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Disney Junior Channel launches March 23, 2012

Discussion in 'Bear in the Big Blue House' started by Phillip, Mar 22, 2012.

  1. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    The new Disney Junior Channel will begin broadcasting 24/7 on Friday March 23 (replacing SoapNet in many markets). Below is the initial schedule. Sadly, while most of the original Playhouse Disney shows are returning, "Bear in the Big Blue House" does not yet have a regular programing slot. :cry:

    We can only hope that the beloved "Bear in the Big Blue House" returns soon. The show hasn't been on US TV in more than five years. ("Bear in the Big Blue House" currently airs regulaly on the Disney Junior Channel in Canada, so hopefully we'll see it added to the US channel in the future.) Request "Bear in the Big Blue House" on the official Disney Junior Channel Facebook page.

    Let us know your thoughts on the schedule. Also check out the official Disney Junior Channel web site to see if the station is available in your area.
  2. Hubert

    Hubert Well-Known Member

    As usual, I'm always the odd one out. I never get these great new channels. :cry:
  3. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    This isn't quite the complete waste of a concept I thought it would be, since they have a rough tweezers full of classic Disney cartoons if you want to wake up at 4 in the morning (and make chocolate pudding). At least Timon and Pumbaa are on there.

    Overall, it doesn't change my opinion of 24 hr preschooler programming and how pointless it is. And don't give me that "midnight feeding" excuse. Kids that young shouldn't watch TV anyway. I mean, a good 12 hours a day, sure... sun to sun. If you have a 5 year old that can't sleep at 3am, then watching television's just going to keep him from sleeping any further during the night. Works on adults too. One night I just woke up around 3 and couldn't get back to sleep, so I watched Bravestarr on qubo... I was up until 6, lying in bed for hours after that.

    I don't see why Bear isn't on the list. It's not that they're purposely avoiding older shows. I see Koala Brothers, Stanley and Jo Jo's Circus on there. I'm sure they'll get enough requests, but it's still a waste they didn't add it to the initial line up. And there's no call for 4 episodes of Mickey's Clubhouse a day. Especially at 2 AM. Seems like they sort of have the right idea by putting a couple Disney animated series shows on there, but it really feels they should pull a qubo, and rerun classic TDA from midnight to 4 am. Bear needs to be on television again, sure... but so doesn't Darkwing Duck and Ducktales.
    Walter likes this.
  4. mbmfrog

    mbmfrog Well-Known Member

    I can't find this channel on my cable box and I have Verizon. :(
  5. KirbTreelo05

    KirbTreelo05 Well-Known Member

    I have two words for this: Not. Cool. ಠ_ಠ

    They have "Timon and Pumbaa", "The Little Mermaid", "Jojo's Circus", "Stanley", "Rolie Polie Olie", "101 Dalmations" and "Jungle Cubs", but no Bear?! That's messed up...Why can't they leave more of the newer shows on the Disney Channel block and let this channel carry more of the older shows?

    Ah well...I wouldn't be able to watch it now anyway since I don't have a TV in my dorm room. I really hope they're thinking about adding 'im somewhere in the schedule...
  6. Katzi428

    Katzi428 Well-Known Member

    They had a preview of it while my 2 year old nephew was here. (He stayed at my mother's boyfriend's house w/ his parents & his baby sister) He LOVED it! (I just hope that Disney Jr. is on their cable system at home.)
  7. Sgt Floyd

    Sgt Floyd Well-Known Member

    Aw, no PB&J Otter? :(

    So are they going to continue with the Disney Junior thing on the Disney Channel itself?
  8. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I don't see any reason not to. I mean, The Disney Channel has like 5 shows, and it repeats them 24/7 until there's a movie with the very same stars of those shows. All it would do is put a couple more episodes of that stuff in the place of Disney Junior. And like mbmfrog said, he can't find the channel, so I'd be sure that others wouldn't. Doesn't Nickelodeon have a Nick Jr. Network that used to be Noggin that just runs the same Nick Jr. shows anyway, adding a couple older ones to the mix?

    Still, I kinda wish Disney ONLY had bought the Muppets and Henson had the rights to Bear. At least we would have gotten an unsatisfying single DVD out of it, and Henson would post clips online. Which, sadly is more than Disney's doing with the character.

    I have to hand it to Disney Junior for having a couple Disney Saturday Morning cartoons on the network. Losing Toon Disney was a disservice to fans of the 80's-00's Disney cartoon fans, but the network was headed in that direction anyway. I really wish they'd pull a qubo and have a Night Owl block featuring some of those old shows instead of late night reruns of something on earlier that day. That would have some potential, and a competitive edge on CN's Adult Swim line up for those that don't care for that kind of humor.

