Netflix to part with Viacom, 90s kids shudder


Netflix, a platform with which we are intimately acquainted, has a way of messing with the hearts and minds of its customers. Qwikster was a debacle and the recent Cartoon Network additions are a win, but a couple days ago the streaming giant slipped a veritable atom bomb into a letter to its investors. No, they didn’t decide to push Arrested‘s release date (or the streets might be running Netflix red with cancelled subscriptions). Instead, the ‘Flix opted to break hearts by not renewing its contract with media giant Viacom’s television networks, which is set to expire next month. This means goodbye to countless shows from MTV, Comedy Central and…gasp…Nickelodeon. BlogDailyHerald loves Nicktoons and it is almost unfathomable that we won’t be able to watch boatloads of Spongebob, Ren & Stimpy and Hey Arnold! as we procrastinate studying for exams. Guess we’re gonna have to settle for Jake the Dog and Finn the Human…not that there’s anything wrong with that.

What’s My Age Again? The Highlights and Buzzkills of the Thanksgiving Day Parade

Amidst final papers, quarter-life crises and other various #BrownUProblems, the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade provides a respite from an ever-changing, fast-paced and stressful world and is also quite the nostalgia trip. Fortunately for those looking to regress over the holiday, this year’s parade didn’t disappoint—remember Gordon and Bob from Sesame Street? Buzz Lightyear? Tommy Pickles? Sonic the Hedgehog? These Thanksgiving Day Parade regulars made us feel like it was 1996 again. All we’re missing is Danny DeVito that weird monster that held its eyeballs in its hands from Aaahh!! Real Monsters. Oh yeah, and the fairest biddie of them all, Patty Mayonnaise.

Unfortunately, Macy’s introduced new balloons/performers that reminded us that we’re old and that the ’90s are long gone — and sometimes taken for granted. For example, I think we can all agree that the Diary of Wimpy Kid Balloon is just a paler, uglier version of  Doug. Also, the recent addition of a Kung Fu Panda balloon makes us contemplate and realize that if Kung Fu Panda/Jack Black is the best character/talent of the past five years, we have a serious issue.   Continue Reading

The Netflix Files: April 27, 2011

So it’s almost finals period and the pressure’s on. You no longer have the time to indulge in the hidden gems of Netflix’s Watch Instantly feature. Instead, you want something comfortable during your study break. Something familiar.

We get that.

Without further ado, ten classic episodes you could be watching right now with the click of a button:

“Heat” (Season 1, Episode 6) – The Jolly Olly Man was one evil son-of-a-bitch. He made fun of Harold for switching to Diet Mr. Fudgies, busted Arnold’s chops on Career Day and even dressed in drag once to steal Grandpa’s Packard. But his most nefarious scheme involved teaching us supply and demand. For he knew that on the hottest day of the year, a snow cone increases in value. He did not, however, know that the neighborhood children would flip his ice cream truck. The episode’s thrilling climax is inspired by Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing, also on Watch Instantly. Continue Reading

Just Nickelodeon, please

If you still have that gripping urge to ask Ashley, battle Reptar, or drink orange soda (I do, I do, I do, I do-oo), then we have some good news and some bad news for you.

The Good News:

After previous speculation that Nickelodeon would bring back the classics, we now have confirmation that this rumor is true. Our favorite childhood shows will soon premiere on TeenNick after midnight in their original glory. Though the exact shows haven’t been confirmed yet, some of the top contenders include The Rugrats, All That, Kenan and Kel, The Amanda Show, and Pete & Pete, among others.

The Bad News:

Brown IPTV does not have Nickelodeon! Of the eight “Entertainment” channels, we have BET, Cartoon Network, Comedy Central, TBS, TNT, USA, FX, and CW—but no Nick! Cartoon Network gets the green light, but lonely old Nick doesn’t? Blasphemy. Every child of the ’90s knows that Cartoon Network is inferior to Nickelodeon. If (classic) Nickelodeon were Kim Kardashian, Cartoon Network would be Khloé. If Nick were Vince, CT would be Drama. Nick = Batman, CT = Robin. Point landed.

All we can do in this cartoon quandary is stay hopeful. Perhaps one day we will have the opportunity to re-watch those timeless episodes on our own IPTV. Until that time, however, we must learn to manage.