Even if they wont bring back the old cartoon (which I'm sure they wouldn't, unfortunately) I wish the new ones would be more savvy with cultural references toward movies, music, books, etc.
I remember watching Looney Toons, Tiny Toons, Animaniacs, Pinky and The Brain, Ren and Stimpy, Pete and Pete, yada yada blah blah and even though they were made for children they had so many elements to them that older audiences could enjoy with references to Humphry Boggart, Peter Lorre, Tim Burton, Stephen Spielberg, classical music, the storys like Robin Hood, classic movie quotes, impressions of famous people in history, etc.. I was too young to understand that any of this stuff was referencing such things at the time but the knowledge of the music, quotes, famous people, and all of that did gain a spot in my head. So later on when I hear a classical song that I recognized I would enjoy it more, when I saw M I knew the guy in it was oddly familiar too me so I kept watching and learned who Peter Lorre was... I know these are horrid examples of what I'm trying to convey here, but it's early and I've yet to get any sleep. It's just that I believe that not only were these cartoons so great and entertaining, but they were also good roots into growing to become a more culturally rounded individual as well.
This sort of intelligent way of making cartoons seemed to begin with Looney Toons and end at around the same time as KABLAM went off Nickelodeon. Now the closest thing around is the much less supirior Sponge Bob Square Pants, that at least brought the music of Tiny Tim to some peoples attention.
Family Guy and the Simpsons are the best examples of this now'a'days and I'm a bit liberal aboud censoring so I'd be all for having kids watch them (hell I grew up with The Simpsons) but I can understand how some parents would not want their kids watching that stuff, so there's not much of a chance for them taking over where Looney Toons and gang left off.
It would also be nice if Nick at Night still showed REAL classic TV like they use to. Like *bleep* Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Taxi, I Love Lucy, Bewitched, and all those greats that made TV into what it was today. I wasn't even born before most of those shows were around so I couldn't be anymore greatful for Nick at Night showing them back then... if I grew up with the stuff on there now I'd have no idea about the roots of television. It makes me really sad that no one will get to see them now. They would definitely still enjoy them. I was watching them in middle school in the late 90's and loved them, so I know it wouldn't NOT be relivant to kids today just because they're older shows.
... Oh! One more thing (I promise lol) I'd like if the older E True Hollywood Storys would come back as well, the ones of The Little Rascals, River Pheonix, Fatty Arbuckle, and stuff. Not only are they more interesting than the rediculous Kardashian crap and the Hogans and stuff they keep showing constantly but just like the cartoons and Nick at Night they're a good learning experience and something I've always given a lot of credit to making myself more of a culturally rounded person.
I'm only 22, so it's not like I'm an old man just talking bad about the youngsters... I just wish the networks would smartin up before the world becomes COMPLETELY full of culturally deprived philistines.
RANT OVER.... the end (sorry this was so long lol)