Renewal? Top 5 Series that Require a Comeback

Posted: June 24, 2010 by RacattackForce in Animation, Animation Editorials, Authors, RacattackForce
(NOTE: Tomato was unable to make a post today, so I’m attempting to make a decent replacement post. Please bear with me, since I run out of steam by #1.)

As time goes on, all good things must come to an end. Maybe a playground you once cherished has been demolished. Maybe the time when you could play with your dolls or action figures without getting mocked has faded. Or maybe the children you’ve raised has now left the nest, and is taking on the world by themselves. But on a less serious note, maybe it is just a television series you loved to watch has ended its run. You watched it whenever you could, and now, the network has decided to end it…but not for good reason.

You may be aware of Cartoon Network‘s newest original series, a live-action serial called “Unnatural History“? Well, said show isn’t doing that well in the ratings, and yesterday, one of its rerun slots was replaced by a cartoon that ended it’s run last year. It is among a few series the channel falls back on to “save” its ratings. And that has me thinking: there are some cancelled series that still air periodically on Cartoon Network when they need a quick ratings-saver. “Ed, Edd n Eddy“, “Teen Titans“…these are programs that have told the last of their stories a year and four years ago, respectively. If they continue to do well for the network, why haven’t they been renewed?

Hence this article. Hello, I’m RacattackForce, and these are the top five animated series that need to return to the airwaves with new episodes. Not because I personally miss them. Not because the stories that they’ve told have ended. But for the sake of good ratings. I will also state why, despite a guarantee of good ratings, these shows may be best left cancelled…

5. Avatar the Last Airbender

As one of the few Western Animated TV series to have a true finale, Avatar: The Last Airbender has a huge and faithful fanbase that is still waiting for the answer to a loose plot thread that has been left unaddressed: the faith of Prince (now Fire Lord) Zuko’s mother. Though rarely aired on the main Nickelodeon channel at the moment, the show remains a ratings-grabber on sister channel Nicktoons, has a theatrical film coming out next week, and a sequel series in production that may not include the characters of the original. With all that in mind, then there is no reason for the series to be over quite yet. The war with the Fire Kingdom might be done with, but there is still more to see of the Avatar universe.

Problem: Sequel series and the upcoming live-action theatrical film. With the sequel series in place, chances are that renewal will not occur and all the things that concerned the character’s of the original series will be ignored. Also, how well the film does in its first few weeks will be THE deciding force in whether or not Nickelodeon decides to go anywhere else with the franchise.

4. Invader Zim

Say whatever you want about the events that led up to this show’s premature cancellation. Lack of network support? Nickelodeon getting more than they bargained for, and pulled the plug out of fear? Poor ratings? Clashes with network executives? Whatever the reason, the cult popularity of this series is unmistakable. However, until recently, it seemed that our big-headed green man would forever be forgotten and shunned by parent Nick. With the series currently airing weekday afternoons on side channel Nicktoons, Invader Zim has been boosting the network’s ratings to the point where they bought back the DVD rights of the show from Media Blasters and re-released both seasons.

Problem: Creator Jhonen Vasquez has stated several times over that he utterly refuses to work with Nickelodeon ever again, due to the treatment he received at the studio. If the series ever was to be renewed, then it would have to be without the unique creative flair of Vasquez. And that is certainly something fans of the show would not enjoy.

3. Chowder

♫ You take the moon, and you take the sun. ♫ You take everything that seems like fun, and you have Chowder in a nutshell. A delightful show that was a huge ratings grabber for Cartoon Network. Whatever declining ratings led to its cancellation didn’t last long, as it went back to being one of the channel’s highest-rated series once more, shortly after. Whether you believe the quality to have risen or fallen, Chowder remains a show that can put butts in seats with its bizarre meta humor and mix of various forms of animation including puppetry.

Problem: By the time ratings started to improve, most of the crew had already dispersed to other studios, mainly Disney. It is a problem similar to that stated with Invader Zim, but on a larger scale. It would be near impossible to recover all the people who worked on the series. Crew recovery is a task I doubt C.H. Greenblatt and Cartoon Network wants to go through.

2. Ed, Edd n Eddy

Ed, Edd n Eddy is one of my favorite animated series, and it is clear that it is also Cartoon Network’s favorite. Danny Antonucci‘s brainchild is frequently called upon to help the network recover from a severe blow from the ratings, and it’s easy to see why it does the job so well. It’s an incredibly funny character-driven series that has a nice balance of visual and written humor. It has been a ratings-getter since Day One and continues to be: able to be the highest-rated show in its time slot in some demographics when it was airing new episodes. What could possibly prevent the network from renewing the series for another season or two?

Problem: The movie. The television movie “Big Picture Show”, ended with the Eds becoming accepted by the other kids of the cul-de-sac. With the Eds being friends with the others now, the major source of conflict in the show is now done. There is no where else they can go with the series premise, unless they want to rename the series “Captain Melonhead”.

1. Teen Titans

Along with the Ed boys, this is the other show that Cartoon Network often calls upon. One of the network’s more popular action series, these teenagers can be depended upon to save the ratings. With a fun art style, a great core set of characters, and (usually) great writing, it doesn’t surprise me how well it does with audiences. At one point, the programmers could just drop a large chunk of episodes on the audience, and still expect a large ratings. And they can still do just that. With the executive producers and main crew members still hanging around Cartoon Network Studios and Warner Bros. Animation, what could possibly be the problem with renewal?

Problem: There are none. At least, no real problems. Trouble in Tokyo wasn’t really a definitive end to the show, since the series was every much episodic for the most part. All the core players involved in the show are readily available, and just need to be willing to return for another go at these superpowered teens.

  1. They’re making a sequel series to Avatar? O.o where did you hear about that?

  2. Lindsey says:

    jhonen is actually interested in continuing invader zim 🙂

  3. […] counting my article considering animated series that I’d like to be renewed, since articles considering cancellation or renewal are the most popular on The Scratch Pad, the […]

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