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Cartoon Network has become notorious for canceling or scrapping cartoons for whatever reason, either because executives disliked the shows or because of creator conflicts with the network. Since this is so prevalent in virtually every level of the network, it had to be given its own page.

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  • For a time, anime in general on [adult swim] was considered as this, partly due to Cartoon Network's Network Decay. It was somewhat admitted in an [adult swim] bump that at times a kind of programming spring cleaning is done every few months by Cartoon Network to see which shows to keep airing, air later, or get rid of and never even bother showing again. The cleaning process is created by an evaluating combination of ratings and audience online based reaction. Even to [as]' chagrin many of the shows that they themselves would have liked to kept on the air are cast by the wayside. However, another reason for anime not getting much love is that one of those in charge of [adult swim]'s programming doesn't like it. With the exceptions of Cowboy Bebop, FLCL, Inuyasha, and whatever they held permanent rights to, many anime titles from 2008-2011 were given little chance, not helped by the fact that the Action block received almost no promotion from [as]. Bumps regularly criticized it, commercials showed their Narm moments and episode descriptions on their website tend to read like "Vampires, robots, big hats!". The absolute low point of this had to be in late-2008, when anime got a total of 2 hours of [as]'s (then) 7 hour airtime for Saturdays (and half of that was in the 5 a.m. hour.). It wasn't until Toonami's revival that anime started to get promotion and support again. Luckily, as of 2020, anime has a strong presence on the network again [at least on Saturdays, which (usually) remains the only night it airs]. Plus, with [as] co-producing original series specifically for the block again as well as multiple anime airing on weeknights again, it's safe to say that this period is officially over.
    • The Big O was a specific example to this. Despite that it was a popular show and the ratings of [adult swim] airings were the sole reason the series even got a second season in the first place, the premiere of the second season was around the same time [adult swim] began its Network Decay, and they ended up screwing up the airing of a couple episodes (including accidentally airing a repeat over the finale) and ended up canceling the show before a reportedly expected third season, despite it having paid off financially.
    • Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit was constantly schedule-switched later and later until it aired at 5:30 AM EST, dropped after 10 episodes, started over in a better timeslot, and then got dropped again after Geneon went bankrupt and it was removed from the air until the licensing issues were resolved. The problems were eventually solved, and [adult swim] re-aired and completed the series between June and December 2009. The series never received promotion, either.
  • Despite Aqua Teen Hunger Force airing for a whopping 11 seasons (and nearly 15 years overall) and still getting very good ratings, [adult swim] pegged its cancellation, as it wanted to move away from being considered an animation block for stoners and burn-outs. Fortunately, though, the series' final season (named Aqua Teen Hunger Force Forever) was well-advertised, and went out with a bang.
  • When Cartoon Network started running for an additional hour on weekdays in October 2015 to make room for the return of Adventure Time, Regular Show and Over the Garden Wall, it did so at the expense of Bob's Burgers, which was banished to [adult swim]'s weekend schedule until late November.
  • For its American airing, [adult swim] did not give Code Geass much love. Its premiere schedule was constantly changed into a later and later slot to the point that people stopped caring and their rights to the show expired after one rerun.
  • Crayon Shin-chan was topping the [adult swim] ratings until the network removed it, put it in different time slots, and gave it inconsistent air dates. The third season ultimately premiered on Hulu as well as DVD, as [as] had lost the rights to the series prior.
  • Frisky Dingo. [adult swim] simply refused to sign the contract for a 3rd season, killing the show on very short notice while making the fans think it was a choice between Frisky Dingo or a spinoff featuring the Xtacles. The Xtacles spinoff only lasted two episodes before 70/30 Productions went out of business.
  • The Jack and Triumph Show had a 20-episode order from AS with plenty of promotion before it was abruptly cut after seven episodes.
  • Loren Bouchard's Lucy, the Daughter of the Devil was planned for a second season, but [adult swim] got cold feet about the budget and decided to not allocate the funds for more episodes. [adult swim] later admitted that they regretted their decision since Bouchard would later make Bob's Burgers for FOX.
  • Home Movies, after being cancelled by UPN, was rescued by [as] in 2001, and became the first series to air on the block, but as time went on, Home Movies was treated as an afterthought from the network. The fourth season ended up becoming the series' last, with [as] choosing to dump the season late at night with no advertising.
  • Metalocalypse became another statistic when [adult swim] refused to greenlight the fifth and final season, owing to creative differences and a dispute over the funding with Brendon Small. Small had promised fans that he would deliver the intended finale in some other way, and eventually delivered with Brendon Small's Galaktikon II: Become the Storm. The "screwed" idea comes in from the fact that [adult swim] had initially given signs there was to be a season 5, and had gotten fans' hopes up for a release date, before Small indicated that there were issues with the network, followed by the network backing out and not funding it.
  • Moral Orel was screwed by giving the execs exactly what they wanted. After the shocking Cerebus Syndrome-inducing "Nature" was such a hit, they asked creator Dino Stamatopoulos for the darkest season he could give. And he gave them exactly that. One episode in particular, the infamous "Alone" was so dark, the execs got cold feet, cut the third season's episode count in half and cancelled it.
  • Despite the show's success was one of the reasons Adult Swim was greenlit in the first place, Space Ghost Coast to Coast disappeared from the network after a short stint of premiere episodes in 2001, leading into fan speculation about the show's comeback to Cartoon Network. Allegedly Mike Lazzo, creator of Coast 2 Coast and president of Adult Swim, grew tired of it and desperately wanted to move on.
  • [adult swim] also pulled the plug on Stroker and Hoop, refusing to renew it for its second season and leaving the show off with No Ending.
  • Superjail! had some warning signs in season 4, with [adult swim] inexplicably cutting the season order to six episodes shortly after greenlighting it, and then barely promoting said episodes during the short six-week run. Nearly a year later, it was revealed that the network declined to renew the show for a fifth season, having left both the creative team and fans hanging on an official announcement and answer.
  • Soul Quest Overdrive was only aired once, at the 4:00 AM graveyard slot, with no promotion whatsoever, and failed to show all six episodes in its single night on the network (two were skipped).

Cartoon Network (USA)

  • The network became known during the second half of the 2000s for attempting to move into live-action programming, in an effort to catch up with Disney Channel and Creator/Nickelodeon in the ratings. Around that time, the network began doting on the Ben 10 franchise, while giving shabby treatment to their other animated shows, suffering from sudden schedule shifts and episodes aired Out of Order (often not actually pointing out if any of these were "new"), to the point where no one knew if a specific show was still running.
    • A key reason for this was the 2007 managerial shake-up that saw the departures of Jay Bastian and Khaki Jones following the Boston Bomb scare (which involved boxes with Lite-Brite versions of the Mooninites from Aqua Teen Hunger Force hung all over Boston, and being mistaken for bombs), the new execs throwing away the "no advertising" clauses first instituted by Larry Huber in the late 90s, which had became a key lure for those wanting more creative control. Most of the creators of the network's then-current shows were visibly discontented by the change, which resulted in extremely strained business relations.
  • The New '10s started out better than the late 2000s, with Adventure Time and Regular Show managing to take CN out of it's Dork Age. However, late into the decade, the network started making questionable programming choices, such as premiering acquired shows in 6AM weekend death slots, or airing Teen Titans Go! reruns ad nauseam. Invisible Advertising has also become a very common issue.
    • Many have accused CN executives of having a bias against action and story-driven cartoons since they are the ones that get screwed more often than not. Man of Action Studios themselves admitted that they had no choice but to make Ben 10 (2016) the way it is in order to follow the network's trends. Many have come to believe that the executives purposely screw anything over that doesn't take the same approach.
  • Thus, as you may deduce from reading this page, Teen Titans Go! is blamed for many of the network's faults during its run. Despite mixed reviews, Teen Titans Go! quickly became Cartoon Network's highest-rated show, so it made sense for them to give it the best treatment. However, just like Nickelodeon's pre-2016 treatment of SpongeBob SquarePants, the network went completely overboard. Many shows, both in reruns and new premieres, saw themselves pushed back or removed completely in favor of Teen Titans Go! reruns, to the point where one-third of a typical broadcast day was nothing but. The fact that the show's ratings success led to a new Dork Age led by the aforementioned Follow the Leader comedies note  does not help its case.
