Alan is a very loyal Nickelodeon viewer. Basically the only things he'll watch that aren't Nickelodeon are Transformers, Backugan and NASCAR racing. Nickelodeon has gotten lazy with their programming this summer. They've been putting random stuff on in the 8-9 PM slot - they dug up the old Ned's Declassified
and reran that. They also accquired Malcom in the Middle
(which was originally on FOX) for Nick at Night and have been heavily promoting that - even running that in the 8-9 PM slot which is technically Nick as Nick at Night kicks in at 9 PM during the week. Alan, surprisingly likes it.
Last night, I was getting ready to run to the store at 8:30, Malcom in the Middle was on. Suddenly there was a bit of dialogue where Malcom's mother was talking her husband - it went something like this - I'm on antibiotics from the doctor..we can't have s*x for a week.." At that point I was upset - my six year old son DID NOT need to hear that. Malcom in the Middle isn't a tween/teen show as designed. If they want to run it at that hour, they should be more careful about the episodes being shown.
On top of this, I found out iCarly
has been cancelled
. I am surprised they cancelled their #2 show behind Sponge Bob and a cash cow. At a time when they look short of live action shows, why should they stop one? Most of the Nick teen/tween shows do mention relationships but in a kid friendly (no sex) way.
The summer didn't start good on Nick with them putting Nick Jr on from 6 AM (annoying Alan whose outgrown that and now despises it) and it's gotten worse.
And one more thing - originally the Nick at Night brand was all about the old Nostalgia shows from the 60's and 70's which were kid friendly. Maybe it's time they give those another go. We have DVD's of Get Smart and Green Acres which someone recorded off Nick at Night and Alan loves them. (They were DH's favorite shows).
Edited to add: a friend in the children's bedding industry (they make character sheets/towels) says iCarly is NOT cancelled. Hopefully she's right.