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23rd Apr '17 8:28:28 AM goldenroad
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TCM is also one of the last TV networks to have knowledgeable on-air [[TheHost host]]s introduce films before their airing. Film historian Robert Osborne, who has been with the channel since its beginning, is the more famous of the two — he does introductions and outros for the films that air prime time every day (and a new one each time a film is shown, too, as TCM's prime time schedule often features a loose theme). Film critic Ben Mankiewicz is the other. He presents a handful of films that air during the daytime and on the weekends (although his aren't new for every episode).\\

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TCM is also one of the last TV networks to have knowledgeable on-air [[TheHost host]]s introduce films before their airing. Film Until his death in 2017, film historian Robert Osborne, who has been was with the channel since its beginning, is was the more famous of the two — he does did introductions and outros for the films that air prime time every day (and a new one each time a film is shown, too, as TCM's prime time schedule often features a loose theme). Film critic Ben Mankiewicz is the other. He presents a handful of films that air during the daytime and on the weekends (although his aren't new for every episode).\\
15th Apr '17 6:35:17 PM nombretomado
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* RFD TV (basically Rural TV) has pretty much stuck to shows for farmers and fans of rural living, along with nostalgic country programming to satisfy their needs. Although there was a threat of network decay when they aired ''Imus in the Morning'' for a couple years (but even then he owns a farm for ill children in New Mexico, so it still easily fit the network's mission), Imus has moved on to Fox Business Network and it's all farm programming (and of course, ''I Love Toy Trains!'', a cult favorite of ''TheSoup'') there. The network is so dedicated to their mission that the network's CEO made a clear promise never to air either an infomercial or any erectile dysfunction drug ads on their air, though there was a little LoopholeAbuse in 2013 when they decided to turn the homespun story of the creator of the "My Pillow" into a hidden infomercial to buy said pillow. They also bought a second network, [=FamilyNet=], to carry more rural programming, but kept that network's infomercial block to maintain their revenue.

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* RFD TV (basically Rural TV) has pretty much stuck to shows for farmers and fans of rural living, along with nostalgic country programming to satisfy their needs. Although there was a threat of network decay when they aired ''Imus in the Morning'' for a couple years (but even then he owns a farm for ill children in New Mexico, so it still easily fit the network's mission), Imus has moved on to Fox Business Network and it's all farm programming (and of course, ''I Love Toy Trains!'', a cult favorite of ''TheSoup'') ''Series/TheSoup'') there. The network is so dedicated to their mission that the network's CEO made a clear promise never to air either an infomercial or any erectile dysfunction drug ads on their air, though there was a little LoopholeAbuse in 2013 when they decided to turn the homespun story of the creator of the "My Pillow" into a hidden infomercial to buy said pillow. They also bought a second network, [=FamilyNet=], to carry more rural programming, but kept that network's infomercial block to maintain their revenue.
10th Apr '17 3:29:44 PM pokedude10
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TCM is much acclaimed when it comes to modifications of films without infuriating traditionalists. They’re good about {{letterbox}}ing when necessary (to the point of producing and frequently airing [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5m1-pP1-5K8 an educational short]] explaining to non-cinephiles how {{aspect ratio}}s work and why letterboxing is a good idea). They're also very good about presenting stuff in [[DeliberatelyMonochrome monochrome]] if it was originally produced that way... ironically enough, given that the man who founded the channel (Ted Turner) was the most notorious proponent of "colorizing" old B&W content in TheEighties! They were also the only notable broadcaster that stuck with AudioDescription over their second audio program channel when other networks outside of PBS tried to abandon that to focus unsuccessfully on Spanish dub tracks before the FCC brought the networks back in line; in 2016 their library is about the most open to those with visual and hearing impairments, beyond a doubt.\\

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TCM is much acclaimed when it comes to modifications of films without infuriating traditionalists. They’re good about {{letterbox}}ing when necessary (to the point of producing and frequently airing [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5m1-pP1-5K8 an educational short]] explaining to non-cinephiles how {{aspect ratio}}s work and why letterboxing is a good idea). They're also very good about presenting stuff in [[DeliberatelyMonochrome monochrome]] if it was originally produced that way... ironically enough, given that the man who founded the channel (Ted Turner) was the most notorious proponent of "colorizing" old B&W content in TheEighties! They were also the only notable broadcaster that stuck with AudioDescription UsefulNotes/AudioDescription over their second audio program channel when other networks outside of PBS tried to abandon that to focus unsuccessfully on Spanish dub tracks before the FCC brought the networks back in line; in 2016 their library is about the most open to those with visual and hearing impairments, beyond a doubt.\\
19th Mar '17 9:30:42 AM faunas
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10th Feb '17 5:26:02 PM MarcoPolo250
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Fortunately, as Cartoon Network started refocusing its efforts on showcasing animation, on April Fools' Day 2012, Adult Swim briefly replaced their normal Saturday night block with Toonami to rave reception, and after a huge fan campaign, brought back Toonami on a regular basis on May 26, 2012, which is a very good sign that the channel overall could be returning to its roots. Presently, the revived Toonami is building off on the "remnants" of Adult Swim’s action block, but out of the gate, it's done its part to help revive anime in the west, as it has cemented such hits as ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', and ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', among others and even turned ''Anime/DeadmanWonderland'', a program that tanked badly in Japan, into a hit with a bonafide fanbase. And perhaps because of this success, they've even gotten the privilege of showing ''Anime/SpaceDandy'' '''just before''' it is being broadcasted in Japan. Only time will tell how the next golden age for Toonami, and for that matter, the anime industry in general will take shape.\\

