July 15, 2010

News: Teletoon at Night announces 2010-11 lineup

Teletoon introduced its 2010-11 lineup today, with a big shiny media site and everything.  This post will cover only Teletoon at Night.

The biggest change for TaN is that Teletoon Detour has been phased out completely.  Teletoon at Night was introduced in 2009 as a place for less raunchy adult-oriented shows, sort of a gateway to the Detour.  The shows common to Teletoon Detour have largely been moved past midnight, mimicking [adult swim]’s format.

Acquisitions for TaN include the FX animated spy spoof/Frisky Dingo variant Archer, a new season of American Dad and new episodes of Robot Chicken.  Original programs include 26 episodes of The Dating Guy, plus nine of the ten Teletoon Pilot Project entries.

I notice that the Teletoon Detour at Night Pilot Project is missing The Wireless Family.  Commenters on Canadian Animation Resources have pretty much slammed that pilot, as has Mike Valiquette.  I recall the comments on the Teletoon Detour website ravaging the show, though it wasn’t as hated as Drop Dead Gorgeous.

If Teletoon isn’t airing The Wireless Family due to extreme negative reaction, I’ll understand.  I assume the slight has more to do with The Wireless Family being a French-language show dubbed into English, the only Pilot Project show carrying that distinction.  Either way, I doubt the average viewer notices or cares.

From looking at the media site, Teletoon will not air new episodes of Metalocalypse, The Venture Bros. or Futurama this fall.  This frustrates me.  The Venture Bros.‘ fourth-season DVD (well, Season 4 Volume 1) will come out October 26, 2010.  Futurama just made a triumphant return to Comedy Central.  Canadians want these shows, believe me.

I honestly hope Teletoon at Night is withholding shows for winter.  I’m glad Archer is on Teletoon, but the overall schedule is thin.  At least Teletoon at Night is airing new material this year.  I don’t think I could bear the possibility of more Quads!


September 22, 2009

TV Review | Teletoon at Night Saturday Premieres: Part Two

Clarification regarding Part 1 of this article: Teletoon at Night is the weekday adult programming block.  Teletoon Detour is the weekend adult programming block.  There’s no brand simplicity at Teletoon.  [adult swim], whether it reruns shows (which it does, to death) or debuts new ones, is still [adult swim].

Teletoon’s adult programming block has gone from Teletoon Unleashed to Teletoon Detour, Teletoon F-Night, back to Teletoon Detour and now this split branding.  While I’m glad Teletoon found a classier name and image for its Futurama and King of the Hill reruns, why keep the Detour brand?  Stupid.  Pick one name and run with it, Teletoon.  At least the Thursday and Friday night films are a constant now, so baby steps.

Xavier: Renegade Angel 1.1: “What Life D-D-Doth” | This show has a love-it-or-hate-it fanbase.  Either Xavier is the worst thing [adult swim] has vomited forth or a mindblowing trip that few have the capacity to understand.

Xavier is essentially Billy Jack with a beak, fur, backward-bending legs and six nipples, among other design flaws.  He is obnoxious to everyone he meets, his ego too big for one planet.  Xavier’s words sometimes echo, as if anything he says has any portent.

Hell, Xavier doesn’t have to make sense half the time.  Even if he did, he’s talking to unenlightened people, which he knows he is much better than.  The show is a complete mindfuck, which would explain how “What Life D-D-Doth” can work AIDS, the nature of reality and a bevy of bad puns into a…well, whatever the hell Xavier is, at any rate.

Before Xavier: Renegade Angel, PFFR was best known for MTV2’s Wonder Showzen.  I like Xavier: Renegade Angel better than Wonder Showzen.  That’s not an impressive feat, as Wonder Showzen episodes fail at humour nineteen times out of twenty.

Xavier is of similar quality to Wonder Showzen, but it’s easier to swallow at eleven minutes.  Believe it or not, Xavier: Renegade Angel is still better than Assy McGee and 12 oz. Mouse.  Painful rectal discharge is better than 12 oz. Mouse.

Frisky Dingo 2.1: “Behold a Dark Horse” | Frisky Dingo‘s first-season finale had nominal villain Killface plan to hurl the Earth into the sun with his Annihilatrix.  Thanks to malfunctioning couplings, Killface’s machine does not pull the Earth into the sun.  It actually pushes Earth a few feet away from the sun…just enough to end global warming, since Killface totally meant to do that.

Turning a negative into a positive, Killface becomes the Democratic presidential nominee.  The episode centers around him and Dottie Bunch mounting a run for the American presidency.  This involves Bunch spending Killface’s money on booze, a commercial set in a wheatfield, lots of fundraisers and a penguin named Baby Lamont.

Killface so deliberately cured global warming, the one issue he bases his campaign on.  He uses the penguin as the face of global warming, as the chick was trapped on an ice floe in the first season.  As this isn’t enough to interest voters, rapper Taqu’il (he of The Ballocaust fame) is chosen as Killface’s running mate.

For an eleven-minute show on [adult swim], Frisky Dingo is surprisingly plot-heavy.  Not many superhero parodies will use terms like “media buy” or delve into the minutiae of a supervillain’s life.  Non-fans will probably have no clue what the show is about, or why so much attention is paid to a naked, muscular alien interested in said media buys.

Frisky Dingo is much better than Sealab 2021, Adam Reed and Matt Thompson’s previous series.  Sealab 2021 trades in the Aqua Teen Hunger Force style of humour, where wacky shit happens just for the sake of entertaining stoners.  Frisky Dingo is more intelligent, has a unique look and doesn’t couch itself in the remains of a long-dead Hanna-Barbera show.  Baby Lamont alone is worth a watch.

Aqua Teen Hunger Force 5.1: “Robots Are Everywhere” | I’ve watched this show off and on since its debut.  I used to like this show, but ATHF has lost me completely at this point.  There’s only so far this show can go without repeating itself.

In “Robots Are Everywhere,” Carl rents out the house Master Shake, Frylock and Meatwad are normally tenants of to boxy robots.  “Markula” makes an appearance.  The robots hump a lot, making babies.  Carl switches between disinterest and anger, as he often does.  It’s the typical Aqua Teen Hunger Force plot.  Making sense of this show is futile.

I understand this is a Carl-centric show, as the anthropomorphic foodstuffs have been captured by military spiders.  It doesn’t matter what happens in the episode, since it’s Aqua Teen Hunger Force and continuity is for pussies.  I just don’t enjoy this show anymore.  I feel the show lost something after Dr. Weird’s ass ate his hand.  After that, there’s nowhere else for Aqua Teen Hunger Force to go.