    • When the network's schedule in late summer and early fall of 2015 devolved into Teen Titans Go! reruns every other hour after a certain point of the day until mid-October, this gave few other shows any space to breathe. In October, We Bare Bears disappeared from weekdays entirely until the 12th, but got two hours on Saturday and four hours on Sunday. Uncle Grandpa got one hour every day except Sunday, which at one point was the only day Clarence was able to air. Meanwhile, Adventure Time, Regular Show, and Steven Universe were all but exiled from the schedule for reasons unknown. It got to the point that some longtime viewers suspected a conspiracy by Moral Guardians to use TTG as a weapon to artificially manipulate network ratings to justify shitcanning any show they found inappropriate. To date, these rumors are unfounded.
    • In a similar vein, by late March 2017 the lion's share of the network's schedule was Titans, Gumball and the then recently introduced Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (the latter didn't last very long due to being a critical and commercial bomb, as many predicted it would). The Powerpuff Girls (2016) was given only one episode on Fridays right before [adult swim], We Bare Bears and Steven Universe were shoved to Sundays until the former returned to weekdays on the 27th, Clarence was absent until April 1st, and the network's other mainstays disappeared completely.
  • By the late 2010s, it was obvious that the CN no longer had any interest in airing third party shows, with even long time favorites like Pokémon and Transformers getting shafted into the graveyard slot or moved to Boomerang. This is likely because, as the network becomes more invested in streaming services, they don't want to give attention to shows they don't own and will likely end up on a competing service. By 2020, the only third party shows still airing on the network is Ninjago and Total DramaRama, the latter of which mostly exists to let the channel get around Canadian broadcasting law.
  • By 2020, Cartoon Network became infamous for having one of the most backlogged program caches on cable. For example, OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes was ultimately cancelled after its third season finished production. Prior to the announcement, its second season had only just finished airing two months ago after an over year-long hiatus, and the network was halfway through the third season's broadcast before the series' cancellation was announced; all in the span of four months. Meanwhile, because of the network's fixation on the aforementioned Teen Titans Go!, The Amazing World of Gumball, and similar shows, the network almost never airs any reruns of their other shows note , let alone give proper promotion and a decent timeslot to most of their acquired slate. Fans of Boomerang have noticed this for quite some time, and it's gotten to the point where one wonders why the network even bothers producing and acquiring so many shows when they only air around three of them on any given day.
  • Most of the examples from 2015 and onward can be attributed to the various streaming sites and deals made by Time Warner, most notably the Cartoon Network app and HBO Max. The channel no longer airs reruns of their most popular programs because they want viewers to pay for the online episode library and they don't want to give decent airtime to third party shows because they don't own the rights to them. In the prelude HBO Max's release, the service was given some of CN's most popular shows, as well as upcoming shows and specials that was originally planned to air on CN, to host exclusively on the site to help attract subscribers.

  • Cartoon Network's two flagship shows of the early half of The New '10s, Adventure Time and Regular Show began to get this in 2015. Once aired frequently along with The Amazing World of Gumball, the two were sentenced to the Monday-Friday 7:30 PM to 8:00 PM block on February 2015. CN gave the two one extra timeslot for more reruns in March with the new episodes though, but the fact remains that Adventure Time and Regular Show aren't as common as they used to be.
    • In mid-2015, there were no reruns of either series (aside from the occasional "bomb" week, where a week's worth of episodes would air at a certain time from Monday to Friday), and whatever slots they previously had went to you know what. In 2016, it was officially announced that both series would end after eight and nine seasons note , respectively. The decision to end Regular Show was JG Quintel's decision, while the Adventure Time crew actually wanted a tenth season.
    • Heading into the fall, Regular Show recaptured its 7:30 PM timeslot, and in September, reruns of Adventure Time finally returned to the schedule, along with Ninjago. Before that, on August 31, Baby Looney Tunes gained a one-hour slot in the morning, and even Courage the Cowardly Dog made a triumphant return in a one-hour slot at 6:00 AM, right after [adult swim]; while Teen Titans Go! began experiencing extreme rollbacks in the amount of reruns it got.
    • In early 2016, both Regular Show and Adventure Time aired on Saturday evenings between 6:00 PM and 8:00 PM on a block called Regular Time Adventure Show, showing new episodes, reruns, and special shorts. When the block ended, the shows moved back to Thursdays. While Regular Show had reruns at 7:45 PM, Adventure Time had no reruns at all. There was a respectable amount of advertising for the Adventure Time episode "Five Short Tables", due to its focus on the popular gender bent characters, but none of the other episodes that premiered in the block received that much promotion, if any.
  • In its later years, the Ben 10 franchise got less love from Cartoon Network, with new episodes of Ultimate Alien and Omniverse being stuck early Saturday mornings. From October 6, 2014, the remaining 30 episodes of Omniverse were burned off every weekday at 6:00 AM.
    • A reboot of the original series premiered to incredibly middling results. It used to be one of the most seen shows on the network, but following mid-2017 it has averaged 10 showings per week. Poor toy sales may have a hand in this.
    • By of September 2017, the reboot had zero reruns outside of a Friday block called Ben 10: Alien of the Week, a block dedicated to one of the aliens on the show, featuring a new episode, a rerun, a short, a tutorial of how to draw the featured alien, and an encore of the new episode. However, starting on October 6, the block was cut down to 30 minutes in order to squeeze in two more TTG reruns before the NEW NEW NEW NEW block starts. Also, in October, reruns of the original Ben 10 returned to the schedule. It had gotten to the point where there are more reruns of the original show than the reboot!

  • Cave Kids is probably the earliest known example of this trope on Cartoon Network; only eight episodes were ever produced before production was unceremoniously shut down.
  • Since it didn’t gather enough attention or appeal as the rest of the network's slate to continue any longer, Clarence's third season was its last. However, because the network blatantly ignored the existence of the show, fans were left with no information on whether the new episodes would arrive after they had aired in other countries.
  • Many fans of Codename: Kids Next Door felt that the series was massively screwed over but in a different way. The creator of the show, Tom Warburton made a teaser trailer for a sequel series known as Galactic Kids Next Door. Despite massive fan support and even the old cast promising to come back, Cartoon Network vetoed it. Mr. Warbuton does hope that Cartoon Network can change their minds in the future, while fans hope Cartoon Network will sell the rights, but only time will tell given that he's in charge of the Muppet Babies reboot on Disney Junior.
  • Cyborg 009, already having experienced a Bowdlerised yet completely-dubbed English adaptation via Sony Pictures, didn't get too much love on Toonami through 2003. After airing the first 26 episodes, Cartoon Network put the show on hiatus. Through the summer of 2004, episodes 27-47 wound up stealthily aired in a 1am death slot on Friday nights/Saturday mornings, with the show being pulled just before the grand finale and the "God's War" OVA. By that point, it's speculated that Cartoon Network had opted to "financially write-off" the series due to its lack of ratings success, and broadcast whatever they could before their airing rights were up. Infamously, season 2 had begun airing earlier on CN Latin America, which wound up spoiling the developments for US viewers that were unable to wait it out.
  • While both WB and the official accounts give DC Super Hero Girls plenty of promotion, Cartoon Network has not done a good job with promoting it. While treated somewhat better than Justice League Action mentioned below, the first season has suffered from continually shifting timeslots after episode 13 (at first airing at 7PM, then airing during the Saturday morning Teen Titans Go! marathons, and finally being sandwiched between the weekend marathon blocks of Teen Titans Go! and the afternoon marathon of The Amazing World of Gumball) and only airs when there's a new episode, with nary a rerun in sight. Boomerang, on the other hand, gives this show the opposite treatment.
    • Heavy advertisement was given for a week of new episodes on Cartoon Network from December 16-20th, 2019. However, they aired at 12:00PM, when the target demographic would be at school.
  • Detentionaire got screwed over hard by the network. When they got the U.S distribution rights, Cartoon Network didn't air it on their channel. Instead, it was released online with episodes Out of Order, censored, or outright removed, which, considering the tight continuity the series had, was a pretty big problem. Eventually, they just removed the show altogether. The low viewership in the U.S that resulted from this treatment eventually got the show cancelled, with its last episode ending in a cliffhanger.
  • DreamWorks' Dragons managed to subvert this by moving to Netflix after the second season, making it one of the few recent action shows that was on Cartoon Network to have more than two seasons. In Asia, it was airing only on weekdays in the late night slots (around 10-11PM), but thankfully, DreamWorks Animation launched their own network in Asia and freed the franchise of CN's grasp so they can have it on their own network.
    • In mid-2017, Universal Kids was launched, with the first season of Dragons part of their schedule.
  • Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends got this treatment on Cartoon Planet. Only four segments from the show were chosen and were played over and over, with the most common one shown being "Phone Home".
