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Old 04-03-2021, 11:10 PM   #16
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The Addams Family could just be a Summer of Me thing. Only a short-term airing through the summer and The Flintstones will return in the Fall. I remember The Flintstones brought in huge ratings for MeTV and started the cartoon revolution on the channel, so it would be strange to see it phased out weekdays permanently. Only time will tell.

Pink Panther is an excellent choice to the Saturday Mornings Cartoon block. I guess Popeye isn't doing too well, so they cut a half hour on them.

The only thing I'm worried about with MeTV, is that they get too looney toony with the lineup. I love the cartoons but we still have a huge library of retro live-action shows that could be on the channel and also the dream continues for when they finally replace/cut out the boring weeknight lineup and the westerns.
I don't think they are going to get too out of control and fill the schedule with just cartoons.
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The Pink Panther is one of the weakest cartoon series that MeTV could have selected in my mind...not interested in viewing it in the least.
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The Pink Panther is one of the weakest cartoon series that MeTV could have selected in my mind...not interested in viewing it in the least.
Totally agree, so many better options. I would add that if they don't want Flintstones in the evening, they should try it at 6am paired with Toon In With Me.
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I like Pink Panther, but it's odd to put it right before Tom & Jerry. That's 90 minutes of cartoons that are silent for long stretches.
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The Pink Panther is one of the weakest cartoon series that MeTV could have selected in my mind...not interested in viewing it in the least.
A cartoon series that won an academy award for best animated short is not weak sauce. The original series stayed on Saturday mornings for 11 seasons.
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A cartoon series that won an academy award for best animated short is not weak sauce. The original series stayed on Saturday mornings for 11 seasons.
I think DePatie/Freleng put their full efforts into the Panther. The Warners toons, many farmed out to Format Films, were an afterthought, unfortunately. At that point Freleng was done with Warners, figuratively.
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Why can’t the weekday westerns decrease to at least three westerns per weekday? I know most of the westerns bring in so called magnificent ratings, but wouldn’t this 12:00PM-4:00PM weekday schedule at least be somewhat acceptable:

12:00 PM Gunsmoke (30-minute episodes)
12:30 PM Gunsmoke (30-minute episodes)
01:00 PM Bonanza
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Unfortunately, the Westerns still pull in the numbers. Fortunately, a schedule with nothing but Western programs is probably a big turn off to potential advertisers, or else we would probably see nothing but Westerns on METV.

If you ever watch METV during the middle of the day, all you will see is adds for reverse mortgages and Medicare.
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Unfortunately, the Westerns still pull in the numbers. Fortunately, a schedule with nothing but Western programs is probably a big turn off to potential advertisers, or else we would probably see nothing but Westerns on METV.

If you ever watch METV during the middle of the day, all you will see is adds for reverse mortgages and Medicare.
It’s been YEARS since we’ve seen MeTV with less than four westerns per weekday
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I think DePatie/Freleng put their full efforts into the Panther. The Warners toons, many farmed out to Format Films, were an afterthought, unfortunately. At that point Freleng was done with Warners, figuratively.
I think their biggest mistake, was firing Chuck Jones just because he was moonlighting on an Animated movie project for a rival studio. I think they also lost their head story guy, Michael Maltese to H-B and Chuck Jones animated studio. I don't think Maltese ever gets enough credit for his contributions in the field of animation.
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I'm a Flintstones fan, though I haven't been watching the me reruns since shortly after it started airing. There still will be three episodes on Sunday mornings.

I haven't seen Pink Panther cartoons in eons.
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I really think seasons 1 and 2 of the Flintstones should be TOTALLY restored, which has never been done and probably never will. The ABC b/w films are probably available, but the proper episode credits would probably have to be colorized, as the original negatives are (again probably) lost. And while they're at it, do the same with Top Cat.

Re post 26 Maltese SHOULD get credit--he wrote virtually everything for Chuck Jones, and a fair amount for Freleng, too. Also the lyrics for "What's Opera Doc?".

Jones should have somehow demanded his contract allow him the rights to the characters he created. Then we probably would not have ever had those gawd awful Format Films Road Runners.
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It’s been YEARS since we’ve seen MeTV with less than four westerns per weekday
Just like you, I love to see the Westerns cut down to only 3hrs a day through the week. They could start slowly weening them off, by adding shows like Dallas to the schedule at 4:00pm.

1:00 Gunsmoke
2:00 Bonanza
3:00 Rifleman or Wagon Train
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METV is gonna get The Addams Family? I'm surprised that they are doing this because this may be a sign that METV will have a new image soon. I do find it odd that METV is getting rid of The Flintstones weekday airings and reducing it to Sundays but I can guarantee that this is gonna be the start of METV's new and improved Summer Of Me schedule and they will probably bring The Addams Family back for Halloween 2021. As for Pink Panther cartoons being added to METV I think METV is gonna focus on cartoons for the weekend mornings and since they already have The Jetsons they think that with Pink Panther it will be successful in their eyes
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