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18th Feb '17 6:21:43 PM faunas
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* Portuguese channel TVI has been airing Inspector Max on weekend mornings for years, to the extent that you already know what happened in an episode of the show.

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* Portuguese channel TVI has been airing Inspector Max ''Inspector Max'' on weekend mornings for years, to the extent that you already know what happened in an episode of the show.show. TropesAreNotBad, as it is the most popular show in the time period, although it has had to live with some audience fatigue for the last couple of years. Even so, this fatigue was not enough to avoid TVI bring back the show for a new, updated, 3rd season, on weekend afternoons.
8th Feb '17 8:27:25 AM mimitchi33
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* Discovery Family loves ''Series/CakeBoss''. Aside from airing three hours of reruns a day, they will show all-afternoon long marathons when a holiday occurs or a special event is on another channel.
7th Feb '17 9:23:49 AM Sapphirea2
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* RealityTV has quickly become this for pretty much every network out there. Every entertainment or lifestyle network has a low-cost, high-profit reality show to function as the reliable network tentpole. In fact, the really successful U.S networks have ''two'', with CBS and Creator/{{FOX}} having a "summer series" (''Big Brother'' and ''So You Think You Can Dance,'' alongside ''Survivor'' and ''American Idol,'' respectively) to hold viewers during the lean summer months. (In fact, one industry professional has said part of NBC's troubles might be not having one, with ''The Voice'' still being fairly new. ''Series/ThirtyRock'', being a critically-acclaimed low-rating scripted NBC series with a penchant for BitingTheHandHumor, frequently made jokes about how reality shows were just awful but also big moneymakers and yet and how NBC ''still'' couldn't find a winning one).

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* RealityTV has quickly become became this for pretty much every network out there. Every entertainment or lifestyle network has a low-cost, high-profit reality show to function as the reliable network tentpole. In fact, the really successful U.S networks have ''two'', with CBS and Creator/{{FOX}} having a "summer series" (''Big Brother'' and ''So You Think You Can Dance,'' alongside ''Survivor'' and ''American Idol,'' respectively) to hold viewers during the lean summer months. (In fact, one industry professional has said part of NBC's troubles at the turn of TheNewTens might be their not having one, with ''The Voice'' still being fairly new.new at the time. ''Series/ThirtyRock'', being a critically-acclaimed low-rating scripted NBC series with a penchant for BitingTheHandHumor, frequently made jokes about how reality shows were just awful but also big moneymakers and yet and how NBC ''still'' couldn't find a winning one).



** ''Top Gear'' on BBC America had ''nine-hour marathons'' every Monday for a while; five-or-more-hour-long marathons on Saturday mornings/afternoons are not uncommon either.

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** ''Top Gear'' on BBC America had ''nine-hour marathons'' every Monday for a while; five-or-more-hour-long marathons on Saturday mornings/afternoons are were not uncommon either.either. This dropped off significantly from 2016 onward, however.



** ''Series/DoctorWho'' is '''the''' flagship import, getting new episodes day-and-date with the BBC premieres across the pond -- in extended time slots if need be so they can run uncut (though trims made later for reruns are common). The only other show that warrants this treatment is the aforementioned ''Top Gear''. At least two episodes were rerun every weekday for years. The weeks before/while Series 9 was airing in Fall/Winter 2015 saw even more reruns (including ''Creator/TomBaker-era'' serials!) and marathons on the schedule, culminating in a "Who Year's Eve" marathon on December 31. They ''were'' temporarily discontinued for a few months in 2016, possibly because 1) there was a longer than usual gap between new seasons going on (Series 10 didn't launch until Spring 2017), and 2) by then it was ''over''run. ''Who'' has far fewer episodes available to rerun than the above-mentioned shows; each season has 12-13 episodes plus a Christmas special, and just a handful of additional specials have turned up on top of those. Moreover, Series 1 is ''never'' rerun, and some of the extra-length episodes/specials past Creator/DavidTennant's tenure as lead are skipped rather than edited to 45 minutes (leaving huge plot gaps in later seasons). When the show came back, it reran four days a week instead of five -- with Fridays given over to all things ''Star Trek'' instead -- and then in January 2017 the daily block of ''Who'' was extended from two hours to SIX. As on average one-and-a-half seasons' worth of episodes/specials air each week.

