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User currently offline2707200X From United States of America, joined Mar 2009, 8451 posts, RR: 1
Posted (4 years 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 4013 times:

At times I have seen cable TV networks change formats to appeal to a broader audience.

Some of the transitions that I have seen is MTV, from music to teen female themed reality programming like "The Hills" and "Jersey Shore" and TLC from machines with programs like Extreme Machines to housewife themed reality shows like John and Kate and wedding themed programs.

Find examples or elaborate on transitioning networks.


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User currently offlineShyFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (4 years 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 3995 times:

Spike TV. It used to be TNN - The Nashville Network. As the name suggests, it was geared towards fans of Country music.

User currently offlinebohica From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2671 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (4 years 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 3963 times:

The Travel Channel. It has very little to do with traveling. It turned into another food channel.

User currently offlineSTT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16819 posts, RR: 51
Reply 3, posted (4 years 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 3937 times:

Headline news used to report news, I don't know what they are doing lately.


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User currently offlineSilver1SWA From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 4770 posts, RR: 26
Reply 4, posted (4 years 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 3935 times:
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VH1

It kinda returns to it's roots from time to time (with the return of Behind the Music etc), but yeah. It's cluttered with just as much crap as MTV these days.

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User currently offlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15719 posts, RR: 26
Reply 5, posted (4 years 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 3932 times:

Quoting 2707200X (Thread starter):
TLC from machines with programs like Extreme Machines to housewife themed reality shows like John and Kate and wedding themed programs.

I know. TLC sucks now. Every single freakin' show on that channel includes one or more of the following: babies, dwarves, or morbidly obese people.

Also CourtTV becoming TruTV which now shows nonreality reality shows and shows making fun of stupid people doing stupid things.

If I'm not mistaken Discovery Health (the other obesity network) is going to become Oprah's personal channel. I'd rather have the fat people.



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User currently offlinewaterpolodan From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 1649 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (4 years 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 3912 times:

Speed Channel went from the old Speedvision, which had great shows on historic racing, rallying, sports car races, touring cars, and regular replays of Formula 1 races, into the current Speed which shows NASCAR 24/7, with the occasional break for a mediocre show on drag racing or the "outlaw" world of superbikes. They even have a reality show about the next "NASCAR star", which isn't even about drivers, it's about rednecks with talent of some sort. Sad.

Fortunately, there is also Versus. They went from Outdoor Life Network, which basically was all hunting/fishing, into a version of what Speedvision once was. They run cool shows about car/bike factories, show World Rally Car races, have live qualifying and races for the Indycar series, and they also show the Tour de France, which I enjoy (though admittedly that was part of OLN's programming before the changeover).


User currently offlinebohica From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2671 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (4 years 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 3891 times:

Quoting STT757 (Reply 3):
Headline news used to report news, I don't know what they are doing lately.

The same thing as all the other "news" networks: Special interest programming. Most of it is opinions and arguments between guests. Try to find any news network that actually reports the news. That's why I will gladly watch the evening news on ABC, CBS, or NBC. At least they still report the news for the most part.



Quoting BMI727 (Reply 5):
TLC sucks now.

Discovery killed American Choppers when they moved it to TLC. Suddenly there were very few arguments between Paul and Paul Jr. The arguments is what made the show so popular. It became a rated G program when it was moved to TLC and I lost interest in it.

CMT While still country themed, they have gone away from country music videos to country themed comedy and some good classic movies. In fact they are showing Cannonball run II while I post this.

The History channel has gone from history documentries to reality programming, most of which suck.

Discovery Wings became the Military Channel.


User currently offlinemelpax From Australia, joined Apr 2005, 1591 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (4 years 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 3863 times:

Quoting bohica (Reply 7):
Discovery killed American Choppers when they moved it to TLC. Suddenly there were very few arguments between Paul and Paul Jr. The arguments is what made the show so popular. It became a rated G program when it was moved to TLC and I lost interest in it.

That explains why Senior seems to not have 'riod rage on the newer episodes shown here. It's still shown on Discovery here, thought it was a bit odd when they had a episode with that 'Jon & Kate' as well, that explains it.



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User currently offlineTugger From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 5419 posts, RR: 8
Reply 9, posted (4 years 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 3817 times:

Don't forget SciFi becoming SyFy this was done to move away from the "geek" Sci-fi only audience. They haven't moved too far from their original focus but do now have wrestling (they have the WE NXT contract).

