by Jared Sternberg, age 10 (guest authoring for his dad)
I just got back from the Cartoon Network upfront presentation. Lots of people knew my dad, and they were very nice to me (dad says that can't influence what I write). We got good seats in the third row.
My dad came in and tried to get me to speed up and asked me why I was watching the commercial. Even though my parents like to zoom past the commercials, I like watching the show and the commercials in kids programs. I don't like watching commercials in other kinds of shows,
They started the presentation talking about things I really don't understand - activation, broadening the brand, custom integrated solutions, evolving the network, bold new content, franchises, and aspirational destination for boys (my dad took notes that had these phrases). But I was told a lot of advertising people were in the crowd, and they seemed happy to hear those things.
Then it got more fun, as stuff happened on stage and they showed previews of new shows, That's what I was waiting for. I'm glad my favorite Cartoon Network shows, Dude, What Would Happen, Destroy Build Destroy, Flapjack, 6Teen, and Stoked are coming back and they said Adventure Time has been renewed for a second season). I used to like Ben 10, but as he got older the show got more boring.
Cartoon Network use to be all animation, but I also started liking live-action. SInce they started expanding, I don't switch channels as much, and watch Cartoon more than I used to. Shows like Dude, What Would Happen keep them from getting boring.
New shows I'm really looking forward to watching are, Unnatural History (Live-action mystery series), Tower Prep(Live-action. Teen wakes up trapped in mysterious prep school, forms secret group with others in same boat.), Sym-Bionic Titan (Animated - from creator of Samurai Jack and Dexter. Combines giant robot battles and high-school comedy.), MAD (based on MAD Magazine), The Amazing Spiez (Animated. Four siblings juggle their family life with international spy missions.), and BEYBLADE(Fresh take on the animated hit from the early 2000s.). NBA Basketball is my favorite sport, and I'm also looking forward to Run it Back Sunday, which takes The NBA on TNT's game of the week and remixes it for a fun hour.
I think the 3 new quarter-hour comedies (Robotomy, Regular Show, and Secret Mountain Fort Awesome) could be hits because when people want to watch something funny but don't have a lot of time, this would be perfect. Sometimes I'm waiting to leave the house with my parents and have to wait for 15 minutes. If they do well, Cartoon should make more quarter-hour comedies.
I'm really wondering if Slamball is coming back. I loved that show, but they didn't mention it.
I had a lot of fun today.