We didn't want to alarm anyone but...
"Lunar Eclipse" Marathon May Have Had Second Meaning
With this in mind we did not greet The Cartoon Network's announcement of a "Sailor Moon" Marathon being promoted as a "Lunar Eclipse" with glee or exhilaration.
The network plans to present the final 17 episodes of "Sailormoon-R" in a marathon screening on Sunday, May 23, 1999 from 11:30am to 8pm. This is the first such marathon in the United States. The program will not air during the week of May 24-28 as "Toonami" will present 2 hours of "Dragonball" each day. (On Saturday, May 29 the 3 "Dragonball Z" movies [multi-part episodes] will be presented from Noon to 4pm.) These programming changes have been made to take place at (and take advantage of) the end of the May sweeps.
The Cartoon Network's license to present the show was to expire on Monday, May 31, 1999 but (after publicizing the marathon) was just renegotiated for another year. (Normally, such an agreement would have been made before NATPE in January but the increasing ratings and the possibility of new dubbed episodes may have driven The Program Exchange & DiC to seek a better deal from the network.) The marathon may have been created to get the last bit of good ratings out of the series with the "Dragonball" preemption of "Toonami" a way to prepare viewers for possible, final changes. The Cartoon Network may have been positioning itself to drop "Sailor Moon" if necessary.
Meanwhile, it is very, very important that fans DO NOT contact any of the companies associated with "Sailor Moon." Fans getting involved at this point would only make any negotiations harder and could even ruin them. We have had "our say" with our letters and do not need to say more at this time.
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