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Nickelodeon Moves ‘Legend of Korra’ Online



Nickelodeon has unexpectedly pulled the final five episodes of The Legend of Korra Season 3 from its broadcast schedule, deciding instead to stream them online.

Bryan Konietzko, co-creator of Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra, responded quickly Wednesday to fan outcry over the animated series’ seeming disappearance, posting the image below on his blog. The show’s official Tumblr page also clarified that following Friday’s television premiere of “The Terror Within,” episodes will appear weekly beginning Aug. 1 on, the Nick app and other platform.

“Thousands of you have been asking to watch this incredible show online, so hopefully this news works in your favor,” the post states, attempting to put a happy face on news most fans will likely view as a grim development.

Characterizing the third season as “a mess on the distribution side,” The Escapist chronicles some of the hurdles the show has faced, including an accidental leak of several episodes that led to an early release of the trailer, a premiere that was announced only a week in advance, with little promotion, and an accelerated broadcast schedule.

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  • Evan Meadow

    When did Cartoon Network take over Nickelodeon?

  • MindTricked

    Heh – this is an INCREDIBLY Cartoon Network move. Good call.

  • J.p. Ducey

    Are kids not watching cartoons anymore? I admit I haven’t seen Korra but Avatar was amazing. It seems like none of today’s cartoons can make it past a 3rd season. Young Justice, Avengers Earth’s mightiest Heroes, Spectacular Spider-Man, Beware the Batman, Green Lantern, Transformers Prime, I’m sure there’s more…

  • J.p. Ducey

    I watch TMNT and that’s it. Ultimate Spider-Man, Avengers Assemble, and Hulk Agents of SMASH are all terrible

  • A.B.

    Would be remiss for not noting that I wondered about Nickelodeon’s feeling toward the program since their two-per schedule is essentially unheard of, given the level of investment the network has in the program.

    What tugs on the heartstrings a little more, however, is how far kid’s cable television (and not just Nick) has evolved since the program first debuted a decade ago. Image that. The franchise is almost 10 years old.

  • http://www.PlayLegit.Net/ KJ

    The new Thundercats.

  • Chuck777

    I work at an elementary school, kids *love* Hulk SMASH.

  • DaMak

    So I guess that means no season 4?

  • Chuck777

    Maybe they are just trying to get passed this botched season and move on to the next.

  • Peter Parker

    I think, more than likely, a Season 4 was never in the plans. I think their formula should be 3 seasons and move on to the next Avatar.

  • Marc Brightman

    Young Justice had viewers…just not the ones that they were targeting. The people watching Young Justice were in the 14-30 age range so they yanked it after 2 seasons because god forbid you have a highly rated show that targets an abnormal audience

  • Ushio

    If it’s well written kids stop watching and adult’s start.
    Look at Jersey shore and remember the upcoming generation will be DUMBER!

  • Jack

    Transformers prime got a third season, and spider man had trademark issues

  • Ed

    Book 4 is a fact no matter how good are the ratings, Nickelodeon ordered 26 episodes that were to be divided as Book 3 and 4 2 years ago after the end of season 1.

    A better explanation here.

  • penguintruth

    Way to screw over your only good show, Nickelodeon.

  • RockyJohan

    They have already ordered season 4. They ordered 3 and 4 togheter so its still coming out. So a season 4 was absolutly in the plans ;)

  • Peter Parker

    Well, don’t I feel sheepish…

  • Jin

    Or maybe they’re not made for you.

  • tilt

    Young Justice suffered the same fate as Tron Uprising. It’s sad and unnecessary.

  • Dawnell_do

    At this rate i’ll stop watch American cartoons because anything good, but doesn’t sell toys gets cancelled.

  •!/ David R. Schmitt

    Well, don’t watch it on TV anyways, as long as it airs SOMEWHERE. My wife and I love the show still so I hope it comes to a natural conclusion.

    Alas, I just showed her the first ep on Young Justice on Netflix and she really liked it. Can’t bear to tell her the end never gets resolved.

  • Shannon White

    there’s rumors of a return for young justice supposedly announcing at comicon

  • Statham

    They’ve suggested that’s a live action show.

