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“Chowder” wrapping up?

C.H. Greenblatt, creator of Cartoon Network’s Chowder, writes that the final episode of the show is being produced right now.

We don’t know if there’ll be any more Chowders after this one, so we have to assume this is the end until we hear otherwise. As I was told, CN doesn’t cancel shows, they just don’t renew them. This summer could change things if ratings are really good. We premiere in June, but I have no idea what week, and I was told there’ll be minimal advertising before the re-launch. If we do well, it’ll be thanks to the dedicated fans, not the network.

Community Comments

#1 Noah Rodenbeek
@ 9:06 am

Chowder kind of annoys me. I don’t know what it is. That’s easily my least favorite Cartoon Cartoon.
The Misadventures of Flapjack is easily my most favorite.

#2 rodd perry
@ 9:41 am

My kids will be in mourning. Except that reruns will be on for the next 12 years, and they’ll watch each episode 3 more times.

#3 Dan Collins
@ 10:03 am

These cartoons kids watch today are like psychotic acid trips. They’re turning our children insane. Give me old fashioned high explosives and anvils on the head.

signed, I.M.A. Crank

#4 Charles Brubaker
@ 10:08 am

Seeing that I WATCHED those “psychotic acid trips” as a kid (ah, how I miss “Ren & Stimpy” and “Rocko’s Modern Life”), I say, go for it.

#5 Noah Rodenbeek
@ 10:20 am

@Charles, I still can’t believe Ren & Stimpy was a real cartoon. I always felt like I was getting away with murder when I watched it as a kid. Powdered-Toast Man? WTF?
I do miss more wholesome originality from cartoons like “Doug” though.

#6 Stacy Curtis
@ 10:38 am

“Last night I had a dream I was ketchup and you were mustard, which is really weird cause in my dreams you’re usually the mayonnaise.” — Chowder

Funny stuff!

I like “The Mighty B” quite a bit.

#7 Corey Pandolph
@ 12:23 pm

Venture Bros. = Best show on TV, period.

#8 Noah Rodenbeek
@ 12:32 pm

@Corey, is it wrong to be turned on by Dr. Girlfriend?

#9 Charles Brubaker
@ 12:50 pm

“Venture Bros” has the honor of being the only Adult Swim program to actually make sense.

The animation in “Superjail” rocks my world, though. I can’t believe it’s animated on Flash.

#10 Phil Maish
@ 1:11 pm

I read somewhere recently (was it here?) that these kid’s animated shows have a limited shelf life by design. My personal favorite was Invader Zim, but that was canceled for other reasons.
Incidentally, do you Ren & Stimpy fans recall the New Adventures of Mighty Mouse? Twisted. Check YouTube.

#11 J Read
@ 2:03 pm

Corey, no way is “Venture Bros” better than “House M.D.,” “In Treatment,” “Breaking Bad,” “Mad Men” or “30 Rock.” Find that lost remote so you can watch other channels besides Cartoon Network!

#12 Wiley Miller
@ 2:05 pm

Ok, you guys have convinced me. I’m quitting the strip and going to the Cartoon Network.

#13 John Lotshaw
@ 2:14 pm

Good timing Wiley… There’s about to be fewer cartoons on Cartoon Network than in your average newspaper… :)

#14 Abell Smith
@ 2:24 pm

Am I the only one that just doesn’t get Venture Bros?

For my money, Squidbillies is the funniest on Adult Swim…

#15 Charles Brubaker
@ 2:36 pm

When it comes to Cartoon Network, it’s either “Chowder” or “Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack”.

“Flapjack” is creepier than anything Adult Swim ever airs. The creator is a creep, too (in a weird, awesome way).

#16 Lucas Turnbloom
@ 2:45 pm

Corey’s wrong.

Tyra — the BEST show on TV, period.

#17 Corey Pandolph
@ 2:49 pm

If we’re going down that road, Lucas, then no one’s got nuthin’ on the Real Housewives of New Jersey. You hear me, no one? NUTHIN’.

And how the Hell could you not “get” Venture Bros? Staggers the imagination.

#18 Patric Lewandowski
@ 3:02 pm

venture bros is the kind of show i could only dream of creating. it somehow magically combines drama and comedy in a way you don’t quite realize along with epic storytelling.

anyone that things VB is a Johnny Quest parody clearly has never watched VB.

#19 Stacy Curtis
@ 3:40 pm

I’m digging “The Real Housewives of Gary, Indiana.”

#20 Lucas Turnbloom
@ 3:56 pm


I see your “Real Housewives,” and raise you a “John and Kate, Plus 8.”

Boo-ya, grandma.

#21 Lucas Turnbloom
@ 3:56 pm

@Stacy — LOL

#22 RS Davis
@ 4:36 pm

Wait, wait…best show ever? ’30 Rock’? ‘Breaking Bad’? ‘House’?

Puh-leeeese! All Crap! Pure crap! Everyone knows that ‘TJ Hooker’ was the pinnacle of network television entertainment!

Seriously, even ‘Hill St. Blues’ & ‘NYPD Blues’ sucked ditch water. I mean, let’s see Renko or Sipowicz disable an out of control, speeding 18 wheeler loaded with nuclear waste with only a night stick and a flying leg kick.

Shatner should have his own animated show. I’d watch it forever.

