The Annoying Orange is a stupid, poorly executed web series that is inexplicably popular. Its YouTube channel has over two million subscribers, and it boasts another ten million fans on Twitter and Facebook. The idiotic video below, which I somehow watched for almost two minutes, has been viewed 18 MILLION times.
You know where this is going, right? It’s going to be a TV series.
Cartoon Network has acquired the rights to popular YouTube seriesThe Annoying Orangefor a half-hour animated series to premiere in 2012 as part of the cable network’s original programming block… The Annoying Orange TV series will feature online series’ signature character — an orange with a human mouth and eyes heckling other characters, mostly other fruits and vegetables. [Deadline]
I understand that as an adult, I’m not always going to understand the appeal of children’s programming to kids. But I also hope that as a parent, I’ll steer my children away from shows that blow this hard. “Go to your room, young man! And don’t come out until you’ve watched the entire catalog of Monty Python!”