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15th Aug '17 5:29:41 PM RacattackForce
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** ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' is a supernatural/horror cartoon chock-full of NightmareFuel, and isn't really kid-friendly like the other shows on the Disney networks. Because of this, and the fact that the vast majority of its fans are teenagers or adults, Disney doesn't give it as much love or attention as their other shows, like ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb''.
14th Jul '17 8:03:00 PM nombretomado
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* In its early years, UPN had ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'', which, while undeniably the highest rated show on the network, failed to fit in with any other thing on its urban-oriented schedule. In its waning years, UPN had such schizophrenic schedule, that it seemed every night of the week had a red-headed step child compared to the other nights. First was Monday, with its urban and minority-oriented comedies, then Tuesday with ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' cult horror-drama-comedy appeal, Wednesday with ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' a similar cult hit, but for a ''different'' cult, Thursday had ''WWESmackdown'', and Friday had a random selection of crappy movies. It was a strange thing to behold.

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* In its early years, UPN had ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'', which, while undeniably the highest rated show on the network, failed to fit in with any other thing on its urban-oriented schedule. In its waning years, UPN had such schizophrenic schedule, that it seemed every night of the week had a red-headed step child compared to the other nights. First was Monday, with its urban and minority-oriented comedies, then Tuesday with ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' cult horror-drama-comedy appeal, Wednesday with ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' a similar cult hit, but for a ''different'' cult, Thursday had ''WWESmackdown'', ''Wrestling/WWESmackDown'', and Friday had a random selection of crappy movies. It was a strange thing to behold.



* ''[[Wrestling/WWESmackdown WWE [=SmackDown!=]]]'' has been this on [[ChannelHop every channel it's appeared on]], though it tends to bring in consistently superb ratings. Despite that, Creator/TheCW eventually dumped the show because of this trope.

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* ''[[Wrestling/WWESmackdown WWE [=SmackDown!=]]]'' ''Wrestling/WWESmackDown'' has been this on [[ChannelHop every channel it's appeared on]], though it tends to bring in consistently superb ratings. Despite that, Creator/TheCW eventually dumped the show because of this trope.
30th Jun '17 10:08:58 PM DastardlyDemolition
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** ''WesternAnimation/RobotAndMonster'' was given little advertising, was denied a second season, and the first season wasn't even fully aired. Nicktoons had to take it over and showed a couple of the remaining episodes, but they couldn't even do them all. If anything, the show is at least getting a full series DVD (with all the unaired episodes) released some time in 2014.

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** ''WesternAnimation/RobotAndMonster'' was given little advertising, was denied a second season, and the first season wasn't even fully aired. Nicktoons had to take it over and showed a couple of the remaining episodes, but they couldn't even do them all. If anything, the show is at least getting a full series DVD (with all the unaired episodes) released some time in on November 11, 2014.
20th Jun '17 2:10:55 PM rjd1922
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That one TV show on a network that doesn't really fit with the rest of the lineup. Maybe it's an action series on a channel full of romance, or a live action show on a cartoon channel. Whatever the case, the NetworkRedHeadedStepchild is the odd man out.

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That one TV show on a network that doesn't really fit with the rest of the lineup. Maybe it's an action series on a channel full of romance, or a live action show on a cartoon channel. Whatever the case, the NetworkRedHeadedStepchild Network Red-Headed Stepchild is the odd man out.
15th Jun '17 4:33:50 AM Piterpicher
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** Major sporting events on ABC have been a redheaded stepchild since the year 2006. In just a short matter of time, ABC gave up/lost the rights to their crown jewel, ''Monday Night Football'', the PGA Tour, the National Hockey League, and the Bowl Championship Series. To make matters worse, by September 2006, whatever sense of independent identity that ABC Sports had left was totally vanquished (really, the only reason that ABC Sports was kept around was because of union contracts) with the introduction of "ESPN on ABC" (Disney had slowly been integrating ESPN into ABC Sports since buying ABC back in 1996). As more and more big money events were crossing over to ESPN (since Disney can, with cable, exploit a dual revenue stream of ads and subscription fees), ABC's affiliates began to complain in by the end of 2009. In order to compensate these complaints, ABC and ESPN put together an ad hoc, cheaply made package on Saturday afternoons called ''ESPN Sports Saturday'' (instead of like say, bringing back the legendary ''WideWorldOfSports'' which had been canceled as a stand alone anthology series around early 1998.

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** Major sporting events on ABC have been a redheaded stepchild since the year 2006. In just a short matter of time, ABC gave up/lost the rights to their crown jewel, ''Monday Night Football'', the PGA Tour, the National Hockey League, and the Bowl Championship Series. To make matters worse, by September 2006, whatever sense of independent identity that ABC Sports had left was totally vanquished (really, the only reason that ABC Sports was kept around was because of union contracts) with the introduction of "ESPN on ABC" (Disney had slowly been integrating ESPN into ABC Sports since buying ABC back in 1996). As more and more big money events were crossing over to ESPN (since Disney can, with cable, exploit a dual revenue stream of ads and subscription fees), ABC's affiliates began to complain in by the end of 2009. In order to compensate these complaints, ABC and ESPN put together an ad hoc, cheaply made package on Saturday afternoons called ''ESPN Sports Saturday'' (instead of like say, bringing back the legendary ''WideWorldOfSports'' ''Series/WideWorldOfSports'' which had been canceled as a stand alone anthology series around early 1998.



