Saturday morning preview specials

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Saturday morning preview specials were aired on television annually to present previews of each network's fall lineup of Saturday morning children's programming.

Every fall, each network would generally air (or, make available to its affiliates) two preview specials for the fall season—one for their prime-time shows, and another for their Saturday morning schedule.

Overview[edit]

Typical air times[edit]

The Saturday morning previews were generally aired on the network in prime-time, usually the Friday night before the new schedule began. If more than one network started their new schedules on the same date, they would have their previews on different nights on the week of the new schedule.

Format[edit]

The preview specials are usually hosted by stars of one or more of the network's popular series and feature an array of special guests. The previews are for new and returning series, with each preview featuring the show's opening credits and a scene from that program. The previews are generally linked together by a storyline or theme. Some of these specials also unveil the network's new imaging for Saturday morning.

Decline[edit]

With the changes in direction for Saturday morning, in light of the E/I rules, the subsequent exodus of higher-quality children's programming to cable television, and networks selling their scheduling rights to other companies, the preview specials on the legacy "Big 3" networks all but disappeared by the start of the new millennium, with FOX being the last network to still feature annual specials (even though FOX's Saturday morning block was programmed by 4Kids TV). Fox, incidentally, abandoned all children's programming in favor of infomercials in December 2008.

Year-by-year guide[edit]

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ABC[edit]

CBS[edit]

NBC[edit]

FOX[edit]

  • 1991 - Fox Kids Preview (This special wasn't aired on television; instead it was released on VHS in a tie-in promotion with KB Toys.)
  • 1999 - Fox Kids Sneak Preview (hosted by cast of Malcolm in the Middle)
  • 2002 - What's Inside the FoxBox? - FoxBox Preview
  • 2003 - Fight for the FoxBox[16]

The CW (formerly The WB)[edit]

  • 1995 - Welcome Home, Animaniacs! - Kids' WB Preview (hosted by Harland Williams)
  • 1996 - Kids' WB! Sneak Peek
  • 2008 - The CW4Kids Preview
  • 2011 - The CW4Kids Friday Fall Preview

References[edit]

  1. ^ ABC Funshine Saturday Sneak Peek 1974 at the Internet Movie Database
  2. ^ ABC's Saturday Sneak Peek at the Internet Movie Database
  3. ^ Kaptain Kool and the Kongs Present ABC All-Star Saturday at the Internet Movie Database
  4. ^ Pac Preview Party at the Internet Movie Database
  5. ^ ABC Sneak Peek with Step by Step at the Internet Movie Database
  6. ^ ABC Saturday Morning Jam at the Internet Movie Database
  7. ^ Scheimer, Lou (2012). Creating The Filmation Generation. TwoMorrows Publishing. p. 136. ISBN 1-60549-044-X. 
  8. ^ http://www.platypuscomix.net/kidzone/satamhogg.html
  9. ^ Rock 'n' Wrestling Saturday Spectacular at the Internet Movie Database
  10. ^ "Saturday Morning Video Fare To Be Previewed". The Rock Hill Herald. 1 September 1973. 
  11. ^ The Bay City Rollers Meet the Saturday Superstars at the Internet Movie Database
  12. ^ NBC Saturday Morning Preview: The Yummy Awards at the Internet Movie Database
  13. ^ Back to Next Saturday at the Internet Movie Database
  14. ^ Alvin Goes Back to School at the Internet Movie Database
  15. ^ Alf Loves a Mystery at the Internet Movie Database
  16. ^ The Fight for the Fox Box at the Internet Movie Database

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