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Fortunately, as Cartoon Network started refocusing its efforts on showcasing animation, on April Fools' Day 2012, Adult Swim briefly replaced their normal Saturday night block with Toonami to rave reception, and after reception. After a huge fan campaign, they brought back Toonami on a regular basis on starting May 26, 2012, which is a very good sign that the channel overall could be returning to its roots. 2012.Presently, the revived Toonami is building off on the "remnants" of Adult Swim’s action block, but out of the gate, it's done its part to help revive anime in the west, as it west. It has cemented such hits as ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', and ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', among others and even turned ''Anime/DeadmanWonderland'', a program that tanked badly in Japan, into a hit with a bonafide fanbase. And perhaps because of this success, they've even gotten the privilege of showing ''Anime/SpaceDandy'' '''just before''' it is being broadcasted was broadcast in Japan. Only time will tell how the next golden age for Toonami, and for that matter, the anime industry in general will take shape.Japan.\\



And you know what’s even more impressive? Perhaps as a response to the many animation related networks being some of the biggest examples of Network Decay, Toonami has been pretty adamant on avoiding a shift in their purpose, in a similar fashion to sister network [[TurnerClassicMovies TCM]]. While you can still see a live action show lingering around on regular CN and Adult Swim here and there perhaps due to executive persistence, Toonami [[http://toonami.tumblr.com/post/41671611485/you-thought-live-action-movies-fit-interesting-does has stated that they would like to avoid airing live action altogether on the block]] , which fortunately the parent network has obliged so far. Then again, it probably wouldn’t be feasible for CN to go through all the trouble of bringing back Toonami only to have it go down the Network Decay route, anyway. On that same topic, contrary to semi-popular belief, mostly by the more elitist anime fans that say that Toonami airing western action cartoons on the new block would count as Network Decay, fans and even the creators themselves have long said otherwise, with its long history of showcasing action toons cited as the reason. In fact, if Toonami were to air slice of life, non-action romantic comedies, or anime of the "Otaku Pandering" varieties unless said show can be consumed by general audiences, that actually would count as Network Decay ([[http://toonami.tumblr.com/post/42220096782/are-slice-of-life-anime-airing-on-toonami-a-no-no which Toonami doesn't plan on showing anyway]]).
** Asia has contributed to the Toonami revival efforts by launching a [[Creator/ToonamiAsia Toonami channel of its own]] in late 2012. However, Toonami Asia’s conception was through the decay and re-branding of its region’s Boomerang, which was the end result of CN Asia relegating all of their programming save for old classic Hanna-Barbera cartoons and ''{{Ben 10}}'' to Boomerang and losing the purpose of both networks in the process. Eventually Boomerang Asia was canned, and CN Asia started working on an action cartoon channel. Do note that Toonami Asia was being conceived at a time when the conception of the revival of the US equivalent was still unknown, even to them, so their decision of using the Toonami brand was mainly because Asia has also had a Toonami block of its own, and also achieved success with an established fanbase to go with it, along with the fact that some of the channel’s heads have mentioned that they were/are also fans of the US equivalent.\\