  • It seems that Cartoon Network has a tendency to screw over Fresh TV's animated shows that aren't Total Drama.
    • With 6teen, they aired the episodes massively out of order from one another ("Dude of the Living Dead" was the series premiere in October 2008 while the actual pilot episode didn't air until March of the following year) as well as removing some episodes due to the content involved in them (e.g. references of homosexuality as well as the occasional mentions of tampons). They aired the final season from April through June of 2010 (with one episode being removed due to a character being homosexual) and continued to air reruns of the past episodes up until early 2011 when the show was permanently taken off their schedule.
    • Stōked had it worse. The first episode premiered in mid July of 2009 and continued to air weekly (all but two of them were in the correct order) up until early November when the show was put on a hiatus until late June of 2010 to fill in the spot previously occupied by 6teen before its Grand Finale. Then, all of a sudden, the show is abruptly taken off after July 26, 2010 and replaced with reruns of the newest episodes of Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated which had just aired several hours prior. As a result, this decision left the last four episodes of season 1 as well as the entirety of season 2 unaired in the United States.
    • The first half of the first season of Grojband aired over the summer of 2013, then mysteriously stopped for unexplained reasons despite still having several episodes to go. The show returned to Cartoon Network nearly a year later, but rather than airing on TV it was limited to the channel's mobile app, then got pulled off a couple months later, then returned to the mobile app again on June 30, 2014. The show would later air weekends on Boomerang in 2015. And then it got scrapped altogether after finally finishing the first season.
    • However, for Total Drama Presents: The Ridonculous Race, it started off airing new episodes at 5:00 PM on weekdays before it was pushed to 7:30 PM to make room for Wabbit: A Looney Tunes Production.
  • The "Friday Party" block had essentially screwed over all of Cartoon Network's currently airing shows, even Teen Titans Go. The one promo it had made it seem like a Go! (and later, The Powerpuff Girls (2016)) centered block, when it was really just a Friday version of New Thursdays. Because the rest of the shows don't get advertised, as well as the block being announced at the last minute, many people skipped over the block, believing it to be just another example of the network playing favorites to Teen Titans Go!. Unlike the network's previous success stories with Friday night programming, the ratings for "Friday Party" plummeted and it was given the ax by that summer. A new block would overtake it that same year, with much better ratings.
  • All season three episodes of The Garfield Show aired at 10:00 AM on weekdays, when the target audience was in school. The fourth season was dumped to Boomerang, where they aired it briefly in 2015, before burning off the rest of the season throughout the following summer. The fifth season (the four-part "Rodent Rebellion") aired only once in October, and the series was removed before 2017.
  • Generator Rex was pulled off the schedule seven episodes before the season finale, including a planned hour of new episodes towards the end of February. The series finished its run on iTunes before finally returning to the channel proper ten months later, yet still failed to air all seven episodes (two episodes were skipped).

  • Cartoon Network showed .hack//Roots at 5:00 AM on Saturday mornings with no advance advertising — or really any mention at all. They also only showed 21 of the 26 episodes, supposedly to avoid airing .hack//G.U. game spoilers. The show vanished eight months later when [adult swim] went to an all-night format.
    • .hack//SIGN suffered the same fate, first airing on Saturday afternoons in the late afternoon Toonami Slot, then being bumped to midnight. Note that SIGN changed timeslots right after two female characters started dating each other. Presumably, CN thought this was too much for impressionable youths.
  • Yu Yu Hakusho's run in America was screwed by a huge time slot move. Originally aired on [adult swim], it was moved to a fairly steady time slot on Toonami. Then it was removed from Toonami near the end of its run and moved to 4:30 in the morning on Saturday. Many people weren't even aware it was moved, and those who did had to be pretty dedicated to stay up for the remaining episodes.
  • Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi. It went from airing in a good timeslot, having reruns daily, and having a parade float based on the show (with the real Puffy duo appearing for a finishing touch), to being cancelled in late 2006. Out of the 39 episodes made, only 34 aired on CN in the U.S, with the 5 missing episodes airing in different countries. One episode, "Surf's Up," was outright banned after the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami (the plot involved the titular duo surfing on a tsunami).
    • It's thought that Sony may have a hand in this. In Japan, Puffy's music label is Sony Music. Sony, for some reason, do not want to export the duo anymore. This culminated in Ubisoft wanting to license a Puffy AmiYumi song for international release in the second Raving Rabbids game, but were only issued a Japanese license and was refused an international license. The duo's songs were caught in an international rights tangle, since Sony Music had the Japanese rights, but Warner Music (Then, an independent company not affilated with Time Warner) had the Worldwide rights, and both had a record label as part of their conglomeration.
  • On February 11, 2017, Cartoon Network decided to give the well-received Infinity Train pilot a televised 6:00 in the morning.
  • While it was Adored by the Network for some time, Johnny Test eventually fell prey to this.
  • Justice League Action was screwed over before it even premiered. The U.S. CN did little to advertise the show, outside of a single commercial that aired only shortly before its premiere date. The most prominent promotion the show got was in the form of toys at McDonalds, Sonic and Burger King. The multi-episode premiere aired Friday, December 16, 2016, at the reasonable time of 6 p.m, but soon after it was jettisoned to Saturday mornings at 7:30 am (and by August 2017 at 7:00 am), when some of the audience may still asleep. The thing is, the press release for JLA said the show would air on Saturday mornings, but never specified the timeslot.
    • Unlike some of CN's other DC shows, JLA was broadcast with very few breaks. However, as 2017 came to a close, JLA was left behind with six episodes that didn't air in the U.S until May, and then only in a 'burnoff' week at 6:15am. All the episodes, including said unaired batch, were available on their app and On Demand as early as January of that year, but people would only know this if they searched for it themselves.
  • Legends of Chima had a nice spot on Wednesdays during its first 20 episodes, then come the second season it was pushed to 9:30 AM EST on Saturdays. After only 6 episodes, the season was over and it was replaced with an hour of Johnny Test (covered above). Its Invisible Advertising did not improve during season 3, since for some insane reason Cartoon Network only advertised the main network's Saturday morning programming on Boomerang.
  • The Life and Times of Juniper Lee really got hit with this in its last two seasons. Like a lot of their shows, it was shuffled around the schedule and barely given any mention of new episodes. By the third season, CN didn't even see fit to advertise when a new episode was upcoming yet played it on Fridays anyway. The final insult came when the last two episodes were punted onto their video streaming service before canceling the show altogether. Some people weren't even aware that the show had more than one season.

  • Mega Man: Fully Charged was promoted largely on YouTube, had Invisible Advertising in general, and was announced to premiere on August 5, 2018 but with no timeslot indicated. Not until later was it revealed that CN had scheduled the show to air at 6:30 AM on Sundays. Reruns briefly aired on Boomerang before the show was removed from both networks on October 13, 2018. When the show returned to Cartoon Network in January, it was moved to Saturdays...but still at 6:30 AM.
  • Megas XLR, which actually had some fairly decent ratings. It was planned for a third season but quietly cancelled when the network switched CEOs, because the new boss didn't "get it." A DVD box set was later planned, by the same guy, to satiate all the people who got mad, demanding some kind of revival, but this was also stymied when yet another network-head, who felt it was a waste of company resources, took over. In addition, the show's production was claimed as a financial loss for tax purposes. Titmouse and Williams Street both tried to either convince CN to let them air episodes on [adult swim], or at least purchase the rights to the show. Their response? A letter informing them that all inquiries of the show, at all, will be ignored due to them having written the show off in an effort to save money.
  • Mighty Magiswords was originally a series of online shorts in 2015 that proved popular enough to expand into a TV series the following year. Despite facing some criticism for its pacing, being compared by some to Teen Titans Go, as well as some controversy regarding the behavior of its creator, Kyle Carrozza, it did manage to gain some fans, and was highly promoted by Cartoon Network for a time. Around Winter 2017, Cartoon Network’s promotion of the show seemed to wane. In the midst of this, aside from the shorts, the series vanished from the schedule. In July, the series returned with a "Collect-O-Thon", where magiswords based off of every Cartoon Network show could be collected during every show. New episodes of Mighty Magiswords would also premiere on an average of one episode a day for 23 days, but even then, they were barely advertised. Once the new wave of episodes stopped, concluding with the show's first double-length special, the show was once again removed from the schedule. The final five episodes of season 1 have premiered on the Cartoon Network website rather than the channel itself, and eventually aired on the network in April 2018, but once again, the only episodes of the show to air once they came back were the premieres, and only on the dates that they would premiere.