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** ''Series/DoctorWho'' is '''the''' flagship import, getting new episodes day-and-date with the BBC premieres across the pond -- in extended time slots if need be so they can run uncut (though trims made later for reruns are common).often trimmed). The only other show that warrants this treatment is the aforementioned ''Top Gear''. At least two ''Who'' episodes were rerun every weekday for years. The weeks before/while before and during the premiere run of Series 9 was airing in Fall/Winter 2015 (2015) saw even more reruns (including ''Creator/TomBaker-era'' serials!) and marathons on the schedule, culminating in a "Who Year's Eve" marathon on December 31. They ''were'' temporarily discontinued for a few months in 2016, possibly because 1) there was a longer than usual gap between new seasons going on (Series 10 didn't launch until Spring 2017), and 2) by then it was ''over''run. needed a rest: ''Who'' has far fewer episodes available to rerun than the above-mentioned shows; each season has 12-13 episodes plus a Christmas special, and just a handful of additional specials have turned up on top of those. Moreover, Series 1 is ''never'' rerun, and some of the extra-length episodes/specials past Creator/DavidTennant's tenure as lead are skipped rather than edited to 45 minutes (leaving (often leaving huge plot gaps in later seasons). gaps). When the show came back, it reran ran four days a week instead of five -- with Fridays Friday given over to all things ''Star Trek'' instead -- and but then in January 2017 the daily block of ''Who'' was extended from two hours to SIX. As on average one-and-a-half seasons' worth That's 24 hours of episodes/specials air episodes/specials, about a season-a-half's worth, airing each week.week!
4th Feb '17 11:22:40 PM Majextic
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***Rumor is this is why ''Million Dollar Extreme Presents: World Peace'' got cancelled. Creator Sam Hyde has said it got good ratings, but Tim didn't like it and complained to Adult Swim.
24th Jan '17 10:28:23 AM Sapphirea2
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* Besides ''Top Gear'', BBC America is quite fond of multi-hour blocks of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', which are played frequently almost every day.
** ''Series/KitchenNightmares'' gets at least two hours every weekday and as many as eight.
** ''Series/DoctorWho'' is '''the''' network's flagship import, getting new episodes day-and-date with the BBC premieres across the pond -- in extended time slots if need be so they can run uncut (though trims made later for reruns are common); the only other show that warrants this treatment is the aforementioned ''Top Gear''. At least two episodes were rerun every weekday for years. The weeks before/while Series 9 was airing in Fall/Winter 2015 saw even more reruns (including ''Creator/TomBaker-era'' serials!) and marathons on the schedule, culminating in a "Who Year's Eve" marathon on December 31. The reruns ''were'' temporarily discontinued for a few months in 2016, possibly because 1) there was a longer than usual gap between new seasons that year (Series 10 didn't launch until Spring 2017), and 2) by then it was ''over''run -- they only feature Series 2 through 9 on weekdays and skip several longer-than-usual episodes/specials, leaving that many fewer installments to show (and huge plot gaps in later seasons). 11 or so weeks and the cycle started all over! Since then, it's been cut back to four days a week instead of five -- with Fridays given over to ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' instead.