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And you know what’s even more impressive? Perhaps as a response to the many animation related animation-related networks being some of the biggest examples of Network Decay, Toonami has been pretty adamant on avoiding a shift in their purpose, in a similar fashion to sister network [[TurnerClassicMovies TCM]]. While you can still see a live action show lingering around live-action programming on regular CN and Adult Swim here and there perhaps due to executive persistence, Swim, Toonami [[http://toonami.tumblr.com/post/41671611485/you-thought-live-action-movies-fit-interesting-does has stated that they would like to avoid airing live action altogether on the block]] , which fortunately the parent network has obliged so far. Then again, it probably wouldn’t be feasible for CN to go through all the trouble of bringing back Toonami only to have it go down the Network Decay route, anyway. On that same topic, contrary to semi-popular belief, mostly by the more elitist anime fans that say that Toonami airing western western-made action cartoons on the new block would count as Network Decay, fans and even the creators themselves have long said otherwise, with its long history of showcasing action toons cited as the reason. In fact, if Toonami were to air slice of life, non-action romantic comedies, or anime of the "Otaku Pandering" varieties varieties, unless said show can be consumed by general audiences, that ''that'' actually would count as Network Decay ([[http://toonami.tumblr.com/post/42220096782/are-slice-of-life-anime-airing-on-toonami-a-no-no which Toonami doesn't plan on showing anyway]]).
** Asia has contributed to the Toonami revival efforts by launching a [[Creator/ToonamiAsia Toonami channel of its own]] in late 2012. However, Toonami Asia’s conception was through the decay and re-branding of its region’s Boomerang, Boomerang channel, which was the end result of CN Asia relegating all of their programming programming, save for old classic Hanna-Barbera cartoons and ''{{Ben 10}}'' 10}}'', to Boomerang and losing the purpose of both networks in the process. Eventually Boomerang Asia was canned, and CN Asia started working on an action cartoon channel. Do note that Toonami Asia was being conceived at a time when the conception of the revival of the US U.S equivalent was still unknown, even to them, so their them. Their decision of using the Toonami brand was mainly because Asia has also had a Toonami block of its own, and also achieved success with an established fanbase to go with it, along with the fact that some of the channel’s heads have mentioned that they were/are also fans of the US equivalent.\\



** In the UK, Toonami previously had a channel of its own back during the channel’s "golden age", however, its fate wasn’t as fortunate. It started out as CNX as a channel devoted to shows that appealed to the American equivalent of {{shonen}} in the mornings and afternoons, with uncensored {{anime}} and kung fu movies later at night. However, its Toonami block, which was placed at CNX at the time, would quickly expand to take over the entire channel, which still fit the channel's original mission until [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZ82vEHqpAs they started showing live action]]. Since then, it eventually mutated into CN Too, which is actually marketed as a second Cartoon Network. Unfortunately at of 2014, there is presently no plans to revive Toonami in the UK at its current venture.

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** In the UK, Toonami previously had a channel of its own back during the channel’s "golden age", however, its fate wasn’t as fortunate. It started out as CNX as CNX, a channel devoted to shows that appealed to the American equivalent of {{shonen}} in the mornings and afternoons, with uncensored {{anime}} and kung fu movies later at night. However, its Toonami block, which was placed at CNX at the time, would quickly expand to take over the entire channel, which still fit the channel's original mission until [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZ82vEHqpAs they started showing live action]]. Since then, it eventually mutated into CN Too, which is actually marketed as a second Cartoon Network. Unfortunately at As of 2014, there is presently are no plans to revive Toonami in the UK at its current venture.



* Hallmark Channel and its little sister Hallmark Movie Channel are pretty well guarded against decay. Even with their daytime block of home and crafting programming, repeats of sitcoms from the 80's to the present, and their [[AdoredByTheNetwork hyperfocus on]] [[SugarWiki/AHallmarkPresentation Christmas TV movies]] in the last part of the year, unless the network suddenly signs a contract with a monster trucking circuit, the channel's mission is so broad anything works as long as it makes you feel [[LighterAndSofter warm and fuzzy]]. Hallmark Movie Channel did recently cut its slight decay off at the pass by rebranding itself as '''Hallmark Movies and Mysteries,''' thereby justifying its daytime reruns of classic murder-mystery TV series ''(Series/MurderSheWrote, Series/HartToHart, Series/DiagnosisMurder,'' etc.)

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* Hallmark Channel Channel, and its little sister Hallmark Movie Channel Channel, are pretty well guarded against decay. Even with their daytime block of home and crafting programming, repeats of sitcoms from the 80's to the present, and their [[AdoredByTheNetwork hyperfocus on]] [[SugarWiki/AHallmarkPresentation Christmas TV movies]] in the last part of the year, unless year. Unless the network suddenly signs a contract with a monster trucking circuit, the channel's mission is so broad anything works as long as it makes you feel [[LighterAndSofter warm and fuzzy]]. Hallmark Movie Channel did recently cut its slight decay off at the pass by rebranding itself as '''Hallmark Movies and Mysteries,''' thereby justifying its daytime reruns of classic murder-mystery TV series ''(Series/MurderSheWrote, Series/HartToHart, Series/DiagnosisMurder,'' etc.)