    • Season 2 of the show began airing immediately after the first one... at a 6:15am burnoff slot on the weekdays from April 30 - May 24, 2018.
      • The remaining episodes of the series became available on the CN app in August 2018, but they would not be aired on TV until May 2019, where they were put at an 11:30am burnoff slot on the weekdays from May 6 - May 17, 2019.
  • Mixels has been horribly treated by the network ever since the first season ended. There were only four premires. The "Moon Madness" special aired in March 2015, whereas it only aired reruns a few times over. The exact same thing happened after the next special in March 2015, whereas the special reran a few times before a hiatus all the way until September 2015 — then they reran that special a few times and here we are again. A hiatus is one thing, but not even airing reruns of the show for months is another.
    • It got worse. They aired another new special in March 2016, but unlike other times, they didn't even rerun that once, and there was no promotion whatsoever, not even a commercial. It's currently in hiatus...again.
    • Another special aired in October 2016, with absolutely zero advertising. After that, Cartoon Network announced production on the series ended, also causing Lego to discontinue the toyline in early 2017.
  • The Mr. Men Show: After the second season finished its premieres on weekdays during school hours with little to no advertising, the show was eventually screwed over, replaced with The Garfield Show and moved to 6AM on weekends despite rumors of a third season and a spinoff series starring Little Miss Calamity on the show's production blog. It did earn reruns on Boomerang for a while, however.
  • OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes was once Adored by the Network when it premiered in 2017, but by the end of the following year, the series began to get this treatment:
    • Ever since the episode "Monster Party", the show had aired new episodes on Sundays, but with minimal advertisement except on social media and the day of the premieres in question. There were also little-to-no reruns either, and episodes were often released early on the CN app and sat there for months before actually premiering on television.
    • The lack of advertisement also resulted in abysmal ratings during the second half of season two and the entirety of season three, ultimately leading Cartoon Network to cancel the show without consent from creator Ian Jones-Quartey. At the very least, Quartey was notified of this in advance so that the show could wrap up its major plot threads and end the way it was intended to.
    • "Thank You for Watching the Show", the show's final episode, was given some rather questionable marketing. CN's social media promoted it as a special episode but not as the series finale, which led to quite a bit of confusion from the target audience. Nevertheless, the show was pulled from the airwaves shortly after it ended.
  • On September 17, 2017, Cartoon Network aired the time-compressed version of Over the Garden Wall... at 6:00 am. The series did not even air at all during Halloween as in years prior.
  • Pokémon, despite once being a favorite for the network, got hit particularly hard by The New '10s. With the popularity of the anime in decline, Cartoon Network quit promoting it. By the 2013-2014 season, Pokémon had been dumped to early Saturday mornings; Cartoon Network's run of the series concluded at the end of 2016note . Inverted on Boomerang which reran the series very frequently during the last few years on the channel. Heck, it even got its own toy bumpers, a rarity for any show that hasn't been on Boomerang since 2000/2001. The show found a new home on Disney XD, with more favorable results.
  • The original Powerpuff Girls underwent this midway through its run. After Hanna-Barbera was folded into Warner Bros. Animation, the show went on a very long hiatus (though an additional episode from season 4 aired in October of that year) due to production of The Powerpuff Girls Movie.
    • A reboot of the series premiered to a critically-apathetic response. In early 2017, its episode premieres were aired at 7:45 PM on Fridays, before it was shoved into an improbable timeslot at 5:30 PM on Sundays in April. On top of bad reviews, the show was also a commercial failure as well. Until January 2018, reruns were only seen on Boomerang, at the expense of displacing reruns of the original series.
    • The "Power of Four" special "movie event" was only given a week's worth of advertising, with a single promo spot running on-air for it. It only amassed 0.98 million views. Bear in mind that this was a five-episode long TV movie. Very likely because of the results of this, its sequel special ("Never Been Blissed"), despite being built up as a major special event in Cartoon Network's 2018 New Years promo, was given zero advertising, resulting in the special only earning 0.577 million; a 59% drop from Bliss' original debut.
    • The 2018 special "Small World" was barely advertised, if even that.
    • While HBO Max has many classic Cartoon Network shows on their service, the original Powerpuff Girls isn't one of them for reasons unknown.
  • Robotomy: The show had very poor advertising, was given very little airtime, and only had 10 11-minute episodes, making it the shortest lived Cartoon Network show of all time. The official stated reason was "low foreign appeal", as Cartoon Network was unable to convince any overseas networks to acquire the show. Considering that Regular Show and Adventure Time had to face edits overseas, this is more than believable.

  • One of the earliest, and most triumphant examples of this was Samurai Jack. It ran for four seasons and was slated to enjoy a big finish, with Genndy Tartakovsky having plans for a feature-length movie. Unfortunately, Cartoon Network had just produced an origin story movie for The Powerpuff Girls that did disastrously at the box office, ruining any chances of producing the movie. This led to the sudden cancellation of the series in 2004 after four seasons. A longstanding Development Hell led Tartakovsky to change his mind and break up his plans into a 10-episode conclusion that would air as the fifth and final season. After a mind-numbing thirteen-year silence, Jack came back with a vengeance and got the wrap-up it truly deserved.
  • Between 2012 and 2013, Cartoon Network began to air various kids' anime at early timeslots. Several shows such as Tenkai Knights and later Beyblade incarnations were dumped at 6 am, with no advertising from the network.
    • Scan 2 Go aired at the very same timeslot, and was abruptly pulled from the lineup halfway through its run for a repeat of Teen Titans Go!, and it hasn't been shown in America since. Meanwhile, India did get to see the final episodes.
  • The Secret Saturdays did not get a good treatment from executives. Its timeslot was often shuffled while new episodes were rarely advertised with reruns being non-existent. Needless to say it was cancelled swiftly. At least it got a Grand Finale, and the characters managed to appear in a crossover episode of Ben 10: Omniverse (albeit with a different set of voice actors).
  • After the success of the film adaptation of Shaun the Sheep, Cartoon Network started airing the series in an early morning time slot, then pulled it after two weeks. At this point, what replaced it should be obvious, and it ended up being banished to Boomerang.
  • Sheep in the Big City only lasted two seasons in 26 episodes. The series struggled with airing new episodes throughout its run. The first seven episodes of Season 1 aired over November and December of 2000 on Fridays, but only two episodes aired in the earlier months of 2001. The last four episodes of Season 1 did not manage to air until Sunday nights at 4PM in the Summer. After the first season ended on July 29th, the show was announced cancelled, then was renewed for a second season at the last minute, which premiered on December 2. The show went on hiatus after airing four new episodes in December, and the last nine episodes were burned out in early 2002. The show was cancelled on April 7 and by the end of the year it was rarely getting talked about anymore.
  • Cartoon Network's treatment of Sitting Ducks may explain why the show wasn't as popular in the United States as it was in Europe. The show first aired during the summer on the weekday mornings, with mediocre advertising, and only got one weekend rerun on Saturdays. After a year on the network, the show was unceremoniously pulled, with no advance warning. Since the ratings for the series were generally poor, many forgot that it even aired on the network. It certainly doesn't help that Cartoon Network didn't even produce the series at all; the show was produced by Universal, and both Sitting Ducks and the TV series based off The Land Before Time are the only Universal-produced shows to have ever originally aired on the channel.
  • Spliced fell into this in a similar way that Detentionaire did, in that episodes were only released online, with no advertisement or warning, and were shortly pulled before it could ever even gain an audience. Luckily, the show got fairly better treatment years before on Qubo.
  • Sonic Boom fell into this. The show aired Saturday mornings at 7:00 AM, sandwiched between more Teen Titans Go! reruns. Adding to the misery is that the show's advertising campaign is pretty much nonexistent, with the promo for the first episodes airing after they were aired. It is said that the poor reception toward the show's tie-in games may have made this example deliberate. At the very least, the show was better received than the games, and was given a second season renewal.
    • Later on, Cartoon Network began airing new episodes Monday to Friday with no promotion (only the Sonic the Hedgehog Twitter page promoted it). After it went back to its old timeslot, it was taken off the schedule entirely after the first season finale, "It Takes a Village to Defeat a Hedgehog", in November 2015. One episode into season 2, in late October 2016 (which aired at 6:00 AM, not unlike Ben 10: Omniverse above), it was put on hiatus and the following week and was replaced with... Steven Universe reruns.
