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    CBS 
  • CBS screwed over its cartoon lineup in 1994 with budget cuts, so it could have a live-action line-up to compete with TNBC (note that CBS was third place — even fourth sometimes — in ratings back then). It was really bad in the case of Garfield and Friends which was still going strong in the ratings after seven seasons, the show's creators were so outraged by the poor treatment that they decided to end the show rather then letting it suffer from budget cutbacks, which was spoofed in "The Discount of Monte Cristo", one of the segments aired on the show that season. For unknown reasons the planned live-action block never materialized, with a revamped cartoon block taking over.
  • Project G.e.e.K.e.R. did well in the ratings, but cancellation came because it had the misfortune of airing right before the FCC's new Edutainment Show rules came into effect. CBS tried to pass the show around as an E/I program, but the FCC declined to classify it as such, resulting in CBS not renewing the series for a second season.
  • Timon & Pumbaa got the ax after two seasons on CBS, not because of ratings issues or anything, but because Disney bought ABC by the time the second season started airing. Not helping matters was that the two seasons were split into "mini-seasons" of sorts, with five episodes a day being deferred to Disney's syndicated weekday block The Disney Afternoon, and only one for CBS on Saturdays each week.note  A third season, produced two years after the show left CBS and considerably longer, was only made due to the show's popularity overseas, being dumped to Toon Disney in the US for most of 1999 with virtually no promotion.
  • Later on, in 1998, they had a block of Saturday Morning cartoons, The Early Show for two hours, then another two-hour cartoon block led off by Birdz. Creator Larry Jacobs wrote on the IMDb that his show got cancelled because of its terrible time slot. Replacing Birdz was a cartoon based on Fisher-Price's Rescue Heroes toys.
  • Rescue Heroes itself got screwed. It received no advertising whatsoever, and aired right after The Early Show on the 11:00 AM timeslot. Combine the two together, and you have confused-as-hell kids wondering when the show was going to air, and wondering if the episode was new or not. Needless to say, CBS killed the series among others when their contract with Nelvana expired. While the show was later renewed for a second season prior to cancellation, it would take over a year for The WB to take notice and save it (see their section for more).
  • And when it screwed over Kewlopolis, all DiC cartoons including Strawberry Shortcake got the short stick. While most of the shows have already ended production and fully aired at least once when Kewlopolis got cancelled, Strawberry Shortcake had just finished airing its third season on Kewlpolis and was about to air season 4, the final season, when it got the boot. Adding to the complication was the four-way lawsuit between American Greetings, DiC, Cookie Jar, and Moonscoop over the franchise' ownership. Luckily though, the DVD releases did not stop — and it became the only way Americans could watch the fourth season, which only wrapped up in 2012, 5 years after the Grand Finale aired in Europe.
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    Comedy Central 
  • Comedy Central's broadcast schedule for season three of Drawn Together was quite erratic. When new episodes were not being screened, the show would often be off the schedule for months. Many viewers assumed the show was cancelled long before it actually was.
  • The network abruptly stopped airing Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist in June, 1999. On Christmas Eve of that year, the network ran a marathon of 9 new episodes, which then never aired in the US again. Three final episodes were finally aired two years later in February 2002. For many, these last 12 episodes, which represents 2/3rds of the series' sixth and final season, went unseen until the complete series was eventually released on DVD in 2007.
  • Freakshow, staring H. Jon Benjamin, David Cross, and Jeanine Garofalo, suffered from this severely.

    The CW 

    Discovery Kids/The Hub/Discovery Family 
The problem with shows failing or being screwed on The Hub and Discovery Family is so prevalent it's much easier to list the exceptions. Let's generally say that anything that isn't My Little Pony or even closely related to it is sure to have a pretty short shelf life one way or another on either network. Even Transformers Prime was shown sparingly on the network after its finale, Littlest Pet Shop was able to last for four seasons, and even Friendship Is Magic with its robust run couldn't carry it forever, finally calling it a wrap after nine seasons.
  • Dan Vs., despite high ratings, just stopped after 13 episodes in season 3. It was stated there would be a season 4 later in 2013, but Dan's VA, Curtis Armstrong, later confirmed otherwise on Facebook.
    • On October 6, 2014, just a week before The Hub would become Discovery Family, the network stopped airing it entirely, took it off their website, and its single spot on early weekday mornings was replaced with a second episode of The Super Hero Squad Show. Starz Media would later put up every episode of the show on YouTube before taking them down a few months later, and as of 2017 only season 1 is available on DVD (though they are all available on iTunes and Google Play).
  • SheZow got screwed pretty bad by The Hub: it had limited airings during its initial run, then after it was dropped from the schedule entirely in April 2014, it later came back airing only on Sundays as reruns. It later found a place at 9:30 AM EST on weekdays, thankfully around June so the problem of its target audience not being able to watch it was mostly circumvented, with reruns of Teenage Fairytale Dropouts taking its spot on Sundays, then in July it lost that spot too and was pushed to a 4:00 AM EDT graveyard slot on weekends.
    • Made even worse by the fact that a second season was commissioned by The Hub in October of 2013, before they reversed the decision only a month later. Like Dan Vs. above, the network dropped the show in October of 2014, and the slot it had left was replaced with reruns of Kaijudo. Though not renewed, it was later brought back in an early morning slot on Sundays in November 2015, where it stayed until a few months into 2016.
  • Kaijudo itself, after having been previously swept under the rug, only lasted for that one particular weekend before it was taken off the schedule after the relaunch, a fate it shared with G.I. Joe: Renegades at the same time (the latter would later get an hour-long spot on weekday mornings before being replaced with the original G.I. Joe series).
  • After the second relaunch, it was revealed that Care Bears: Welcome to Care-a-Lot had been put on the chopping board despite decent ratings, possibly because Hasbro has lost the master license rights to Just Play, most likely for mistreating the license (they obtained the rights to the franchise along with Strawberry Shortcake in late 2008, but didn't have a show until 2012, and toys only appeared in late 2013, and even then it was only distributed in the US, Europe and the Pacific, despite Hasbro having a worldwide presence). The show was rescued by Netflix however, who commissioned the Sequel Series Care Bears & Cousins, as well as acquiring the repeat rights to the show.
  • After four seasons of successful ratings, the fifth season of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic is said to have fallen to this territory, though fans have contested this designation. There was a nearly-eleven-month-long break from season four to season five, despite a relatively strong advertising campaign. By that time the network relaunched from The Hub to Discovery Family (which may have played a role in the hiatus). Later episodes were very rarely promoted on the channel, aside from episode clips posted online. Despite this, the season 5 premiere promo ran nonstop every time a new episode is broadcast, weeks after the premiere originally aired. The seventh episode, which aired after a week-long hiatus to show My Little Pony: The Movie (1986), ended up posting the what was then the lowest ratings ever for the seriesnote , then after the eighth episode it took a three week hiatus before the show's 100th episode was shown, after which ratings again took a hitnote . Ratings did start to stabilize after that, but then the season finale beat out the seventh and tenth episodes of season five as the lowest ratings ever for the series, which is incredibly unusual for past season finales in general (though some can also blame the fact that it aired on a Thanksgiving weekend).
