Thursday, September 4, 2008

Network Proposals

All proposals compiled by Ace Goodheart.

Feb. 19, 1992 proposal

Atlanta (AP) - Hoping to do with Yogi Bear and Popeye

what he did with the news, Ted Turner on Tuesday announced
plans to launch a 24-hour all-cartoon network.

The Cartoon Network, a basic cable television channel,
will make it's debut Oct. !, Turner said. His fifth major
cable television network will feature cartoons from Turner
Broadcasting System Inc.'s vast stock of animated features,
which was bolstered last year by the $320 million purchase
of the Hanna-Barbera library.

With the acquisition of the MGM film library, which includes
"Tom & Jerry", TBS owns 3,800 half-hour blocks of cartoons.

"We got some terrific gems (with the MGM library), like
'Gone With the Wind' and 'Casblanca' said Scott Sassa,
president of Turner Entertainment Networks. "With this deal
we're getting gems like 'The Flintstones', 'The Jetsons' and
'Scooby Doo'".

Sassa said the Cartoon Network would try to lure children
into watching cartoons in prime time, between 8 and 10pm.

Aug. 10, 1992 proposal

Turner Broadcasting will rely on the likes of "The Flintstones,"
"The Jetsons" and Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck to power the Monday-
through-Friday primetime hours of its soon-to-be-launched Cartoon
Network executives say "The Flintstones" will kick off each
night, [scheduled] at 8 p.m. From there viewers will flow into
another cartoon family, "The Jetsons," at 8:30 p.m., with the
"Bugs & Daffy Tonight" block occupying 9 to 10:30 p.m.
Programming the 24-hour toon service, set to launch Oct. 1,
will be done in "elemental blocks" and half-hour strips culled
from more than 8,500 titles Turner has in its library of
Hanna-Barbera, MGM, Warner Bros. and Paramount animation.
On Saturday, "Bugs & Daffy" will move to the 8 p.m. slot
leading into an hourlong version leading into a "Flintstones"/
"Jetsons" hour. At 10 p.m., the web will present "Back To
Bedrock" and "Johnny Quest" at 10:30 p.m.
The schedule remains the same for Sunday nights with the
exception of the 10 to 11 p.m. block, during which the web will
show "The Completely Mental Misadventures of Ed Grimley," an
animated series based on the Martin Short character, which aired
on NBC.
The network will use the animation already in the Turner
house for the launch, although as the network grows there is a
potential for product acquisitions and original productions.
Fans of unconventional and rarely seen animation are the
garget of a latenight show, "Toon Heads," planned for 11:30 to
11:45 p.m. The 15-minute offering is being programmed in theme
weeks featuring directors, short-lived characters and others.
For example, the first week will focus on the work of Tex Avery.
Daytime hours will be broken into four programming blocks
and packed with TBS catalog animation, with an emphasis on
Hanna-Barbera material.

Aug. 12, 1992 (revised Sep. 10, 1992) proposal

Here's a more specific breakdown of the Cartoon Network programming, culled
from articles in Cable World and Electronic Media:

6-10 am: "Morning Crew"
10-11 am: "Tom And Jerry"
11-11:30: "Top Cat"
11:30-12: "Fantastic Max"
12-2 pm: Preschool shows
2-4 pm: "Down Wit' Droopy D"
4 pm: "Top Cat"
4:30: "Yogi's Treasure Hunt"
5-7 pm: Superhero block (most likely referring to "Super Adventures" -Ace)
7-7:30: "Jonny Quest"
7:30-8: "Back To Bedrock" (block featuring "Flinstones" spin-offs)
8-8:30: "The Flintstones"
8:30-9: "The Jetsons"
9-11:30: "Bugs And Daffy Tonight"
11:30-11:45: "Toon Heads"

Sun 10-12: "Boomerang"

Cartoon Network's weekend fare will be comprised mainly of series for which
not enough episodes exist to strip, including "Wait Till Your Father Gets
Home" (Sunday night at 11 p.m.) and "The Completely Mental Misadventures Of
Ed Grimley" (Sunday morning at 9 a.m.)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for crediting all of my compilings here on your site!!! I worked very hard to dig all of these press releases and '90's schedules from the vaults of usenet years ago. I'm "Ace Goodheart" from Toon Zone BTW. I like your site, a very convenient one I might add in the (current) absence of "Operation Time Capsule". I just happened to stumble upon it while searching for more classic CN program schedules! LOL