Hasbro-Discovery-Hub-G-I-Joe-Renegades_1304999416[1]

http://online.wsj.com/articles/discovery-to-take-control-of-the-hub-network-1410979842

An article on the Wall Street Journal website has announced that Discovery Communications and Hasbro have decided to end their joint-ownership of the Hub Network. Discovery is set to take a controlling interest in the network and rename it “Discovery Family” as early as 4th quarter (October-December). Hasbro would retain a stake in the service and will air programming from 9am to 3pm Eastern Time citing sources close to the talks. The newly-rebranded network is expected to target family viewing as well as children which was something the Hub was gearing towards with its slogan, “Making Family Fun.”

The Hub Network has faced headwinds since its inception in 2010, not the least of which is competition from the much-more established Nickelodeon, Disney Channel, and Cartoon Network. While they have averages of around 1,000,000 viewers a day, the Hub barely cracks 100,000. Also cited was children’s viewing habits shifting to online viewing services.

Despite Hasbro reportedly retaining a six-hour block on the network (whether it is daily or weekly is not known), Hasbro has had “on-again, off-again” talks with Time Warner’s Cartoon Network about CN being an outlet for its programming according to the report.

ANALYSIS:  If I’m being honest, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic has been the network’s one genuine hit. During Season Four, while it was drawing 500,000 viewers an episode more often than not, no other show was coming that close. There was the odd movie that on the network, but the likes of Littlest Pet Shop and Transformers: Rescue Bots were not coming close to those figures. It also doesn’t help that the Hub does not have as big a reach as the Big Three of Nickelodeon, Disney Channel, and Cartoon Network. Indeed, if the low ratings continue under the Discovery Family moniker, cable companies could opt to drop the channel in the future.

As for MLP, there are options out there such as staying on the new Discovery Family and being one of the network’s anchors like it is on the Hub Network. Also of note is that LPS still has 13 episodes left in its third season and there is due to be a third season of Transformers: Rescue Bots and a new Transformers series with Bumblebee in the lead in 2015.

Moving to Cartoon Network is intriguing. It would bring in more viewers, but will CN continue to be the same network that told Lauren Faust that no one will watch a show with strong female leads. Plus, there’s this talking point from last December:

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/130556-Paul-Dini-Superhero-Cartoon-Execs-Dont-Want-Female-Viewers

Then again, there’s Steven Universe which was created by Rebecca Sugar and the majority of main characters on that show are female.

A partnership would fit in a way since the Hub had been airing reruns of Warner Brothers TV classics like Batman: The Animated Series, Tiny Toon Adventures, and Animaniacs. 

The online route is also one to be considered for MLP since a lot of Bronies watch episodes online, on Netflix, or on iTunes or Google Play.

http://herdcensus.com/2014%20STATE%20OF%20THE%20HERD%20REPORT.pdf

All four seasons of MLP are currently on Netflix.

Of course, the certain answer is that we’ll see what happens. The show is very unlikely to suddenly go away, especially ending its previous season on such a high. There will be a fifth season (and 100th episode) of the show coming up in 2015. In the meantime, there is Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks and the comics to hold us over until then–whenever and wherever it appears.

StatManDan

gmberrowannouncement_by_ashleynicholsart-d7z81ts

Nightmare Nights is pleased to announce the return of G.M. Berrow as one of our Guests of Honor!

Author of a panoply of pony books, and co-author of the upcoming Daring Do series (along with A.K. Yearling), Gillian has branched out to writing pony scripts, penning a Pinkie Pie episode coming up in Season 5.

Come along to Nightmare Nights and get Gillian to autograph your books, discuss the differences between writing books and writing scripts, and explain why she’s a better author than M. A. Larson! Need more books to have autographed? Look no further!

G. M. Berrow joins Tabitha St. Germain, Britt McKillip, M. A. Larson, Heather Nuhfer, Josh Haber and Amy Keating Rogers at this year’s Nightmare Nights Dallas. So join Gillian and our other Guests this October 24th-26th for panels, events, fun and excitement. Nightmare Nights Dallas will not only feature our Guests of Honor, including My Little Pony’s talented artists, writers, and actors, but also Community Guests from the fandom we know and love…and those will not be the only surprises we have in store for you!

Nightmare Nights Dallas 2014 memberships can be purchased here but hurry! Only 3 of our Premium Sponsor memberships are left, which include the VIP Meet and Greet.

Nightmare Nights Dallas is Texas’s largest My Little Pony fan-based convention. Come join us this October 24-26 in a celebration of not only the Nightmare Moon but all things MLP. Please visit us online at NightmareNights.net, follow us on Twitter, and like us on Facebook.

Art by Ashy Girl

Till Her return, bide…

Friends Forever #12 cover by Brenda Hickey

Friends Forever #12 cover by Brenda Hickey

Another round of solicitations! Like usual, PREVIEWS World has solicitations for IDW’s comics while Newsarama has solicitations for Boom’s Steven Universe comic. Check out all the info after the break to see what will be available in time for the holidays.

Read more →

RainbowRocksMoviePoster

While we’ve been staring into the sun blankly for the past couple of weeks, a few chunks of show news have leaked out from the empty void that is the hiatus, namely in the realm of music.  First on the chopping block is the release of  My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Rainbow Rocks (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) via iTunes.  The album features the musical works of Daniel Ingram and features ten tracks.