    • Adding salt to the fans' wounds, the popular episode streaming website CinemaQuestria was struck with the legal hammer following the release of the seventh episode's ratings, and later on Hasbro began taking down episodes off Dailymotion. Predictably, fans didn't take Hasbro's actions lightly.
    • In July of 2015 it was announced that season 6 would be starting before the end of the year. This turned out to be a mistake: season 5 was being split in two with the second half airing at the end of the year. Reaction from the fanbase has been predictably negative, though it's unclear if this situation is more the fault of Discovery or Hasbro. Fortunately, unlike season 5, Discovery Family began promoting season 6's premiere weeks before it aired. Since then, later seasons of the show go through mid-season hiatuses every summer.
  • Littlest Pet Shop (2012) proved to be a viable counterpart to My Little Pony and initially ran for a solid 3 seasons, but the fourth season ended up being the last because of its toyline not doing well enough. Fortunately, the franchise would be rebooted with Littlest Pet Shop: A World of Our Own not too long after.
  • Reruns of Jem were taken off the schedule, thanks in no small part to its film adaptation tanking; its timeslot was handed over to Transformers Prime. The only silver lining was that its 2015 comic book adaptation did well.
  • Secret Millionaires Club had sporadic airings (as in a bi-monthly basis) despite advertisements saying new episodes every Saturday. The Discovery Family relaunch ultimately killed the series, with The Hub refusing to renew it for a second season and all existence of the series being removed, with the network canceling the series after 22 out of the 26 episodes aired; the final four episodes wouldn't see the light of day until Qubo picked up the series two years later.

    Fox/Fox Kids/FX Networks 
  • As mentioned in this article, the second season of Batman: The Animated Series took four years to complete its twenty-episode run.
  • Cassius And Clay was a planned female-led post-apocalyptic series by Adam Reed for FXX that was intended to be a sister show to the seventh season of Archer. After being picked up for a ten-episode order, FXX decided to abruptly cancel the show and Season 7 of Archer ended up airing on FX instead. note 
  • Futurama has got to be one of the few examples that has also come back with a vengeance note . After four seasons of being pre-empted by sports and inconsistent airing dates, which were often changed due to increasingly poor viewer ratings (itself because of the continually-inconvenient timeslots) and little publicity from the network, FOX just decided to cease production of the show after the episode "The Devil's Hands Are Idle Playthings" in 2003. Rumor has it that FOX didn't even tell the cast or crew which episode would be their last. The show was then constantly rerun for the next four years on [adult swim], which gave it enough reason for the crew members to create four made-for-DVD movies. After what seemed like an eternity in TV limbo, Futurama returned to TV, with Comedy Central as its new home. After two seasons, Comedy Central pulled the plug on the show, but even after the last episode's ending (in which Fry and Leela get married), Matt Groening says he's going to once again find a new home for the show.
  • Family Guy was constantly being moved in its early seasons, and was eventually cancelled — twice. No other show had ever been brought back on the same network after being cancelled twice. A cult fan following developed through [adult swim]'s reruns and the combination of ratings and phenomenal DVD sales convinced the Fox executives to revive the show. Now it's Adored by the Network as much as The Simpsons and American Idol.
  • King of the Hill was one of the longest running series second only to The Simpsons, but was hardly promoted during the later years of its run. Advertisements for the "Animation Domination" block it was on would come on, and the other shows on the block (The Simpsons, Family Guy, and others) would have the plots for the upcoming episodes announced, but King of the Hill would barely get a side mention. FOX even did try to cancel it, but fan protest had them hold onto it for a few more years.
    • From season 3 onward King of the Hill was routinely screwed over. Initially the show occupied an 8:30 timeslot between The Simpsons and The X-Files at the height of the popularity of both shows. Not surprisingly, it garnered huge ratings. For season three however, it went to Thursday night against NBC's live-action shows - viewership plummeted. FOX then moved it to Sunday at 7:30, where it was constantly pre-empted by sports. Only in its penultimate season did the show return to 8:30. That's not mentioning the cancellation merry-go-round of the last three and four seasons.
  • American Dad! got this treatment from FOX for the longest time. It still gets this to some extent, to the point where the network chose not to pick up the show for the 2014-15 season (new episodes are now airing on TBS). New episodes of the show don't get much promotion and they tend to get the worst time slot. While The Cleveland Show got a ton of promotion, despite not having as much acclaim from critics and fans or very good ratings, new episodes of American Dad! didn't get announced as often. Also, unlike episodes of The Cleveland Show, they wouldn't usually get their plot synopsis' and guest stars announced in the advertisements. There was even a period in early 2011 where American Dad! was demoted to 7:30, usually the fate of shows on their way out, while FOX debuted Bob's Burgers in the post-Simpsons timeslot and sent Cleveland behind Family Guy. American Dad! still managed to hold on, but it clearly wasn't as loved by FOX as much as the other shows in the main block. note 
    • This treatment actually flipped after Cleveland's post-Family Guy run, when it was sent to the 7:30 slot in fall 2011 so the network could try out new shows in the post-Simpsons slot, while American Dad! was moved back behind Family Guy. It also got full plot synopses and guest star promotion reinstated - at the cost of the same for The Cleveland Show. With ratings eroding rapidly for The Cleveland Show and every other Animation Domination show (including Bob's Burgers) already renewed for 2013-14, and a new show looming over the horizon note , The Cleveland Show was cancelled in 2013.
  • Sit Down, Shut Up (The U.S. version). The show received a ton of promotion and had a nice cozy timeslot sandwiched between Fox's hardhitter cartoons, The Simpsons and Family Guy. Despite this, the show received poor ratings, got largely negative reviews, was relocated to Fox's graveyard hour (the very timeslot that killed Futurama) and even had an episode removed from airing on Sunday due to dubious content ("Math Lab"). The show itself was eventually pulled from Sundays and announced canceled. However, the rest of the series was allowed to air on Saturdays at 12:00 AM (replacing reruns of MA Dtv after that show ended due to low ratings and budget cuts) and continued to rerun there until Spring when Comedy Central picked up the rights to the show, but Comedy Central aired all but two episodes (the pilot and "High School Confidential"). As of November 2014, Cartoon Network's [adult swim] Sunday night line-up is airing the show right in the same timeslot that used to belong to King of the Hill (though KOTH now comes on at 8:30pm and 9:00pm).
  • Napoleon Dynamite got cancelled abruptly after only six episodes despite pulling in higher ratings then Bob's Burgers. This was due to its production company, Bento Box, wanted to focus more on the latter show.
  • After it had just won an Emmy over Archer and South Park, Season 4 of Bob's Burgers moved to 7:00 PM. Though this was due to the airing of Cosmos and Bob's still got a fifth season. Later it moved to the 7:30 slot (the same one Futurama occupied) and the release of new episodes had slowed to a trickle. The season technically premiered October 3rd, but fans had to wait a month for the next episode, and then wait an additional three weeks for the third one.
