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CartoonNetworkLogo2010

Current Cartoon Network logo.

Cartoon Network will excusively play kids cartoons throughout the day, while being the least popular childrens channel until about 2033. In 2062, Cartoon Network will change its network to make competition with Disney Channel and Nickelodeon.

Appearing only on cable and satellite television, Cartoon Network is not a factor for impoverished rural children. Similar channels are found outside the United States; like Teletoon in Canada for example. By the 22nd century, Cartoon Network will become available on the Moon in addition to most of the civilized planets in our universe.

Summary

Cartoon Network will have cartoon blocks throughout the weekends and the weekdays, but more preteen and teen oriented live action and anime series will take place in the evening, similar to what Zoog Disney is like. Cartoon Network's original will take place weekday after Saturday morning. It will become difficult to find cartoons on the Cartoon Network after a while, just like MTV is having trouble playing music videos. By 2023, Katy Perry had a short-lived talk show on Cartoon Network; likely sponsored by American Girl, emphasizing key points about issues that girls ages 7 through 13 face in their everyday lives. Cartoon Network will release a new segment called Cartoon Network Rewind, which will show vintage programming such as Ed, Ed and Eddy and the Powerpuff Girls from the 90s and 2000s by the late 2010s-early 2020s.

Adult Swim will play, while a whole channel for Adult Swim will be released. At late night, more classic cartoons such as Looney Tunes and Tom & Jerry will be played. After the passing of the Better Entertainment Act of 2018, NSA officials will oversee who is watching the Adult Swim channel at all times. Violence in the media has become a commonplace affair. Does television violence result in more aggressive or deviant behavior' Is such behavior likely to lead to criminal behavior' Recent studies have indicated that even the most seemingly benign programs on television, such as cartoons, are filled with violence. Violence in the media influences human behavior in a negative manner. Hundreds of studies have been conducted in recent years evaluating the effects of violence in the media. The results are at best, daunting and somewhat alarming. Some have raised enough question about the effects of media violence to cause researchers to claim the results are inconclusive. However others prove strongly enough that media violence can lead to criminal behavior, and many sociologists have concluded that violence in television media impacts viewers in a negative manner. Television violence impacts youths and adolescents much more frequently than it impact adults. Human behavior is the product of internal influences, such as a person's biological pre-disposition or genetic make-up, as well as external factors such as the environment.

Toonami will have a seperate, all anime channel in 2075, showing anime for all ages 24/7, directly competing with Funimation Channel. Boomerang, Cartoon Network's retro counterpart, will eventually air classic episodes of TMNT for grandparents to watch with their grandchildren. Other classic shows include the Super Mario Show along with Sesame Street from 30 years ago.

