Cartoon Network just released their list of new and returning shows for their network. Mysteriously, the two best shows on the channel are no where to be seen, but DC Nation Block, the time slot for when these two shows used to air, have been replaced with shows like “Beware the Batman” and “Teen Titans Go.” After countless delays and hiatus these two shows went through, some are speculating that they’ve been nixed completely, but there are no officially announcements for any cancellations yet. But I would still like to express my displeasure because good cartoons on Cartoon Network are like good comedies on NBC. They usually float around in a limbo and face cancellation at any given time. One of the creators for Green Lantern tweeted that they knew about this move, but weren’t allowed to say anything, which some of the sites are using as a confirmation of the series being canned, but I’m not so sure. It could be all that optimism juice talking, but it is possible that they’re trying to move these two shows at a different time slot and make way for two new shows that are more “kid friendly”(though I’m not so sure gun wielding Alfred in “Beware the Batman” could be considered such). Cartoons often rely on the merchandising end of business as well and the two aforementioned shows are just ripe with possibilities.
But if they are indeed cancelled, I just want to say it’s not because the viewers weren’t tuning in. Hell, we never even knew when it was on because they kept delaying new episodes (at times, for more than half a year) so it never had much chance to gain any momentum and people kept forgetting that it was still on. Cartoon Network is to blame for the ratings (if that is what caused them being switched out of rotation) and they should be responsible enough to give it one more chance at redemption with another season, but without any delays or hiatus.
Or perhaps these two shows were never meant to go beyond season two to keep the integrity of the story intact and not overstay their welcome, but come on. These are DC titles and you know they’ve got seasons after seasons worth of stories to tell. I’m not going to buy any excuse they offer once they announce the status of these two shows.
Unless that excuse turns out to be renewals, which isn’t an excuse at all and we can all go home happy. Until the next season.
Written by Daniel Lee