Boomerang (TV channel)

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Boomerang
Boomerang US logo.svg
2000's current logo in the United States.
Launched December 8, 1992 (as a programming block on Cartoon Network)
April 1, 2000 (as a standalone network)
Owned by The Cartoon Network, Inc.
Turner Broadcasting System
(Time Warner)
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
Slogan It's All Coming Back to You
Country United States
Language English
Spanish (with SAP; a Spanish language simulcast of the channel is also available)
Broadcast area Nationwide
Headquarters Atlanta, Georgia (primary)
Los Angeles, California (secondary)
Sister channel(s) Cartoon Network
Adult Swim
TNT
TBS
Turner Classic Movies
Timeshift service Boomerang +1 (Europe only)
Website cartoonnetwork.com/boomerang
Availability
Satellite
DirecTV Channel 298
Channel 1298 (VOD)
Dish Network 175
DishHD (Taiwan) Channel 6560 (SD)
C-Band AMC-11 – Channel 69 (4DTV Digital)
AMC-18 – Channel 10 (H2H 4DTV)
Galaxy 14 - 3820 V / 30000 / 3/4 (DVB-S2)
Cable
Available on most U.S. cable systems Consult your local cable provider for channel availability
IPTV
AT&T U-verse Channel 327
Channel 3053 (Spanish feed)
Verizon FiOS Channel 258
Boomerang's secondary logo, seen on idents and in promos.

Boomerang (also referred to as Boomerang from Cartoon Network) is an American digital cable and satellite television channel that is owned by the Turner Broadcasting System subsidiary of Time Warner. Originating as a spinoff of Cartoon Network (which originated Boomerang as a programming block in 1992), Boomerang specializes in reruns of animated programming from Time Warner's extensive archives, including pre-1986 MGM, Hanna-Barbera, the pre-1991 library of Ruby-Spears, Warner Bros. Animation, a portion of Famous Studios, and DePatie-Freleng Enterprises programs as well as Cartoon Network original programs, stretching from cartoon shorts of the 1930s and 1940s (almost always in color) to repeats of shows still in production on Cartoon Network.

History[edit]

Much of the programming that makes up the core of Boomerang's current lineup was originally part of TBS's Disaster Area, a block of children's programming that aired on that network from 1997 to 1999. Boomerang had originated a programming block airing on Cartoon Network that debuted on December 8, 1992. It was aimed towards the generation of baby boomers, and was similar to the Vault Disney nostalgia block that would debut five years later on the Disney Channel. It originally aired for four hours every weekend, but the block's start time had changed frequently. The Saturday block moved to Saturday afternoons, then back to the early morning, and the Sunday block moved to Sunday evenings. Eventually, Boomerang was shortened by an hour, reducing it from four hours to three each weekend. Turner Broadcasting System eventually converted Boomerang into a standalone cable channel that debuted on April 1, 2000.[1] The Cartoon Network programming block was reformatted to air cartoons in production during a certain year (The Flintstones and Top Cat for 1961, The Perils of Penelope Pitstop and Scooby-Doo for 1969, et al.). The block was often simulcast with the Boomerang channel on Saturday mornings until 2004. The Boomerang channel initially carried a looping programming format that rotated each week.

Once Boomerang launched as its own channel, on-air promotions for the channel aired at the end of every program within the Cartoon Network block, in attempt to increase visibility for Boomerang. In October 2004, all of the older programming on Cartoon Network, including Looney Tunes, Baby Looney Tunes, and shows from Hanna-Barbera migrated to Boomerang. On October 2 and 3, 2004, nearly four months after the relaunch of Cartoon Network, the Boomerang programming block was replaced with the then-debuting Adult Swim. Boomerang consisted with an everyday lineup of older reruns of classic anthology series such as The Popeye Show, Tom and Jerry, The Bob Clampett Show, ToonHeads and programs formerly seen on Boomerang such as Super Globetrotters. Looney Tunes aired on Cartoon Network for the last time officially on those dates, and would not return to that network until March 14, 2011, when Cartoon Network added two hour-long blocks of Looney Tunes shorts in a run-up to the debut of The Looney Tunes Show.