    • Just before the end of 2014, it moved back to its 9:30 slot following the failure of Mulaney. Three months later, it shifted to 7:30 again following the debut of The Last Man on Earth. Bob's Burgers is an interesting and somewhat unique example of this trope, as it's usually preempted during football season, but the problem only lasts until the end of the calendar year. The premiere of Bordertown in Winter 2016 assured that Bob remains at the 7:30 PM slot for the distant future. When Fox announced the 2018-19 schedule, they finally put it back to 8:30.
  • Bordertown itself got screwed. It aired at 8:30, as a mid-season replacement, but then The Last Man on Earth returned to its timeslot, resulting in its move to 6:00. To top things off, on what would have been its first night in its new timeslot, Fox didn't air the show at all, preempting its timeslot with NASCAR Racing. It was axed after a single season.
  • Despite being well-received by audiences and Godzilla fans alike (especially compared to the heavily panned movie that inspired it), Godzilla: The Series had the misfortune to debut just as Pokémon hit the airwaves. Months after its debut, Fox Kids launched a counterattack by buying the rights to air Digimon starting in August 1999. As a result, the second season of Godzilla: The Series (which started a month later) was plagued with preemptions (mostly by network darling Digimon), timeslot changes, and episodes being aired out of order, with two of them never even airing in the U.S. Needless to say, it became impossible for audiences to find the show, and it was off the air by Fall 2000.
  • In an example of an affiliate screwing over another network's children's block, UPN owned-and-operated station WUPA was not kind to FOX children's block 4KidsTV during that block's run on the stationnote . The station aired the block on Sunday mornings instead of Saturdays with barely any promotion, and often, WUPA would air infomercials in between 4KidsTV programs. When UPN decided to merge with The WB to form The CW, WUPA elected to carry the Kids' WB! block upon that network's launch, dropping 4KidsTV entirely. Since WAGA-TV nor any other station in the Atlanta market picked up the block (including WATL, who later affiliated with FOX-owned MyNetworkTV), 4KidsTV was unavailable in the Atlanta market for the final two years of its run. The whole debacle was one of many issues regarding affiliate coverage that played a major factor in the cancellation of 4KidsTV in 2008.
    • At least two other markets where Fox Kids wasn't on their FOX station didn't carry the 4KidsTV block at all. In Birmingham, Alabama, the Fox Kids block was dropped from former WB affiliate WTTO (who was the station's original Fox affiliate, now a CW affiliate) in 2000, and Greensboro, North Carolina ended up losing the Fox Kids block in 2002 when WTWB-TV (who carried the block in lieu of WGHP; now CW affiliate WCWG) dropped the block after the weekday block was canceled. As a result, 4KidsTV wasn't picked up in either market as no stations in the markets were interested in it (granted, both markets are barely within the Top 50, so they wouldn't have given 4KidsTV a viewership boost; it was the loss of Atlanta coverage that mattered).
  • Allen Gregory was doomed from the start thanks to Fox only commissioning seven episodes and reduced the budget for the pilot episode. Not only did the network have no faith in the show, they basically had it as filler in between the bigger shows like Family Guy and The Simpsons. As a result, the show had a very bizarre art style and character design with even stranger plotlines while the show itself got canned after seven episodes.

    MTV 
  • The horrific treatment Daria got at the hands of MTV. No consistent time slot, frequently preempted by an episode of The Real World or Road Rules, and finally buried, seemingly never to be released on DVD (save for the releases of the TV movies Is It Fall Yet? and Is It College Yet?). It was rerun on the teen channel The N, but nearly all the episodes were edited for content or banned. It wouldn't be until many years (and many hours of trying to edit out the music due to copyright/licensing issues that were preventing the series from getting released in the first place) later that Daria would get the DVD release it deserved.
  • In late 2011, MTV started to redeem themselves with Good Vibes and brand-new episodes of Beavis and Butt-Head. It didn't last for long though, as of 2012, both of them were taken off the air so MTV could make room for more reality shows. Good Vibes was on Thursdays, but it was aired at a time in which most people would be away from home or possibly asleep. Not to mention, all episodes of the latter from the second episode onwards were aired Out of Order rather than in chronological order.
  • Undergrads and Clone High both were cancelled after only a few of their 13 episodes aired in the U.S., the latter receiving complaints from Muslim groups about the depiction of Gandhi. Both series were minor cult hits in Canada, with a possible movie for Undergrads in the future.
  • Downtown received rave reviews and was nominated for an Emmy in 2000, but its last episode aired in November 1999 after frequent timeslot changes and subsequent iffy ratings. MTV's dicking around annoyed co-creator George Krstic to the point that he stuck a bunch of thinly veiled Take Thats to MTV in a later series he co-created, Megas XLR.
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    NBC/Universal/NBCUniversal/Sprout 
  • During the final three years of NBC's orignal Saturday morning block, all of its programming outside of Saved by the Bell suffered constant Executive Meddling. First, NBC canceled The Smurfs, at one time considered NBC's staple animated program, and gave it the rerun treatment for a year while struggling to headline newer shows, like Captain N: The Game Master and the Animated Adaptation of The Karate Kid, the latter of which was promptly axed due to low ratings. Both shows had to rely on word-of-mouth as NBC chose to spend their resources headlining Saved by the Bell. Then, a year later, Kissyfurnote  was axed and its time slot replaced by NBA Inside Stuff, a recap program of NBA basketball gamesnote . At the same time, NBC exhausted more advertising revenue toward Saved by the Bell, causing drastic budget cuts for cartoons airing on the block. Potential viewers would either move to other blocks, such as newcomer Fox Kids, or watch Nickelodeon instead. Then, in the block's final year, Captain N was shortened from an hour to a half-hour, and both Alvin and the Chipmunks and the obscure Gravedale High were canceled in favor of new shows like ProStars and Yo Yogi!, the latter of which was critically panned and proved to be the final straw. As a result of the persistent ratings failures and continued pressure within the children's television market, NBC ordered all Saturday morning programs canceled, save for only Saved by the Bell since it was the most successful show of the block. They continued airing reruns of the shows until August 1st, 1992, when a teen-oriented live-action block named TNBC and a Saturday morning edition of Today took its place. Saved by the Bell and NBA Inside Stuff were the only programs to survive the transition. NBC's decision to drop their Saturday Morning Cartoon block is widely viewed as the beginning of the end for the format.
  • NBC's handling of the UK/New Zealand production Stressed Eric basically consisted of "remove nearly every trace of the show's cultural identity and turn it into a ripoff of The Simpsons". Burned off into the summer of 1998 (and even banned by some NBC affiliates), it was lambasted by critics and died quickly. The second season never aired in the US.
