I remember when Kim Possible first began to air in 2002. I've been a novice viewer of Disney Channel for quite some time, so I can recall the manners in which they have so drastically evolved since that time. Many of their decisions have been verifiable, others have been malformed. Recently, however, it appears one decision was made that very well could lead to the downfall of their more loyal viewership.
Over this long summer, Disney Channel began to exclusively air more modern programming throughout their entire (non-Playhouse Disney) schedule (now 2 PM - 4 AM), limiting themselves to Wizards of Waverly Place, Hannah Montana (Forever), Jonas (LA), Phineas and Ferb, Good Luck Charlie, The Suite Life on Deck, and Sonny with a Chance. Reviewing the history of the network, one will notice that Disney Channel routinely shifts their schedule between Memorial Day and Labor Day to appeal to a larger audience for summer vacations. This year, predictably, Disney Channel stopped airing the classic shows that were shown in the early morning hours before Memorial Day, including shows such as The Replacements, Kim Possible, The Emperor's New School, American Dragon: Jake Long, and several others. Looking at the scheduling blocks after Labor Day when the summer programming officially ends, however, all of these older shows will remain off of the schedule. There will be no more classic programming. Period.
Apparently Disney Channel has forgotten how they have gotten to where they are. It was with the viewers of these classic shows, some only a year removed from ending, that established itself as a legitimate competitor to Nickelodeon. Eventually, though, these older programs were ushered to the background, only airing in hours where few could watch them. That's okay, at least you still have a variety of programming. What they are doing now, however, crosses the line. They are now going to rely on seven shows to fill a fourteen-hour programming block each and every day.
You know, it certainly hurt when Kim Possible was cancelled the first time, but they remembered where they came from and gave it another season. If their executives are allowing programming decisions that completely alienate their past like this to fly, then I have little hope that Kim Possible and other great shows like her's will ever see the light of day again. Might as well jump on the Sitcom bangwagon, because that's just about all they have to offer. If the network truly understood anything beyond ratings, it would re-establish the early morning programming block for older shows.
Long? Yes. Rant? Most likely. Is it the truth? ...