Much of the programming that makes up the core of Boomerang's current lineup was originally part of TBS's Disaster Area, a block of children's programming that aired throughout 1997 to 1999.
Boomerang was originally a programming block on Cartoon Network started in December 1992. It was aimed towards the generation of baby boomers, and was similar to a similar block on the Disney Channel, Vault Disney. It originally aired for four hours every weekend, but the block's start time jumped frequently. The Saturday block moved to Saturday afternoons, then back to the early morning, and the Sunday block moved to Sunday evenings. Eventually, Boomerang was shortened by an hour, making the total airing time 3 hours each weekend instead of the original four hours. In 2000, Boomerang received both a new look and the cable spin-off channel that launched on April 1, 2000. By then, the block followed a unique programming format—every week, cartoons produced during a certain year (and cartoons produced during years prior to that year) would be showcased. For example, if Boomerang was showcasing the year 1969, the viewer would more than likely see an episode of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! or Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines.
Once the Boomerang channel was launched in 2000, promos for the channel aired at the end of every broadcast show during the block in attempt to gain popularity for Boomerang. Also, all of the older programming on Cartoon Network, including Looney Tunes and shows from Hanna-Barbera migrated to Boomerang, while TBS's Disaster Area was canceled. On October 2 and October 3, 2004 nearly four months after the re-launch of Cartoon Network, everyday with older reruns of classic anthologies like The Popeye Show, Tom and Jerry, The Bob Clampett Show, ToonHeads, former Boomerang fare like Super Globetrotters. October 2 and 3rd were the last times Looney Tunes officially aired on Cartoon Network, until on March 14, 2011, Cartoon Network brought back Looney Tunes as a run up to The Looney Tunes Show. Cow & Chicken, The Jetsons, The Flintstones, Snorks, and The Smurfs are now featured on the channel, and as of January 27, 2012, it's return looks set. The channel initially carried a weekly looping programming format. Notably, Boomerang does not carry product commercials, with the only exception being advertisements for DVD products by Warner Home Video and Cartoon Network, co-owner of most of Boomerang's programs. The only other advertising on the channel is for Boomerang or Cartoon Network programming. These commercials would happen between shows, while bumpers would go right back to the show after they're played. As of October 2010, commercials are played regularly during shows.
During its looping format, which lasted through December 26, 2004, program days began at 8 a.m. Eastern time (5 a.m. Pacific time). The looping format had 8 hours of programming repeated three times a day. Monday through Thursdays had been just normal programming days, with a variety of half-hour and hour-long cartoon programs shown. On Fridays, "monthly feature" cartoons were shown for the entire day; one cartoon was featured for each Friday of a given month for 24 hours straight. As of January 1, 2005, this banner became known as "monthly character of the month", and is now shown on weekends from 2 to 4 p.m. eastern and as of March 2007 it's known as Boomeroyalty. On Saturdays, a calendar year was featured with the cartoons of that year. Boomerang's promotional slogan, Boomerang: It's All Coming Back To You, used on Boomerang itself, was one of nostalgia that accurately reflected its programming of the time. However, this slogan is still used on promos airing on sister channel Cartoon Network and Boomerang itself. The announcer for most promos for the channel is John O'Hurley. In September 2008, Cartoon Network began to run more commercials for Boomerang, including two that were seen on January 1, 2009. Recently, between intermission, Boomerang would air a bumper, then two ads; one would be a Dish or DirecTV ad, depending on the provider, and the other ad would be a commercial. Then, it would air a classic short and a Wedgie.
Boomerang generally does not show live action shows, with the exception of The Banana Splits, which has had a semi-regular place on the channel's schedule, and Hole in the Wall, which was aired intermittently in 2010 -mid 2011. In October 2011, this changed, as the channel picked up the cable rights to the 1960s live-action series The Munsters and The Addams Family and began airing the shows in prime time. Currently no live action shows are airing on the channel.
Boomerang's old slogan would be seen again on the channel beginning in 2009. It usually broadcasts two Cartoon Network commercials and one of its own before returning to the program.
Cable and satellite availabilityEdit
Several Comcast systems carry Boomerang, including systems in Atlanta, Georgia and Houston, Texas, while in New England it was available via On Demand until sometime in 2011 . Other companies, such as Suddenlink Communications, offer Boomerang as a regular station in select areas. Time Warner Cable and Cox offers both services in select areas. AT&T U-verse, Verizon FiOS, and CableOne offer the channel in all markets. Several smaller cable providers as well as Comcast do not provide the channel at all. Boomerang also has its own on demand service on some providers that carry the channel. Charter Communications carries the channel as part of its Digital View Plus package.
As of May 15, 2009, Boomerang became available on Cablevision on channel 125.
Main article: List of programs broadcast by Boomerang Boomerang, unlike many other channels that specialize in archive programming, has continued to air programming from the 1950s through the present. Only a handful of the most iconic shows in the Cartoon Network library (namely The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Scooby-Doo, and, occasionally The Yogi Bear Show, among a few others) have permanent places on the schedule. Most other Boomerang shows stay on air for about a month, then are rotated out and replaced by another show. Because the Steven Spielberg-era Warner Bros. animation output of the 1990s (such as Tiny Toon Adventures, Animaniacs, Histeria!, Freakazoid! and Pinky and the Brain) are not part of the Turner division but rather owned by Warner Bros., these shows have not been featured on Boomerang as Warner Bros. is considered a third party company to Turner, meaning Turner would have to pay a fee to air these shows (the same with the post-7/48 Looney Tunes as well).
Because of Boomerang's fluid schedule, programming blocks will air for a few months, then be removed, only to be added again a few months later.
