The Original Gobots returning to TV

Steevy Maximus

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Weigel Broadcasting, the operators of the MeTV family of broadcast channels, is adding a new one this summer called MeTV Toons. MeTV is partnering with WB Discovery for a bulk of the content, but will be acquiring content from sources like Universal (which includes the Classic Media library) and Sony (UPA and Columbia content). Voice Actor Bob Bergman (Porky Pig) will be the lead announcer. Launch date is June 25.

The initial web page is up, and among the usual Warner/Hanna Barbera classics, you can spot several unusual faces cycle in, including:
Cary Mahoney (Police Academy Animated Series)
The Mask (Mask Animated Series)
Papa Smurf (The Smurfs)
Quicksilver (Silverhawks)
Captain Planet
Mr T (!)
Freakazoid
Omi (Shoalin Showdown)
Beetlejuice (Beetlejuice animated series)
Marine Boy (From the Marine Boy Anime series)
And, the reason I’m posting here, Leader 1, from Hanna Barbera’s original 80s Gobot cartoon

 

Donocropolis

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Very exciting news! I get MeTV over-the-air, so I'm hoping this will also be broadcast that way. I wish it was available on my cable or one of the streaming services I already have, as then I could watch it more at my leisure (I love Svengoolie, but I miss a lot of episodes as Saturday nights tend to be busy) or DVR it.
 

Sabrblade

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I'll need to see a TV schedule before I get any excitement about this.

We no longer have cable since we weren't watching it much anymore after getting several streaming services, but we do still have over-the-air antenna television. But, without a cable box, DVRing isn't an option for me. So I'd only be able to watch anything on this channel by having to catch it in real-time.
 

Princess Viola

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Very exciting news! I get MeTV over-the-air, so I'm hoping this will also be broadcast that way.
According to the press release announcing it, it's going to available in like million ways: over-the-air, on cable/satellite, free streaming services (like Tubi and Pluto TV), etc.


They want this damn thing to be available to anyone regardless of how they watch TV.
 

Donocropolis

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According to the press release announcing it, it's going to available in like million ways: over-the-air, on cable/satellite, free streaming services (like Tubi and Pluto TV), etc.


They want this damn thing to be available to anyone regardless of how they watch TV.

Nice! Looks like they are doing their best to bring classic cartoons back to everyone. Very exciting stuff.
 

Haywire

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Nice! I have all the Gobots DVDs that got released, but I like that others have the option to watch it again! Im interested in seeing what else they add to the lineup; MeTV has some pretty cool offerings, so a toon version seems like it might be right up my alley.
 

Donocropolis

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I guess if I really want to recapture the feeling of watching Gobots in my childhood, I need to find a black and white tv. As a kid, we had the good, color tv in the family room and the old b/w one in the little play room. My sisters outnumbered me 3:1, so they got to watch My Little Pony on the color television while I had to watch Gobots in the playroom.
 

Sabrblade

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I guess if I really want to recapture the feeling of watching Gobots in my childhood, I need to find a black and white tv. As a kid, we had the good, color tv in the family room and the old b/w one in the little play room. My sisters outnumbered me 3:1, so they got to watch My Little Pony on the color television while I had to watch Gobots in the playroom.
You might be able to adjust your TV's color settings
 

Steevy Maximus

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MeTV Toons has posted their initial scheduling block of shows. This is the INITIAL setup, so expect changes to occur. To me, they are a little heavy on Rock and Bullwinkle, perhaps to justify the license cost?

Saturdays have the most "recent stuff" with early afternoons featuring Police Academy, The Mask, and Real Ghostbusters. Evenings see Duck Dodgers and Freakazoid get dusted off.

I'm still hoping for an early Saturday morning or late evening block of action shows. In addition to the above mentioned, there are shows like Gobots, Silverhawks, Mr T, Captain Planet, and Legion of Superheroes (I think I saw that posted) that would make a nice block of the kinds of shows, I think, most of us grew up with.
 

Gizmoboy

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hmmm... we have MeTV in Indianapolis, but I'm not seeing any Indy stations for MeTV Toons. Hopefully that changes soon.
 

Steevy Maximus

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I wouldn’t start fussing until the actual launch. I’ve yet to see a ”official source” for what stations will or won’t carry the channel. But a safe assumption is that if you are getting channels in the MeTV family (which include bounce, StartTV, Catchy Comedy, H&I, or Movies!), there is a good chance you’ll be able to to get access to MeTV Toons next month.

Unfortunately, it seems the only streaming services to carry the networks are philo and frndlytv . I’m surprised Sling didn’t pick them up to bulk out the free channel line up. Hulu carries dabl, but none of the others, and I don’t expect them to given the existing presence of Cartoon Network and Boomerang.
 

Rhinox

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I'm suddenly reminded of the awesomeness of Shaolin Showdown and need to buy all the seasons so I can watch again.
 

LBD "Nytetrayn"

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I wonder if this will be viewable in Canada. I know we got some MeTV or whatever here.
 

Steevy Maximus

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Challenge of the Gobots will premiere on MeTV Toons THIS SATURDAY!
....At very early in the morning


Also, here's the full the catalog of active shows on the schedule. One of the low-key additions seems to be a number of Gerry Anderson's "puppet" series, like Thunderbirds.


AND HOW WAS THIS A THING?
 


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