    • The second season ended up premiering on Boomerang, which had lower-coverage than Cartoon Network, with the latter network only airing encores of the Boomerang premieres. Back at Cartoon Network, the episode's premiere was held back yet another week thanks to a weekend-long Teen Titans Go! marathon. While new episodes continue to air on Boomerang, Cartoon Network has stopped airing the show altogether after "The Biggest Fan" aired. The network remained silent about this, and the executives of the show don't seem to know anything either. At the very least, most of season 2 did eventually make it to CN's app and On Demand services and the whole season is available on Hulu. After the second season finished its run, the show was unceremoniously cancelled (after the finale had Dr. Eggman tell the audience there would be a third season) and pulled from Boomerang a year later.
    • Boomerang UK got it worse. The first 13 episodes were shown in an endless loop, and it wasn't until February 2016 when they started to show new episodes. The show was eventually removed completely in October 2016, and hasn't aired since then.
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars got minimal coverage despite once being a network favorite. During season 5, it aired during the Saturday morning timeslot. Shortly after Lucasfilm was acquired by Disney, the show was unceremoniously cancelled at the end of the fifth season, leaving several completed episodes of season 6 unaired (but later released on Netflix), four episodes with incomplete animation (released on Star for free), and many other scripts unproduced (a story arc revolving around Darth Maul has been adapted into a comic). Toonami was then given permission to continue broadcasting The Clone Wars on the network (though at the request of [adult swim], certain episodes were skipped), then it was eventually pulled by Cartoon Network just several days after the premiere of Star Wars Rebels on Disney XD.note 
  • Steven Universe has been screwed out of its place on the schedule a few times. When "Alone Together" premiered, all reruns were yanked with zero explanation and replaced with, not Teen Titans Go!, but The Amazing World of Gumball. The show would disappear for sometime between October 2015 to January 2016.
    • Cartoon Network decided to premiere the entire sixth Stevenbomb (the "Out of This World" arc) on their mobile app roughly a month before the bomb was supposed to air. It was only viewable for a limited time, but they didn't tell anyone about it at all. Most of the fanbase didn't know about this Stevenbomb until it had concluded. Instead of Cartoon Network, the episodes were pirated on sites such as YouTube and Dailymotion.
    • Cartoon Network has become notorious in the fandom for its premiere schedule. Stevenbombs typically consists of five new episodes premiering in a week (after being streamed to the app about a month earlier), but with no reruns for months afterwards. This is especially bad for a show as plot-heavy as this one. When the network advertises new episodes, they have a nasty habit of spoiling big concepts. In the wake of a podcast with Rebecca Sugar and Ian J.Q. that possibly contained huge spoilers speculated to be from the Season 5 finale, the Crewniverse had spent weeks on social media imploring fans not to spoil the episodes. Cut to news that overseas airings were delayed due to fear of leaks, fans were livid.
    • Surprisingly, the has recived better treatment by the network towards the end of the fifth season. More reruns of the show have been airing, and the show even received an “every Steven ever” marathon the weekend preceding the show’s TV movie’s premiere.
  • The shows that premiere on the Saturday morning block get tons of promotion. The shows that premiere on the Sunday morning block... not so much. They only air very early in the morning with absolutely no reruns on the main channel. One of the shows on the block, Power Players, gets a rerun on Boomerang... at 1:00pm where most children are in school and to add insult to injury, that's the only encore of the series (the encore airs only on Mondays). But fortunately, it gets another rerun... at 10:00pm. While it's nice that the show airs during primetime, it's target audience would likely be preparing to go to sleep. At least all the shows are available on the app...
    • If a show gets its premieres moved on Sunday mornings, then the show is going to die there and it's most likely an acquired show (and not from Warner Bros. Animation) or an original show Cartoon Network is trying desperately to get rid of.
  • Sunday Pants was a series composed of animated shorts, similar to the What a Cartoon! Show. Due to no advertising, no presence on the CN website, and the shorts containing slightly inappropriate content, the show was pulled after one month. As such, hardly anyone is aware of the show's existence, and most of those that are do not recall ever seeing it on the channel.
  • The second season of Marvel's The Super Hero Squad Show may have gotten a deliberate screwing over. While the first season was still in production, Disney had taken over Marvel Comics, and infuriated executives at Cartoon Network tried to cancel the series before it could air so that they wouldn't give any promotion for Disney. However, the network was under contractual obligations with Hasbro, who manufactured the show's toyline, and Cartoon Network ended up continuing to air the series even after Disney's acquisition of Marvel was complete. Then, when the second season began airing, Cartoon Network destroyed the show's ratings by placing it exclusively on Saturday mornings at 6:30 AM, a timeslot where virtually no kids are awake, and gave it no advertising whatsoever. They later changed timeslots for the series erratically until the second season ended its run, then CN effectively cancelled the series and declared it would not carry any more Marvel programming.
  • Supernoobs:
    • While it got frequent advertising before its premiere, and was briefly treated pretty fairly in its first month, CN immediately dropped it like it had the bubonic plague, ultimately getting pulled from the network after "The Noobie Bluebie Booby" aired on January 15, 2016. New episodes of the show (as well as reruns) were entirely pulled from the network for several months with absolutely no acknowledgment of their existence, even leading some to believe the show had been cancelled.
    • The show ultimately returned with little fanfare on August 4, 2016, with the show being part of the Thursday night lineup, airing 4 episodes at a time. Unfortunately, due to the network barely advertising the show on the lineup (let alone the block itself), any and all mention of the show was once again removed after two weeks and 8 episodes.
    • CN managed to squeeze in a Halloween episode on October 29, 2016, and 6 more episodes during December. While the show was removed entirely for the third time after "The Noobs vs. Sour Permissions" aired, this does bring the show that much closer to having all its first season episodes aired in the U.S.
    • The rest of the first season finally aired in November 2017 in the U.S., but on Hulu. In January 2018, it was confirmed that the show was renewed for a second season, which will premiere on Hulu instead (although CN will still air it across Europe).
  • Sym-Bionic Titan was first moved off the Friday night action block to Wednesdays at 7pm, which is an incredibly awkward timeslot. Then it was moved to Saturday mornings at 9:30 AM, with absolutely no advance warning. Turns out it was cancelled because it wasn't selling toys, even though there were no toys even made for it. Rumor has it that no toy company would produce it due to a female lead in what would otherwise be a "boys'" property being considered unprofitable; gender profiling in the toy industry is nothing new, having happened with the original Transformers toyline and Avatar: The Last Airbender. But the one thing that sealed its fate altogether was that the animation team broke apart after losing heart with the show and decided to call it quits, and then creator Genndy Tartakovsky left Cartoon Network for Sony Pictures (creating the Hotel Transylvania franchise). Given that another CN property has had toys made for its female leads and villains (Young Justice), that excuse seems odd to say the least. Like Megas XLR, it was written off for tax purposes.
    • It's been said that the real reason the show was cancelled was because of a dispute between Cartoon Network and Tartakovsky regarding the tone of the show.
  • A second season of ThunderCats (2011) was approved, but later rescinded despite good ratings since it ended up being so costly for the network. Once again, the true deathblow for the show came from toy sales; it and Young Justice were ratings successes in the 18-34 demographic (It was supposed to air on Toonami for said demographic), as opposed to the audience that would buy the toys. Cartoon Network then tried to hype the last 13 episodes as the second season. Toonami managed to bring the show back for reruns, but due to the loss of airing rights, its second run was cut short for Sword Art Online.
    • In spite of Young Justice getting a third season after a very long fan campaign, all hope for this show's return was dashed when another ThunderCats cartoon set in a completely different continuity was announced in 2018.
  • Back in 2005, Cartoon Network had a short-lived preschool block called Tickle-U. A couple years later, CN cancelled the block and all its shows went into limbo... until Peppa Pig got picked up by Nick Jr.. It remains to this day, to the point that Peppa's American dub has been completely lost.
  • Time Squad has a mysterious history about what exactly went wrong. What little records of the show's ratings we have state that Time Squad did rather well for itself gaining numbers like 5.0 on their premiere nights on the Fridays block. Buck Tuddrussel's voice actor, Rob Paulsen, has mentioned that Time Squad was a show that got cancelled simply because it was in the line of fire during a corporate shuffle. Perhaps the AOL Time-Warner merge has something to do with it? What is also known is that around early 2002 after getting renewed for its second season, the unexpected news broke out that it was cancelled and from then on CN had made it their business to run the show into obscurity. CN eventually started misplacing new episodes and kept them on a handful of hiatuses and to give the show a final blow they sent it to the death slot of the early morning hours by 2004 where it ran for two years alongside Captain Planet.