  • Statham

    It also ‘didn’t sell toys’ and ‘girls liked it’. Seriously.

    The ‘girls’ thing is actual fact from interviews with the creators, and the toy situation for Young Justice was utterly stupid; 1) people want toys of all the characters, 2) they respond by making only a handful of characters like Robin, 3) fans buy Robin but don’t want multiples so the tons of Robins sit on shelves, and/or the toys weren’t readily available so 4) the manufacturers interpret this as a lack of interest, so 5) it wasn’t profitable

  • J.p. Ducey

    That doesn’t answer my question but thanks for playing

  • J.p. Ducey

    OK greatl, thanks for the info. Since they love it I hope for their sake it makes it past a 2nd season. I grew up with different Superhero shows when it wasnt cool, So i think its really cool that it’s now COOL for kids to watch them, ya dig?. I’m just curious why soooo many of them get canceled.

  • J.p. Ducey

    Never saw it but I heard good things about that too

  • twisty

    We watch Korra (and Avatar before that) as a family and our two girls LOVE them. There are not many good female role models on TV so we think Korra is awesome. But I’m pretty sick of Nickelodeon. I think it is finally time for us to switch off cable tv. We already have our 9 yr old reading the comics for her favorite shows so online viewing and comics will be our new norm.

  • ultraaman

    The Legend of Korra is awful. I got thru Season 1 barely and just watched the first two eps of Season 2 before I called it quits. Korra is an unsympathetic character and the main narrative is convoluted and unfocused. The ratings are in the toilet too – down to barely 1.0 from the mid 3.0’s of the first season (and down from the 4.0 of the original Avatar show).

  • A.B.

    Maybe they’ll turn Season 4 into a feature film…

  • J.p. Ducey

    I said PAST a third season ;) TF Prime only got 3 and a Finale Movie. There’s apparently going to be a sequels series but we shall see how it compares

  • vk at nyte

    Nickelodeon is running their network into the do you fuck up distributing a popular cartoon..really? C’mon man..

  • Lightning Lord

    They watch Adventure Time and Regular Show.

  • Lightning Lord

    The fact that it’s getting a sequel series means that the show wasn’t cancelled, but ended.

  • IslandDweller

    it often has more to do with kids (parents) not buying the merchandise that is related to the show. Which is where the show’s creators tend to make most of their money.

  •!/ David R. Schmitt

    I disagree. Unsympathetic? In what way? Narrative is convoluted? I followed it just fine. Unfocused? How? As for the ratings, yes the television ratings are down but the online downloads and streaming have increased, it’s just a sign of the times, people as a norm just don’t watch TV as often. Consumers want On Demand.

  • ultraaman

    The story isn’t about Korra, it’s about the culture/city she inhabits – that’s fine if that’s what you want to watch but I don’t esp considering how the show is portrayed. Even the title “Legend of Korra” is misleading IMO. The main narrative involves her, but she is not the focus. She’s simply the plot device to make things happen. First season was about some bad guy – i won’t go into how unsatisfying and sudden that season ending was either – and now Season 2 is about her being used for someone else’s agenda. Neither drive her own growth as a character and she’s still as undeveloped as she was over a year ago. I also have little interest in the voluminous side stories that fill the narrative since none of them are about her

    As for her character, she’s bratty, self-centered, with no interest in anything Avatar-y except fighting – and not even for the greater good, just fighting – which is exactly what the Avatar is not about. And the temper tantrums get old fast.

    I don’t care how accurately that may portray a teenager who might find herself in such a position – this if fiction, MAKE me like her – nor do I care how good Season 3 may be. After a dozen episodes there is nothing worthwhile that I can find which is why I’ve decided to drop it. I’ve given few shows that long before dropping them. I simply should not have to dislike the main character for this long before finding something redeeming about her.

  •!/ David R. Schmitt

    Thanks for the well detailed reasons why you don’t like it. So many times someone will just say “it sux” and leave it at that. Now, while I disagree on many of your points, I’m not here to sell the show to you. Have a nice day.

  • kuzronk

    They do but they put shows like this in a bad timeslot.