  1. Rainbow Rocks (1:40)
  2. Better Than Ever (1:35)
  3. Under Our Spell (1:51)
  4. Tricks up My Sleeve (2:06)
  5. Shake Your Tail (1:59)
  6. Welcome to the Show (4:37)
  7. Awesome as I Want to Be (1:16)
  8. Let’s Have a Battle (Of the Bands) (2:52)
  9. Shine Like Rainbows (2:35)
  10. Music to My Ears (Bonus Track) (1:45)

The album was released a week ago and is available on iTunes for $9.90 USD.


 

10384215_390247804463554_5406491285839824995_n

In other interesting musical news, Hot Topic is releasing a vinyl album featuring music from the show itself.  Vinyl has slowly been making a comeback over the years, one part nostalgia, one part audio quality.  Man kind has yet to duplicate the sound quality of pressed vinyl in modern media, making the Edison family quite happy.

The album is produced by a company called Spacelab9, and the album was released today at various local Hot Topic stores, with a future online sale date of September 30th via HotTopic.com.

From Spacelab9’s official Facebook press release:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: (TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 15TH, 2014)

MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC MAKES IT’S VINYL DEBUT

September 15th, 2014 –SPACELAB9, in partnership with HASBRO STUDIOS are proud to announce the release of the MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC Picture Disc LP, available exclusively at Hot Topic stores beginning September 16th and via HotTopic.com beginning September 30th, while supplies last.

The MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC Picture Disc LP will be made available in two different variants including a “Princess Celestia” edition as well as a “Princess Luna” edition. Although the core twelve tracks of the album remain the same on both, each version includes two exclusive bonus tracks and completely unique artwork.

This “best of” collection by composer Daniel Ingram features fan favorites such as “The Gala Song”, “Love is in Bloom”, “Becoming Popular” and many others from the hit television series. Rebooted in 2010, the MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC animated series has become an international phenomenon gaining fans of all ages from all corners of the globe. With a history spanning over three decades MY LITTLE PONY continues to resonate within the hearts and imaginations of generations of new fans. MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC will be met with a great deal of excitement from fans of this storied brand and record aficionados alike.

And that’s your horribly late show music update.  Now, back to the sun.

10614377_390247801130221_2402452856908637986_n

tumblr_nbnmcgdjTZ1s793pvo1_1280

Gravity Falls is four episodes into Season Two. Let’s take a look at how it’s done since it got moved to Disney XD after a one-year hiatus. Of course, the season premier (“Scary-Oke”) actually aired on Disney Channel on August 1st. That drew 2.372 million viewers on that Friday night buoyed by having Girl Meets World as a lead-in. A total of 944,000 would see “Into the Bunker” on Disney XD three days later–making it a series high on Disney XD.

That record would be broken a week later when “The Golf War” drew 1.272M viewers. After a four-week break, the show returned with “Sock Opera” and also the first Monday it would be up against not only WWE RAW, but also Monday Night Football. Still, the episode drew 869,000 viewers. (All figures cite Nielsen Media Research.)

So taking out the Disney Channel premier, the show is averaging 1.028 million viewers an episode right now. Season One of Gravity Falls averaged an estimated 3.355 million on the Disney Channel, last year, with “The Deep End” being the most-watched at 4.5 million. A reminder that the main Disney Channel is available in over 98 million households while Disney XD is available in just under 81 million.

StatManDan


That’s why the ponies of this world believe in… by Frist44

123 – “Monster Buddies”

Written by Lamar Abrams, Hellen Jo
“Steven accidentally releases a monster from a gem bubble and attempts to tame its wild, violent instincts.”

Where To Watch
Direct Video

OnDerpmand→

tumblr_nbp6jweVg61qzrn98o1_1280[1]

A beautiful illustration for the comic by former crew member Stu Livingston: Here’s an illustration I did for Steven Universe #2 (out now!) by Jeremy Sorese and Coleman Engle! Drawing these characters and their world again – a few months after leaving Steven Universe (the show) – was fun, but bittersweet. :) -Stu

Tonight we have a somewhat different type of Crewniverse, due to the musical nature of Steven and the Stevens last week.  Behind the page break you will find the various tracks from the episode, including the demo tracks from Storyboard Artist Jeff Liu.  We also have our last four episode titles and synopsis for Season 1, which will close out on October 2nd.

SUN 123 – Monster Buddies: Steven accidentally releases a monster from a gem bubble and attempts to tame its wild, violent instincts. (Tonight @ 6:30pm ET)

SUN 124 – An Indirect Kiss: When Amethyst cracks her gemstone, Steven and the Crystal Gems go on a mission to heal her. (Sept. 18th 2014)

SUN 125 – Mirror Gem: Steven befriends a magical mirror that can mysteriously communicate with him. (Sept. 25th 2014)

SUN 126 – Ocean Gem: The ocean disappears on the first day of summer and Beach City is in a panic. (Oct 2nd 2014)

Be sure to catch Monster Buddies which should be airing just about right now for US East Coaster, and of course tune in later tonight for DN’s Episode Guide.

Crewniverse Recap after the page break.

Read more →