  • Name any cartoon in the Transformers franchise that has aired on Cartoon Network in the USA. Now, try to find one series that has gone its entire run without a single instance where the choice was made to sling it into the earliest timeslot that comes to mind. Some might be led to think there's an ongoing feud with Hasbro behind the scenes where the network is begrudgingly airing these shows just because the toy endorsement deals earn them money on the side.
    • Transformers Animated is one of the notorious examples of being screwed by the network among Transformers fans. The network barely advertised the show other than its premiere episodes, and the show was shoved to the early morning death slot rather quickly. Despite plans laid out for a fourth season, CN axed the show amidst a hot mess of a war waged by Walmart against Hasbro over demand for specific TF toylines. Derrick Wyatt hinting that Stuart Snyder may have disliked the series doesn't help matters.
    • History repeated once more with Transformers: Robots in Disguise.note  Hasbro decided to put the show on CN, despite the fiasco with Transformers: Animated mentioned above, because Cartoon Network's boy-slanted demographics were more suitable than the female-skewing Discovery Family. When the show premiered, it was stuck in an inexplicable time slot of Saturdays at 6:30 AM Eastern. That's enough trouble for viewers in that time zone, but for viewers one time zone over, that's 5:30 AM—a time when pretty much nobody interested in watching the show would even be awake yet. Coupled with minuscule advertising, the show got lousy ratings. Of course, the network didn't air any reruns, instead taking the show off and putting something else in its place any time new episodes dry up.
    • Right out the gate, Transformers: Cyberverse was hit with this with the announcement that new episodes would premiere at the same 6:30am timeslot as its predecessor.
  • Cartoon Network passed up Twelve Forever despite the pilot garnering largely positive reception and fairly good ratings. The series would eventually be picked up by Netflix, but not even they have done a good job of handling the series (see the main "Western Animation" page for more details).

  • Uncle Grandpa did not seem to be well-liked by someone at the network over the course of its run, because it has a very... colorful history of getting screwed:
  • Whatever Happened to... Robot Jones?: In season 2, Cartoon Network thought 10:30 PM was an appropriate time to air new episodes with the ONLY reruns being Sunday at 4:00 PM. They also changed Robot's voice to sound like a human kid. The long-standing rumor was that Apple was going to sue Cartoon Network for using a Mac text-to-speech program as the "voice" of Robot Jones, but the real story is a classic case of this trope and Executive Meddling. The producers thought the text-to-speech voice was off-putting and wanted show creator Greg Miller to hire a human voice actor and use studio effects to make his voice sound robotic, which was ultimately the major turn off for most people. The website no longer even mentions the show's existence, however he did get a reference in OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes's Crossover Nexus.
  • The DC Nation shows, Young Justice and Green Lantern: The Animated Series, got hit by this. The first season of Young Justice took over a year to air due to multiple hiatuses, and the second season began airing with little fanfare the week following the season finale. Green Lantern ran its first 13-episode arc without interruption before a break. Young Justice then went seven episodes before getting slapped with another hiatus. After coming back from the summer hiatus, along with the premiere of the next Green Lantern arc, the entire block was pulled a mere two episodes in, scheduled to return in January 2013. The schedule change happened on the very day that new episodes were supposed to air, and not even the showrunners were told. Three weeks after they returned, Cartoon Network sprang on their viewers that both shows have been cancelled, their final outings making the whole block's Humiliation Conga that much more bitter.
    • The worst thing of it all is that what ratings data is available for Cartoon Network indicates that Young Justice was consistently among the network's ten highest rated telecasts on a weekly basis, both before and after the fall 2012 hiatus, with Green Lantern generally not too far behind.
      • Thanks in part to a long and very notable fan campaign, it was announced that Young Justice would return for a third season. Green Lantern wasn't so lucky, but it did receive a passing nod in the form of the surprise appearance of one of its characters on Justice League Action.
    • Beware the Batman, which was supposed to be a replacement for Young Justice, was screwed even worse than the latter. It didn't even manage half a complete season before they pulled it from the schedule after airing 11 episodes. The first half of the season actually went to DVD before they finished airing it. Meanwhile, its counterpart, Teen Titans Go!, got its own primetime slot, on top of its own slot on DC Nation and stole Beware's slot when that show was pulled. The rest is history.
    • Toonami was given permission to show all 26 episodes of the series, but announced on short-notice (after showing 19 episodes) that Cartoon Network was (yet again) financially writing-off the series. Rather than let the series die there, Toonami was forced to do a quick last-minute marathon of the final seven episodes before it disappeared forever. Even more humiliating is that Beware the Batman finished its run entirely in England on Amazon's UK service, which had the rest of the season up for streaming before it even made it to Toonami.
      • According to Paul Dini, in an interview with Kevin Smith, the reasoning behind these cancellations isn't solely because of merchandise, but because of the industry-wide notion that only boys should watch action cartoons, an idea pushed strongly by toy companies. As such, since the majority of those watching action shows like Young Justice were girls, they cancelled them and labeled them as failures due to preemptive worry that toy companies wouldn't license them. As mentioned above, gender profiling in the toy industry is nothing new.


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  • The UK feed of Cartoonito is just about as bad at this as the American feeds of Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon are. If a show airs on the channel that's not named Fireman Sam, Thomas the Tank Engine or Bob the Builder, it will usually only run early in the morning or late at night, then only stay on the schedule for a timeframe lasting anywhere from six months to a year before vanishing. Some shows that were treated this way include Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, Tiny Toon Adventures and Sesame Street.
  • Caillou was treated this way when it aired on Cartoonito in the UK. First of all, it only aired twice a day, and second, it would usually only come on between 4:00 AM and 7:00 AM Right before the show went off the air, its 6:50 A.M. slot was replaced by Cartoonito Karaoke, before getting removed around March 2012. The entire series was eventually released on Netflix in the UK on August 3rd, 2013, and was picked up by Tiny Pop in 2015. note 
  • Despite being a Network Darling for about a decade, Baby Looney Tunes has gotten this treatment from Cartoonito's UK feed, which currently now only shows it in their first 2 hours of broadcasting, with one slot when the network signs on at 4 in the morning, with the only other one at 5:20 A.M.
  • It is very unlikely that Cartoonito will come to America since any show meant for preschoolers that isn't named Baby Looney Tunes that aired on the American Cartoon Network has been treated this way. Their first three-in-1 attempt, which featured Big Bag, Cave Kids and Small World, only aired in an early-morning timeslot, with the first show capping off the block at 9AM Eastern Standard Time. However, differences in time zones causing the shows to be aired as early as midnight in some parts of the United States. Cave Kids had it worst of all since some of the higher ups in Cartoon Network hated the show, cancelling it after just eight episodes. Despite this, Big Bag would continue airing on Sundays at 9AM until Fall 2000 despite the treatment of the rest of the block. Later, they experimented with a brandless block featuring Baby Looney Tunes, Hamtaro, Pecola, and Sitting Ducks. Of these four shows, only Baby Looney Tunes survived, the latter two would eventually move to qubo in 2007, while Hamtaro hasn't aired in the U.S. since Cartoon Network removed the show. Their third attempt, Tickle U, faced a smackdown by Moral Guardians for false advertising before it could be a success and most of its shows lasted for less than a year, while Peppa Pig and Harry and His Bucket Full of Dinosaurs were on until early 2007 and eventually moved to Nick Jr. and Qubo respectively. Later, they experimented with another brandless block featuring The Land Before Time, Baby Looney Tunes, Krypto the Superdog and The Mr. Men Show. Like before, only Baby Looney Tunes survived before The Mr. Men Show was pushed into an early Sunday morning timeslot and The Land Before Time was replaced with re-runs of Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends and Chowder. To add insult to injury, the latter show had a ten-month hiatus in the middle of its' only season, and Cartoon Network would often see this as a chance to pre-empt the entire block for a second morning movie airing.

    International Cartoon Network Channels 
  • Cartoon Network Asia treated Care Bears: Adventures in Care-a-Lot and Strawberry Shortcake like this, having pried the rights of both franchise out of Disney's hands thanks to Hasbro's meddling. They proceeded to air the show on sister channel Boomerang instead, so they can have more airtime for their Cash Cow Franchise, Ben 10 and its numerous spinoffs and sequels (Ben 10 and related shows were actually airing about 10 times a day on certain CN Asia feeds at that point). The kicker being that Boomerang has absolutely poor coverage in the region to the point where it is unavailable in certain countries even if said country has Cartoon Network. If the country does have Boomerang, chances are it's a premium channel that costs extra. When finally giving in to pressure from Asian fans of Strawberry Shortcake, they gave the show only one slot a day, at an ungodly hour of 6 in the morning on weekdays. Season 2 onwards did not air on Cartoon Network, but on Boomerang. Boomerang has since been replaced by Toonami Asia, and neither Strawberry Shortcake or Care Bears are airing on either channels. And the side effect of all this? Hasbro's toy sales for Strawberry Shortcake plummets due to diminishing recognition. Hasbro SEA eventually stopped bringing in newer SSC toys because the first two waves just wasn't moving off shelves.