  • NBC managed to screw over an entire western animation network. Namely, KidsCo, which was a joint-venture between NBCUniversal (NBC's global arm), Nelvana and Cookie Jarnote . Shortly after DHX Media bought over Cookie Jar and made them pull out of the dealnote , NBCU pulled out as well. Instead of KidsCo, NBCU wanted to focus their efforts on Sprout back in the U.S, which they bought off PBS just a few weeks before. This led Nelvana to shutter the operations as they determined that it is infeasible to continue solo, due to financial issues and lack of variety in content. To rub salt on the wound, they had just moved the operations into a new high-tech broadcasting facility just months prior to the shuttering. Granted though, DHX is also a major culprit herenote , but it was NBC's withdraw from the operations which led to the final decision to shutter the channel.
  • They somehow managed to screw up a partnership with Hallmark, causing the shuttering of Hallmark Channel Asia. Back in the early 2000s, Hallmark and NBCUniversal had a joint-venture and they carried a whole lot of PBS Kids programming as part of the "Hallmark Kids" block on the channel, including Caillou. While a lot of the programming managed to find new homes in Asia upon the channel shuttering (notably, most went to Playhouse Disney Asia when that channel was launched), Caillou couldn't find a new network and thus has not aired in the region since, although one could stream Caillou on-demand since 2017, when DHX via the WildBrain subsidiary made the streaming app available in the region.
  • PBJ, a joint venture network of Classic Media (part of DreamWorks Animation) and broadcaster Luken Communications, was aired on 19 affiliates nationwide, but cable providers found the channel to be worthless and refused to carry it. The network shut down abruptly after five years of operations due to catastrophic ratings, and any talk of the network being resurrected was silenced when NBCUniversal took over DreamWorks, taking Classic Media with them.
  • The two examples above didn't matter by the time NBCUniversal's parent company, Comcast, purchased DreamWorks Animation, which will give them ownership of the children's-oriented DreamWorks Channel in Southeast Asia. This can go both ways: either it ends up making the screwing over of the above networks even more humiliating, or the DreamWorks Channel gets the dubious honor of joining KidsCo and Hallmark Channel Asia in the long list of channels screwed over by NBCUniversal. Fans of DreamWorks are watching NBCU's moves very closely, but given the PBJ example above, many are not holding their breath.
  • God, the Devil and Bob received rather favorable reviews and had quality comparable to FOX's animated sitcoms like The Simpsons and Futurama. Sadly, NBC canceled it after only four episodes due to a combination of lackluster ratings and pressure from Christian conservative groups, who saw it as mocking Christianity. The network, who reportedly never liked the series, used the controversy as a convenient excuse to kill off the series. The remaining nine produced episodes were doled out to [adult swim], eleven years later.
  • Make Way For Noddy and Zou both got this treatment on the NBC Kids block. They aired at the very end of the block, and often got pre-empted for sports. Even worse, both shows never aired their full run of episodes.
  • Back when they had a qubo block, VeggieTales was treated this way after two seasons, despite it being the second-highest-rated show on the block after 3-2-1 Penguins! A third season of the show was planned and created, but never aired; NBC decided to air the first two seasons for the 2008-09 season instead. The show was pulled from the block a year later; coincidentally, all this happened before NBCU ended up owning both shows after snapping up DreamWorks Animation.
  • On NBCUniversal's Sprout network, Yaya and Zouk was first aired with a marathon of episodes on a Saturday afternoon. After those episodes, Sprout moved it to a 6 am timeslot weekday mornings, and the show got removed later.
  • In addition to Network Decay, some already considered the Sprout channel's rebrand as Universal Kids in September of 2017 as this. Sprout remained on the new channel as a preschool programming block that aired from 3am to 6pm, taking up the majority of the channel's airtime, while Universal Kids programs the remaining hours; similar to how Cartoon Network and [adult swim] operate. note  Considering NBCU's horrible tendency to screw over their networks or make changes to their programming that just makes things worse for everyone, and coming off a more extreme instance of this happening with the now defunct NickMom block on Nick Jr., most Sprout viewers had already given up hope.
    • Case in point: the Sprout branding was retired in January 2018, yet preschool programming still dominates Universal Kids' schedule.
  • The new Little People series apparently became the first casualty of Universal Kids, with the show vanishing off the network's schedules, mentions of the show disappearing from the website, and Fisher-Price dumping the episodes in a timed manner onto Youtube. In reality, trouble had been brewing for the show since February 2017, with the show being constantly pre-empted up until its removal immediately after the Universal Kids rebranding.
  • School of Roars had the misfortune of premiering at the exact same time Sprout re-branded. As a result, the show was shoved into an early-morning timeslot to make room for the tween-oriented programming, and was pulled from the schedule by the end of the year.

    PBS 
  • Because of most PBS stations scheduling entirely locally, PBS should shoulder no blame for any kind of screwing outside of the odd occasions where Congress gets in the way. Also check out the PBS folder in Live-Action TV to learn about how live action PBS series were screwed over.
  • While WordGirl was a very popular series, PBS decided to can it after season 8, and quietly dumped the last episodes on their website and video app.
  • Despite still being popular, Martha Speaks was quietly cancelled after season 6. It wasn't even airing on the 24/7 channel, at least until late November 2018. There are rumors going around about how the author of the book the show was based on sued DHX Media, resulting in the show's cancellation.
  • The stand-alone version of Thomas the Tank Engine was treated terribly by PBS. For starters, a lot of PBS stations (with the exception of Rhode Island PBS, who aired the model episodes as late as 2012) outright refused to show the model episodes once the switch to CGI happened for the series note  and only showed the widely-reviled Sharon Miller CGI episodes (seasons 1-7 were staples on PBS Kids Sprout before they, too, switched to showing nothing but the Miller episodes). They rarely, if ever, advertised new episodes unless a movie was premiering. Some stations, such as WTVI PBS Charlotte, either only aired the show on weekends at awkward time slots, or never even aired it at all. And then there's the Executive Meddling: in order to fit PBS' uptight standards, HiT Entertainment revamped the show from season 8 to season 16 to make it more educational. Even after the show improved with the arrival of Andrew Brenner in season 17, PBS still only showed episodes from the Dork Age. In December 2017, PBS announced that their broadcast rights to Thomas had expired and would not be renewed, resulting in a lot of soccermoms complaining to the network and Mattel on Facebook. The show is now on Nick Jr..
  • PBS loves Invisible Advertising. Shows such as Arthur, Nature Cat, Wild Kratts, Ready Jet Go!, and Peg + Cat all have been subject to this trope occasionally whenever they have a week of new episodes. Nobody ever knows about the episodes unless they check their local PBS station's website or the show's social media promotes the episode.
  • Ready Jet Go! in general is constantly subject to this trope. At first, it was Adored by the Network, being given tons of promotion, several online games, and a second season renewal before it was even a year old (not that this was bad at all). However, it ended up getting screwed in many ways. Including long hiatuses, Invisible Advertising, and severe lack of attention on social media.
