Bionix

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Bionix
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Launched September 10, 2004
Closed February 7, 2010
Network YTV
Owned by Corus Entertainment
Country Canada

Bionix was a late night anime program block on the Canadian television channel YTV. From September 10, 2004-February 7, 2010,[1] it aired on Saturday nights/early Sunday morning from 12:00 am to 2:00 am, beginning on September 13, 2009.

History[edit]

Bionix breaks away from YTV's "Keep It Weird" style and has a more technological feel to it in an effort to appeal to a teenage and older audience. While visually similar to Cartoon Network's Toonami block, the lineup itself bears more similarity to the action portion of Adult Swim.

Although YTV had seen years of success with audiences under twelve, they had done very little to appeal to the older teen audience which, as a youth broadcaster, they were also obliged to cater to. Since YTV had become Canada's number one station for teens the year before, thanks mainly to the debut of InuYasha, Bionix was launched on September 10, 2004[2] specifically for this older youth audience, along with special disclaimers aired after commercial breaks.

Generally the programming is animated with series intended for older audiences, with a fair portion being anime. However, other programs are often included in order to ensure that Canadian content regulations are met, including reruns of older Mainframe Entertainment series, Beasties, ReBoot, and Shadow Raiders. Live action YTV productions have also been previously infused into the block.

From Saturday, July 19, 2008, Bionix has been moved from Fridays to its new timeslot on Saturdays from 8 pm to 10 pm.[3] Starting March 7, 2009, Bionix became a one-hour block, airing from 10-11pm on Saturdays.[4] On May 16, 2009, the block was pushed further back to midnight, as the viewer advisory bumps were switched from the Bionix version to YTV's generic version.[5] When Naruto began airing Tuesdays-Fridays 4am, the viewer advisory bumps used the Bionix version, even though it wasn't part of the block.

In September 2009 Bionix once again became a 2-hour block airing at midnight and featured two episodes of both Naruto and Bleach. The Bionix promos and bugs were removed from the final year of the block. In February 2010, YTV's website removed their Bionix page and Bionix on Demand leading to speculation that the block will be canceled soon.[6] Indeed, YTV pulled the Bionix block that month, with the final episodes being the back-to-back reruns of Bleach at 1am on February 7, 2010. Bleach had been airing reruns since December 2009, after the finale of Naruto that month. It is rumoured that YTV parent, Corus Entertainment, had lost money for acquiring new shows to the schedule; much like when Corus pulled the plug on two Montreal AM stations -- CINW and CINF on January 29, 2010.

Even after Bionix was removed from the channel, the forum remained as part of YTV.com until the boards were dismantled and removed from the website in March 2014 entirely.[7]

Bionix series and movies[edit]

This is a list of series and movies that are airing, will air, or have aired on Bionix, with their Canadian TV content ratings.

Final series[edit]

As of March 7, 2009:[8]

Previous series and movies[edit]

Animated series[edit]

Live-action series[edit]

Specials[edit]

Movies[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]