CBS Unveils New Saturday Morning Programming Block Targeting Young Teens

CBS New Saturday Morning ShowsCBS has partnered with Litton Entertainment on a new Saturday morning programming line-up that will target teens with shows hosted by the likes of celeb chef Jamie Oliver, retired boxer Laila Ali and Insider personality/ESPN alum Kevin Frazier.

The three-hour block is FCC educational/informational compliant and will carry a pro-social message aimed at viewers age 13 to 16.

The line-up — which is branded “The CBS Dream Team,” bows Sept. 28 and will replace the network’s current block (including Liberty’s Kids, The Doodlebops and Busytown Mysteries) — looks like this:

Lucky Dog | Animal trainer Brandon McMillan swoops into shelters across the U.S., rescuing hard-to-love, out-of control and unadoptable dogs and then, at his Lucky Dog Ranch, takes on the seemingly impossible task of turning the frightened pooches into perfect pets. In the end, a lucky family will adopt an even luckier dog, as the rest of us invariably sob.

Dr. Chris, Pet Vet | This one follows Dr. Chris Brown, one of the world’s busiest vets, and the animals he devotes his days to caring and treating. Each episode delivers a mix of human and animal interest stories, while also highlighting intricate and technologically advanced surgeries.

Recipe Rehab | After families submit their fave high-calorie recipe, two chefs battle to serve up a healthier twist. The family then chooses their new favorite.

Jamie Oliver’s 15-Minute Meals | Oliver pulls from a collection of healthy recipes that can be prepared in no time and makes them for viewers in real time, offering hints, tricks and nutritional nuggets along the way.

All In With Laila Ali | Ali scours the globe and steps off the beaten track to find and profile inspirational people, groundbreaking achievements and extraordinary lifestyles.

Game Changers With Kevin Frazier | Hosted by Frazier and presented by young field reporters, this show highlights pro athletes who use their public image to improve the lives of fans in need.

Comments (35)

  • Remember Saturday morning cartoons? tsk, tsk.

    Comment by Michael Sacal – July 24, 2013 08:32 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Except most teens are still asleep on Saturday mornings

    Comment by Nerwen Aldarion – July 24, 2013 08:33 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Bingo.

      Comment by Superhero – July 24, 2013 08:35 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • That was going to be what I postedz

      Comment by Me – July 24, 2013 10:52 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • And many teens actually still watch cartoons. (I work with them on a daily basis.)

      Comment by Jennifer – July 25, 2013 04:20 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • As a Brit, I feel for you Americans having to sit sit through 15 minutes of Jamie Oliver. Nice but annoying man

    Comment by Eddie – July 24, 2013 08:34 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • as a greek i have to say that NO MORE OLIVER…he is bloody everywhere!!! last month they translate 6 books and they are everywhere right next to 50 shades of grey and inferno (yeah rubbish books sells everywhere!)

      Comment by george tourette (@georgethebeast) – July 24, 2013 08:36 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This seems gag a maggot boring to me. I have a feeling Boomerrang, Nick, and Disney’s rating are going to go up this fall.

    Comment by TVVUEW – July 24, 2013 08:39 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Geez, whatever happened to Bugs Bunny, Johnny Quest, SuperFriends, Josie and the Pussycats, Space Ghost, H. R. Puffinstuff, etc. I feel sorry for the kids these days! That lineup sounds sad to me.

    Comment by Terry – July 24, 2013 08:41 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Kids have many many many options so don’t feel sorry for them. We didn’t have internet or netflix or toon cable channels. Kids nowadays are spoiled and don’t need cartoons are regular network channels.

      Comment by Matthew – July 24, 2013 10:59 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • If they have no toys to sell (or if they do have toys but they don’t sell), the cartoon will be DOA even with good ratings. Cartoon Network showed that with Young Justice.

      Comment by Evan – July 25, 2013 05:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • That makes two broadcast blocks of E/I programming that Litton will be providing. They’re still doing the syndicated “Weekend Adventures” block for ABC affiliates.

    (Slight technicality since it isn’t done FOR the ABC network. Just that it was highly targeted for the affiliates since the network was ending ABC Kids)

    Comment by Burg – July 24, 2013 08:55 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I don’t see teens being excited about any of those shows. Remember when NBC had those Saturday morning teen shows? Like City Guys and Hang Time and All About Us? I miss those.

    Comment by dude – July 24, 2013 09:11 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • C-I-T-Y you can see why, these guys, the new guys, are smart and streetwise!

      Comment by Amber – July 24, 2013 09:36 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • And California Dreams and of course Saved by the Bell.

      Comment by Kate – July 24, 2013 09:54 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Oh I remember those shows!! City Guys, Hang Time, and California Dreams on NBC. I just don’t think CBS realizes teens aren’t going to be crazy about the shows they have listed for Saturday mourning. Good Luck with that.