  • KUAT had a bad case of this, as several PBS Kids programs took a few years to appear on their block. For example, Caillou didn't air on this affiliate until 2003, while it took until late 2001 for them to get Clifford the Big Red Dog.
  • Liberty's Kids got dropped by most PBS affiliates a year after its debut.
  • Similar to the WordGirl and Martha Speaks examples above, WordWorld was cancelled after season three despite being fairly popular. What makes it worse is that season 3 only lasted five episodes. The show is now airing on the 24/7 channel, however.
  • After season 8 ended in 2010 and the show was put on a hiatus, Cyberchase got screwed over. While it still gets renewed for new seasons, the show is rarely featured in promos, and most PBS affiliates tend to not air this show on weekdays, and only air the show at awkward timeslots on the weekends. The 24/7 channel only tends to show the episodes from seasons 9-11, which are generally considered to be the show's Dork Age.
  • FETCH! with Ruff Ruffman, one of the channel's most popular shows, only airs on the 24/7 channel at 6:00 am EST. However, episodes can be viewed on the website, video app, and on Amazon Prime, and the show did get a short-form reboot in the form of The Ruff Ruffman Show.
  • The 2015 reboot of Bob the Builder initially was adored, getting many uploads on the PBS Kids' YouTube channel. However, half of season 2 has yet to air (in fact, Bob the Builder hasn't been airing new episodes in the US since 2016), as well as the entirety of season 3. Many PBS stations don't even air the show, while some only air the show at awkward time-slots on Sundays. When 2018 came around, the show's sole time-slot on the 24/7 channel was wiped. This may be due to a rights tangle with Mattel, who also owns Thomas & Friends. It was eventually taken off the air completely, as PBS had lost the rights, and it was also removed from the website.
  • Owing to Arthur being a Long Runner, it has become very, very rare to see episodes from the first eight seasons in reruns on PBS affiliates. Beginning in Summer 2014, many PBS stations began airing a double run of Arthur, the second run mostly composing of earlier episodes, Seasons 2-4 in-particular.
  • Sagwa, the Chinese Siamese Cat. Good lord. Launched in a blaze of publicity with high ratings... only for the 9/11 attacks to happen and cause the show to lose ratings thanks to PBS not being able to compete with bucket-tons of news coverage, then the show was seemingly stopped in 2002, marking it's unofficial cancellation (the "official" cancellation happened in 2004)note , however the show's titular character did get to appear as part of the PBS Kids Sprout Diner promotion complete with Holly Gauthier-Frankel (who voiced Sagwa, the aforementioned titular character) reprising her role. Some PBS stations still showed the series as late as either 2008 or 2011, with PBS Kids Sprout unceremoniously removing it from the schedule in 2009. However, CineGroupe has stated through Word of God via a since-removed edit on their page on The Other Wiki that they're looking into rebooting the series.

    UPN 
  • UPN started airing Dilbert, an animated adaptation of Scott Adams's mega-hit comic strip. At first they seemed very proud of it, the series premiere was their highest rated of the season and all advertisements for all their network shows ended with "On UPN: Dilbert's network". Then they moved it up and ran it after a show called Shasta McNasty, which, in the words of Scott Adams, drew the kind of audience "likely to die in a bowling ball cleaning accident." Then they bumped it up even further, putting it after both McNasty and a hour-long program on extreme stunts. The show not fitting in with UPN's then-current demographics (12-34 males and minorities) didn't help.
  • Another show affected by the Dilbert screw, by virtue of airing right after it, was Home Movies. Its original run on UPN started in a bad time to start a series, on late-April 1999 and ratings were very low. This would carry on for 4 more weeks until UPN ultimately decided to cancel it with only 5 episodes aired. Later on, when [adult swim] aired new episodes, they originally aired when the block launched at 11:00, but was later pushed to 1:30 a.m., not to mention the long hiatus, and shooting off episodes as quickly and quietly as possible.

    The WB 
  • Invasion America, the second TV work from DreamWorks Animation (the first being Toonsylvania on FOX) before their jump to movies, was given a thirteen-episode order by The WB. Since the show's content was too dark for it to air on the network's Kids' WB! block, they decided to burn off the series for prime time in the summer of 1998. With mediocre reviews and poor ratings, the series was quickly canceled, and after a second run on the Kids' WB! block (albeit with some content edited to fit the block's guidelines) the network forgot that it existed.
  • The WB also wasn't very kind to Channel Umptee-3, which was co-produced by legendary TV producer Norman Lear. After 13 episodes, The WB declined to renew the series for a second season, resulting in its abrupt cancellation. Some speculate that the depiction of network executives as villains may have offended The WB's censors, but no official reasoning for its cancelation has ever been made public.
  • Mission Hill had a nasty case of this from The WB. According to the producers, the show staff was told their upfronts "didn't matter", and so they slapped together a poorly edited two minute preview of the show and submitted it. Advertisers panned it, and when The WB failed to prepare an episode for their schedule preview event, critics demolished the show, going off of the terrible two minute clip. Then, like salt in the wound, The WB placed it in the "death slot" for the target audience, 8 PM on Friday evening, directly before the beginning of a block of black sitcoms, which was a completely different audience then Mission Hill's demographic. Even worse, The WB then put the show on hiatus after only two episodes, sat on it for eight months, then re-premiered it during the summer, aired another three episodes, then finally canceled it.
  • After getting rescued from CBS, Rescue Heroes ended up getting this treatment from their new home at Kids' WB!. By the time it premiered on the block in July 2001, it had the same time slot as originally on CBS (11:00 AM on Saturday morning), but had a nice advertising campaign and variety of other Kids' WB programs to go with it, giving it a much better treatment. But two months later, the series moved to Wednesdays at 3:00 PM, this time with little advertising. This was to make up for the batch of new series premieres for the block that were pre-empted by 9/11 (they eventually premiered on September 29th of that year, two weeks after planned airdates). RH returned to Saturdays at 8:00 AM for repeats in May 2002, then was pulled again to conclude the second season of The Zeta Project. It was canceled later that year due to low ratings generated by its Wednesday afternoon slot.
  • Phantom Investigators: According to series co-creator Stephen Holman, the show was doing very well in the ratings, but Kids' WB! gave it the axe after running for a month in June 2002. The reason being that they were number one in the ratings with males in the six-to-eleven demographic, but Phantom Investigators was doing better with girls instead of boys. WB, not wanting to lose its number one spot with young boys, cancelled the show after thirteen episodes and it has never aired on television again, nor received any VHS or DVD releases.

    YTV/Teletoon 
  • An entire network was screwed over in Fall 2015, when Teletoon Retro was shut down to make room for the newly launched Disney Channel and its siblings, as well as increase distribution for Cartoon Network and [adult swim]. However, as a result, Teletoon returned to airing classic cartoons and introduced modern versions of classics (like Wabbit: A Looney Tunes Production, Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!, and ALVINNN!!! and the Chipmunks). Plus, Teletoon at Night was pushed back to a shorter runtime on Mondays-Thursdays, allowing Teletoon to air more action cartoons, some of which (like Beware the Batman and Green Lantern: The Animated Series) have previously been screwed over. Though they ended up screwing over Teen Titans Go!, Teletoon would bring back the original Teen Titans animated series in reruns, so at least something good came out of it.