* In the beginning, Mark Cuban's [=HDNet=] was revolutionary, since it was one of the first cable networks with an entirely high definition lineup. Its programming had always been male-oriented general entertainment, with a focus primarily on concerts, sports (such as auto racing, MMA, and NHL games for a period), travel programs, and off-network reruns of assorted dramas. But, the gimmick started to wear off as more and more mainstream channels began introducing HD feeds; it voluntarily gave airtime to [[HandsomeLech Joe Francis]] for some Girls Gone Wild "Search for the Hottest Girl Who Wants to Lose Her Dignity in America" contest and a few more shows where women show off their...endowments, including the sexcom ''Svetlana''.

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* In the beginning, Mark Cuban's [=HDNet=] was revolutionary, since it was one of the first cable networks with an entirely high definition lineup. Its programming had always been male-oriented general entertainment, with a focus primarily on concerts, sports (such as auto racing, MMA, and NHL games for a period), travel programs, and off-network reruns of assorted dramas. But, the gimmick started to wear off as more and more mainstream channels began introducing HD feeds; it voluntarily gave airtime to [[HandsomeLech Joe Francis]] for some Girls Gone Wild "Search for the Hottest Girl Who Wants to Lose Her Dignity in America" contest contests and a few more shows where women show off their...endowments, including the sexcom ''Svetlana''.
7th Feb '17 7:20:38 PM Gimere
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* Losing ''Cartoon Express'' aside, USANetwork really seems to have gotten better as time went on. Unlike sister network Creator/{{Syfy}}, USA never really had one gimmick or target demographic to cater to; back in the 80s and 90s, they were known for seeming being the "melting pot" of cable TV; they aired old movies, sports, reruns, game shows, and even ''court shows''. They can get away with showing almost anything and either get high ratings (''WWERaw''; ''Series/{{Psych}}''), critical acclaim (''The 4400''; ''The Starter Wife''), or both (''Series/{{Monk}}''; ''Series/BurnNotice''; ''Series/MrRobot''). Their slogan "Characters Welcome" means they are able to put on whatever they want as long as it has a strong character driven plot, which encompasses almost all of fiction, without worrying about Network Decay.\\

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* Losing ''Cartoon Express'' aside, USANetwork really seems to have gotten better as time went on. Unlike sister network Creator/{{Syfy}}, USA never really had one gimmick or target demographic to cater to; back in the 80s and 90s, they were known for seeming being the "melting pot" of cable TV; they aired old movies, sports, reruns, game shows, and even ''court shows''. They can get away with showing almost anything and either get high ratings (''WWERaw''; (''Wrestling/WWERaw''; ''Series/{{Psych}}''), critical acclaim (''The 4400''; ''The Starter Wife''), or both (''Series/{{Monk}}''; ''Series/BurnNotice''; ''Series/MrRobot''). Their slogan "Characters Welcome" means they are able to put on whatever they want as long as it has a strong character driven plot, which encompasses almost all of fiction, without worrying about Network Decay.\\
16th Jan '17 1:13:55 AM Reddon
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Movies from 1980 onward remain rare, and usually shown to fit a theme block with the older movies (in particular the "31 Days of Oscar" promotion in February/early March, where any movie that had at least an Oscar nomination can qualify for an airing) or when there's a special guest programmer for the night, who discusses why they picked the movie before and after it airs.[[note]] (Not to mention, presenting such films will only become more fair over time, since 1980 is now over 30 years ago and TimeMarchesOn along with their cut-off date.)[[/note]] But for the most part, they show films largely (if not completely) abandoned by other movie networks: not just the obvious titles like ''Film/CitizenKane'' and ''Film/{{Casablanca}}'', but lesser-known "programmers" and B-movies, silents, international classics, live-action Disney films from the 1950s-70s, cult titles for its TCM Underground block, vintage one-reel shorts and old promotional featurettes as interstitial programming, etc. Some titles they've shown fall under KeepCirculatingTheTapes territory in North America otherwise (they aired ''Anime/OnlyYesterday'' as part of a Creator/StudioGhibli retrospective in 2006, for instance). The network has aired a few original specials and miniseries, but all of them are documentaries about classic films (i.e., the history of early sci-fi films, a long interview with Creator/WoodyAllen about all of his films, the expansive ''The Story of Film: An Odyssey'') or programs that strongly relate to them (for instance, in 2006 vintage episodes of ''The Dick Cavett Show'' featuring such guests as Creator/AlfredHitchcock and Creator/BetteDavis were aired, along with a newly-produced interview between Cavett and Creator/MelBrooks; in 2013, vintage interviews with film stars from ''Series/TheTonightShow with Johnny Carson'' were shown in one-hour blocks prior to a lineup of films featuring some of the stars in question).\\