Tugg



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User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7760 posts, RR: 16
Reply 10, posted (4 years 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 3813 times:

Quoting ShyFlyer (Reply 1):
Spike TV. It used to be TNN - The Nashville Network. As the name suggests, it was geared towards fans of Country music.

There was a transition from the old TNN to Spike... for a while TNN stood for The National Network. That said I do miss some of the old car related programming on TNN. Shadetree Mechanic was one of my favorites -- but I think those guys have a show on Speed now -- Two Guys Garage I think. Some of Spike's "Powerblock" shows had their origins on the old TNN too.

Quoting bohica (Reply 2):
The Travel Channel. It has very little to do with traveling. It turned into another food channel.

I don't watch much on the Travel Channel. If I do it is usually Bourdain's No Reservations... which coincidentally is a travel show centered on food. There are only so many shows you can do starring Samantha Brown.... she is the Rachael Ray of travel shows.


At certain levels the programming on HGTV, TLC, Food Network, Travel Channel, NatGeo, History, Discovery tend to be pretty interchangeable.

i think TLCs change has been pretty radical. When it was "The Learning Channel" they actually had educational programs, shows about surgery procedures, etc.... Now it has devolved into shows about ginormous families, midgets, and baking.



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User currently offline2707200X From United States of America, joined Mar 2009, 8451 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (4 years 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 3779 times:

Sudle but significant changes over time has happened to Nickelodeon, though it has maintained its targeted age audience, the programing has transitioned from cartoons to early/middle teen female oriented sitcoms like Hannah Montana and iCarly.


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User currently offlineAeri28 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 705 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (4 years 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 3757 times:

BRAVO used to be strictly an arts channel back in the late early 90s. Now it seems to be reality based televison with no arts.

User currently offlineLTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13864 posts, RR: 50
Reply 13, posted (4 years 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 3696 times:

Quoting Tugger (Reply 9):
They haven't moved too far from their original focus but do now have wrestling (they have the WE NXT contract).

Didn't SciFi previously already have WWE's ECW?


User currently offlineCadet57 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 9085 posts, RR: 31
Reply 14, posted (4 years 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 3692 times:

Quoting 2707200X (Thread starter):
"The Hills"

I saw that show for the first time this past weekend. I just wanted to punch the dumb out of every single one of them.

Quoting ShyFlyer (Reply 1):
Spike TV. It used to be TNN - The Nashville Network. As the name suggests, it was geared towards fans of Country music.

Spike TV sucks out loud.

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 5):
Also CourtTV becoming TruTV which now shows nonreality reality shows and shows making fun of stupid people doing stupid things.

TruTV sucks now too. Only thing worth watching is Cops and Inside American Jail

Quoting bohica (Reply 7):
CMT While still country themed, they have gone away from country music videos to country themed comedy and some good classic movies. In fact they are showing Cannonball run II while I post this.

In a way they are becoming a modern TNN.



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User currently offlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15719 posts, RR: 26
Reply 15, posted (4 years 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 3686 times:

Quoting Cadet57 (Reply 14):
Only thing worth watching is Cops and Inside American Jail

Those two are alright, but World's Dumbest is excellent, and their choice of commentators makes the show just drip with irony.

Quoting Cadet57 (Reply 14):
In a way they are becoming a modern TNN

Maybe when they add monster trucks.



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User currently offlineFly2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (4 years 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 3686 times:

Every single post in this thread is the reason why I stopped watching TV years ago. I just don't do it anymore, in fact I even avoid TVs. It's annoying. There's nothing ever worth watching anymore. I was a loyal Discovery viewer but they went downhill very quick, specially in the last decade.

The only reason I use a TV anymore is to watch the occasional rented movie. For everything else I just use my computer.


User currently offlineLtbewr From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13039 posts, RR: 12
Reply 17, posted (4 years 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 3665 times:

Some networks like USA and TNT went from showing mainly movies and reruns of shows to having a significant group of primetime original programing and even some sports. USA has shown parts of the Olympics (due to it's NBC connection in recent years), major tennis matches for examples. TNT carries NASCAR racing for part of the season.

I remember years ago, USA Network had on Saturday Nights 'Up All Night', showing cheesy T&Z, (Topless and zits) teen and young adult targeted grade B or worse movies, hosted by Elvira the deep cleveged one or Gilbert Gotfreid.