    • As part of the Fall 2015 switch, Corus Entertainment (Teletoon's parent company) moved all of Cartoon Network and [adult swim]'s shows over to their recently expanded Canadian counterparts. However, for some reason, reruns for Cartoon Cartoons and other contemporary shows from CN were removed from Cartoon Network Canada's schedule for a whole year. note  Instead, Corus used the channel to burnoff recent Teletoon programming (to fulfill CanCon requirements). Even worse, for months after the switch, the channel never aired one single episode of Adventure Time nor Regular Show.
    • Another downside to the switch was that, while Cartoon Network now has wider carriage, it was still a higher-tier network on some providers. This means that if CN wasn't in their current package, subscribers would have to pay extra. Plus, whereas [adult swim] launched their own (now-defunct) SVOD app in Canada to allow Canadian fans to legally watch their original programming, including shows that weren't being aired on the Canadian version or Teletoon at Night note , Cartoon Network programming couldn't be streamed anywhere. Perhaps realizing this, Corus would slowly phase Cartoon Network programming back to Teletoon over the next year.
    • Similar to what happened in the U.S, the seventh season of Archer was originally planned to air on [adult swim]. But, as a result of the above, and because Archer was pretty much the only major show Teletoon at Night had left, it was decided at the last minute the show would remain on Teletoon at Night.
  • My Life Me was probably one of the first original series to get screwed over, in comparison to every other show (which Teletoon milks out in order to fulfill Canadian Content laws). Fans presume this was due to the show having many detractors and being mostly liked only out of being So Bad, It's Good. However, considering Johnny Test is arguably hated even more, and the fact that it was delayed for over a year, and then given only a short run when kids were in school, and in some nondescript Saturday afternoon timeslot, there may have been more bitterness coming from Teletoon.
    • Consider Metajets, the only other original series screwed over worse than My Life Me, given a rare early morning repeat on Teletoon and Cartoon Network Canada, whereas My Life Me didn't return to the schedule until 2017, where it aired in a post-Teletoon at Night timeslot.
  • Pirate Express was only on the air for a single week in April 2015, in which Teletoon dumped the entire series in episode blocks aired in the middle of the day, and they haven't aired it again since, which is heavier than what happened to My Life Me.
    • The same thing happened to the second season of Oh No! It's an Alien Invasion, after its Channel Hop from YTV, and several episodes of Endangered Species; dumping multiple episodes of both shows in the afternoon. While Teletoon kept Endangered Species on the schedule, neither the dumped episodes nor Oh No! have aired again since.
    • Freaktown suffered the same fate. After airing the show on Mondays during the Summer of 2016, Teletoon suddenly aired multiple episodes of the show on the last Saturday of August before going on hiatus. The rest of the season was on dumped onto Saturdays afternoons in October 2016, appropriately enough, with the last episodes being aired on a lone Sunday afternoon.
  • ANY Marvel show from Disney XD that airs on Teletoon may qualify. Those looking forward to Guardians of the Galaxy enjoyed being able to watch new episodes on Disney XD Canada day-and-date with the American channel. Meanwhile, season four of Ultimate Spider-Man debuted on Teletoon seven months after its U.S premiere, while season three of Avengers, Assemble! premiered in November. While this is common for international broadcasts, what really makes this jarring is the fact that Corus Entertainment owns both channels.
  • The Fairly OddParents! caught a case of this on YTV in Summer 2016. Unlike Nick, which shuffled reruns over to Nicktoons, YTV still aired the show at 5am in the morning.
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    Other/Miscellaneous 
  • Virtually every non-FOX animated sitcom such as Father of the Pride, Dilbert, and The Goode Family gets this. Seriously, try to find the one that lasted over a season. note 
  • The little-known French cartoon Wheel Squad. It reaches The Brothers Flub levels of this.
  • Many animated or kids series airing on Malaysian free-to-air TV are bound to suffer this. Privately-owned NTV7 and the government-owned RTM stations do this very often. Examples:
    • Rugrats: When they moved to NTV7 from MetroVision (now 8TV) after a four-year hiatus, episodes were randomly censored (the infamous Zoo Story episode has all scenes containing pigs cut offnote  - despite the same episode airing on Nickelodeon Asia, which is available in Malaysia, uncut). The show stopped airing on Terrestrial TV in Malaysia four years before Nickelodeon would end the show once and for all.
    • Arthur: Did not make it past season four (though part of season five did air on Disney Channel Asia before canning the show entirely). In other countries, the show has made it to season 20 as of late 2016 and new episodes are still being produced.
    • Caillou - Totally screwed by NTV7, with only the original 5-minute shorts were aired. The forty episodes in between were dropped and the show was quickly replaced by Rocky and Bullwinkle.
    • Dragon Tales: Episodes skipped, random pre-empting of slot and RTM1 did not pause the master tapes when cutting into ads, causing large amounts of scenes to go missing. And they did not bother bringing in Season 2 onwards.
    • Between the Lions: same treatment as Dragon Tales, and halfway through airing, its slot was pre-empted for a whopping 6 months. It was on RTM2.
    • Charlie and Lola: Stopped halfway through season 1 and never mentioned again. It was on RTM2.
    • The Malay dub for Timothy Goes to School only aired on Astro'snote  in-house channel in 2001. The rest of the series later got screwed over and hasn't been aired in that country since then.
    • After treating Franklin well for 5 seasons (to give an idea on how well the show was treated, season 5 aired a whopping 2 months before they did on Nick Jr. in the US), TV2 abruptly decided to screw it over and ignored Season 6 as well as its spin-off, Franklin and Friends.
    • Like the CBS Kewlopolis example above, TV9 screwed over the 2003 Strawberry Shortcake series right after airing Season 3. This nearly happened on the Playhouse Disney network as well (although they aired four Season 4 episodes before pulling the plug), but a letter writing campaign in Asia organized by upset fans made Disney bring in the rest of the final season of the show, albeit 3 months after it aired in Europe. However, played very straight after the rights of the franchise shifted to Cartoon Network- see Cartoon Network entry above for more info.
    • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic has the dubious honor of not only being screwed by NTV7, but also to be screwed before it could even air: it was replaced with Lily the Witch in the last minute on the day and the slot it was supposed to premiere. The show ID overlay still read My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic even though the airing show was something different. The show finally started airing in July 2012, but with the same problem that US viewers faced with the Hub two years ago taken to extremes: not only it's aired at 8:30 AM on Saturdays, that's its only one time slot in the week. Miss it? God help you, especially with various online file lockers blocked by the MCMC's internet censorship. Eventually subverted- the network eventually came to adore the show. After the producers caved in to the bronies and dumped all slice of life content, a move which alienated slice of life lovers in the country who were following the news of the production online.