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Movies from 1980 onward remain rare, and usually shown to fit a theme block with the older movies (in particular the "31 Days of Oscar" promotion in February/early March, where any movie that had at least an Oscar nomination can qualify for an airing) or when there's a special guest programmer for the night, who discusses why they picked the movie before and after it airs.[[note]] (Not to mention, presenting such films will only become more fair over time, since 1980 is now over 30 35 years ago and TimeMarchesOn along with their cut-off date.)[[/note]] But for the most part, they show films largely (if not completely) abandoned by other movie networks: not just the obvious titles like ''Film/CitizenKane'' and ''Film/{{Casablanca}}'', but lesser-known "programmers" and B-movies, silents, international classics, live-action Disney films from the 1950s-70s, cult titles for its TCM Underground block, vintage one-reel shorts and old promotional featurettes as interstitial programming, etc. Some titles they've shown fall under KeepCirculatingTheTapes territory in North America otherwise (they aired ''Anime/OnlyYesterday'' as part of a Creator/StudioGhibli retrospective in 2006, for instance). The network has aired a few original specials and miniseries, but all of them are documentaries about classic films (i.e., the history of early sci-fi films, a long interview with Creator/WoodyAllen about all of his films, the expansive ''The Story of Film: An Odyssey'') or programs that strongly relate to them (for instance, in 2006 vintage episodes of ''The Dick Cavett Show'' featuring such guests as Creator/AlfredHitchcock and Creator/BetteDavis were aired, along with a newly-produced interview between Cavett and Creator/MelBrooks; in 2013, vintage interviews with film stars from ''Series/TheTonightShow with Johnny Carson'' were shown in one-hour blocks prior to a lineup of films featuring some of the stars in question).\\
28th Dec '16 10:25:06 AM nombretomado
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* Compared to CartoonNetwork’s other divisions whom have fluctuated in regards to decaying over the years, Creator/{{Toonami}} (and by extension, its former sister blocks such as Creator/{{Miguzi}}, Creator/SaturdayVideoEntertainmentSystem, the action part of Creator/AdultSwim, etc.) has been very dependable in terms of sticking to its mission of showcasing anime and action cartoons. While there have been a few oddballs in rare occasions such as ''Anime/{{Hamtaro}}'' and ''Wulin Warriors'' (mainly due to ExecutiveMeddling), such "experiments" were never really successful[[note]]Case in point: ''Wulin Warriors'' was canceled after its second episode[[/note]]. But after the Boston Bomb Scare and the infamous "CN Real" era came to prominence, unlike going down the Network Decay path like Adult Swim had, CN would eventually can Toonami entirely due to flagging ratings—a direct result of moving the block to Saturdays only and reduced it to reruns and ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', which was at the time working through the now-infamous pre-Shippuden Filler Arc (ironically, the end of Toonami came mere weeks before they would've completed the "[[FanNickname Filler Hell]]" portion of ''Naruto'' and transitioned into Shippuden; this allowed Disney to pick up the rights to Shippuden instead and air it in ludicrously censored form on Creator/DisneyXD). Not surprisingly, folks have cited the downfall of Toonami as one of the lowest points of CN’s DorkAge (perhaps only rivaled by the rise of CN Real) and had a knock-on effect on anime’s popularity as a whole, as the loss of Toonami, considered to be one of the biggest GatewaySeries to anime in general in the west, is considered to be a big contribution to the [[EndOfAnAge infamous ending of the]] 90’s-2000’s [[UsefulNotes/TheJapaneseInvasion anime boom]]. Prior to 2012, the only legacy that was left of Toonami was Adult Swim’s anime block, which was reduced to Saturday nights and flooded with endless reruns.\\

