Several things about Nickelodeon's Network Decay bug me, but nothing quite like their treatment of their own game shows. First, they give out parts of the set from Legends of the Hidden Temple and Double Dare as prizes on Figure it Out, then they shove it all off to Nick GAS, which eventually trickled down to only showing a scant handful of the myriad game shows they've developed, and then they decide to scrap it and turn it into some stupid network called The N.
Wait, what? As far as I know, The N is completely unrelated to Nickelodeon and was actually created by the decaying of an equally unrelated network devoted to edutainment shows that are actually entertaining. One of us is obviously thinking of something else.
The N was originally part of Noggin, a children's network owned by Viacom (which also owns Nickelodeon). Viacom made the decision to give The N its own channel, as opposed to sharing one with Noggin, so they shut down Nick Gas and gave it to them. The N immediately went into Network Decay, having all of its original programming canceled and is now being remade to attract the "tween" demographic, as opposed to the teen and young adult audience it focused on before.
The N had actually begun this years before, when it canceled "Radio Free Roscoe" and "O'Grady", its only original comedies, and replaced them with "South of Nowhere", "Instant Star" and other Degrassi-esque soaps. Then they canceled those and replaced them with reality shows and...nothing, really. The network now runs 24/7 but actually runs less programming then it used to do with half the air-time; if you catch an episode of something other than Degrassi or Fresh Prince of Bel-Air count yourself lucky.
And now not even Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. It pretty much shows Degrassi all day long.
Originally, it was more of a family channel with an emphasis on the "tween" and preteen demographic; the early morning slots were taken up for the preschoolers, the daily blocks were taken up for the tweens, the late afternoons and evenings (especially during the weekends) were for the older teens, while the nighttime was for the adults. It wasn't until around the turn of the millennium that that demographic narrowed to the tweens, and virtually all of their old content was scrapped; they tried to salvage them by shunting them off to their own channels, but those eventually died or mutated into carbon copies of the "MTV for kids" feel of the new Nick. They didn't even bother to open up the time capsule they had created for the new millennium, like they said they would. Now that is sad.
Oh, and The N and Nickelodeon did have one solid connection besides corporate ownership: The Adventures of Pete & Pete, which was rerun on The N in 2003. Oh, and they also ran Sabrina the Teenage Witch reruns at the same time Nickelodeon was doing the same (which was odd since Nick doesn't make it a hobby of airing old Disney sitcoms during the day).
Sabrina wasn't a Disney sitcom. Viacom owned the rights to Sabrina at the time, which explains Nick rerunning it.
When Nickelodeon took over Camp Snoopy at Mall of America, they rethemed the Screaming Yellow Eagle ride to Danny Phantom while leaving the Ghost Blasters ride untouched, even though that'd make the most sense to retheme...
Ghost Blasters is a prefab ride created by Sally Corporation (This Troper knows that there is an identical one up in a Niagara Falls arcade.) As MOA and/or Nickelodeon likely didn't want to deal with changing a themed ride designed by another corporation (and Danny Phantom ending a year prior to the park's opening), they went with re-theming a relatively unthemed ride to save money.
This troper is at least glad that it was still Camp Snoopy during his younger days, and will forever mourn it's death.
It bugs me that Aang, Katara, Sokka and Toph NEVER show up in those Nicktoons Unite! crossover videogames.
Maybe it's because although they're cartoon characters, they aren't as funny looking or colorful as the likes of SpongeBob or Timmy.
The new logo. Why change what's been working for 25 years just because the sextet of logos (Nickelodeon, Nick at Nite, Nick Jr., Nicktoons Network, Noggin and The N) didn't look right together on a business card? I'm sure the cohesion pleases higher-ups and design enthusiasts, but I'm still no fan of the change.
It's not just the business card thing. Apparently, a orange splat which can reshape itself into anything is too hard to streamline.
