Litton's Weekend Adventure
|Type||Saturday morning block|
|September 3, 2011|
|ABC Weekend Adventure|
|Affiliation||Synd on ABC affiliates
Litton's Weekend Adventure (originally known as ABC Weekend Adventure) is an American syndicated programming block that is produced by Litton Entertainment. It is broadcast weekend mornings on ABC and features live-action documentary and lifestyle series that meets educational and informative criteria defined by the 1990 Children's Television Act. Announced on May 24, 2011, Litton's Weekend Adventure launched on September 3, 2011, replacing the ABC Kids block.
Networks were dropping their Saturday Morning cartoon blocks for increased regulations and changes in viewing habits because of cable cartoon channels, recordable or streaming media and cultural shifts.
The block came as a result of ABC's decision in March 2011 to no longer provide E/I programming as part of its Saturday morning network lineup to its affiliates; the network had not introduced any new E/I programs for its ABC Kids block since 2008, and the E/I programs that had been airing on the network at the time of the decision had all been re-purposed Disney Channel sitcoms in reruns for three years, some of which were fully out of production. Also, before The Walt Disney Company returned the rights to the Power Rangers franchise in 2010 to Haim Saban, several station groups that owned ABC affiliates (such as Hearst Television) refused to carry any series from that franchise or chose to run them only in low-rated early morning timeslots, and had demanded any lineup be fully educational so the stations would not have to purchase E/I programming from syndication distributors.
As a compromise, the network's affiliate board agreed to instead look for a broadcast syndication package that would air exclusively on ABC stations. Litton Entertainment was eventually selected by the ABC affiliate board to program the block, beating out two other competitors as a part of the winning presentation in which Litton suggested counter-programming then usual Saturday fare by targeting those ages 13–16 and including “pro-social programming”. Announced as "ABC Weekend Adventure", the block had in development Agents of Change from producer Mark Koops (as of May 25, 2011) and Earth: Angry Planet (as of May 17, 2010) which were never aired.
The first ABC station groups to sign on to the block were ABC's owned-and-operated stations, Cox Media, McGraw Hill, Newport Television and Post Newsweek, followed by Belo, Bonten Media Group, Chambers Communications Corporation, Fisher Communications, Gannett Company, Hubbard Broadcasting, Journal Communications, LIN Media, News Post Gazette, Young Broadcasting and Weigel Broadcasting by May 2010.
The American Forces Network began broadcasting the block in June 2012. On September 24, 2012, it was announced that a television version of Everyday Health's YouTube series Recipe Rehab would premiere on the block beginning on October 6, 2012 replacing the Everyday Health show.
On September 28, 2013, Litton introduced its second Saturday morning television block, CBS Dream Team, on ABC competitor CBS. The following week on October 4, 2013, the Weekend Adventure block's "Health and Wellness Hour" (consisting of health and culinary programs that filled the third hour of the block) was discontinued as part of a refocusing towards exclusively wildlife-focused programs; with the move, Recipe Rehab migrated to the Dream Team block (Its former lead-out, Food for Thought with Claire Thomas, was canceled outright).
For the 2014 Daytime Emmy Award, Ocean Mysteries won two Emmys.
Actual times may vary by station, and the lineup might be split over Saturday and Sunday to accommodate an affiliate's local news or local interest programming.
- Jack Hanna's Wild Countdown (September 3, 2011 – )
- Ocean Mysteries with Jeff Corwin (September 3, 2011 – )
- Born to Explore with Richard Wiese (September 3, 2011 – )
- Sea Rescue (April 7, 2012 – )
- The Wildlife Docs (October 5, 2013 – )
- Outback Adventures (October 4, 2014 – )
- Culture Click (hosted by Nzinga Blake) (September 3, 2011 – February 11, 2012)
- Everyday Health (hosted by Leila Ali, Jenna Morasca, and Ethan Zohn) (September 3, 2011 – September 29, 2012)
- Food for Thought with Claire Thomas (produced by Basil Street Media) announced as The Delicious Adventures of Claire Thomas – September 3, 2011 – September 28, 2013
- Recipe Rehab (October 6, 2012 – September 28, 2013)
- Expedition Wild hosted by Casey Anderson - originally on Nat Geo Wild Channel for the 2010-2011 season, revived for Weekend Adventure (October 5, 2013 – September 27, 2014) then moved to One Magnificent Morning
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