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* Compared to CartoonNetwork’s Creator/CartoonNetwork’s other divisions whom have fluctuated in regards to decaying over the years, Creator/{{Toonami}} (and by extension, its former sister blocks such as Creator/{{Miguzi}}, Creator/SaturdayVideoEntertainmentSystem, the action part of Creator/AdultSwim, etc.) has been very dependable in terms of sticking to its mission of showcasing anime and action cartoons. While there have been a few oddballs in rare occasions such as ''Anime/{{Hamtaro}}'' and ''Wulin Warriors'' (mainly due to ExecutiveMeddling), such "experiments" were never really successful[[note]]Case in point: ''Wulin Warriors'' was canceled after its second episode[[/note]]. But after the Boston Bomb Scare and the infamous "CN Real" era came to prominence, unlike going down the Network Decay path like Adult Swim had, CN would eventually can Toonami entirely due to flagging ratings—a direct result of moving the block to Saturdays only and reduced it to reruns and ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', which was at the time working through the now-infamous pre-Shippuden Filler Arc (ironically, the end of Toonami came mere weeks before they would've completed the "[[FanNickname Filler Hell]]" portion of ''Naruto'' and transitioned into Shippuden; this allowed Disney to pick up the rights to Shippuden instead and air it in ludicrously censored form on Creator/DisneyXD). Not surprisingly, folks have cited the downfall of Toonami as one of the lowest points of CN’s DorkAge (perhaps only rivaled by the rise of CN Real) and had a knock-on effect on anime’s popularity as a whole, as the loss of Toonami, considered to be one of the biggest GatewaySeries to anime in general in the west, is considered to be a big contribution to the [[EndOfAnAge infamous ending of the]] 90’s-2000’s [[UsefulNotes/TheJapaneseInvasion anime boom]]. Prior to 2012, the only legacy that was left of Toonami was Adult Swim’s anime block, which was reduced to Saturday nights and flooded with endless reruns.\\
27th Nov '16 10:24:39 PM Gundamforce
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[[folder:Other Notable Aversions]]
* Losing ''Cartoon Express'' aside, USANetwork really seems to have gotten better as time went on. Unlike sister network Creator/{{Syfy}}, USA never really had one gimmick or target demographic to cater to; back in the 80s and 90s, they were known for seeming being the "melting pot" of cable TV; they aired old movies, sports, reruns, game shows, and even ''court shows''. They can get away with showing almost anything and either get high ratings (''WWERaw''; ''Series/{{Psych}}''), critical acclaim (''The 4400''; ''The Starter Wife''), or both (''Series/{{Monk}}''; ''Series/BurnNotice''; ''Series/MrRobot''). Their slogan "Characters Welcome" means they are able to put on whatever they want as long as it has a strong character driven plot, which encompasses almost all of fiction, without worrying about Network Decay.\\

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* Losing ''Cartoon Express'' aside, USANetwork really seems Compared to CartoonNetwork’s other divisions whom have gotten better as time went on. Unlike fluctuated in regards to decaying over the years, Creator/{{Toonami}} (and by extension, its former sister network Creator/{{Syfy}}, USA blocks such as Creator/{{Miguzi}}, Creator/SaturdayVideoEntertainmentSystem, the action part of Creator/AdultSwim, etc.) has been very dependable in terms of sticking to its mission of showcasing anime and action cartoons. While there have been a few oddballs in rare occasions such as ''Anime/{{Hamtaro}}'' and ''Wulin Warriors'' (mainly due to ExecutiveMeddling), such "experiments" were never really had one gimmick or target demographic to cater to; back successful[[note]]Case in point: ''Wulin Warriors'' was canceled after its second episode[[/note]]. But after the 80s Boston Bomb Scare and 90s, they were known for seeming being the "melting pot" of cable TV; they aired old movies, sports, reruns, game shows, and even ''court shows''. They can get away with showing almost anything and either get high ratings (''WWERaw''; ''Series/{{Psych}}''), critical acclaim (''The 4400''; ''The Starter Wife''), or both (''Series/{{Monk}}''; ''Series/BurnNotice''; ''Series/MrRobot''). Their slogan "Characters Welcome" means they are able infamous "CN Real" era came to put on whatever they want as long as it has a strong character driven plot, which encompasses almost all of fiction, without worrying about prominence, unlike going down the Network Decay.Decay path like Adult Swim had, CN would eventually can Toonami entirely due to flagging ratings—a direct result of moving the block to Saturdays only and reduced it to reruns and ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', which was at the time working through the now-infamous pre-Shippuden Filler Arc (ironically, the end of Toonami came mere weeks before they would've completed the "[[FanNickname Filler Hell]]" portion of ''Naruto'' and transitioned into Shippuden; this allowed Disney to pick up the rights to Shippuden instead and air it in ludicrously censored form on Creator/DisneyXD). Not surprisingly, folks have cited the downfall of Toonami as one of the lowest points of CN’s DorkAge (perhaps only rivaled by the rise of CN Real) and had a knock-on effect on anime’s popularity as a whole, as the loss of Toonami, considered to be one of the biggest GatewaySeries to anime in general in the west, is considered to be a big contribution to the [[EndOfAnAge infamous ending of the]] 90’s-2000’s [[UsefulNotes/TheJapaneseInvasion anime boom]]. Prior to 2012, the only legacy that was left of Toonami was Adult Swim’s anime block, which was reduced to Saturday nights and flooded with endless reruns.\\



After the amazing ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Night_Flight_%28TV_series%29 Night Flight]]'' was cancelled in 1988, USA may have been most famous in the late '80s and early '90s for "Up All Night," where it showed B movies on late night weekends hosted by either Rhonda Shear's boobs or Creator/GilbertGottfried's grating voice. So yes, it can be fair to say the quality of programming has gone up. They can pretty much show anything, and advertise ''[[Film/TheBourneSeries The Bourne Supremacy]]'' and ''Along Came Polly'' equally without having anyone bat an eye, and even have shows that match such movies thematically.\\