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* Besides ''Top Gear'', BBC America is quite fond of multi-hour blocks of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', which are played frequently almost every day.
day. In late 2016 ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' started getting this treatment too, and the following January brought ''StarTrekVoyager'' along with ''Series/CSIMiami''.
** ''Series/KitchenNightmares'' gets got at least two hours every weekday and as many as eight.
eight until late 2016.
** ''Series/DoctorWho'' is '''the''' network's flagship import, getting new episodes day-and-date with the BBC premieres across the pond -- in extended time slots if need be so they can run uncut (though trims made later for reruns are common); the common). The only other show that warrants this treatment is the aforementioned ''Top Gear''. At least two episodes were rerun every weekday for years. The weeks before/while Series 9 was airing in Fall/Winter 2015 saw even more reruns (including ''Creator/TomBaker-era'' serials!) and marathons on the schedule, culminating in a "Who Year's Eve" marathon on December 31. The reruns They ''were'' temporarily discontinued for a few months in 2016, possibly because 1) there was a longer than usual gap between new seasons that year going on (Series 10 didn't launch until Spring 2017), and 2) by then it was ''over''run -- they only feature ''over''run. ''Who'' has far fewer episodes available to rerun than the above-mentioned shows; each season has 12-13 episodes plus a Christmas special, and just a handful of additional specials have turned up on top of those. Moreover, Series 2 through 9 on weekdays 1 is ''never'' rerun, and skip several longer-than-usual episodes/specials, leaving that many fewer installments some of the extra-length episodes/specials past Creator/DavidTennant's tenure as lead are skipped rather than edited to show (and 45 minutes (leaving huge plot gaps in later seasons). 11 or so weeks and seasons). When the cycle started all over! Since then, it's been cut back to show came back, it reran four days a week instead of five -- with Fridays given over to ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' instead.all things ''Star Trek'' instead -- and then in January 2017 the daily block of ''Who'' was extended from two hours to SIX. As on average one-and-a-half seasons' worth of episodes/specials air each week.
29th Dec '16 10:47:15 AM nombretomado
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* Jay Leno is an example of this happening with a person instead of a show. In 1992, Creator/{{NBC}} picked him to host ''TheTonightShow'' over DavidLetterman when Johnny Carson retired. In 2009/2010, after some [[ScrewedByTheNetwork serious]] ExecutiveMeddling, he returned to ''TheTonightShow'' after an abortive shot at a UsefulNotes/PrimeTime VarietyShow, screwing over Creator/ConanOBrien and causing one hell of an [[InternetBackdraft uproar]] in the process.

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* Jay Leno is an example of this happening with a person instead of a show. In 1992, Creator/{{NBC}} picked him to host ''TheTonightShow'' ''Series/TheTonightShow'' over DavidLetterman Creator/DavidLetterman when Johnny Carson retired. In 2009/2010, after some [[ScrewedByTheNetwork serious]] ExecutiveMeddling, he returned to ''TheTonightShow'' ''The Tonight Show'' after an abortive shot at a UsefulNotes/PrimeTime VarietyShow, screwing over Creator/ConanOBrien and causing one hell of an [[InternetBackdraft uproar]] in the process.
26th Dec '16 6:29:12 PM MarcoPolo250
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* RealityTV has quickly become this for pretty much every network out there. Why? Because it's pretty much dirt cheap to produce compared to the mainstream - no need for sets, a bare bones story setting instead of a full screenplay, and the ability to cast ANYONE who will do anything to be a TV star, meaning they save a fortune on not having set designers, writers or real actors. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking And litigation is way down, too.]]
** In fact, this is downright expected, as every network has a low-cost, high-profit reality show to function as the reliable network tentpole. In fact, the really successful US networks have ''two'', with CBS and Creator/{{FOX}} having a "summer series" (''Big Brother'' and ''So You Think You Can Dance,'' alongside ''Survivor'' and ''American Idol,'' respectively) to hold viewers during the lean summer months. (In fact, one industry professional has said part of NBC's troubles might be not having one, with ''The Voice'' still being fairly new. ''Series/ThirtyRock'', being a critically-acclaimed low-rating scripted NBC series with a penchant for BitingTheHandHumor, frequently made jokes about how reality shows were just awful but also big moneymakers and yet and how NBC ''still'' couldn't find a winning one). And then we have the Bachelor brand on ABC.