Boomerang originated as a commercial-free channel, being financed solely by subscription fees and product tie-ins. In order to fill out a half-hour block (Boomerang programming follows a strict half-hour scheduling format), breaks between programs featured promotions for Cartoon Network and/or Boomerang programming (in the latter's case, most of the bumpers are several years old), occasional advertising for DVD products from Warner Home Video, various animated shorts, and eventually public service announcements for Cartoon Network's "Stop Bullying: Speak Up" initiative. Advertising time for cable and satellite providers is leased to some providers such as Dish Network, through insertion by those providers.

During its looping format, which lasted through December 26, 2004, its broadcast day began at 8 a.m. (Eastern Time), with programming being repeated three times a day in eight-hour blocks. Monday through Thursdays featured a variety of half-hour and hour-long animated series; "monthly feature" cartoons were shown all day on Fridays, in which one cartoon was featured for each Friday of a given month for 24 consecutive hours. On January 1, 2005, this block became known as "monthly character of the month", and began to air on weekends from 2 to 4 p.m. Eastern (the block was eventually named "Boomeroyalty" in March 2007, which ran until the fall of 2012). On Saturdays, cartoons from a select calendar year were broadcast. Boomerang's promotional slogan, It's All Coming Back to You, used on the channel itself, was one of nostalgia that accurately reflected its programming of the time (in promotions on Boomerang and especially Cartoon Network, the channel is referred to as "Boomerang from Cartoon Network"); actor and television host John O'Hurley has served as continuity announcer for most of the channel's promotions. In September 2008, Cartoon Network began to feature increased promotion for Boomerang, including two promos that aired on January 1, 2009. Recently, between intermissions, Boomerang air a bumper, followed by two advertisements (one for either Dish Network or DirecTV, depending on the provider, followed by a regular commercial, a classic short and a "Wedgie," a series of original animated shorts that originally aired on Cartoon Network).

For many years, Boomerang generally did not show live action series, with the exception of The Banana Splits, which had a semi-regular place on the channel's schedule through approximately 2011, and the Cartoon Network game show Hole in the Wall, which aired intermittently from 2010 to 2011. However, in October 2011, the channel acquired the cable rights to the 1960s live-action series The Munsters and The Addams Family (1964 version) and airing the two sitcoms in prime time, before being removed from the schedule after Halloween (both series returned to the Boomerang lineup in October 2012 and 2013). Because most of the channel's content consists of archived television programs produced before the advent of high-definition television, Boomerang does not currently maintain a high definition simulcast feed.

On February 4, 2014, as part of the company's 2014 upfronts, Turner Broadcasting announced that Boomerang would become advertising-supported, and seek additional international distribution.[2][3]

Boomerang's upcoming logo, that will come to the United States and the other countries in early 2015.

In early 2015, the U.S. version of Boomerang will be relaunched as part of a global rebranding effort and will offer original programming for the first time; the relaunched channel will continue to emphasize its archival programming but with a greatly increased emphasis on the archive's most popular brands and an explicitly family-friendly approach, in the hopes that Boomerang can become a “second flagship” on par with the main Cartoon Network channel.[4]

Cable and satellite availability[edit]

Boomerang is carried on most cable and telco providers, along with both satellite services; tiering of the channel varies by service, with some services offering it as a basic service or as a higher-tier offering. A few providers do not carry the linear channel, instead only offering the network's video on demand service bundled with Cartoon Network. The network is offered exclusively in standard definition, with no current plans for a high definition simulcast.

Programming[edit]

Historically, Boomerang avoided overt channel drift and, despite adding newer content to its library, continued to air programming from the breadth of its archives. As of spring 2014, however, most of its archival programming has been relegated to graveyard slots while the daytime schedule has increasingly been dominated by programming from the 1990s and later. No programs have permanent places on the schedule as of 2014; a few shows, such as The Flintstones, Scooby-Doo, the Tom and Jerry theatrical shorts, Pokémon, The Smurfs and The Powerpuff Girls are usually on the schedule but are periodically taken off the schedule for brief periods. Most other programs aired by Boomerang stay on the schedule for several weeks, then are rotated out and replaced by other programs. However, no major change to programming has occurred since June 2, 2014.