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After Fortunately, as Cartoon Network started refocusing its efforts on showcasing animation, on April Fools' Day 2012, Adult Swim briefly replaced their normal Saturday night block with Toonami to rave reception, and after a huge fan campaign, brought back Toonami on a regular basis on May 26, 2012, which is a very good sign that the amazing ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Night_Flight_%28TV_series%29 Night Flight]]'' was cancelled in 1988, USA may have been most famous channel overall could be returning to its roots. Presently, the revived Toonami is building off on the "remnants" of Adult Swim’s action block, but out of the gate, it's done its part to help revive anime in the late '80s west, as it has cemented such hits as ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', and early '90s for "Up All Night," where it showed B movies on late night weekends hosted by either Rhonda Shear's boobs or Creator/GilbertGottfried's grating voice. So yes, it can be fair to say the quality of programming has gone up. They can pretty much show anything, and advertise ''[[Film/TheBourneSeries The Bourne Supremacy]]'' and ''Along Came Polly'' equally without having anyone bat an eye, ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', among others and even have shows turned ''Anime/DeadmanWonderland'', a program that match such movies thematically.tanked badly in Japan, into a hit with a bonafide fanbase. And perhaps because of this success, they've even gotten the privilege of showing ''Anime/SpaceDandy'' '''just before''' it is being broadcasted in Japan. Only time will tell how the next golden age for Toonami, and for that matter, the anime industry in general will take shape.\\


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And you know what’s even more impressive? Perhaps as a response to the many animation related networks being some of the biggest examples of Network Decay, Toonami has been pretty adamant on avoiding a shift in their purpose, in a similar fashion to sister network [[TurnerClassicMovies TCM]]. While you can still see a live action show lingering around on regular CN and Adult Swim here and there perhaps due to executive persistence, Toonami [[http://toonami.tumblr.com/post/41671611485/you-thought-live-action-movies-fit-interesting-does has stated that they would like to avoid airing live action altogether on the block]] , which fortunately the parent network has obliged so far. Then again, it probably wouldn’t be feasible for CN to go through all the trouble of bringing back Toonami only to have it go down the Network Decay route, anyway. On that same topic, contrary to semi-popular belief, mostly by the more elitist anime fans that say that Toonami airing western action cartoons on the new block would count as Network Decay, fans and even the creators themselves have long said otherwise, with its long history of showcasing action toons cited as the reason. In fact, if Toonami were to air slice of life, non-action romantic comedies, or anime of the "Otaku Pandering" varieties unless said show can be consumed by general audiences, that actually would count as Network Decay ([[http://toonami.tumblr.com/post/42220096782/are-slice-of-life-anime-airing-on-toonami-a-no-no which Toonami doesn't plan on showing anyway]]).
** Asia has contributed to the Toonami revival efforts by launching a [[Creator/ToonamiAsia Toonami channel of its own]] in late 2012. However, Toonami Asia’s conception was through the decay and re-branding of its region’s Boomerang, which was the end result of CN Asia relegating all of their programming save for old classic Hanna-Barbera cartoons and ''{{Ben 10}}'' to Boomerang and losing the purpose of both networks in the process. Eventually Boomerang Asia was canned, and CN Asia started working on an action cartoon channel. Do note that Toonami Asia was being conceived at a time when the conception of the revival of the US equivalent was still unknown, even to them, so their decision of using the Toonami brand was mainly because Asia has also had a Toonami block of its own, and also achieved success with an established fanbase to go with it, along with the fact that some of the channel’s heads have mentioned that they were/are also fans of the US equivalent.\\
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Currently, the channel airs CN produced action cartoons and a couple anime titles, though their crew has stated that there are plans to air more anime and action cartoons in the future. It does help that the Asian crew are fans of the American crew’s work and would love to replicate their success, albeit in their own fashion (for example, to prevent messing with the continuity of the US equivalent, Toonami Asia has its own host, Nami, with her own story). Like the US equivalent, time will tell how their efforts will go.
** In the UK, Toonami previously had a channel of its own back during the channel’s "golden age", however, its fate wasn’t as fortunate. It started out as CNX as a channel devoted to shows that appealed to the American equivalent of {{shonen}} in the mornings and afternoons, with uncensored {{anime}} and kung fu movies later at night. However, its Toonami block, which was placed at CNX at the time, would quickly expand to take over the entire channel, which still fit the channel's original mission until [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZ82vEHqpAs they started showing live action]]. Since then, it eventually mutated into CN Too, which is actually marketed as a second Cartoon Network. Unfortunately at of 2014, there is presently no plans to revive Toonami in the UK at its current venture.
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* Losing ''Cartoon Express'' aside, USANetwork really seems to have gotten better as time went on. Unlike sister network Creator/{{Syfy}}, USA never really had one gimmick or target demographic to cater to; back in the 80s and 90s, they were known for seeming being the "melting pot" of cable TV; they aired old movies, sports, reruns, game shows, and even ''court shows''. They can get away with showing almost anything and either get high ratings (''WWERaw''; ''Series/{{Psych}}''), critical acclaim (''The 4400''; ''The Starter Wife''), or both (''Series/{{Monk}}''; ''Series/BurnNotice''; ''Series/MrRobot''). Their slogan "Characters Welcome" means they are able to put on whatever they want as long as it has a strong character driven plot, which encompasses almost all of fiction, without worrying about Network Decay.\\
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After the amazing ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Night_Flight_%28TV_series%29 Night Flight]]'' was cancelled in 1988, USA may have been most famous in the late '80s and early '90s for "Up All Night," where it showed B movies on late night weekends hosted by either Rhonda Shear's boobs or Creator/GilbertGottfried's grating voice. So yes, it can be fair to say the quality of programming has gone up. They can pretty much show anything, and advertise ''[[Film/TheBourneSeries The Bourne Supremacy]]'' and ''Along Came Polly'' equally without having anyone bat an eye, and even have shows that match such movies thematically.\\
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* Regional cable news channels like the News 12 networks in the New York suburbs and Time Warner's Time Warner Cable News/[=NY1=] system serving New York State and New York City proper, respectively (as well as outposts in Austin, Texas, the Carolinas and affiliates with separate names in Orlando and Tampa), and CLTV of Chicago (which is operated alongside WGN) usually stick to just news confined to their regions. But on the most slow of news days they might wander a little out of their main coverage area, or cover national breaking news just to keep things moving along and not have to depend on inane feature reporting to fill time. In fact, NY1 was commended for having about the most sane coverage of Hurricane Irene around, mainly because it was confined to the five boroughs.