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* RealityTV has quickly become this for pretty much every network out there. Why? Because it's pretty much dirt cheap to produce compared to the mainstream - no need for sets, a bare bones story setting instead of a full screenplay, and the ability to cast ANYONE who will do anything to be a TV star, meaning they save a fortune on not having set designers, writers Every entertainment or real actors. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking And litigation is way down, too.]]
** In fact, this is downright expected, as every
lifestyle network has a low-cost, high-profit reality show to function as the reliable network tentpole. In fact, the really successful US U.S networks have ''two'', with CBS and Creator/{{FOX}} having a "summer series" (''Big Brother'' and ''So You Think You Can Dance,'' alongside ''Survivor'' and ''American Idol,'' respectively) to hold viewers during the lean summer months. (In fact, one industry professional has said part of NBC's troubles might be not having one, with ''The Voice'' still being fairly new. ''Series/ThirtyRock'', being a critically-acclaimed low-rating scripted NBC series with a penchant for BitingTheHandHumor, frequently made jokes about how reality shows were just awful but also big moneymakers and yet and how NBC ''still'' couldn't find a winning one). And then we have the Bachelor brand on ABC.



** In January 2012, Channel Five showed an entirely reasonable 3 hours a day of coverage of this ''fine educational'' show. However, the trope may now apply more than ever, since C5 owner Richard Desmond mandates ''endless'' coverage of Big Brother in the various newspapers he owns, meaning that it's now a network favourite across multiple media.

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** In January 2012, Channel Five showed an entirely reasonable "entirely reasonable" 3 hours a day of coverage of this ''fine educational'' show. coverage. However, the trope may now apply more than ever, since C5 owner Richard Desmond mandates ''endless'' coverage of Big Brother in the various newspapers he owns, meaning that it's now a network favourite favorite across multiple media.



* There are been times, no matter which station plays it, when ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'' will be on morning, noon, and night. As of this writing, TBS still plays it in the mornings. Since the show is available for barter, when a station sells ad time in exchange for the show, cable and local stations get WillSmith for ''free''. Go ahead, TBS, play the story all about how Will's life got twisted upside down 24/7.

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* There are been times, no matter which station plays it, when ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'' will be on morning, noon, and night. As of this writing, TBS still plays it in the mornings. Since the show is available for barter, when a station sells ad time in exchange for the show, cable and local stations get WillSmith for ''free''. Go ahead, TBS, play the story all about how Will's life got twisted upside down 24/7.



** Incredibly, USA's weekly marathoning of NCIS was a huge factor in the show ''gaining'' viewers over ''eight'' (and counting) seasons, a practically unheard-of feat in a TV landscape of a show's ratings starting high and falling or steadying from there. The show has broken its own highest ratings mark every year, with its current high set on a regular, midseason '''Season 8''' episode (helped by a blizzard that kept most of the Eastern Seaboard indoors).
** They're getting worse. If a show's season just ended or went to Mid Season Break, expect USA to show a marathon. Burn Notice got two days to show various episodes, and White Collar got two days ''in the same week'' to do the same thing. USA essentially has nothing for daytime programming.

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** Incredibly, USA's weekly marathoning marathons of NCIS was a huge factor in the show ''gaining'' viewers over ''eight'' (and counting) seasons, a practically unheard-of feat in a TV landscape of a show's ratings starting high and falling or steadying from there. The show has broken its own highest ratings mark every year, with its current high set on a regular, midseason '''Season 8''' episode (helped by a blizzard that kept most of the Eastern Seaboard indoors).
** They're getting worse. If a show's season just ended or went to Mid Season Break, expect USA to show a marathon. Burn Notice ''Burn Notice'' got two days to show various episodes, and White Collar ''White Collar'' got two days ''in the same week'' to do the same thing. USA essentially has nothing for daytime programming.thing.



* In Australia, the Creator/NineNetwork used to have a spectacular case of this for ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen''. Every weeknight immediately after the news, in the filler timeslot once taken up by many a gameshow, ''Two and a Half Men'' played for years (except in regional areas where it was axed in favour of a half-hour of local news). Following Creator/CharlieSheen's swandive off the deep end, Nine seems to have shifted this treatment and its former daily timeslots to ''Series/TheBigBangTheory''; there is nary a glimpse of ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen'' anywhere on the network anymore. They shifted it over to their secondary channel 'GO!' [[GuiltyPleasure to hide their shame]], and even then it runs comparatively infrequently. Meanwhile, ''TopGear'' also seems to have become a similar object of Nine's affection.