    • Magic Adventures of Mumfie was supposed to be aired by NTV7 in the early 2000's, but was replaced at the last minute by Chibi Maruko-chan, because one of the main characters was a flying pig. Actually, in this case, it's more towards Banned in China since the show has not been made available through other outlets thus far.
    • Little Princess was screwed over by NTV7 after two seasons and the third season remained unaired in the country.
    • Animaniacs lasted only one season on RTM1, airing around the start of 1995, being aired only once a week at an inconvenient timeslot of Sundays at 5:30PM, and being yanked by the end of the year.
  • Cinémoi seems to be doing this with all of the cartoons on their channel, especially The New Adventures of Lucky Luke: they've been showing the same 26 episodes (out of a total of 56) since the channel debuted on DTV in the US, the title of "A Better World for the Daltons" note  was inexplicably changed to "Flower Power for the Daltons" note , "The Daltons' Treasure" has sound-syncing problems, "Indian Roulette" and "The Last of the Buffalo" have commercials airing in the middle of the episode (most episodes wait until after the show ends to air the ads), and "For a Fistful of Daltons" is shown twice whenever the lineup reaches it. Also, the episodes are aired in a completely random order, as opposed to the original series' episode listings, and half the series still hasn't aired (including the episode that "For a Fistful of Daltons" replaces), meaning that, ever since Cinémoi joined DTV's lineup in September 2012, they've aired the exact same episodes at least ten times.
    • The Magic Roundabout got screwed on Cinémoi when its timeslots were bumped up an hour earlier, in favor of giving Contraptus a full hour instead of three ten-minute shorts before Lucky Luke. In addition, both shows have fallen victim to the same eternal rerun cycle as Lucky Luke has. Not helping is the fact that these are the only cartoons on Cinémoi, and they only air in the morning.
      • Contraptus is listed as airing for around a full hour on Fridays, even though Lucky Luke still has the timeslot. Looks like Cinémoi doesn't know what to do with the poor lonesome cowboy.
  • Rick & Steve: The Happiest Gay Couple in All the World received solid ratings and favorable reviews for its first 2 seasons and had a third in the works, only to be cancelled as part of LOGO's shift in programming from LGBT material to mainstream content.
  • Any non-educational cartoon aired on AFN Family (excluding Littlest Pet Shop and Scaredy Squirrel) will only air at best once every few weeks; at worst once a month. While most networks that air SpongeBob SquarePants treat it with lots of love, AFN rarely airs this show.note  And if you're a My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fan in the military, it sucks to be you for this reason. Not only that, their run is four years behind, even though they aired Equestria Girls. However, Thursday nights usually consist of Marvel cartoons and Pokémon, while Friday nights air multiple Nickelodeon and Disney Channel cartoons, along with My Little Pony.
  • Animax Japan used to play SpongeBob SquarePants for two hours; one hour aired from 7-8AM, and the other hour airing from 3-4PM. Then, they only aired the show twice a day at 8AM (a time when most kids are leaving for school) and 3PM. Then they replaced SpongeBob with Suite Pretty Cure ♪ and Dragon Ball Z reruns and moved it to 6AM on Thurdays, when most kids are asleep, and on Fridays at 7:00AM, competing with TV Tokyo's Oha Suta. Later, it was replaced by its two favorite shows, GeGeGe no Kitarō and Chibi Maruko-chan.
    • The show then resurfaced in the summer of 2014 on NHK in a plush Saturday night time slot and was pulled three months later as a result of poor ratings.
  • Italian network Boing used to play SpongeBob four times every day. Then Adventure Time came along, and they now don't air it at all.
  • Stripperella got screwed over by Spike majorly. It aired on a late night block with much more juvenile and widely hated shows such as Ren & Stimpy Adult Party Cartoon. The show was praised for its intelligent humor and well-done animation and was generally liked by those who had seen it, but the fact that Spike had hyped up the show for its nudity turned potential viewers off. Spike started pushing nudity even more in the second half when the ratings were declining (replacing the pixelation with a soft blur over nude scenes), canceled it after 13 episodes, and then gave it a poorly-masterednote  "uncensored" DVD.
  • Hungary's RTL Klub kept endlessly shuffling the airtime of the first season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, at times pushing it back to the early hours or just neglecting to air episodes entirely, completely ignoring their advertised cartoon programming. Not only that, the media watchdogs also lobbied to get the series banned because they deemed its content unsuitable for a Sunday morning timeslot (and for other, absurd reasons). Although the rest of the series apart from season 6 did air on Cartoon Network, there was a severe drop in dubbing quality due to CN's more limited budget. It's not unreasonable to think that the 6th season would have been dubbed much faster as well, had the show stayed on RTL. Instead, it debuted only in December 2015 on yet another channel (AXN), by which time several of the voice actors were unavailable.
  • In Latin America, WordGirl premiered in August 2009 on the preschooler-oriented Discovery Kids channel. Although the channel gave it heavy promotion during the rest of 2009 and most of 2010, by the end of that year they suddenly decided to move the series to a late-night timeslot on weekends. It should be noted that the series received a lot of criticism from Latin American Moral Guardians that felt that it was too "violent" and that encouraged children to lie to their parents (due to the obvious element of Becky having to tell an excuse to her adoptive parents whenever she needs to become WordGirl to save the city), and constantly complained on the channel's now-defunct message boards. This may have been the reason for the channel to move the series to late-nights, until removing it completely in June 2012, with only the first two seasons dubbed and aired.
  • In December 2014, Italian channel RaiGulp started airing Gravity Falls and then dropped it after a week, replacing it with reruns of Wolverine and the X-Men.
    • Later, in 2017, they aired The Legend of Korra at 4 AM. Note that while most of the programming in that timeframe is reruns of older shows (such as Code Lyoko or Martin Mystery), this was Korras first airing' outside of pay-TV and DVD releases.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic suffered greatly from this in Germany thanks to a case of Poor Communication Kills. Hasbro licensed the show to Viacom Europe, who intended to have it aired on Nickelodeon about a year after the American one. By the time that Viacom started working on the German dub, both Studio B and The Hub were fully aware of the bronies and had already started catering to them. Hasbro, however, had no idea what to do with the unprecedented brony phenomenon which was still "underground" in 2011. Hasbro didn't inform Viacom about the bronydom, nor did Studio B or The Hub because it was probably none of their business. In fact, Viacom wasn't even informed that Lauren Faust had changed My Little Pony's target audience from 4-7 year-old girls to 5-12 year-old girls in addition to their parents. Viacom in turn couldn't inform Nickelodeon Germany, the station to air the show, about any of this. Nickelodeon Germany ended up with a show they didn't know what to do with, much less that it had become a Cult Classic in North America because they didn't even bother to look up what this new MLP material was all about.