      Comment by Allyson – July 24, 2013 01:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • And now I want to listen to my Guys Next Door cassette.

      Comment by Evan – July 25, 2013 05:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Bring back Animaniacs!

    Comment by Sarah – July 24, 2013 09:51 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • These new programs would have suited the Learning Channel (TLC) better if only they had not lost their original focus and format.

    Comment by Mario500 – July 24, 2013 10:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I have a sneaking suspicion that the average teen won’t care about cooking shows… or the rest, really, but especially not the cooking shows. “Hey, let’s learn how to make dinner in 15 minutes… on Saturday morning!” Yeah, no.

    Comment by lrdslvrhnd – July 24, 2013 10:51 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • You think they could make Bugs Bunny as an Educational/Informational (E/I) show?

    Comment by wmjindsm – July 24, 2013 11:01 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • That would require more horrible editing since the classic cartoons are considered unfit to air on TV due to the PC maroons.

      Comment by Evan – July 25, 2013 05:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Really?! They honestly think teens will want to watch these shows?

    Comment by alison – July 24, 2013 11:17 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Plus, as was mentioned above, a lot of teens are either still sleeping or are not home as they are busy with sports, etc, it would make more sense to keep the shows currently on that target younger kids who are more likely to watch them.

      Comment by alison – July 24, 2013 11:19 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’ll probably watch Lucky Dog (a much needed substitute for Dogtown), but I’m not a teen. These shows don’t really seem like something I would have watched on a Saturday morning – and I was the nerdy teen who actually might have hahaha, let alone a ‘normal’ one. Teens dont want to be patronized to with ‘wholesome’ entertainment. Stuff like Degrassi is much more for them.

    Comment by mia – July 24, 2013 12:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This is going to go over like a lead balloon.

    Comment by Syvyn11 – July 24, 2013 12:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Recipe Rehab is already on most of the ABC stations…

    Comment by tardis repairman – July 24, 2013 12:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Recipe Rehab must be the most padded show on TV. They could easily fit three segments/recipes in each episode, but they only do one. And the kids never say anything negative about the new versions of their favorite foods. Terrible show.

      Comment by Caitlin P – July 24, 2013 06:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • “Dr. Chris, Pet Vet”, starring Dr. Chris Brown?

    Have these people ever read the news? Or heard of stage names? Poor Dr. “No Relation to” Chris Brown is going to be in for an awkward run on television.

    Comment by Mantra720 – July 24, 2013 07:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yeah, because every young teen is is really trying to find quick and healthy recipes to make for their families.

    Comment by Dave – July 24, 2013 09:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I know some teens that watch Saturday mornings, especially cartoons. I also know people that watch anime who are teens/20 year olds. You already get the point by now.

    However, CBS’s move to implant a new Saturday morning block is useless. They have still three cartoons to keep the tradition, such as: Liberty Kids, The Doodlebops, and Busytown Mysteries, but they’re all E/I. At least, they are the kind of cartoons to bring back whether if they have to take extreme responses that people do not care about these days in 2013. Even if people now have Netflix, Internet, cable/satellite, DVD, VHS, etc, for their source of entertainment. They would watch it on those resources rather than local television.

    The rest are cooking shows, animal tips, and lifestyle shows. How is this promoting the 9-16 range? CBS doesn’t think with their shows or their announcements. I feel as if it’s promoting in the 5-12 range, even of a lesser demographic. For the cooking shows I can go to the Food Network. Animal tips? I can go to Animal Planet. Lifestyle tips? I can probably go to Discovery or something like that.

    No wonder Vortexx is still saving Saturday morning cartoons by a thread, without it: every network WILL be gone off their Saturday morning cartoons. There will be no more. Vortexx has anime (kiddy/not kiddy), American cartoons, and who knows what. It is also 5 hours television time compared to CBS, which is only 3-4 hours run time, if I’m not mistaken. Since ABC has been gone since 2011/2012, there’s only three networks again: CBS, CW, and NBC – two of them suck, only CW is best one. They need to bring back ABC… It will never happen until they realize that the last 4 years were just rerunning after rerunning of the same old, same old shows.

    They need to bring back weekday cartoons, even Saturday Morning cartoons… However that will never happen. I wish it would though…

    Comment by panicpack121 – September 23, 2013 01:16 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I was watching abc but they removed Recipe Rehab for a other animal show i’m sick of those i might just start watching CBS again in the mornings

    Comment by Angel Rose Hawks – October 5, 2013 09:16 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • How do I get the recipes from Recipe Rehab. The website SUCKS. I can’t find a way to get them.

    Comment by Rita Obermeyer – October 26, 2013 10:21 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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