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* In Australia, the Creator/NineNetwork used to have a spectacular case of this for ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen''. Every weeknight immediately after the news, in the filler timeslot once taken up by many a gameshow, ''Two and a Half Men'' played for years (except in regional areas where it was axed in favour of a half-hour of local news). Following Creator/CharlieSheen's swandive off the deep end, Nine seems to have shifted this treatment and its former daily timeslots to ''Series/TheBigBangTheory''; there is nary a glimpse of ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen'' anywhere on the network anymore. They shifted it over to their secondary channel 'GO!' [[GuiltyPleasure to hide their shame]], 'GO!', and even then it runs comparatively infrequently. Meanwhile, ''TopGear'' also seems to have become a similar object of Nine's affection.



** They also gave eight seasons to the universally-hated ''Open Mike With Mike Bullard'', which is seven more than any other network would have given the show. When the Network first debuted, it's schedule essentially consisted of the few things they had the rights to -- ''Just For Laughs'' programming, ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway'', ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'', assorted British programming, and ''Open Mike''. At points, they would air both an episode of ''Open Mike'', ''and The Best Of Open Mike'' on the ''same day'', despite the show only having been on the air for a couple months.

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** They also gave eight seasons to the universally-hated ''Open Mike With Mike Bullard'', which is seven more than any other network would have given the show.Bullard''. When the Network first debuted, it's schedule essentially consisted of the few things they had the rights to -- ''Just For Laughs'' programming, ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway'', ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'', assorted British programming, and ''Open Mike''. At points, they would air both an episode of ''Open Mike'', ''and The Best Of Open Mike'' on the ''same day'', despite the show only having been on the air for a couple months.



* In a cross-over with NetworkDecay, Creator/{{Syfy}} does this a lot. For awhile, the fixation was ''Series/GhostHunters''. No matter the time of day, chances are that 4.5 out of 5 times they'll be airing an episode of either it or its spinoff ''Ghost Hunters International''. Consider that Syfy has a stable of shows that it shows (the ''Stargate'' franchise, ''Farscape'', etc.), but you have to actually HUNT those down.
** Which is interesting considering Australia's Syfy is usually chock-a-block full of i''Franchise/{{Stargate|Verse}}'' and its spinoffs.

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* In a cross-over with NetworkDecay, Creator/{{Syfy}} does this a lot. For awhile, the fixation was ''Series/GhostHunters''. No matter the time of day, chances are that 4.5 out of 5 times they'll be airing an episode of either it or its spinoff ''Ghost Hunters International''. Consider that Syfy already has a stable of shows that it shows (the ''Stargate'' franchise, ''Farscape'', etc.), but you have to actually HUNT those down.
** Which This is interesting considering Australia's Syfy is usually chock-a-block full of i''Franchise/{{Stargate|Verse}}'' and its spinoffs.



** ''Series/{{Cops}}'' is to Spike what ''Series/TheSimpsons'' is to [[Creator/{{FX}} FXX]], ever since they acquired the rights to the show and had it do a ChannelHop from Creator/{{Fox}}. Its low production costs, steady ratings, and deep episode library means it seems to be the Spackle they use to fill holes in their schedule. Their overnight schedule seems to frequently be a marathon of alternating episodes of ''COPS'' and ''Jail.''

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** ''Series/{{Cops}}'' is to Spike what ''Series/TheSimpsons'' is to [[Creator/{{FX}} FXX]], ever since they acquired the rights to the show and had it do a ChannelHop from Creator/{{Fox}}. Its low production costs, steady ratings, and deep episode library means it seems to be its the Spackle they use to fill holes in their schedule. Their overnight schedule seems to frequently be a marathon of alternating episodes of ''COPS'' and ''Jail.''



** You called it. ''Caprica'' has been canceled after a year and a half. Its replacement: another ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' spinoff.

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** You called it. ''Caprica'' has been canceled after a year and a half. Its replacement: another ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' spinoff.



* ''Degrassi'' and Creator/MuchMusic. When a new season starts, all day is given over to the runup to the premiere. This makes a little more sense for them - ''Degrassi'' and Epitome's other current production ''Series/TheLAComplex'' are Much's flagship original dramas.
* It seems if [=MTV2=] isn't airing music videos, it's an episode of ''Series/{{Martin}}''.

