HASBRO has made a a deal with Turner Broadcasting
As the link says, My Little Pony, is one of a few HASBRO cartoons that will be aired on Cartoon Network in certain countries. The United States is not listed, and I have been unable to find out why. But this article shows the cooperation these two companies have to create a win-win situation.
Lauren Faust has previous experience working with cartoons that have aired on Cartoon Network, primarily with Hanna-Barbara
Lauren Faust's involvement in The Power Puff Girls, Codename: Kid's Next Door, and Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends are all examples of successful cartoons that have already aired on Cartoon Network with her hand in the work. Not only so, but her minor involvements in other successful shows like Dexter's Laboratory suggest that her talent is highly appreciated when Cartoon Network was at it's peak of viewership. Later on, when Adult Swim gained more popularity, several old Hanna-Barbara cartoons were 're-created' to create more mature spoof shows. Some of these include Harvey Birdman, Sealab 2020, and Space Ghost. I'm pretty sure Warner Brothers, who absorbed Hanna-Barbara in 2001, would like to have her back.
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic shares similar demographics with typical Adult Swim programming
In the past, it has become the normal for Adult Swim to get their hands on an old show that is fitting for their demographic, which is mostly 18-35 males. Non-original shows that Adult Swim syndicated onto their program schedule include: The PJ's, King of the Hill, Baby Blues, The Office (British version), The Super Globetrotters, Karate Kommados, The Gary Coleman Show, and Saved By the Bell. Adult Swim loves to cater to their demographic's nostalgia. And even if My Little Pony was a little out-of-taste for Adult Swim, there is a good reason why they would air cute ponies on their station...
The Adult Swim people are on crack
Adult Swim is known for its airing antics and unusual style of promotion, given that their primary viewer probably appreciates it. An example of this is in March of 2007, the network advertised their Aqua Teen Hunger Force movie was to air on Adult Swim on April 1, 2007. They didn't lie. The actual airing put the whole movie in a tiny box in the corner of the screen with no sound, while a Family Guy marathon took it's place at full screen. They're on-air explanation of why they did this was, "because we're ****ing crazy." Other examples include released episodes of their original show "Perfect Hair Forever" on VHS and re-aired the episodes on TV where all the characters had drawn-on mustaches. One time, Adult Swim also aired the entire movie, "The Room" for no other reason other than the fact that it was criticized as being one of the worst movies ever.
Seth Green 'likes' My Little Pony
Before My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic premiered, Seth Green, actor, voice actor, and producer, made a My Little Pony spoof on his original show Robot Chicken that aired on Adult Swim on May of 2006.
In September of 2010, Seth Green twittered:
"Meeting Hasbro next week! Want Apocalypse Ponies toys? Help me trend #ApocalypsePonies !!"
A petition was in place to get support from viewers for this insane request. I can only imagine that HASBRO rejected it with little consideration. However, a petition from Adult Swim-type viewers before the airing of Friendship is Magic combined with the increasingly popularity of the show from adult males after the show was aired creates an interesting (and coincidental) statistic for HASBRO to look at.
However, it is worth noting that Seth Green's approach isn't all bad. People Magazine had an article on Seth Green's wedding in May 2010:
"One detail both focused on was catering party favors to the individual guest. "We both like toys, so the centerpiece for each of the tables were different collections of toys that were takeaways," Green says of various action figures ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ think G.I. Joe ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ that waited for guests.
"My mom got the Care Bears," Grant says, "because she used to call me Clare Bear, and another good friend of ours had a pony collection so we made sure she got the My Little Pony table."
So what do you guys think. I know it could still be considered a long shot, but I like to entertain the possibilities.