January 16, 2010

News: Nerdland, Ninjamaica gain most votes in Teletoon Pilot Project

After three months and ten shows, Nerdland has emerged the English-language “winner” of the Teletoon Pilot Project.  The Cuppa Coffee Studios show attracted 185,342 votes.

Interestingly, ledetour.ca visitors voted Lenz Entertainment’s Ninjamaica their favourite, with 76,014 votes.  Having not been to ledetour.ca at all before January 15, I’m not sure whether Nerdland won the overall vote.

It should be noted that Nerdland will not automatically commit to series as a result of the Teletoon Pilot Project.  Other factors will be considered – if and/or where it fits on Teletoon’s schedule, comments, voting, overall online buzz and so on.

The voting process itself had its good and bad points.  The “vote for your favourite” was too simplistic, and staggering the release dates for pilots wasn’t the most sensible tactic.

At least the comments were by and large honest.  For instance, Drop Dead Gorgeous won’t make it past pilot stage.  That pilot was Popcultured with Elvira Kurt levels of hated.

I sincerely hope this is part of a larger effort to revitalize Teletoon Detour/At Night.  Teletoon would be stupid not to greenlight at least one cartoon, even mimic the [adult swim] preference for fifteen-minute shows.  If Teletoon doesn’t greenlight at least one regular series from the Pilot Project, what’s the point of mounting it?

All pilots will remain online until February 1, 2010.  Pilots participating in the Teletoon Pilot Project will air this coming fall.

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