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* Regional cable news channels like the News 12 networks in the New York suburbs and Time Warner's Time Warner Cable Charter's Spectrum News/[=NY1=] system serving New York State and New York City proper, proper (formerly udner the purview of Time Warner Cable), respectively (as well as outposts in Austin, Texas, the Carolinas and affiliates with separate names in Orlando and Tampa), and CLTV of Chicago (which is operated alongside WGN) usually stick to just news confined to their regions. But on the most slow of news days they might wander a little out of their main coverage area, or cover national breaking news just to keep things moving along and not have to depend on inane feature reporting to fill time. In fact, NY1 was commended for having about the most sane coverage of Hurricane Hurricanes Irene and Sandy around, mainly because it was confined to the five boroughs.boroughs and used the short 'news wheel' format to succinctly state what was going on, what to do, and how New York would be affected.



* The Canadian channel The Movie Network (TMN) (available in Eastern Canada only), originally known as First Choice, is similar to TCM in the fact that they don't show commercials during movies and the commercials they show between films are advertising the network itself or are actually independent Canadian short films. Pretty much all of their programming is movies or movie-related. They will also show HBO series/specials, but [[TropesAreNotBad this is a good thing]] because Canadian audiences really wouldn't have anywhere else to see them; besides, HBO ''is'' short for Home Box Office.
** Generally the same with Movie Central (MC), originally known as Superchannel, which is available in Western Canada only. It should be noted, however, that both TMN and MC have partnered on {{Creator/HBO}} Canada, which is generally [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin original shows sourced from HBO]]. Incidentially, First Choice and Superchannel (which was then owned by Allarcom, later WIC, before WIC was split up with its cable holdings generally sold to Corus Entertainment, a company related to Shaw) were jointly marketed from 1984 to 1989 as "First Choice Superchannel".

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* The Canadian channel The Movie Network (TMN) (available (formerly available in Eastern Canada only), only and now available nationwide after the buyout of Movie Central, which held the western part of the country until April 2016), originally known as First Choice, is similar to TCM in the fact that they don't show commercials during movies and the commercials they show between films are advertising the network itself or are actually independent Canadian short films. Pretty much all of their programming is movies or movie-related. They will also show HBO series/specials, but [[TropesAreNotBad this is a good thing]] because Canadian audiences really wouldn't have anywhere else to see them; besides, HBO ''is'' short for Home Box Office.
** Generally the same with Movie Central (MC), originally known as Superchannel, which is was available in Western Canada only. only until the merger above. It should be noted, however, that both TMN and MC have partnered on {{Creator/HBO}} Canada, which is generally [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin original shows sourced from HBO]]. Incidentially, First Choice and Superchannel (which was then owned by Allarcom, later WIC, before WIC was split up with its cable holdings generally sold to Corus Entertainment, a company related to Shaw) were jointly marketed from 1984 to 1989 as "First Choice Superchannel".
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