** The CW had zero interest in renewing its deal for ''WWESmackDown'' once the UPN merger was done, despite garnering the network's highest ratings by a wide margin (nearly double that of the rest of the lineup). With the CW's focus at the time going squarely for mostly 16-24 year old girls and its lineup reflecting it, this meant that none of ''[=SmackDown=]'''s ratings were translating over to anything else on the network, which led to the then-CW president walking away from it.

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** The CW had zero interest in renewing its deal for ''WWESmackDown'' ''Wrestling/WWESmackDown'' once the UPN merger was done, despite garnering the network's highest ratings by a wide margin (nearly double that of the rest of the lineup). With the CW's focus at the time going squarely for mostly 16-24 year old girls and its lineup reflecting it, this meant that none of ''[=SmackDown=]'''s ratings were translating over to anything else on the network, which led to the then-CW president walking away from it.
1st Jun '17 10:48:07 AM MadMan400096
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** ''Series/LastManStanding'' could be considered one because it's a conservative leaning sitcom on the same network that brings us very liberal ones like ''Series/ModernFamily'', ''Series/BlackIsh'', and ''Series/TheRealONeals''.

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** ''Series/LastManStanding'' ''[[Series/LastManStanding2011 Last Man Standing]]'' could be considered one because it's a conservative leaning sitcom on the same network that brings us very liberal ones like ''Series/ModernFamily'', ''Series/BlackIsh'', and ''Series/TheRealONeals''. When it was cancelled, many fans naturally questioned whether it was because of an anti-conservative stance taken by the network heads (it certainly wasn't low ratings; it was the network's second highest-rated sitcom at the time of its cancellation), but this was denied by network head Channing Dungey, who instead cited scheduling issues as the deciding factor. [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment and that's all we're saying on the subject]].
8th May '17 6:42:08 AM Screwhorn77
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* One can argue that ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' on Russian cable network 2x2 is this. While 2x2 is animation-centered, it is more skewed towards an older demographic (''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' and ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' are [[AdoredByTheNetwork getting constant marathons and reruns]], and Creator/AdultSwim shows are aired as well). Then again, it is the ''only'' network in Russia where anime has a considerable amount of airtime. Still, it clashes with the overall feel on the network.


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* One can argue that ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' on Russian cable network 2x2 is this. While 2x2 is animation-centered, it is more skewed towards an older demographic (''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' and ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' are [[AdoredByTheNetwork getting constant marathons and reruns]], and Creator/AdultSwim shows are aired as well). Then again, it is the ''only'' network in Russia where anime has a considerable amount of airtime. Still, it clashes with the overall feel on the network.
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8th May '17 6:40:44 AM Screwhorn77
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* One can argue that ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' on Russian cable network 2x2 is this. While 2x2 is animation-centered, it is more skewed towards an older demographic (''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' and ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' are [[AdoredByTheNetwork getting constant marathons and reruns]], and Creator/AdultSwim shows are aired as well). Then again, it is the ''only'' network in Russia where anime has a considerable amount of airtime. Still, it clashes with the overall feel on the network.
2nd May '17 11:48:34 PM MegaJ
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** ''WesternAnimation/KaBlam''. Even during its airtime this anthology show was thrown around the schedule with little promotion or was put [[FridayNightDeathSlot in unfavorable timeslots]]. Once the show was cancelled, Nickelodeon acted as though it had never existed, neglecting to even mention or feature the show in a Thanksgiving promotion showcasing every Nicktoon, the ContinuityCavalcade-laden ''[[VideoGame/NicktoonsUnite Nicktoons: Attack Of The Toybots]]'', or even The90sAreAllThat before the block was rebranded as The Splat. This is all the more glaring as ''WesternAnimation/KaBlam'' is one of the network's biggest [[CultClassic Cult Classics]]. It took more than ten years before it ''[[ThrowTheDogABone finally]]'' was acknowledged and announced to be given airtime on ''The Splat'' for the [[MilestoneCelebration 25th anniversary]] of the Nicktoons brand.

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** ''WesternAnimation/KaBlam''. Even during its airtime this anthology show was thrown around the schedule with little promotion or was put [[FridayNightDeathSlot in unfavorable timeslots]]. Once the show was cancelled, Nickelodeon acted as though it had never existed, neglecting to even mention or feature the show in a Thanksgiving promotion showcasing every Nicktoon, the ContinuityCavalcade-laden ''[[VideoGame/NicktoonsUnite Nicktoons: Attack Of The Toybots]]'', or even The90sAreAllThat ''The 90's Are All That'' before the block was rebranded as The Splat.''Series/NickSplat''. This is all the more glaring as ''WesternAnimation/KaBlam'' is one of the network's biggest [[CultClassic Cult Classics]]. It took more than ten years before it ''[[ThrowTheDogABone finally]]'' was acknowledged and announced to be given airtime on ''The Splat'' for the [[MilestoneCelebration 25th anniversary]] of the Nicktoons brand.
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