- Boomeraction: A brand name used for shows including Thundarr the Barbarian, Teen Titans, Samurai Jack, Code Lyoko, Jonny Quest, The Secret Saturdays, and Megas XLR.
- The Boomerang Zoo (not airing, currently): A one-hour block of pre-1970 Hanna-Barbera television shorts, featuring anthropomorphic animals (Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound, Atom Ant, Magilla Gorilla, Snagglepuss, etc.)
- Boomeroyalty: A weekend mini-marathon of shows featuring a particular character. Similar to the former Super Chunk block on sister station Cartoon Network.
- The Boomerang Christmas Party: A collection of Hanna-Barbera Christmas specials played every December.
- Scooberang (Removed): A continuous block featuring every episode of every Scooby-Doo series (aired in chronological order), beginning with Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, as well as some feature-length films, including Scooby-Doo Meets the Boo Brothers and Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island It had 4 different bumpers for the block, including its own 'Coming Up Next' bumper. In mid-2011 the block's shows were removed (Except for Scooby Doo, Where Are You! and The New Scooby Doo Movies, which stayed on as normal shows), along with their bumpers, which were replaced by a "You're watching Scooby-Doo on Boomerang from Cartoon Network" bumper.
- Those Meddling Kids! (not airing, currently): A 90-minute block of series from Hanna-Barbera and/or Ruby-Spears, all of which follow the formula of a group of mystery-solving teens or young adults (e.g. Scooby-Doo, Josie and the Pussycats, Fangface, Clue Club, Speed Buggy, etc.). Oddly, the intro for the block always starts 2 Stupid Dogs every time it airs on the channel since summer 2009 though not counted as a show from the block.
In addition to these blocks, Boomerang also has two full-length marathons: one on Earth Day (for Captain Planet and the Planeteers) and also ghost-themed programming during the month of October in recognition of Halloween.
Other Boomerang ServicesEdit
Boomerang On DemandEdit
Boomerang, originally established as a cable channel in the United States, has expanded worldwide.
Main article: Boomerang (Australian TV channel)An Australasian version of Boomerang was launched in March 2004 as part of the Foxtel Digital launch, with a lineup very similar to that of the UK version. It began as a four-hour block of those TV shows in 2001, when CN introduced 24-hour programming. It previously used the American logo and style of commercial breaks. However, from November 2007, the channel updated itself, changing both its logo and promos to f web boomerangtvshow.com. However, it uses the same bumpers for the shows they use as Boomerang America does.
Main article: Boomerang (Southeast Asia TV channel)The Southeast Asian version of Boomerang was launched on September 1, 2005. It began as a 90-minute block of those TV shows in 2001, when CN introduced 24-hour programming. It previously used the American logo and style of commercial breaks. However, from November 2007, the channel updated itself, changing both its logo and promos to fit the new theme.
This channel is available in Hong Kong, the selected ASEAN member neighbor countries and Sri Lanka. The 24 hour channel in India was only available on Dish TV exclusively along with Turner Classic Movies until March 2, 2009. Now its only available on IN Digital Cable from the Hinduja Group in Mumbai and the National Capital Region. In Pakistan it was shown as a 2-Hour Block but was replaced with Pogo due to poor ratings. In Indonesia it is available on Indovision, Aora TV, and TelkomVision.
United Kingdom & IrelandEdit
Main article: Boomerang (UK & Ireland)There is also a version of Boomerang broadcast in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland, launched on May 27, 2000. It is broadcast 24 hours on the Sky Digital, Virgin Media, TalkTalk TV and Chorus Digital platforms. It also features other cartoons, like Mr. Bean and Gadget Boy. In late July 2007, Boomerang UK started to show Live-action shows, including exclusive shows like My Spy Family.
Main article: Boomerang NordicIn late 2005, Turner Broadcasting made clear that they were considering launching several new channels in the Nordic region (to join their then-current channel Turner Classic Movies, Cartoon Network, and CNN International). One of the planned new channels was Boomerang, for which they applied for a broadcasting license in the Swedish DTT in the autumn 2005.
Main article: Boomerang (Spanish TV channel)Since 2004, Boomerang has also a Spanish version. It's available on the Digital+ digital platform and on the Auna cable platform. It was introduced as a part of Cartoon Network's schedule on weekend afternoons. The station's programming resembles strongly the UK version. It relies heavily in older Warner Bros., MGM, and Hanna-Barbera cartoons, but it also includes fairly recent programmes featuring older characters, like Baby Looney Tunes and Duck Dodgers. It also features other classic cartoons, like the Japanese Heidi and the Spanish La vuelta al mundo de Willy Fog (Around the World with Willy Fog).
Latin America and BrazilEdit
Main article: Boomerang (Latin America)There is also Boomerang Latin America and Boomerang Brazil, which began their broadcastings in July 2001. On April 3, 2006, Boomerang Latin America / Brazil was relaunched as a general children's channel, like Disney Channel and Viacom's Nickelodeon, also featuring live-action programming and movies, while retaining its classic cartoons in late night. In practice, the channel changed from a local version of Boomerang USA to a version of Pogo, Cartoon Network's sister channel in India.
Since 2005, Boomerang is also available via digital cable and satellite in the Netherlands and Belgium.
Originally, back in 2005, Boomerang was available in Poland as a regional Central European feed with multiple language tracks. The channel begun to expand distribution via some Cable TV providers and two of three polish digital DTH platforms (Cyfrowy Polsat, N), and is now fully localized separate channel as of February 1, 2008. The Central and Eastern European feed is still distributed in other countries of the region with some content in English. In June 2006, Kabel Deutschland, Kabel BW and Unity Media started to show Boomerang on Pay-TV in Germany.