#23 Stacy Curtis
@ 5:04 pm

I’m leaning toward agreeing with Lucas.
The next season of “Jon and Kate, Plus 8” could get VERY interesting if Jon has been stepping out.

They may have to rename it “Jon, Kate, Eight, Separate.”

#24 Scott Metzger
@ 5:17 pm

They may have to rename it â??Jon, Kate, Eight, Separate.â?


Or “Jon and Kate Plus Eight – and Attorney Who Will Mediate”

Man that show is awful. I’m ashamed to say I actually saw it once. I can see why he had an affair. Poor schmuck.

#25 Lucas Turnbloom
@ 5:18 pm

@Stacy — All hell is gonna break loose on that show.

@RS Davis — Nope, “Scarecrow and Mrs. King,” baby.

#26 RS Davis
@ 5:42 pm

@ Lucas,
Dude, you can’t be dissin’ the Shat like that! “You can name your own fracture” but he’ll still put a ‘Priceline’ whoopin’ on yo’ @$$!

#27 RS Davis
@ 7:33 pm

@ Lucas again,
Would you settle for a compromise and agree on ‘Alf’?

#28 Phil Tography
@ 9:42 pm

Chowder was always hard to digest. Not worth the effort to renew.

#29 Lucas Turnbloom
@ 10:00 pm

@ RS — Agreed.

#30 Garey Mckee
@ 10:20 pm

Radda Radda Radda

#31 Tom Wood
@ 5:37 am

I guess I’ll have to be the one to stand up for Pinky and the Brain.

“Pinky, are you thinking what I’m thinking?”

“I think so Brain, but what if the chickens won’t wear the nylons?”


#32 R Pyle
@ 11:24 am

“I’m not your boyfriend!” — Chowder

…and the missing line of the opening theme is, “you share a big slice with everyone.”

I liked Chowder. It was wacky. I’ll miss having new eps.

Cartoon Network seems to be going toward cheap-to-produce live action crap. Looks like they’re going to do a teen ripoff of Survivor. If they’re desperate for programming, they have all their Boomerang stuff they can bring back. They own that outright.

#33 August J. Pollak
@ 9:19 pm

Looks like theyâ??re going to do a teen ripoff of Survivor.

Which is incredibly ironic given that the ANIMATED parody of Survivor they premiered last year was the most popular show on the entire network for the 2008 season.

#34 Merrienne Jimenez
@ 5:37 pm

Chowder and Flapjack are easily in my top 5 favorite TV shows! I think they both have the same level of entertainment and all that.
One thing I don’t like about Carttonnetwork now is that they are going to start playing real live TV shows. I don’t think that should happen. I also think they could bring back some of the old shows from Boomerang instead of trying to get more rating or whatever with a bunch of reality shows. Besides, all the new shows they will play are pretty much rip-offs of other reality TV shows, except with kids in them.

#35 MJ
@ 5:39 pm

They can’t cancel Chowder!!!!! It’s an awesome show like no other! Why can’t they continue it with more episodes instead of adding crappy reality kid shows to Cartoonnetwork??? D:

#36 FY
@ 9:00 am

It’s called CARTOON Network. They shouldn’t have non-cartoon shows. Foster’s Home, Chowder, and Flapjack were easily my favorite shows on this channel. Chowder being so creative and random. They shouldn’t cancel it!!! I’ll miss thrice cream and bluenanas too much.

P.S. I completely forgot about Doug. What a good show.

#37 Breanna Pierce
@ 4:04 pm

Ahh…will indeed be a sad day when Chowder goes away. It has brought about a new-found sense of hope in my life. HAHHAHAH well i agree that Flapjack is wierder, however I like it as well…Do you know of a site where you could possible e-mail episode Ideas’? PLZ HELP!!

#38 KS
@ 10:53 am

CN is making a mistake by deciding not to renew this. No, I am not much of a chowder fan but I’d rather see it there than the CN Real crap. Chowder had the potential to be a decent show. The idea of the setting and plot were creative. I can’t say I know of another cartoon about an apprentice chef and I had a few laughs with it. =/ CN is tossing away any good ideas thrown out them and replacing them with rip-offs, spin-offs and shows that are just plain stupid.

#39 Sydney Kovar
@ 1:14 am

I LOVE CHOWDER!!!!! I WILL NOT STAND FOR THIS TO HAPPEN!!!! Chowder is the best original cartoon on cartoon network, flapjack is 2nd best. I have already written a VERY long letter to Cartoon Network expressing my deep frustration about it. I plan to rally everyone I know who also loves the show, to write to them as well. Remember it is how Family Guy got saved- twice!

#40 kate eveneez
@ 10:17 pm

aaawww! chowder reminds me of good times of my baby bro and me before he deceased! boo cartoon cartoon!!!

#41 Danielle Bickle
@ 7:43 pm

I have been watching Cartoon Network since the beginning and I honestly felt that Chowder was a breath of fresh air to a dying line-up of little boy geared garbage. I wish they would bring back the old school shows like dexter’s lab and cow and chicken. But I will miss Chowder greatly, it was something I looked forward to watching.

#42 C.N fail
@ 8:48 pm

Yea well it’s 2012 so unless the world is ending. I WANT CHOWDER, I WANT CN. X.X

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