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Pokemon: The Animated Series Moving to Disney XD November 20, 2016

Posted by Maniac in Game News.
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When Pokémon: The Animated Series first was broadcast in the United States, it aired on the now defunct WB Network during its Kids WB programming block. Over the past few years, the Pokémon animated series and its feature films have been shown on the basic cable channel Cartoon Network, but that is not going to be happening for much longer.  I have an important announcement to reveal to fans of the Pokémon animated series in the US:

That’s right, Pokémon is moving to the digital cable channel Disney XD!  On December 5th, 2016 Disney 😄 will broadcast the next major Pokémon movie, and following its premiere we will get a preview of the show’s next season.

If you ask me, I think this is a great decision. With the exception of new feature-film broadcasts, Cartoon Network never offered Pokémon a decent timeslot.  Cartoon Network’s pre-Adult Swim schedule is dominated by shows like Teen Titans GO and The Secret World of Gumball, leaving little room for Pokémon. Heck, new episodes of the show would only air at the unforgivable time of 8am!  That’s far too early for most adults, and far too late for kids who have to be ready early for school. It would have made more sense for them to show it again at a later time slot in the mid-afternoon.  Here’s to hoping Disney 😄 offers Pokémon at more times.

I still have one curiosity about this major announcement I would like to mention here. The Disney 😄 Channel has been willing to experiment with broadcasting major gaming events like last year’s Nintendo World Championships, I wonder if they would be willing to broadcast a major Pokémon tournament next.  If online streaming views are any indicator, they would probably get great Neilson ratings if they were finally broadcast on TV.

So make sure to catch all your Pokémon shows starting on December 5th on Disney XD.

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