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.

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  1. Remember Saturday morning cartoons? tsk, tsk.

  2. Nerwen Aldarion says:

    Except most teens are still asleep on Saturday mornings

  3. Eddie says:

    As a Brit, I feel for you Americans having to sit sit through 15 minutes of Jamie Oliver. Nice but annoying man

  4. TVVUEW says:

    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.

  5. Terry says:

    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.

    • Matthew says:

      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.

    • Evan says:

      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.

  6. Burg says:

    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)

  7. dude says:

    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.

  8. Sarah says:

    Bring back Animaniacs!

  9. Mario500 says:

    These new programs would have suited the Learning Channel (TLC) better if only they had not lost their original focus and format.

  10. lrdslvrhnd says:

    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.

  11. wmjindsm says:

    You think they could make Bugs Bunny as an Educational/Informational (E/I) show?

    • Evan says:

      That would require more horrible editing since the classic cartoons are considered unfit to air on TV due to the PC maroons.

  12. alison says:

    Really?! They honestly think teens will want to watch these shows?

    • alison says:

      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.

  13. mia says:

    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.

  14. Syvyn11 says:

    This is going to go over like a lead balloon.

  15. tardis repairman says:

    Recipe Rehab is already on most of the ABC stations…

    • Caitlin P says:

      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.

  16. Mantra720 says:

    “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.

  17. Dave says:

    Yeah, because every young teen is is really trying to find quick and healthy recipes to make for their families.

  18. panicpack121 says:

    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…

  19. 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

  20. Rita Obermeyer says:

    How do I get the recipes from Recipe Rehab. The website SUCKS. I can’t find a way to get them.

  21. glem40 says:

    i belive if im NOT mistaken here that there is a rumor going around in canada tv there . that cbc tv is going with the folks at weigel broadcasting to produce a new one hour block for kids here and in canada based on the ” new zoo revue !’ and new kiddie go-go show there . i know i know !! BUT! with the krapp i see this yr with cbs kiddies shows uGHH it might be directed by carl lenox BUT that the rumor going around ..

  22. Thanks to my DVR Lucky Dog was waiting for me when I returned from a recent vacation.
    This show is a Winner in our house as we share a Dogs Rule home. One is a rescue that captured our hearts from day one. The technique Chris uses in the training and his knowledge of dog behavior makes this a true Reality Show. You have our vote for a top TV show.


  23. Jeanine Zavislak says:

    Where is recipe rehab…bring it back!