There have been rumors that UPN is not the only line of shows in the Viacom stable to get the axe. It seems that TEENick is very close to being axed as well!
It started a few years back as a line with potential. Unfortunately, the potential was wasted as fast as the line started: It started to drop great shows as The Secret World of Alex Mack, The Tomorrow People, The Journey of Allen Strange, The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo, Space Cases, Kenan & Kel, & The Brothers Garcia in favor of more idiotic Archie-style slapstick shows. They drop the Nick Video Picks, which spotlights cool music videos. They give the few Nicktoons placed on the line-up short shifts (The only one worth noting was the great My Life As A Teen-Age Robot). They occaisionally air bad movies. They drop reruns of former broadcast shows like Clueless, Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Full House, & Sabrina, The Teen-Age Witch as soon as they start airing them. There are very little licensing spin-offs of these shows! And the commercials are mostly for stuff that most teen-agers had outgrown!
The beginning of the end of TEENick was in the beginning of this year. In February, Nickelodeon decided to drop several of their shows. TEENick was affected very little. Most of the caualties were some of the lesser Nicktoons (Including one former TEENick show, My Life As A Teen-Age Robot.) Some executives saved both As Told By Ginger & 6Teen by placing them in the TEENick Sunday line-up. (If the two were not transferred to TEENick, they would have shared the same fate as ChalkZone & Super Duper Sumos: They would not find any time slot on the Nickelodeon line-up or on the NickToons channel!) TEENick had been affected in one way: It lost the post-SpongeBob Monday thru Thursday 8:30/7:30 PM Central time slot to reruns of All Grown Up (Which was a lame show to begin with!)
I have run out of time today, so tune in some time this week for the end of season casualties & what we can do to save the TEENick line-up!
Jeremy A. Patterson.