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* ''Degrassi'' and Creator/MuchMusic.Creator/{{MuchMusic}}. When a new season starts, all day is given over to the runup to the premiere. This makes a little more sense for them - ''Degrassi'' and Epitome's other current production ''Series/TheLAComplex'' are Much's flagship original dramas.
* It seems if [=MTV2=] isn't airing music videos, it's an episode of ''Series/{{Martin}}''.
dramas.



*** They've been recently showing ''Series/AmericanChopper'' quite a bit lately, to the point when you actually ''WANT'' more ''Series/MythBusters''.
*** It was just a ploy. Discovery's suits know that Mythbusters is one of their CashCowFranchise. So much to the fact that just days after the series finale, someone at The Science Channel proposed a revival- and they approved of the plan almost immediately.



** If Creator/TimAndEric so much as sneeze on something, AS will pick it up for a 3 season trial run. And you ''will'' like it, they'll ''make'' you like it god damn it, because they're the two funniest people on the planet, apparently. It helps that a large segment of their target demographic tends to be drunk and/or stoned when they tend to air Tim and Eric's stuff (in the 10:00-11:00 PM range), given that Tim and Eric's target seems to be "People who are habitually drunk and/or stoned. [[WatchItStoned Especially stoned]]."

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** If Creator/TimAndEric so much as sneeze on something, AS will pick it up for a 3 three season trial run. And you ''will'' like it, they'll ''make'' you like it god damn it, because they're the two funniest people on the planet, apparently.run. It helps that a large segment of their target demographic tends to be drunk and/or stoned when they tend to air Tim and Eric's stuff (in the 10:00-11:00 PM range), given that Tim and Eric's target seems to be "People who are habitually drunk and/or stoned. [[WatchItStoned Especially stoned]]."



* Creator/{{ION}} shows ''Series/GhostWhisperer'', ''Series/WithoutATrace'', and ''Series/CriminalMinds'' on weekdays. That's it. Nothing but those three shows between 3 pm and midnight ET, which is the network's ''entire weekday schedule'', except for ''Wrestling/WWEMainEvent'' on Wednesday - the remaining hours are paid, religious or children's programming. Granted, this likely means they are the only shows they can afford...

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* Creator/{{ION}} Creator/{{ION}}'s ''entire weekday schedule'' is basically one or two shows (such as ''Series/GhostWhisperer'', ''Series/WithoutATrace'', and ''Series/CriminalMinds'' ''Series/CriminalMinds'') on weekdays. That's it. Nothing but those three shows between 3 pm and midnight ET, which is the network's ''entire weekday schedule'', except for Outside of ''Wrestling/WWEMainEvent'' on Wednesday - Wednesdays, before ION stopped airing it, the remaining hours are paid, religious or children's programming. Granted, this likely means they are the only shows they can afford...



* Another show adored by Creator/{{NBC}} is ''TheApprentice''. Despite heavily declining ratings and Creator/DonaldTrump being a complete joke now, the show continues to run and Trump's high-concept RatingsStunt to run for President will most likely assure more seasons to come.



* At this point HGTV is almost entirely made up of ''House Hunters'', ''House Hunters International'', and ''House Hunters Renovations''. Go ahead, flip over right now and check. Told you so.
** These days, whenever HGTV isn't airing episodes of ''House Hunters'', ''My First House'', or ''Property Brothers'', they're airing ''Love It or List It''.
* Creator/{{NBC}}'s flagging Saturday Morning schedule was propped up by ''Series/SavedByTheBell''. They loved its ratings so much that they had Peter Engel create [[CaliforniaDreams another show]] with the [[FollowTheLeader same basic premise]] [[RecycledInSpace with a twist]]. When that got good ratings, they cancelled every cartoon on the schedule, gave half of Saturday mornings to its ''other'' favorite show (''Series/{{Today}}''), and gave the other half to Engel and friends. And thus was born TNBC, an entire block of nothing but ''Saved by the Bell'' [[FollowTheLeader clones]]. One could have called Teen NBC "[[FunWithAcronyms There's Nothing But Clones]]"!
* {{Creator/HBO}} produced ''seven seasons'' of ''Series/{{Arliss}}'' despite its consistently low ratings and reviews well below the station's standard. HBO appears to have believed that it targeted a niche audience that otherwise would not have subscribed to the channel.