    Still, I don't see why they needed a 24 hr preschool network, when Disney REALLY needs a main channel of general Disney programming, like classic movies and TV shows. You know, like what the Disney channel used to be.
    RichardHuntFan likes this.
  9. CountFan1998

    CountFan1998 Well-Known Member

    Yeah, but there's always three magic letters: DVD (Althoug there's more shows and seasons left that Disney probably won't release anyway!)

    I say they replace Disney XD (X-tra Dumb) like we know they should with like a Disney Channel Retro/Rewind, etc...
  10. Sgt Floyd

    Sgt Floyd Well-Known Member

    Disney XD started off really good, and then they go and pull all of the good shows (I'm looking at you, Static Shock -_-) and replace them with misguided attempts at catering to the older audience. To be fair though, I do like I'm in the Band :o
  11. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I applaud it's Marvel Comics programming. That and Phineas and Ferb. Still, they just want the boy equivalent of what the Disney Channel has become.

    Too bad we didn't get TRUE Jetix (the kind Europe had). Then we'd get a lot of classic Fox Kids shows back, as well as the European only Gadget and the Gadgetinis. They had to go and take them all down off of Youtube... grrrrr. Not even a DVD release in the US. But I found it highly ironic that they had shows that Cartoon Network felt they were too good to show before ToonDisney changed.

    Disney hates to put things on DVD... or rerun them on television...or post them online on hulu...or even generally acknowledge them. They don't even put their current programming on DVD in sets. They just trim them to make "movies" and release them at 15 bucks each.
  12. Walter

    Walter Well-Known Member

    gosh..I wish that Disney Junior could just stay on Disney Channel and Disney develop a channel devoted soley to classic programming like Darkwing Duck, Mickey Mouse Club, and Rescue Rangers...

    I can only dream of a channel where i can watch The Muppet Show AND Gargoyles in a row..I can dream, can't I??:fanatic:
  13. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    The hot thing in the industry is 24/7 preschool programming for some insane reason. The original version of Noggin got it right. Preschool programming until mid-afternoon, older kid programming until midnight, late night classics for those willing to wake up late and watch/video tape/DVR.

    That said, if you even have the cable network that includes Disney Junior, you pretty much have on-demand, I'm guessing. On Demand pretty much makes 24 hr preschool programming networks completely pointless anyway. If little Jimmy absolutely has to see Mickey Mouse Clubhouse at 3 Am, On Demand has it anytime.
    RichardHuntFan and Walter like this.
  14. Sgt Floyd

    Sgt Floyd Well-Known Member

    DirecTV doesn't have on demand. I think it's like the only one that doesnt.
  15. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    Yes DirecTV does offer on demand. Your receiver needs to be connected to the Internet though. Find out more here.
  16. Sgt Floyd

    Sgt Floyd Well-Known Member

    Huh...that would explain it. We never had our boxes connected to the internet. We never had internet XD
  17. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Even then, I don't buy the "my Rainman-esque 3 year old demands to see Secret Agent Oso at 2 in the morning" stuff. And if it's that midnight feeding jazz, you could put on a test pattern. Kids aren't that developed to get any benefit from those shows yet.
    Walter likes this.
  18. mimitchi33

    mimitchi33 Well-Known Member

    I think the reason why they refuse to air any older shows is because:
    A. those were the most successful old shows on Disney Channel (ratings wise)
    B. how Disney Junior treats the shows. For example, look at Timon and Pumbaa. Out of 85 episodes of that show, they only aired 10 of them, including the last episode of the show! (they only air a select number of episodes of some older shows on Disney Junior).
    Bear may come on sometime in the future. Replace one of the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse slots with Bear and call it a day.

    If anyone wants to still watch Bear In The Big Blue House, they have DVDs of it. Heck, some people are potty-training their kids with the "Potty Time With Bear" DVD! But if you don't have money, there are some episodes on YouTube.
  19. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    For those with DirecTV, you'll be getting Disney Junior starting this Saturday July 14. Hopefully, Bear in the Big Blue House will be added to the lineup soon. (Bear already airs on Disney Junior Canada.)

  20. Hubert

    Hubert Well-Known Member

    That's good that it's airing on the Canada channel...hopefully it will come here. It's been years since I last saw Bear, I'd love to watch it again.

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