Not all of the Time Warner animation library is currently available to Boomerang. A portion of the library is licensed to Discovery Family, which used to be Hub Network, as of 2013; this license includes the WB-produced animated series from the 1990s that were produced in collaboration with Steven Spielberg (including Tiny Toon Adventures and Animaniacs), and most properties involving Batman and Superman (including the DC Animated Universe). Boomerang also occasionally licenses programming from other distributors, such as The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, which rejoined the lineup for a short run in August and September 2013. The Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoon shorts, which were dropped by Boomerang since 2007, returned for the schedule on October 5, 2013.

Although Boomerang's programming philosophy was originally intended to showcase classic cartoons, it started to added some newer shows in recent years. On January 1, 2012, the channel began airing episodes of Puppy in My Pocket: Adventures in Pocketville, which ended in February 2013. On November 17 and 24, 2012, Boomerang aired new episodes of Ben 10: Omniverse, before their telecast on sister channel Cartoon Network. Boomerang reintroduced the "Wedgies" series of animated shorts (which air in-between shows) in 2013.

Programming blocks[edit]

Because of Boomerang's fluid schedule, programming blocks will air for a few months, then be removed from the schedule, only to be added again a few months later.

Current[edit]

  • Boomerang Theater – Boomerang's movie showcase block; it is shown at varying times. However, It always airs on weekend afternoons from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Eastern, with the end time varying depending on the telecasted film's length.
Seasonal programming blocks[edit]
  • Captain Planet – In observance of Earth Day, Boomerang airs a marathon of the animated series (which was produced by Turner Program Services); the series also currently airs as a regular part of the channel's schedule, airing at daily at 6:00 a.m. Eastern Time.
  • Mother's Day – A recent marathon obervance by Boomerang, on the holiday, the channel airs cartoons featuring mothers, such as Jane Jetson-focused episodes of The Jetsons, and Wilma Flintstone-focused episodes of The Flintstones.
  • The Boomerang Christmas Party – This block, which airs each December, features a collection of Hanna-Barbera Christmas specials (such as The Powerpuff Girls: Twas the Fight Before Christmas, Yogi's First Christmas, Christmas Comes to Pac-Land, Casper's First Chrismas, The Jetsons' First Christmas and The Flintstones' Christmas).

Former blocks[edit]

  • Boomeraction – One of the first blocks to air on Boomerang,[5] its programming focused on action-adventure shows including Thundarr the Barbarian, Teen Titans, Samurai Jack, SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron, The Pirates of Dark Water, Jonny Quest, The Secret Saturdays, Ben 10 and Ben 10: Omniverse. It was also one of the only Boomerang blocks to air across international feeds, including the United Kingdom, Latin America, and Australia versions of the network. The block was removed by June 2, 2014, as all programming from the block left the schedule.
  • Boomerandom – This block aired each weekend from 8 to 10 p.m. Eastern Time from 2008 to 2010, and featured two hours of episodes of a single program. The selected programs were picked by the "Boomerandom drawing machine".
  • Boomerang Zoo – This one-hour block featured pre-1970 Hanna-Barbera/Warner Bros television shorts, culled mainly from the H–B funny animal series (such as Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound, Atom Ant, Magilla Gorilla, Snagglepuss, Wally Gator, and Pixie & Dixie and Mr. Jinks). It was the only block to air on both the American and European versions of the channel after the 2004 rebranding of Boomerang Europe.[6]
  • Boomerock – This block, which aired in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the premiere of The Flintstones in 2010, consisted of a marathon of the classic animated series.
  • Boomeroyalty – This weekend mini-marathon of shows focuses on a particular character that changes every month, similar to the former Super Chunk block on sister network Cartoon Network. "Boomeroyalty" concluded on July 2013.
  • Scooberang – This continuous block featured every episode of each Scooby-Doo series (which were aired in chronological order), beginning with Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!. It also aired some feature-length Scooby-Doo films, including Scooby-Doo Meets the Boo Brothers and Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island. "Scooberang" no longer airs on Boomerang. However, various series iterations of the Scooby-Doo franchise air on the channel several times daily.
  • Those Meddling Kids! – This 90-minute block featured series produced by Hanna-Barbera and/or Ruby-Spears, all of which follow the formula of a group of mystery-solving teenagers or young adults (such as Scooby-Doo, Josie and the Pussycats, Fangface, Clue Club and Speed Buggy).
  • Halloween block – This block aired during the month of October, and included Halloween-themed programs such as Scooby-Doo, Casper, The Addams Family (in its live-action as well as animated incarnations), Beetlejuice, The Funky Phantom, Goober and the Ghost Chasers and The Munsters. This is notably the only time that Boomerang regularly aired any live-action programming, particularly as The Addams Family and The Munsters have aired on the channel each October since 2011. The Halloween programming replaced the annual Scooberang block in 2011 and aired again in 2012 and 2013; it was not brought back in 2014 when the channel began to change focus.

