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16th Nov '17 6:39:57 AM mimitchi33
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** ''WesternAnimation/PawPatrol'' became this for Creator/NickJr when it premiered. While the other shows on the block focused on preparing kids for school, this show was a Canadian import from TV Ontario that focused on social morals. However, unlike most examples of this trope, it went on to be their biggest hit since ''WesternAnimation/DoraTheExplorer'' [[FollowTheLeader and caused them to create MANY other preschool shows that were similar in educational themes, and were extremely toyetic.]] Examples: ''WesternAnimation/ShimmerAndShine'', ''WesternAnimation/RustyRivets'', ''WesternAnimation/NellaThePrincessKnight'', ''WesternAnimation/SunnyDay'', and ''WesternAnimation/TopWing''. It has gotten to the point where the only educational show left on that channel that is still running is ''WesternAnimation/BlazeAndTheMonsterMachines''.

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** ''WesternAnimation/PawPatrol'' became this for Creator/NickJr when it premiered. While the other shows on the block focused on preparing kids for school, this show was a Canadian import from TV Ontario that focused on social morals. However, unlike most examples of this trope, it went on to be their biggest hit since ''WesternAnimation/DoraTheExplorer'' [[FollowTheLeader and caused them to create MANY other preschool shows that were similar in educational themes, and were extremely toyetic.]] Examples: ''WesternAnimation/ShimmerAndShine'', ''WesternAnimation/RustyRivets'', ''WesternAnimation/NellaThePrincessKnight'', ''WesternAnimation/SunnyDay'', and ''WesternAnimation/TopWing''. It has gotten to the point where the only educational show first-run shows left on that the channel that is still running is ''WesternAnimation/BlazeAndTheMonsterMachines''.are ''WesternAnimation/BlazeAndTheMonsterMachines'' and ''Series/{{Teletubbies}}''.
16th Nov '17 4:25:05 AM Excelsior123
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** ''WesternAnimation/PawPatrol'' became this for Creator/NickJr when it premiered. While the other shows on the block focused on preparing kids for school, this show was a Canadian import from TV Ontario that focused on social morals. However, unlike most examples of this trope, it went on to be their biggest hit since ''WesternAnimation/DoraTheExplorer'' and caused them to create preschool shows that were similar in educational themes.

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** ''WesternAnimation/PawPatrol'' became this for Creator/NickJr when it premiered. While the other shows on the block focused on preparing kids for school, this show was a Canadian import from TV Ontario that focused on social morals. However, unlike most examples of this trope, it went on to be their biggest hit since ''WesternAnimation/DoraTheExplorer'' [[FollowTheLeader and caused them to create MANY other preschool shows that were similar in educational themes.themes, and were extremely toyetic.]] Examples: ''WesternAnimation/ShimmerAndShine'', ''WesternAnimation/RustyRivets'', ''WesternAnimation/NellaThePrincessKnight'', ''WesternAnimation/SunnyDay'', and ''WesternAnimation/TopWing''. It has gotten to the point where the only educational show left on that channel that is still running is ''WesternAnimation/BlazeAndTheMonsterMachines''.
24th Oct '17 6:50:39 AM cdrood
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*** Its SpiritualSuccessor on the network was ''Series/GirlMeetsWorld'' which, similarly gave more focus to adults. This is likely because it's a SequelSeries to ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'' and made an honest effort to appeal to that show's fans, even within the limitations of TheDisneyChannel.
22nd Oct '17 5:39:42 PM nombretomado
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* ChannelFive's [[AdoredByTheNetwork unquenchable thirst for procedurals]] increasingly means that almost any scripted import which can't fit into that category somehow (or which isn't [[Series/HomeAndAway an Australian]] [[Series/{{Neighbours}} soap opera]]) is living on borrowed time. Just ask British fans of ''Series/OnceUponATime'' (which the channel let go despite it doing well), ''Series/BreakingBad'', ''Series/EverybodyHatesChris'' or ''Series/ThirtyRock''.

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* ChannelFive's Creator/ChannelFive's [[AdoredByTheNetwork unquenchable thirst for procedurals]] increasingly means that almost any scripted import which can't fit into that category somehow (or which isn't [[Series/HomeAndAway an Australian]] [[Series/{{Neighbours}} soap opera]]) is living on borrowed time. Just ask British fans of ''Series/OnceUponATime'' (which the channel let go despite it doing well), ''Series/BreakingBad'', ''Series/EverybodyHatesChris'' or ''Series/ThirtyRock''.
4th Oct '17 6:40:23 AM mimitchi33
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** ''WesternAnimation/PawPatrol'' became this for Creator/NickJr when it premiered. While the other shows on the block focused on preparing kids for school, this show was a Canadian import from TV Ontario that focused on social morals. However, unlike most examples of this trope, it went on to be their biggest hit since ''WesternAnimation/DoraTheExplorer'' and caused them to create preschool shows that were similar in educational themes.
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.
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