  • The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin was only shown in timeslots when the target audience wouldn't be able to watch the show. It would usually air anywhere from 4:00AM in the morning to 3:00PM in the afternoon. It was quickly forgotten and cancelled, and was supposed to air in syndication again for the 1998-99 television series, but nobody was willing to pick it up. It was only ever re-run on Teletoon in Canada, where it only aired five episodes before being dropped for Mega Babies.
  • Magic Adventures of Mumfie was this on many PBS affiliates. The show was syndicated out to public broadcasters and not an actual part of the network's programs, which gave the networks a chance to decide when to air it. Many chose to air it in early morning timeslots, while others ended it with 6 out of 13 segments aired. The only affiliate that gave it proper treatment was Buffalo, New York's PBS affiliate.
  • Sonic Underground had this treatment in the US on the syndication block, Bohbot Kids Network. Episodes aired on weekdays very early in the morning note  at a time when its target audience were either still asleep or getting ready for school. To make matters worse, the episodes that were originally scheduled to air on Fridays were skipped and replaced with Double Dragon note  instead. As a result, only 32 of the 40 episodes produced aired.
  • When Showcase Cinema brought back the Kidtoon Films children's matinee series in 2016, they changed 7 of the TV shows/movies they were going to show. Their Octonauts screening became a Shimmer and Shine screening, the Dora And Friends: Into The City! screening became a screening of My Little Pony: Equestria Girls, the Zack and Quack screening became a Transformers: Rescue Bots screening, a screening of Babar became Blinky Bill: The Movie, the Barbie Starlight Adventure screening became a screening of the 2014 Maya the Bee movie, a screening of the 2014 movie of The Boxcar Children got replaced by both Barbie and Her Sisters in A Puppy Chase and Thomas and Friends: The Great Race, and a screening of The Snowman was cancelled with no replacement film before the program went into a brief hiatus. No reasons have been revealed for why the first four were changed or why the screening of The Snowman was cancelled, but there are reasons for why Barbie Starlight Adventure and The Boxcar Children got changed. Starlight Adventure changing was due to the fact that Fathom Events screened the movie in late July, and the screening of The Boxcar Children got cancelled due to a partnership between Mattel and Kidtoons making one of their films to be replaced with Barbie and Her Sisters in a Puppy Chase.
  • People who live in Portugal and like Jimmy Two-Shoes are very unlucky. It only aired once on SIC in the second half of 2011, around 7:30am.
  • A supposed, very brief-lived attempt to air The Ren & Stimpy Show on the Italian RAI happened from 1996-1997. Nobody knows exactly when the series aired, the voice actors of the characters, or literally anything about the series' Italian version. The only thing known is that some episodes were aired by RAI 2 at 7AM, and then the show, because of either a low audience or Moral Guardians, was swiftly canceled before it could have had a little popularity. There is no trace of an Italian dub on the Internet (save for the Happy Happy Joy Joy's song introduction, which at least demonstrates that it was dubbed), and the little information that can be found about the series in Italy are very vague. The Adult Party Cartoon aired some years later on the Italian version of FOX, but even there it got rapidly cancelled. The original series finally aired on Nickelodeon Italy in June 2016, but with subtitles, which implies that the Italian dub of the series was lost forever.
  • Russian channel REN TV went through a management shuffle and rebranding, and ended up deciding that they didn't want The Simpsons anymore. Unfortunately, they had a contractual obligation to air seasons 17 and 18. They burned them off in early mornings and did the cheapest dub possible in-house. Season 17 was somewhat tolerable, although all of the voice actors were replaced. Season 18 had one of the laziest excuses for a dub on Russian television, with all the voice actors replaced again and the scripts reduced to a horrible translation that was (allegedly) done in one take.
    • Another channel, 2x2 (described below), picked up The Simpsons and treated them pretty well until seasons 17-18. Sure enough, they outright refused to redub REN TV's half-assed efforts because it costs money. They did bring back the original crew for season 19 and beyond.
    • At some point, REN TV had their hands on South Park. They jerked around with voice actors and time slots, and it never really gained any ground. MTV later picked up the series, and it became a smash hit for the network.
  • Russian channel 2x2 started out as a 24-hour adult animation channel. In the beginning their main selling point was the premiere of an [adult swim] block, which was treated like a separate block with localized Cyrillic [эдалт свим] bug, and was heavily promoted along with an English block. Some time later all promotion died down, the block was kicked to 1:10am and reduced to a half-hour, the English block was pushed even further and became a backburner for shows they don't care to even dub, and now the block is no more. As a result, several shows sat on the sidelines for years without new episodes. When 2x2 finally came around, they couldn't deliver the same voices and ended up skipping seasons.
    • Aqua Teen Hunger Force received this treatment despite Carl from the series being the channel's mascot. The original order was 4 seasons, then they got a movie and season 5 a few years later (minus the episode "Bible Fruit", due to religious content). Then, a whopping 4 years later, they delivered seasons 7 and 8, losing season 6 along with half of the voice actors, notably Master Shake and Meatwad. Another 4 years later they delivered all of the final seasons except season 9.
    • Metalocalypse got 14 episodes from the first season repeated ad nausea for 4 years. Fortunately, 2x2 woke up and gave people the rest of season 1, season 2 and season 4.
    • The Venture Bros. also wouldn't advance beyond the original 2 season order for a solid 4 years. When they did, they dubbed season 4. That's right, no season 3, no original voices. In this case the fans of the show pretty much hated both dubs anyway, since half of the jokes were lost in translation.
    • Squidbillies never went past the first two seasons.
    • Space Ghost Coast to Coast, starting from season 7, got a small run but was never repeated or referenced again.
    • With the block on decline, 2x2 gave The Boondocks special treatment by bringing two fairly famous Russian rappers on board to dub certain characters. The show was put on primetime and was a big success. When season 3 became available, something happened and said rappers quit halfway through the dubbing, which resulted in the other half being finished without them. 2x2 dumped the season premiere on air without any advertisement whatsoever, barely mentioned the show at all, and stopped dubbing past season 3.
    • One glorious summer 2x2 out of a sudden started to dump new Adult Swim shows every day one after another. In rapid succession Saul of the Mole Men, Fat Guy Stuck in Internet, The Drinky Crow Show, Eagleheart, and NTSF:SD:SUV:: premiered with almost no prior advertisements. All of the mentioned shows got one full run and left, never to be seen again. Childrens Hospital got a little bit more love from the network out of the whole bunch, considering that it eventually returned.
    • Although it was never officially banned, at least one season of Moral Orel was dubbed and ready to go, but it never saw the light of day due to the content.
  • Channel One (then known as ORT) is responsible for the biggest wave of Pokémania Russia had ever witnessed before Moral Guardians interfered. It was taken off the air, effectively killing the franchise in Russia forever. None of the subsequent revivals on cable and OTA networks ever gained the same amount of success. The series is currently airing on 2x2, which, as mentioned above, was an adults-only network. This definitely took away a big part of potential fandom, leaving only established grown-up fans who, for the most part, remember the ORT's original run - and they never wanted new episodes in the first place, instead asking the network to either show ORT's old episodes or bring back the original voice actors.
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