I reported yesterday over at The Land of Whatever that Retro is leaving my market after the end of business early Sunday. What that does for fans of classic children's programming is it leaves a gaping hole that isn't going to be filled any time soon.
Since the spring, Me-TV & Retro had shared some of the Filmation properties now owned by Classic Media, such as He-Man & The Masters of the Universe. The problem I had was the Me-TV's lineup starts at the unholy hour of 5 am (ET), which is where The Famous Adventures of Mr. Magoo has been slotted. Green Screen Adventures, which fulfills the FCC E/I requirements, fills 2 hours from 8-10 (ET), but Me-TV doesn't want to move their toon block further down into the morning daypart because they don't want to break up their Western block that starts at 11 (ET) with Nick Adams' The Rebel. After tomorrow, Me-TV has the classic cartoon landscape all to themselves in my area, aside of course from Boomerang, and their Saturday block, particularly Wacky Races & Perils of Penelope Pitstop, could stand a major overhaul. Considering the management at Boomerang, that right now is wishful thinking.
If I'm a programmer at Me-TV, I have to think about making changes to address an audience that is right on the verge of being under-served. Having Rebel trade places with Batman, for example, would be a step in the right direction.