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* At this point one point, HGTV is was almost entirely made up of ''House Hunters'', ''House Hunters International'', and ''House Hunters Renovations''. Go ahead, flip over right now and check. Told you so.
**
These days, whenever HGTV isn't airing episodes of ''House Hunters'', ''My First House'', or ''Property Brothers'', they're airing ''Love It or List It''.
* Creator/{{NBC}}'s flagging Saturday Morning schedule was propped up by ''Series/SavedByTheBell''. They loved its ratings so much that they had Peter Engel create [[CaliforniaDreams another show]] with the [[FollowTheLeader same basic premise]] [[RecycledInSpace with a twist]]. When that got good ratings, they cancelled every cartoon on the schedule, gave half of Saturday mornings to its ''other'' favorite show (''Series/{{Today}}''), and gave the other half to Engel and friends. And thus was born TNBC, an entire block of nothing but ''Saved by the Bell'' [[FollowTheLeader clones]]. One could have called Teen NBC "[[FunWithAcronyms There's Nothing But Clones]]"!
friends.
* {{Creator/HBO}} produced ''seven seasons'' of ''Series/{{Arliss}}'' despite its consistently low ratings and reviews well below the station's standard. HBO appears to have believed that it targeted a niche audience that otherwise would not have subscribed to the channel.



** Ever since their NetworkDecay, WE now airs ''Law & Order'' and ''Series/CSIMiami'' and won't let you forget it. Oh, and stuff with David Tutera.

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** Ever since their NetworkDecay, WE now airs ''Law & Order'' and ''Series/CSIMiami'' and won't let you forget it. Oh, and Also stuff with David Tutera.



** For a while it was ''Series/DudeWhatWouldHappen''. This wasn't the first time the station tried to put over a live action show, but it was definitely the show they put the most effort into trying to become popular. Cartoon Network launched an entire block of live action shows, CN Real, in an effort to rebrand their network into being closer to Disney Channel and Nickelodeon. [[InternetBackdraft It went over about as well as you would think]] and the ratings for the entire network tanked. After dropping CN Real, the network still tried to put over ''Dude What Would Happen'', and continued airing it for '''two years''' despite horrible ratings and ''overwhelming'' negative viewer response before finally dropping it. Despite [[http://www.toonzone.net/forums/cartoon-network-cartoon-forum/291412-cn-schedule-updates-27.html#post4068674 initial beliefs]] that the show would return along with ''Destroy Build Destroy'' and ''Hole in the Wall'', it's still thankfully cancelled, prompting CN to focus more on their cartoons.
** Cartoon Network also heavily hyped ''LevelUp'', first the movie and then the series. The show got ads big in number and in length, and you would have been hard-pressed to go through a commercial break that ''didn't'' have an ad for the show. After the show started, they've rerun it every weeknight even though only ''one episode'' had premiered. Plus, the second episode aired ''commercial-free'', [[http://www.nickandmore.com/2012/02/01/level-up-goes-commercial-free-for-second-and-third-episodes/ as well as the third.]] [[Creator/CartoonNetwork CN's]] cartoons could only dream of this kind of attention.
* If you turn on G4 at any given time, you can expect to find reruns of ''Series/{{COPS}}'' or ''Cheaters''. In some cases, they've even played the exact same episode twice in a row.
** [[WordOfGod According to Kevin Pereira,]] the shows are an easy way for the network to fund its original programming, despite having almost nothing in common demographically.
*** And there was also their obsession with Creator/OliviaMunn and whatever stunt she would do on the latest ''Series/AttackOfTheShow'' (which, in a way, was a slap in the face for the network's video game origins, as Munn wasn't a gamer and was simply brought on for ratings).

