We haven't had much talk about the new season of Fairly Odd Parents. What little is known: 1) It is to be the longest season of FOP ever in terms of production order, according to ex-storyboard artist Dave Thomas who left around the time of the order. Not sure how accurate or if that changed, but that is a very double edged sword and I'll explain why later. 2) The talking dog Sparky voiced by the same guy who does Snaptrap. Yeahhh. I can just feel the enthusiasm with this one. 3) Last season saw some voice actor attrition. Chin was a rare sight, the other celeb guest stars non-existent. Francis was voiced by Hartman himself and Trixie was regulated to non-speaking roles, not sure what Quan is doing. However, the core (Tara, Grey, Daran, Susanne, Paulsen) is still there. 4) A new storyboard is a few posts below but it doesn't provide much info and the Butch crew has been tight lipped as always. 5) Storyboards coming out and the FOP staff being active online all of a sudden is a normal indicator that new FOP episodes are close on the horizon, and official word suggests such. My opinions... Okay, firstly, about the huge season 9 order, that seems good to FOP fans on paper because you think "Oh my goodness, they're making so many episodes, how can they mess up now?" Well, if you go by the track record so far, they'll probably mess up ALL of them remorselessly because Hartman and his crew want to blow through this order as fast as possible, just like he did with the almost equal in size season 7, a season that was full of so many bad episodes I've blocked the majority of them from my memory. Couple that with his increasing devotion to TUFF Puppy and other works, and you can easily figure why Hartman may be regarding FOP as nothing but a quick money maker at this point. Ratings wise, new episodes have ranged from "mediocre" to the occasional special episode that shatters expectations and pulls 5+ million viewers. The majority are the former or around that range, yet Nickelodeon seems to always bank on at least one of the latter being produced per season. The live action movies have been heavy hitters, but one can argue that it was Drake Bell helping reel in most of those viewers (Although I contest, by the second one you have to wonder if Drake's fans were doing it out of dedication or simple shock/horror of seeing him reduced to what he was). Other attempts at FOP intentionally making a big bad movie have fallen flat, notably Wishology and any animated movie after it, and the last real successful animated FOP movie that was intended to do well was the Fairly Odd Baby movie. I'm sure Nickelodeon still squeals with excitement when they remember the viewer count that movie brought in, but if Hartman thinks he can emulate that success with a talking dog then he really has lost his mind. So I have to fear for the future; what are we going to see in season 9? Another mediocre season where Crocker, Timmy's dad, and other keystone characters with easy-to-call-in voice actors are present every episode? Ratings in the 2 million range for premieres, but before panic can spread here they somehow put out one with 3.5 million and "all is right with the world" even if the episode itself still stunk or had a huge Spongebob lead in? Will they just get lazy with the regular episodes, and bank on another "epic movie" to bring in 4.5 million viewers to justify another renewal? I'm convinced the live action movies showed that no matter how awkward the medium, people will at least watch FOP in bankable numbers if the plot intrigues them enough; the movies, especially the sequel (which is more interesting in the fact that it still retained high viewership in spite of the "gatekeeper" preceding it that should've driven off viewers on its poorness, perceived clashes with canon, etc), were an indicator that the type of plots that interest viewers involve Timmy's life and future, the romance between Cosmo and Wanda, Poof growing as a character, Tootie having a defining role in shaping (or at least being a positive foil to) Timmy's personality, these are all strong plot points that would've been better suited happening in the cartoon. If history repeats itself, we're going to get more of Cosmo performing gross toilet humor and diaper jokes, more of Poof being a really lazily designed Pokemon that is the POV character in at least 1/4 of the total episodes, nagging Wanda or jokes leading to fans bickering about her marriage with Cosmo, confusing shipping plots that make Chester, AJ, Tootie, Trixie and other side characters look mindless or even villainous (and the animators still can't get Toots glasses right anymore), more Crocker and Dad being the same old idiots and POVing the other 3/4 of the episodes. Especially since the birth of Poof, the whole human cast outside of the few named have been pushed aside. Hartman's current solution to fixing all this is to throw in another magic granter voiced by one of the most annoying voices on Nickelodeon television, so you can imagine why I share the same skepticism of many for this upcoming Oddparents season.