4Kids TV (formerly FoxBox) is an American Saturday morning television programming block. The block is part of the Fox Network schedule, and is promoted as such during some of Fox's primetime programming. However, in several areas, the block airs instead on a local CW, MyNetworkTV, or independent station, or is not aired at all. As a result, there are no references to Fox during the block.
4Kids TV is the result of a four-year agreement reached in January 2002 between 4Kids Entertainment and Fox to lease the network's Saturday morning programming block. The block launched under the name "FoxBox" on September 7, 2002, replacing Fox Kids which was cancelled following the purchase of Fox Family Worldwide by The Walt Disney Company. It was re-branded 4Kids TV in January 2005. 4Kids Entertainment is wholly responsible for the content of the block and collects all advertising revenues from it.
The programming block airs on Saturday mornings in most areas of the United States, though some stations carry it on Sundays. 4Kids actually runs two competing Saturday morning lineups; on May 24 2008, 4Kids Entertaimnent replaced the Kids' WB programming block aired on The CW Television Network on Saturday mornings with a new block, The CW4Kids.
|Show||First Air Date||Last Air Date||Running Time|
|Di-Gata Defenders (TV-Y7-FV)||July 28 2007||Present||8/7c|
|Biker Mice from Mars (TV-Y7-FV)||August 9 2008||Present||8:30/7:30c|
|Sonic X (TV-Y7-FV)||August 23 2003||Present||9-10/8-9c|
|Chaotic: M'arrillian Invasion (TV-Y7-FV)||September 13 2008||Present||10/9c|
|Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Fast Forward (TV-Y7-FV)||July 29, 2006||Present||10:30/9:30c|
|Kirby: Right Back at Ya! (TV-Y7-FV)||September 14 2002||Present||11c/10c|
|Winx Club (TV-Y7-FV) (E/I)||May 22 2004||Present||11:30/10:30c|
|October 4||GoGoRiki||New episodes, High Defintion|
|October 11||Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Back to the Sewer||New episodes, High Defintion|
|October 18||Chaotic: M'arillian Invasion||New episodes, High Defintion|
|October 25||Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's||New episodes, High Definition|
|November 1||Dinosaur King, Viva Piñata, Di-Gata Defenders||New episodes, High Definition (Dinosaur King, Viva Piñata)|
|December 27||Chaotic||Season 1, High Definition|
|January 10||Dinosaur King||Season 1, High Definition|
|January 31||Viva Piñata||Season 1, High Definition|
After a show has been released, new episodes will be added weekly.
|Show||First Air Date||Last Air Date||Status|
|The Adrenaline Project (TV-G)||September 29, 2007||On Hiatus||(Second season announced for YTV in Canada, unknown if it will air on 4Kids TV)|
4kids TV has aired "The Lost Episodes" of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles which is known as the Ninja Tribunal saga. 4Kids aired all thirteen "Lost Episodes" from February 9 to May 3, 2008. These episodes are from Season 5. The entire season was sent to DVD May 20, 2008.
Most 4Kids TV programming does not meet the criteria to be considered educational and does not count toward the 3 hour per week mandatory educational children's programming quotas. The lone current exception is Winx Club. Previous exceptions included The Adrenaline Project, Magical DoReMi, Stargate Infinity, reruns of Back to the Future: the Animated Series, and Cubix.
KNXV officially became Phoenix's ABC affiliate in January 1995, and KTVK nominally became the market's WB affiliate. However, it only showed WB programming on Saturday nights, so it was essentially an independent station. It also ran Fox Kids in the early afternoons and weekend mornings for about a year. The station aired Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy!, Star Trek: The Next Generation, and several off-network sitcoms during prime time.
KTVK owned a huge programming inventory, but lacked enough time in its broadcast day to air it all even after dropping ABC. As such, when the Brooks family launched a new station, KASW, in September, KTVK immediately entered into a local marketing agreement with the new station. KASW became a WB affiliate, and KTVK bought the new station's entire broadcast day. KTVK then reinstated Saturday morning newscasts.
Ironically, since 2001 Fox owned both KSAZ Fox 10 and KUTP My 45 (then UPN 45). It was thought that 4Kids TV would move to Channel 45 but Fox still passed on it even for their second station in that market. It therefore remained on KASW.