TBS has shifted it programing to mainly humor based, with reruns and some original programs, showing comedy movies, sitcoms, 'Family Guy' adult animated programs. Before they mainly offered movies and Atlanta Braves baseball/Atlanta Hawks basketball.


User currently offlineCadet57 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 9085 posts, RR: 31
Reply 18, posted (4 years 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 3655 times:

Quoting Ltbewr (Reply 17):
TNT went from showing mainly movies and reruns of shows to having a significant group of primetime original programing and even some sports.

One thing that I will be forever grateful to TNT for is them picking up Southland when NBC (stupidly) canceled it. Not only did they pick up a rather healthy fan base, they are getting them to stick around for their other well written shows.



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User currently offlineAlias1024 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 2746 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (4 years 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 3650 times:

Remember when Discovery was all about nature shows? Now look at them. Crab fishing? A trivia game show in a taxi cab?

Or how about the History channel. What does a reality show to find the best marksman have to do with history? Ice road truckers?



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User currently offlinescrubbsYWG From Canada, joined Mar 2007, 1495 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (4 years 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 3649 times:

i can't remember too much about the old A and E, but i am sure it has changed as well. The bill curtis shows were good, and i think they may still show them, but with shows like growing up gotti, it changed a little.

User currently offlineKiwiRob From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 7131 posts, RR: 3
Reply 21, posted (4 years 1 day ago) and read 3572 times:

Quoting Ltbewr (Reply 17):
hosted by Elvira the deep cleveged one

She looks much better without the wig and makeup.



User currently offlinehomer71 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 2241 posts, RR: 15
Reply 22, posted (4 years 21 hours ago) and read 3548 times:

Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 21):
She looks much better without the wig and makeup.

Still has the cleavage, though
  



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User currently offlineCadet57 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 9085 posts, RR: 31
Reply 23, posted (4 years 18 hours ago) and read 3513 times:

Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 21):
She looks much better without the wig and makeup.

Is that really her? Holy crap.



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User currently offlineKiwiRob From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 7131 posts, RR: 3
Reply 24, posted (4 years 17 hours ago) and read 3499 times:

Quoting Cadet57 (Reply 23):
Is that really her? Holy crap.

yup her real name is Cassandra Peterson, if you google her you will find some tasty images of her from the 70's.


25 srbmod : HD Theater offers a lot of that sort of programming. ECW was axed by the WWE and replaced with this WWE NXT show, which is in some ways, a retooled v
26 Maverick623 : Their programming has changed slightly, but I don't really find much of a difference between Rocko's Modern Life and Spongebob. Are actually Disney s
27 Post contains images 2707200X : My bad I think Spongebob is still decent if they are the last one to be, though it is beyond my generation it is still worth watching if I find it, t
28 okie : The dynamics have changed drastically for programming with the advent of cable/satellite offerings of multitude of choices. The old format the program
29 srbmod : In some ways, the channels on cable are more willing to take risks that the broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox) won't. Shows like "Rescue Me"
30 Cadet57 : Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip. I discovered this show when it was on Hulu. It is an amazingly well written show. I loved it. And once again, NBC in t
31 BMI727 : Best show ever. And I do agree that it would have done a lot better on cable, but at least Southland got saved.
32 Post contains images Cadet57 : Agreed. Who knew Matthew Perry could be serious. Yes! New season starts in January, btw.
33 chepos : I miss the old VH1, when they actually played music videos. It now revolves around dating shows and mediocre reality television. They might show some
34 Maverick623 : NBC does that a lot. Thank the TV gods that TNT picked up Southland. That channel got me through high school.
35 TOMMY767 : Not to mention weddings. I worked on a reality show for several months about wedding hair and makeup preparation for TLC (debuting this fall.) Not a
36 srbmod : Well it is owned by NBC now........ And they're showing weather themed movies. One night, I noticed they were showing "The Avengers". I guess since t
37 TOMMY767 : [Adult Swim] is hilarious. Really, as long as you have a sense of humor there's something for everyone. I knew about NBC acquiring The Weather Channe
38 USPIT10L : Actually the modern TNN would be GAC (Great American Country). CMT is just the country version of MTV now, it's owned by the same people.
39 LTU932 : I remember when Latin American Cartoon Network had Adult Swim, each day starting at ten and ending at one, but for some reason, they axed Adult Swim.
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