| (updated 7/26/20) JULY 26 UPDATE: We're beginning to see a few weeks into August (still only the Sunday morning slot on Nick and the 2 at night on Nicktoons). The Nick slot is staying in order with the reruns, with 'Cruisin' ' lined up for Aug. 9. This allows us to take the next step in trying to come up with a more-certain return date for Beast Morphers on Nick. IF they stick to the order, they'll show the last of the nine already shown episodes on Sunday, Sept. 6. That could very well open the door for a Saturday, Sept. 12 resumption of new episodes. Is it a full-blown Official Burg Prediction? Not so fast! Not yet, but I'm all but certain we won't see new episodes in August. Stay tuned.|
REST OF LAST WEEK'S UPDATE STARTS HERE: But I need to address the elephant in the room -- the Illuminerdi report that Hasbro intends to sever the relationship with Toei. Clearly, without that, you can't take Super Sentai footage and adapt it into whatever Power Rangers incarnation would come next. Ryusoulger/Dino Fury would be the last of the Power Rangers we've come to know. But how does a split affect the rights to what's already been done? Can you have the rights to Jason Lee Scott, the red Mighty Morphin Power Ranger and all the distinguishing features -- costume, weapons, zord, etc. -- without having the rights to Geki, Tyranno Ranger, etc., from Zyuranger? My hunch is that what's been done in the past will be OK to exist as it is without any modifications.
The move to 8 a.m. has caused a drastic reduction in overall viewership. But, they had to expect that -- it's a less-TV-watched time of day. I can't see them using THAT as a primary motive to cut the tie.
But they say it would NOT be the end of Power Rangers. There's a movie (done by Paramount) in the works. If they cut ties with Toei, I doubt Toei would, in turn, relent on its hard-and-fast stance of not allowing anything PR/Sentai being animated. I'd love to see something new, or based on what we've seen in the comics, come to the TV. There's plenty of original story elements in there to really do something well. Or, do they make the BIG financial investment and decide to make their own, from-scratch, live-action, non-Sentai-based Power Rangers? (And yes, you CAN have Power Rangers without Sentai at its core) I really don't see Hasbro going all in like that.
COMING IN 2021
POWER MORPHICON 7 OR RANGERSTOP?
The final COVID-19 domino fell a little more than a week ago. Rangerstop, which was scheduled for November in Orlando, Fla., was called off. This comes well after the same decisions were made for Rangerstop & Pop in Atlanta (which would have been in June) and September's Power Morphicon 7 in Pasadena, Calif. Stop & Pop is rescheduled for March 2021 and PMC7 for June 2021. Rangerstop Orlando is an annual event and they'll just move on to the next one in November 2021.
That pushes what I still think is an one-or-the-other decision to 2021. Stop & Pop remains an unlikely option. The June date for PMC 2021 DOES open the door for my usual roommate to attend (right, KentuckyJAM?). But, PMC still sits on my bad side with their decision to not offer refunds. Does that affect my thinking? We'll see how things are in January and/or February, when any sort of convention decision and monetary planning would have to be made.
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