Remember that one day when you could wake up without an alarm? When you would get your favorite bowl of cereal and sit between the hours of 8 and 12? This is a blog dedicated to the greatest time of our childhood: Saturday mornings. The television programs you watched, the memories attached to them, and maybe introducing you to something you didn't realize existed. Updated every weekend.
For the history of the Ninja Turtles, check out the post here.
The black sheep of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise, Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation was a
loose continuation of the live-action movie trilogy that began in 1990.
Franchise co-creator Kevin Eastman had been
working on the fourth movie since the release of the third, but
nothing had ever materialized. Saban Entertainment acquired the rights
to the franchise and produced the show utilizing ideas that would have been
seen in the film.
The five (yes FIVE) Turtles: Venus, Mikey, Donnie, Leo and Raph.
Turtles: The Next Mutation ran for a single season as part of FOX’s Fox Kids
programming block, plus a crossover episode with Saban’s other program at the
Rangers in Space. However,
the series failed to perform well in the ratings. Since FOX didn’t own the show
or the characters and didn’t receive as much profit from airing it, they saw no
reason to continue financing its production. It was the first time the Turtles
had been off the air for an extended period of time since the debut of the first
animated series in 1987. The show has largely been ignored in
Turtles continuity, and co-creator Peter Laird has gone
on record with his hatred of the Venus character. In the years since its
cancellation, it has aired internationally almost consistently, finally
returning to the United States in 2013 when the now-defunct Hub
Network aired it on Saturday mornings.