a decade, generally agreed to have begun with the premiere of ''Series/HannahMontana'' (which coincides with the end of ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'') and to have concluded with the premiere of ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', though one could argue for it concluding with the premiere of ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb''. During this period, they shoved animation to the side in favor of cheap, mediocre, tween-oriented sitcoms and TV movies that acted as little more than vehicles for whatever pop-star they were trying to bring into the limelight. They hardly even used [[MickeyMouse their]] [[DonaldDuck own]] [[{{Goofy}} mascots]] anymore! Fortunately, starting in 2010, they began to go back to their roots by creating brand-new, well-received animated shows while also making [[WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse2013 new shorts starring Mickey]] that has proven to be an Annie/Emmy magnet.[[note]] Though admittedly, Disney has good legal reason to keep making shorts with the classic characters. Under current US copyright law (unless Disney manages to get it extended ''again''), ''Disney/SteamboatWillie'' will fall into the PublicDomain in 2024; the first Donald and Goofy cartoons won't be far behind. Once that happens, the only thing that will keep Disney in control of their characters is trademarks, which can last forever (unlike copyright), but only if the trademarks are maintained by, for instance, releasing new media with the characters.[[/note]]
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