That whole "business card" shtick was just an analogy. They didn't change the logo for that sole reason. Personally, I hated it at first, but I got used to it. It's kinda like the splat logo and the old pinball logo◊ combined.
Face, of Nick Jr. fame. No, Nostalgia Filter is not making him any less annoying.
Oddly, the Spongebob specials tend to be worse than the normal episodes. I guess they're upping them in order to get views.
Anyone else miss those bumper that aired around Christmas? Not even Nicktoons airs them. I don't see why not. Nick aired it for several years after many of the shows aired stopped airing.
DV Rs/Tivos notwithstanding,does anyone else see the irony of Nick airing the 90s block (Summer 2011 so far) during the twilight hours when those of us who grew up on those shows are likely sleeping b/c we have to work the next day?
TeenNick's ratings for that timeslot have been comparatively through the roof since the block started, so I don't think it's a problem for that many people, especially considering that most of them are college-age and are likely to be up around then anyway. I personally think it's a great way to please the nostalgiacs without keeping the network's "normal" line-up from stagnating.
Yeah, I record the blocks every night (it's like going back in time) for the next day after work. I was just acknowledging that the people who remember these shows the best likely aren't college-age/up-all-nighters. I can't wait til they add more shows.
Anyone attending college now, at least a four year one, would be 18-21, making them born between 1989-1993, making them eight-to-eleven years old when the 90s ended in 2000, at which point most of Nick's 90s classics were still on. Seeing as eight-to-eleven is Nick's target age range, it makes sense that they're target with The '90s Are All That would be those who were those ages when these shows were on.
On a related note, why is it the 90s cartoons are airing late at night on TeenNick, when they should be airing on Nicktoons Network, a channel that was originally created for them, but eventually became almost nothing but their own original programming and nicktoons that are still airing on the main network(i.e Penguins of Madagascar, Planet Sheen,etc.).
It's to gain more viewers during night hours. Remember, most teens are able to stay up late.
The infamous "Pinchface" ident from the 90's, why is it called that??
Because the Nightmare Face in the middle of the screen looks like somebody "pinched" the eyeballs and mouth off of somebody and stuck it into the middle of the screen.
Alright, what's with Nick at Nite only showing certian episodes that take place during the holiday season then, even if Christmas isn't a major plot point? Hell, some of those episodes include major plot points for later episodes that get skipped over, so when it's mentioned, I always ask myself "When the hell did that happen?", unless seen on another channel. Still, it's rather jarring.
Many channels don't show certain episodes until the holidays, not just Nick at Nite.
Why does Nick always interupt programs during the Nick Studio 10 block just to bring Big Lipped Alligator Moments? They don't even pause the episodes while doing so. The same question also applies to them covering up the whole screen just to advertise the Nick iPad app.
Probably to gain viewers watching real shows or for really cheap advertising. But the Nick Studio 10 part was very wrong and possibly illegal, as it interrupts programming without an emergency. They've stopped doing it, though.
Looking at the TV guide almost every day their schedule is literally just Spongebob and FOP over and over until the very evening, where they then air one or two episodes of either Drake & Josh or Sam & Cat than switch onto Nick-at-Nite. They rarely air their new cartoons like Sanjay And Craig or Tuff Puppy. Maybe if they aired some different cartoons for once, even reruns, and didn't cancel their good ones (I'm looking at you Making Fiends and The Mighty B!) they wouldn't be in a rut. They have a long line of cartoons they could air but they shove everything on Nick Toons Network.
Spongebob is highly popular. It prints money. Hence, Nickelodeon airs it.
To give you a larger idea, it makes over two thirds of Viacom's profits
How is SpongeBob SquarePants gonna die when they don't air any new cartoons? Rugrats got dethroned due to Spongebob so it makes sense that when another big cartoon comes along and gets more popular than Spongebob they'll slowly can it.. But Nickelodeon literally doesn't air enough new cartoons, and when they do they barely show them.