Other services[edit]

Boomerang On Demand[edit]

Boomerang On Demand is the channel's video-on-demand service, offering select episodes of the channel's archived programming, along with select archived Cartoon Network original programs. Launched in 2005, it is available on select digital cable, satellite and IPTV providers. In April 2013, Boomerang On Demand began to separate program content by "theme" (for example, in observance of Mother's Day, the service featured episodes of The Flintstones and Dexter's Laboratory featuring the characters of Dexter's mom and Wilma Flintstone).

International[edit]

Boomerang, originally established as a cable channel in the United States, has expanded worldwide. Each of these networks will be aligned globally in 2014 under one unified branding to reflect a family co-viewing network.[7]

Australia[edit]

An Australian version of Boomerang was launched in March 2004 as part of the launch of Foxtel's digital service, with a lineup very similar to that of the U.K. version. It began as a four-hour block of programs in 2001, when the Australian version of Cartoon Network began broadcasting on a 24-hour schedule. It previously used the logo and break format of the flagship American service. However, in November 2007, the channel revamped both its logo and promotions as well as its website, boomerangtvshow.com. However, it uses the same bumpers for as the U.S. channel. On December 1, 2012, the channel introduced a new on-air look with the same logo and appearance as the European channels. On November 3, 2014, the channel changed its logo to the logo seen in Latin America.

Europe, Middle East and Africa and Central and Eastern Europe[edit]

Boomerang Europe, Middle East and Africa launched in June 2005, originally broadcasting in Eastern Europe (in English), Poland (in Polish) and Hungary (only selected shows in Hungarian); it features mainly former Cartoon Network and Hanna-Barbera programmes.

In October 2010, the channel started to broadcast select shows in Romanian. On October 12, 2011, the Central and Eastern Europe feed was separated from Europe, Middle East and Africa; as a result, the former maintains its own schedule and promos in Hungarian and Romanian language as well as the preschool-targeted block Cartoonito, which was added to both feeds at the same time.

In February 2012, the channel began accepting commercial advertising outside of Poland, whose feed also accepts traditional advertising. From March 2012, Boomerang got a new look. In July 2013, the channel started to air select shows in Russian, in preparation for a possible launch of a separate feed for Russia.[8]

In October 2013, a Russian feed was also added to the channel, thus making it to be broadcast now in four languages. In January 2014, the Cartoonito brand name was gone from the both CEE and EMEA channels, thus making those shows identifiable as Boomerang shows and the Boomerang next bumpers were rebranded. Starting from July 2014, Russia banned the ads from the network making the channel broadcasting no ads.

France[edit]

Main article: Boomerang (France)

Germany[edit]

Main article: Boomerang (Germany)

Boomerang launched in Germany in June 2006; it is available on Kabel Deutschland, Kabel BW and Unity Media.

Italy[edit]

Main article: Boomerang (Italy)

Latin America and Brazil[edit]

Boomerang Latin America started July 2, 2001 with a schedule comprising classic animated series. This lasted from 2001 to 2006. However, on April 3, 2006, the channel was relaunched as a channel for general audience and mixed cartoons with live-action series and movies on its programming. In October 2008, the animated series broadcast on the channel were removed from the schedule, changing the main focus of the channel to a teen-oriented programming, which consisted in live-action shows, movies and music videoclips. Nevertheless, on April 1, 2014 Boomerang suddenly changed again its teen-oriented programing to a cartoon-oriented one with new animated series and former cartoons from Cartoon Network, with live-action after midnight. On September 28, 2014, it got a new image from the International rebranding of the channel, and also, it was the first Boomerang network in the world, that adopted the new look.[citation needed]

Middle East, North Africa & South Africa[edit]

Since 2005, Boomerang is also available via digital cable and satellite in the Netherlands and Belgium. In the Middle East, North Africa and the Levant territories, it broadcasts via satellite on the Orbit Showtime Network. In Sub-Saharan Africa, Boomerang is available on MultiChoice's DStv.

