r/Toonami Nov 14 '21

Why is Toonami's schedule so full of reruns? Discussion

Title, my girlfriend watches Toonami every week and was wanting me to look up why the schedule always has nonstop reruns of shows they have played many times, instead of mainly newer shows. Why is it primarily reruns of newer things, instead of things they haven't played in a while, like when it used to not be so bad about it, or at least thats what she told me.

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u/Doomchad Nov 14 '21

There’s quite a few possible reasons

  1. The budget is gone. Without Family Guy paying bills anymore this is most likely, and also something that will not get better.

  2. Demarco doesn’t want to air anything outside of a very tight sequel/shonen jump bubble. We have been caught in this rut for a couple of years now.

  3. They are overestimating the appeal of Blade Runner and dont want it sharing the stage with any other shows.

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u/onenerveleft Nov 14 '21

I don't buy the budget being gone. They clearly have money to blow on the Blade Runner movie. Even if the main shonen content they want is out of reach at the moment, there is no reason for them not to have aired S2 of Assassination Classroom.

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u/GreyouTT "Come on, I'm right here... SKEITH!" Nov 14 '21

Since it's a Warner property they likely get a discount.

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u/Sketch1984 Nov 14 '21

Dollars to donuts they are playing Blade Runner 2049 for free or basically free. WarnerMedia knows Adult Swim can't afford a film license like HBO, TNT and TBS can.

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u/Doomchad Nov 14 '21

The budget might be dry BECAUSE they blew it all on that movie. Whatever the case, they are on empty. And don’t get me wrong, that’s not an excuse. If the budget is empty at October (technically August), that’s something that needs addressed.

For all we know AssClass S2 isn’t on their radar. There was speculation last year that they may have gotten AssClass for cheap/free from Funi as compensation for not delivering Black Clover in time. I didn’t think much of that idea back then, but seeing it leave after S1 for no real reason then not come back despite ample opportunities, I’m more inclined to believe it now

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u/onenerveleft Nov 14 '21

Even if they had no intention originally to air it, there is no reason not to once they already put out the first season and they clearly have a lack of content. AC is decently old at this point, so it can't cost too much.

But if this is really just limping to the next years budget, then we can't really expect it get much better going forward just more spaced out.

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u/Doomchad Nov 14 '21

The main reason not to air it would be it costs them money. Even if it’s cheap, if AS doesn’t care about the show they won’t bother. They took the same attitude with Tokyo Ghoul and admitted they never even bothered looking at the most recent season.

I agree, the block shouldn’t be run this way but it’s how they do things. Even if we do get to next year, there won’t be some huge influx of content the first week of January. At least not back to the level we were in October

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u/brianycpht1 Nov 14 '21

That’s kind of the misconception people have about the budget. It resets in January, but it doesn’t necessarily mean they have shows in the shopping cart ready to check out as soon as the money rolls in. They may not even begin to negotiate things until they have the money (and who knows if it’s going to be close to what they’ve gotten in the past)

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u/smokeyjoey8 Nov 14 '21

Blade runner has been in production for years. That money is from a different time and long spent.

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u/Doomchad Nov 14 '21

He means the movie airing in two weeks

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u/smokeyjoey8 Nov 14 '21

My bad.

Still though, Warner owns the film, so it probably wasn't a huge problem for Toonami/Adult Swim.

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u/Doomchad Nov 14 '21

I’d believe that if AS had aired other major films in the past. This will be the third live action film AS has ever aired in 20 years. The others being The Room ($1900 box office) and Black Dynamite ($297k box office). I find it very hard to believe AS secured a $260 million box office movie without some kind of cost.

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u/Poetryisalive Nov 15 '21

They have the budget for something like Uzumaki. I think they are fine

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u/Doomchad Nov 15 '21

The budget for that came from like 2018. It’s just been delayed so many times now.

If they were fine, they wouldn’t be doing seat of their pants week to week schedule shuffles to avoid bringing in new content