In what is probably one of the most mismanaged programming shifts ever, Cartoon Network has removed the DC Nation programming block (both new and repeat episodes) and just announced it will return in January 2013 for new episodes.
This whole event has transpired in the last day it would seem, as the DC Nation block was still on the schedule as of yesterday. Sometime late last night (around midnight), I noticed that Cartoon Network’s online schedule page had updated and showed both Saturday and Sunday’s DC Nation timeslots (10-11am) replaced by DreamWorks Dragons: Riders of Berk on Saturday and Johnny Test on Sunday. That’s when I originally made this article to inform everyone that the block was replaced.
It took Cartoon Network until 4:19pm EDT today to post a public response to the situation. They tweeted “Hey #DCNation fans! Have you heard?? DC Nation will return in January with all new episodes!”
Hey, Cartoon Network, that might not have been the best way to publically address the situation, you think?
DC Nation premiered on March 17 as a one-hour block with Green Lantern: The Animated Series and Young Justice. Both series aired new episodes non-stop for 13 weeks for Green Lantern and 15 weeks for Young Justice. Lantern took a 17 week break and Justice had a 15 week break – both showing repeats each week during their break. Both then returned on September 29 and have aired two new episodes each when the decision to pull this week’s and all further week’s episodes came down.
The big difference now is, while new episodes are once again being pushed farther off, there are zero repeats on the schedule. None. The block is gone. Based on their schedule right now, the DreamWorks Dragons and Johnny Test line-up that’s happening this weekend will continue until further notice.