Netherlands & Flanders[edit]

It launched in the Netherlands on 10 October 2005. At first in English with Dutch subtitles. Since 2014 the channel is bilingual with optional Dutch or English audio.

Scandinavia[edit]

Main article: Boomerang (Nordic)

In late 2005, Turner Broadcasting announced its intention to launch several new channels in the Nordic region (to join its then-current channels Turner Classic Movies, Cartoon Network and CNN International). One of the planned new channels was Boomerang, for which Turner applied for a broadcast license to operate on Swedish digital terrestrial television in the fall of 2005.

Southeast Asia[edit]

The Southeast Asian version of Boomerang was launched on September 1, 2005. It began as a 90-minute block of programs in 2001, when the Asian version of Cartoon Network began broadcasting on a 24-hour schedule. It previously used the American logo and style of commercial breaks. It previously used the logo and break format of the flagship American service. However, in November 2007, the channel revamped both its logo and promotions. In December 2012, the channel was replaced by Toonami.

This channel is available in Hong Kong, the selected ASEAN member neighbor countries and Sri Lanka. The 24-hour channel in India was only available on Dish TV exclusively along with Turner Classic Movies until March 2, 2009. It is currently only available on IN Digital Cable from the Hinduja Group in Mumbai and the National Capital Region. In Pakistan, it ran as a two-hour block but was replaced with Pogo due to poor ratings. In Indonesia, it is available on Indovision, Aora TV and TelkomVision.

Spain[edit]

Main article: Boomerang (Spain)

Boomerang launched a Spanish version of the channel in 2004. It was available on the Digital+ digital platform and on the Auna cable platform. It was introduced as a part of Cartoon Network's schedule on weekend afternoons.

The channel's programming strongly resembled that of the UK version. It relied heavily in older Warner Bros., MGM, and Hanna-Barbera cartoons, but it also included fairly recent programmes featuring older characters, like Baby Looney Tunes and Duck Dodgers. It also featured other classic cartoons, like the Japanese Heidi and the Spanish La vuelta al mundo de Willy Fog (Around the World with Willy Fog).

On September 1, 2011, it was replaced by Cartoonito, which itself ceased operations on June 30, 2013, along with the Spanish version of Cartoon Network.

Thailand[edit]

The Thailand version of Boomerang was launched on August 14, 2013. Similar to Southeast Asia, it is part of the Boomerang Europe franchise.

United Kingdom & Ireland[edit]

Boomerang launched in the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom on May 27, 2000. It broadcasts 24 hours a day on Sky Digital, Virgin Media, TalkTalk TV and Chorus Digital. This version of the channel also features other animated series such as Mr. Bean and Gadget Boy. In late July 2007, Boomerang UK started carrying live-action programs, including those exclusive to the channel such as My Spy Family.

Country Language Started
 United States English
Spanish
April 1, 2000
 United Kingdom
 Ireland
English May 27, 2000
Latin America
 Chile
 Argentina
 Bolivia
 Colombia
 Costa Rica
 Cuba
 Mexico
 Ecuador
 Guatemala
 Panama
 Peru
 Uruguay
 Venezuela
 Paraguay
 Brazil
Spanish
Portuguese
July 2, 2001
 France French April 23, 2003
 Italy Italian July 31, 2003
 Australia English March 2004
 Spain Spanish October 2004
 Poland
 Hungary
 Romania
 Netherlands
 Belgium
 Russia
 South Africa
Polish
Hungarian
Romanian
Dutch (subtitles)
English
English, Polish

Russian
English

June 5, 2005
 Hong Kong
 Sri Lanka
 Indonesia
 Taiwan
English September 1, 2005
 Germany
 Austria
  Switzerland
German June 1, 2006
 Sweden
 Norway
 Denmark
Swedish
Norwegian
Danish
August 2008
 Thailand Thai August 14, 2013
 China
 Japan
Chinese
Japanese
March 2014

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