    • Now it has conspired that Cartoon Network has quietly launched Cartoonito Asia and is airing Strawberry Shortcake and Adventures in Care-a-Lot on that network. The catch? the channel is only available on exactly one Pay TV provider in Thailand (CTH), The Philippines (SkyCable) and Indonesia (FirstMedia cable) each. Ironically, Malaysia and Singapore, which the said three countries border, and the countries with the largest SSC fanbase of the ASEAN region, does not have any providers that carry the channel.
    • And now, it has conspired that Cartoon Network has undone the mess. Cartoonito is gone and Boomerang is back, creating confusion for cable networks who were lining up to pick up Cartoonito. And through the rebranding, Boomerang got rid of Pip Ahoy!, which it just picked up half a year ago. This move also fueled the flames between the Bronies and the Pipsqueaks, since the former has been bullying the latter since Pip launched, but that's for a different trope page.
  • Cartoon Network's UK feed starting from mid-2017. Where do we begin?! Until July, the channel's schedule was filled with variety, with random shows having marathons on weekends. Then July came, and shows like Nexo Knights, Justice League Action, Transformers: Robots in Disguise (2015), Mighty Magiswords, Steven Universe and Clarencenote  slowly started to fade away, leaving only eight shows, with only four of them airing during the daytime. It got worse:
    • When Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs premiered in late August, the primetime schedule consisted of the same four shows repeating for a half-hour each from 4PM to 9PM, with We Bare Bears dominating The Powerpuff Girls (2016)'s only timeslot of 8:30PM.
    • In September 2017, this was subverted, as daytime airings of Adventure Time, Regular Show, The Powerpuff Girls and Ninjago returned (with the latter airing for the first time since earlier in the year) as well as new episodes of Transformers: Robots in Disguise, but Season 4 of Nexo Knights was somehow re-run in a marathon which ran through midnight. That was its final presence on the channel.
    • It seemed to have been played straight again one week after the UK premiere of OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes. Daytime re-runs of Adventure Time, Regular Show and The Powerpuff Girls disappeared again (with the latter completely vanishing) and were replaced with more re-runs of Cloudy, We Bare Bears and Teen Titans Go!.
    • OK K.O. itself seemed to have gotten this treatment in early January 2018. Its prime time slot was replaced with reruns of new episodes of We Bare Bears, essentially making the primetime schedule become the same four shows repeating over and over yet again and its only actual re-runs being weekdays at 7:15AM, for 15 minutes at a time. All of this is pretty unheard of for a foreign feed of CN.
    • However, this seems to have been subverted! As of March 30, 2018, this feed has its own version of the NEW NEW NEW NEW Fridays block, which includes new episodes of Adventure Time, Regular Show: In Space, Gumball, Clarence, Steven Universe, Uncle Grandpa, The Powerpuff Girls and Mighty Magiswords! But, when we say "subverted", we mean that those are the only times that most of these shows air in a week.
    • If there’s anything that can justify how badly the channel screwed over its shows, it would definitely have to be their treatment of Mighty Magiswords. A mere 4 months after its UK premiere it was wiped from the schedule completely with only 20 episodes aired. The show was completely ignored by the network (even Clarence and Steven Universe made comebacks in the form of “new” Christmas specials in December 2017, though the episodes had premiered over a year ago on the US feed) until April 2018 when it returned in the New Fridays block... at 8:15pm, unadvertised.
    • It got to the point where local free-to-air children’s channel CITV bought the rights to the show in April 2018 and began airing reruns at 4pm every day. This brought a new trend to fruition: Cartoon Network would premiere the episodes in huge burn-offs without any reruns or promos, and CITV would air encores of the episodes at a more suitable time.
    • As of early 2019, CITV seem to have dropped the show as well, removing it from UK television indefinitely.
    • Cartoon Network UK's recent import Wishfart, was treated like this, only airing on Friday afternoons for new episodes. It doesn't help that CITV, the network that hosted the show's world premiere, is currently airing re-runs of the show all week, and is available on terrestrial TV. It was eventually removed completely a few months later.
    • Starting from July 16, 2018, Cartoon Network UK premiered new episodes of OK K.O. (the final few episodes of the first season in production order) on weekdays. This came with no promotion or network advertisements until the last minute.
    • Yet again subverted with Steven Universe and The Powerpuff Girls, which secured slots on the daily primetime slots alongside the other seven shows considered adored by the network from August 6-September 2, 2018. The former has even almost caught up with the US' run by now, going from a year behind ("I Am My Mom") to three months behind ("A Single Pale Rose") in just under four weeks.
    • Eventually, the feed gave up and decided to do burn-offs of their screwed shows in December of that year:
      • Adventure Time had its final 13 episodes (including the finale) premiere Saturdays at 11am from December 8-22.
      • The Steven Universe "Heart of the Crystal Gems" arc was burned off at 9pm from December 17-19.
      • The 4-part Small World special of The Powerpuff Girls premiered on December 24... at 10pm. Mighty Magiswords' final season 1 episodes had a burn-off from December 25-29, in the same time slot.
      • The finale of Regular Show finally premiered on December 29, seven months after the previous episode and two years after the US).
    • By January 2019, the lack of variety seemed to have been subverted. Reruns of Adventure Time, Regular Show, The Powerpuff Girls, Ninjago, OK K.O! Let’s Be Heroes, Craig of the Creek, Steven Universe & Uncle Grandpa returned to the schedule. Steven even managed to gain a consistent rerun slot, which is surprising given the UK feed’s treatment of the show.
    • Though there are still occasional changes in the schedule for school holidays and marathons, the aforementioned shows seem to be gaining a consistent amount of attention from the network.
    • Steven Universe: The Movie premiered on October 1st at 8pm. Like with the OK K.O. situation above, the movie premiered without any promotion or network advertisements, and it was showing on a school night, too!
  • When the license of Naruto was acquired by Cartoon Network Latin America, many fans rejoiced. However, CN didn't consider airing it until 5 years later (In fact, they did not even start dubbing it before that). So, by the time the first episodes were airing, the rest of the world was already watching Shippuden. As of 2012, it seems improbable that we will reach the last season.
  • Toonami suffered different fates in other countries. For example, while it did get its own channel in the UK (the renamed CNX) Cartoon Network eventually decided to remove all of the channel's identifiable features, baring the logo. The programming then slowly changed from anime and Western Animation, to some of the shows they didn't want to show on the main channel anymore, live-action shows, and even a block for young kids called Cartoonito. If you're familiar with the introduction of "special" program blocks on certain channels, you can probably guess that Toonami U.K eventually morphed into an entirely different network.
  • Cartoon Network's handling of Transformers Cybertron in Hungary, Romania, and Poland (from September 30, 2002 till September 30, 2009 these countries shared the same feed) was a mess. They left out the pilot from the get-go, repeating the following ~16 episodes for several months each weekday. After what seemed like an eternity, they continued with the rest of the series, randomly cutting off in the middle of the final story-arc. It went into reruns again (at least with the pilot), only to be taken off the air a couple of episodes before the series finale because the intended one-year timeframe of the series had ended. For a full year, they repeatedly kept fumbling up on airing all 51+1 episodes of the show, even though they screened it on every weekday. A couple of years later, they reran the preceding Transformers Energon, but Cybertron didn't follow. At least in Hungary, a channel called Megamax picked up the show again in 2014, producing a new dub for it. There have been no scheduling difficulties.
    • The Luk Internacional English dub of Doraemon had this treatment in the UK on Boomerang. During its run, episodes aired on weekdays at 7:30 AM, a time in which most kids are getting ready for school. Eventually in October 2015, the series was removed from the network and replaced with What's New, Scooby-Doo? and Teen Titans Go! The network later put the series back on their schedule in December 2015, only for them to remove it again sometime in January 2016. As of June 2016, the series has yet to return to the network or air on a different network in the UK.