TV Shows

  • Adventure Time (2010-2019) - Often called the American equivelant of Doctor Who; it is Cartoon Network's most popular show since Ed Edd n Eddy.
  • The Amazing World of Gumball (2011 - 2017) - The series ended due to legal issues with Alex Hirsh, creator of Gravity Falls
  • American Dad! (2005-2017)
  • Aqua Teen Hunger Force 1 (Original ATHF 2000-2010 AUPS1 2011 ASYKW 2012, ATSS 2013 ATHFF 2015} {2000-2015}
  • Aqua Teen Hunger Force 2 ATDRKWF 2019 ASDKWIIBF 2020 AUHMF2021 AGKUFF 2022 ASYFF 2023 ATHKFF 2024 ATKNF 2025 ACKFF 2026 ASSF 2027 AMNF 2028 ATHF30 2029 AUPS2 2030 AUPS3 2031 AHMF 2032 AIVKWF 2033 ATKKFF 2034 AUMWF 2035 ATKSSF 2036 ATHFFOA 2037 {2019-2037}
  • Ben 10 (Franchise) (2005-2014)
  • Family Guy (1999-2025 with reruns well into at least 2050)
  • Johnny Test (2005 - 2014)- The series ended after its creator Scott Fellows was sued by the uncredited co-creator, with whom Fellows had created the idea in 1995
  • Kids Next Door; Bext Generation (2044-2045) - Short-lived because of massive fan backlash over major revisions to the series' mythol (2014-2018) TV series based on Sega's popular video game mascot
  • Mega Man: The Animated Series (2015-2021) - Extremely popular series based on Capcom's Mby Rebecca Sugar, former storyboard artist and composer on Adventure Time; the show stars Bryce Papenbrook as Mega Man/Rock, Tiffany Grant as Roll, Gilbert Gottfried as Rush, Paul Eiding as Dr. Light, and Scott McNeil reprising his role as Dr. Wily from the Ruby-Spears cartoon.
  • Mr. Fan: The Animated Series (2030 - 2034) - He was popular series based on Acorn Madness shows.
  • My Name Is Herbert Tratford (2032-2037) - A show based on a talking bowling ball named Herbert Tratford. due to Popularity in Europe, It still airs new episodes there.
  • Pokemon (1997-2018, 2020-2080) - Imported from Japan until 2018, when production moved to China. The Chinese government refused to export the series to the United States due to political and military tensions. The Chinese government did, however, allowed the export of Pokemon to the United Kingdom and any countries that are part of the British Commonwealth (Australia, New Zealand, Canada, etc.). Pokemon has become very popular in the UK and many Americans are watching the UK/Canada version of Pokemon on the internet. Controversies about Pokemon started to happen in the UK as it is "degrading to British culture". The export situation changed in 2020 when production moved back to Japan, now animated and produced by Toei.
  • Powerpuff Girls (1998-2005, 2016-2072 - Revived following a TV movie for the 15th anniversery in 2014, but with the original animation style - becomes one of the longest running animated series of all time tying with The Simpsons and Family Guy)
  • Regular Show (2010 - 2019)
  • Robot Chicken (2005-2025)
  • Squidbillies (2005-2019)
  • Steven Universe (2013-2020)
  • Tim and Eric Awesome Show Great Job! (2007-2023)
  • The Tom and Jerry Show (2014-2021)
  • Teen Titans GO! (2013 - 2016) - Cancelled due to a scandal motivated by moral guardians (detailed below)
  • Uncle Grandpa (2013 - 2017)- Cancelled due to poor ratings and a controversial 2016 episode in which the series directly insulted other Cartoon Network programs in an egotistical manner
  • Clarence (2014 - 2016) - This series was canceled after Skyler Page was fired, and multiple early episodes revealed signs of his mental instability.

This list is incomplete.

Teen Titans GO! Scandal

In 2016, a series of insider reports from Cartoon Network revealed that network president Christina Miller was using the widely-hated series Teen Titans GO! as a weapon to kill shows she deemed "too violent, raunchy, and homoerotic". The series she was targeting in particular were:

  • Adventure Time - Targeted due to its raunchy subject matter and humor, lesbian subtext between Princess Bubblegum and Marceline, and storylines considered too "complex" for children
  • Regular Show - Targeted due to its extreme violence, use of realistic firearms, and sexual innuendos
  • Steven Universe - Targeted due to blatant lesbianism, violence, the gruesome nature of The Cluster, and storylines considered too "highbrow and complex" for children
  • Transformers: Robots in Disguise - Targeted because Miller never wanted the show in the first place, having had it dumped on her when Hub Network became Discovery Family; the show was placed in a death slot in an attempt to kill it
  • Sonic Boom - Targeted because Miller disliked the Sonic franchise
  • Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu - Targeted because Miller felt the series was a 30-minute toy commercial; she moved it from its old weekday slot to a Saturday morning slot in hopes kids wouldn't wake up on time to see it
  • Wabbit and Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! - Initial plans were to move it to Boomerang in order to keep timeslots open for Teen Titans GO! This was later reversed, but the series were moved to Boomerang full-time shortly thereafter, for the initial reason.

The leaks were made public on May 5, 2016, and needless to say, the fan communities of the shows targeted exploded in rage. The fan community of Teen Titans GO! tried in vain to defend Miller, but were ultimately drowned out by the outpouring of fury and anger from the livid fanbases.

On May 6, Miller issued a statement saying she was not sorry, and that Cartoon Network was full of shows too violent and raunchy for today's kids. She announced the shows targeted by her campaign were cancelled, effective immediately. Several minutes later, Cartoon Network's website was hacked by Anonymous, and three hours after Miller issued her statement, she was fired from her position. The network's replacement president immediately renewed all of the shows affected, and moved Teen Titans GO! to a death slot on early Sunday morning, with no re-runs during the week. Conversely, Transformers: Robots in Disguise was moved to a Wednesday night premiere slot, with reruns throughout the week, and even secured the rights to rerun the original 1980s Transformers cartoon every weeknight at 7 PM in an hour-long block.

As for Teen Titans GO!, the move to the death slot proved to be its undoing, and the show was unceremoniously cancelled on July 9, 2016. The network vowed to never air the series again, and all knowledge of it was disavowed as "a mistake as bad as CN Real".

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