As CW's Vortexx Block Disappears, So Does Saturday Morning Cartoons
posted on by Bamboo Dong
If your morning felt a little empty, it may be because for the first time in 50-some years, there were no Saturday morning cartoons on broadcast TV. While that news may not directly impact many viewers, it does deliver a gut-punch to our childhood memories.
Over the years, Saturday morning cartoons have slowly been disappearing off the airwaves, leaving only one last block of animation programming—CW's Vortexx, which over the years have aired Saban properties like Power Rangers: Lost Galaxy, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal, Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z Kai, Digimon Fusion, Sonic X, and B-Daman CrossFire.
As of today, though, Vortexx has been replaced with a block of live-action TV called "One Magnificent Morning." The Saturday morning block has 95% national coverage and will include "10 half-hour inspirational and entertaining programs that explore family-friendly topics from healthy cooking and living to fashion to animal care."
Due in part to long-standing legislation requiring children's educational and information programming, the availibility of streaming, and increased diversity in cable and satellite channels, this is the last door to close on an era that defined many of our childhoods. Fortunately, we still have our memories, our DVDs, and of course, plenty of online options.
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