  • The original Toonami block really was hit bad by this. First it was moved from weekday afternoons to Saturdays only. Then, in 2007, the entire block had an abrupt visual makeover, dropping Sara and the Absolution without explanations (replacing them with two robot sidekicks and a jungle setting), and replacing the popular Tom 3.0 designs with the much less popular Tom 4.0. The ratings tanked, causing the block's cancellation. While fans assumed it was partly because of the redesigns, others believe it was because its flagship show, Naruto, was going through its infamous two seasons of filler and because of the block moving to Saturdays with nothing but reruns. The Toonami staff, through Toonami's Tumblr, state it was mainly because of budget cuts and the network retool and that Naruto had nothing to do with it. That doesn't stop fans from pinning the blame on Naruto's filler, much to Toonami head Jason DeMarco's constant displeasure.
  • Toonami's sister block Miguzi was hit harder. A lot of fans had hated the fact that Miguzi replaced Toonami during weekdays, but most of them started to enjoy the new block thanks to new shows like Code Lyoko and Totally Spies! as well as famous shows like Teen Titans and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003). Miguzi even managed to give us anime such as Yu-Gi-Oh! GX and Zatch Bell!, and became the new home for Pokémon after production for the English dub moved from 4Kids directly to Nintendo and Kids' WB stopped airing it. note  However, Miguzi's budget was cut. The block's new animation left out host Erin but kept the monsters, which fans disliked. Eventually, Miguzi was screwed over, leaving its shows to be scattered to the wind. One and a half years later, Toonami suffered the same fate.
  • On a related note, the show that suffered from this the most was Code Lyoko. In 2006, it became Cartoon Network's third most-watched show and eventually grew more popular as a series when its second and third seasons gained more views (its home country France had the show insanely popular there, too). However, when Miguzi ended, Code Lyoko was in its fourth season and was forced into summer and action Friday blocks before those two disappeared. Then the network decided to skip episode 78, making episode 79 look like an Ass Pull to those who watched it. Code Lyoko met its end when CN axed the show at episode 88, with only 6 episodes left unaired. Luckily, the remaining episodes were screened on their website, while the show aired reruns at 6am until it faded away. It was then revealed that an executive of Cartoon Network disliked the show.
  • Cartoon Network also consigned IGPX to death as well. Season 1 aired on Toonami, and when executives weren't happy with the ratings, switched its timeslot to right before [adult swim] in the middle of Season 2. What made things worse was that apart from a few commercials, they pretty much did not inform anybody of this move at all.
  • In America, Mobile Suit Gundam never even got to finish its first airing as Cartoon Network used September 11th as an excuse to remove it, mostly due to low ratings. It's also thought that it was removed due to being created way back in 1979 and it was showing its age compared to the other anime shows on the block.
  • The Prince of Tennis and MÄR had an unusual version of this Trope happen to them. While they got a decent time slot, Cartoon Network decided to randomly skip episodes. Airing them out of order and sometimes jumping ahead 2-5 episodes for no real reason. Since these were serials, nobody could follow the plot. Eventually, they started over from Episode 1 and aired them in order, but it was too late. They were removed from the lineup and eventually removed from online. The most troubling part about this is that both shows were intended to be the replacements for the recently ended Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo.
  • One might say that Toonami's decay began as early as 2000-2001, when Kids' WB! forced Cartoon Network to cut its 3-hour Toonami back down to 2 so they could air their own version of Toonami, canceling a few long-runners like Tenchi Muyo! and Sailor Moon. It picked up when 9/11 helped cause the cancellation of the original Mobile Suit Gundam(though some speculated that the actual reason for that show's cancellation was because it was showing it's age when standing next to other more recent anime due to being created back in 1979) and had its entire run filled with Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z.
    • While [adult swim] brought back Toonami to fan approval, many lament that the block now only airs on late Saturday nights. The shows get good ratings considering their timeslots and numerous people have expressed their support for Toonami, since its still the only place on cable that airs adult-oriented anime and mature action cartoons. But then you realize that it's just a handful people who are responsible for running and producing the block and its weekly showings. They have almost no budget and they have to do it on their free time; all for the fans who support them.
  • After Tenchi Muyo! GXP didn't get quite the ratings hoped for on Toonami, it was moved from its 12:30AM EST slot (right after Bleach, the highest rated show) to 3 AM EST, the last premiering slot before reruns. The page still listed the old time, and Adult Swim didn't let you view any of the episodes on their website without Adult Swim Gold (which wasn't available on many cable providers at the time), leaving fans of the show screwed unless they felt like pulling an almost all-nighter.
  • Hellsing Ultimate had some unintentional screwings for its Toonami airing. The show first premiered at the same 3:00 AM timeslot as Tenchi Muyo! GXP, but despite that it got some very good ratings for being on so late. Then the series was, without any warning, dumped for one week, so Toonami could play the rest of the episodes for Beware the Batman before it was to be written off by Cartoon Network. Despite being moved up a full hour to 2:00 AM the following week, it would appear that many viewers thought it was off for good; ratings numbers tanked and never recovered. But the really nasty surprise came when Toonami found out they did not have the rights to air the last two episodes, which had recently been dubbed and released by FUNimation. So the show was taken off two weeks early in exchange for InuYasha: The Final Act. The day was ultimately saved, however, as FUNi negotiated for Toonami to air the final two episodes during a month of movies in December 2014, and in a much better timeslot (starting off at Midnight, and lasting until 1:00/1:30 AM), and this was announced before the series aired its last episode at 2:00A.
  • Rurouni Kenshin suffered on Cartoon Network after the network realized it probably should have went to [adult swim]. The show got moved from Toonami to the Saturday Video Entertainment System block without much warning, and the run was ended at episode 62 (right before the anime-only third season) out of the 95 episodes total aired (despite CN acquiring the rights to the whole show).
  • Whether its Cartoon Network or Adult Swim, One Piece didn't have much luck on Toonami.
    • In Cartoon Network's case, it began with the 4Kids dub moving from Fox. In 2007, it switched to the Funimation dub (beginning with episode 144), but the show only went to episode 167. Toonami was on the brink of cancellation around that time.
    • Years later on Adult Swim, the show's broadcast began with episode 207 and finished with episode 384. Jason DeMarco later stated this was due to legal and financial reasons; and it was against their wishes. Most can probably understand that the reasons for the show's scrapping were beyond the staff's control, but considering the show was consistently moved around the schedule note , on top of the simple fact that the show has been running for a VERY long time, it was very unlikely the rest of the series would finish its run either way.
  • The Toonami crew told Cartoon Network that acquiring Wulin Warriors might not be such a great idea. They then proceeded to do it anyway, forcing Toonami to air the first two episodes before pulling the series due to backlash and low ratings.
  • The original English dub of Saint Seiya, known as Knights of the Zodiac, got screwed over big time by CN as after nine episodes were aired on the network and the poor treatment is thought by some to be the main reason it didn't catch on in the U.S. (despite its popularity everywhere else) until many years later. The show was originally aired at 7 PM on Saturdays as the flagship show for CN's extremely short-lived Saturday Video Entertainment System block, but for some inexplicable reason, after nine episodes CN abruptly kicked Knights to a death slot of 12:30 AM, causing its ratings to plummet big time, and to make matters worse, CN only aired 32 out of the 40 episodes that DiC had dubbed(the other eight only aired on YTV in Canada).

  • Much like NickRewind when it comes to their cash cow shows, Boomerang does this with every show that's not their main classic cartoons and (beginning in 2018) Cartoon Network original content. Boomerang typically airs other cartoons for about a month or two, then pulls them from its line-up, only for some of those shows to return to the schedule, often from over 6 months to an entire year after being originally removed.
  • Boomerang also has a tendancy of airing selected episodes of shows, including their cash cow shows, for about a month before switching to other episodes and repeat those episodes for a month.
  • In October 2015, Boomerang debuted a weeknight schedule which consisted of a different show per night (Wabbit and Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! on Mondays, The Garfield Show on Tuesdays, Shaun the Sheep on Wednesdays, Sonic Boom on Thursdays, and DreamWorks Dragons on Fridays. However, low ratings and unfortunate timeslots caused Boomerang to end the block in December, with Dragons being removed from the schedule. Wabbit, Garfield and Be Cool stayed, and Shaun returned the following summer, with Garfield leaving the network by the end of 2016, while Shaun left in July 2017.
  • When Ed, Edd n Eddy and Johnny Bravo returned to Boomerang's schedule for a brief time in the summer of 2018, Boomerang not only re-ran those shows for just 11 days (May 29-June 9), but the network also skipped a large portion of episodes, as opposed to it airing the two shows' episodes in their original airdate order.
  • The remastered Garfield and Friends aired at 12PM on weekdays, when the target audience was at school, with no repeats later in the day.


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