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** For a while it was ''Series/DudeWhatWouldHappen''. This wasn't the first time the station tried to put over a live action show, but it was definitely the show they put the most effort into trying to become popular. Cartoon Network launched an entire block of live action shows, As with anything related to CN Real, in an effort to rebrand their network into being closer to Disney Channel and Nickelodeon. [[InternetBackdraft It went over about as well as you would think]] and the ratings for the entire network tanked. After think]]. Even after dropping CN Real, the block, the network still tried to put over ''Dude What Would Happen'', and continued airing it for '''two years''' despite horrible ratings and ''overwhelming'' negative viewer response before finally dropping it. Despite [[http://www.toonzone.net/forums/cartoon-network-cartoon-forum/291412-cn-schedule-updates-27.html#post4068674 initial beliefs]] that the show would return along with ''Destroy Build Destroy'' and ''Hole in the Wall'', it's still thankfully cancelled, prompting CN to focus more on their cartoons.
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** Cartoon Network also heavily hyped ''LevelUp'', first the movie and then the series. The show got ads big in number and in length, and you would have been hard-pressed to go through a commercial break that ''didn't'' have an ad for the show. After the show started, they've rerun it every weeknight even though only ''one episode'' had premiered. Plus, the second episode aired ''commercial-free'', [[http://www.nickandmore.com/2012/02/01/level-up-goes-commercial-free-for-second-and-third-episodes/ as well as the third.]] [[Creator/CartoonNetwork CN's]] cartoons could only dream of this kind of attention.
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* If There was a time where if you turn on flipped over to G4 at any given time, you can expect to find reruns of ''Series/{{COPS}}'' or ''Cheaters''. In some cases, they've even played the exact same episode twice in a row.
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** When ''Series/ImpracticalJokers'' premiered, it quickly became the new darling: not only did they start running marathons of this show ''while the first season was still running'', but entire night blocks were devoted to this show, and the promos constantly reminded us that with "60 million people watching" that we ''all'' need to be watching too. The show was such a success that the network threw the "actuality" idea in the trash and just shifted to comedic reality shows in general.

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** When ''Series/ImpracticalJokers'' premiered, it quickly became the new darling: not only did they start running marathons of this show ''while the first season was still running'', but entire night blocks were devoted to this show, and the promos constantly reminded us that with "60 million people watching" that we ''all'' need to be watching too.show. The show was such a success that the network threw the "actuality" idea in the trash and just shifted to comedic reality shows in general.



** Not a show within itself but certain types of documentaries are traditionally liked by Animal Planet, though as of spring 2016 the channel pretty much only airs reality tv They tend to show documentaries about lions, crocodiles, wolves, sharks, and dogs the most. ''Especially'' lions.

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** Not a show within itself but certain types of documentaries are traditionally liked by Animal Planet, though as of spring 2016 the channel pretty much only airs reality tv Planet. They tend to show documentaries about lions, crocodiles, wolves, sharks, dogs, and dogs the most. ''Especially'' ''especially'' lions.



*** Their latest adoration is anything ''Real Housewives''. Besides developing spinoffs of the original, they are now doing ''spinoffs of the spinoffs''. Is there really that much of an audience for housewives getting drunk and having catfights for an hour?

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*** Their latest adoration is anything ''Real Housewives''. Besides developing spinoffs of the original, they are now doing ''spinoffs of the spinoffs''. Is there really that much of an audience for housewives getting drunk and having catfights for an hour?



** Then there is ''Series/DinersDriveInsAndDives''—and anything featuring Guy Fieri for that matter—which can air anywhere between 5 to ''16'' times a day. This is [[FridgeLogic made even more ridiculous]] when you realize this is someone who got a job at the network via one of their [[RuleOfDrama "competition drama to the max"]] shows, rather than traditional means.
** Cooking Channel got in on the fun too, frustrating any attempts by cooking fans to avoid it. Better hope you have the PBS lifestyle HD channel Create, that airs lots of traditional "stand and stir" cooking shows, or wait until your local PBS channel airs its cooking show programming block. Said cooking shows have returned to the Food Network, albeit in diminished quantity and only during weekday afternoons, however.
** As of 2014, ''Restaurant: Impossible'' seems to have been reduced down to Wednesdays, allowing more room for ''Chopped'' and ''Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives'' to proliferate, in addition to ''Series/MysteryDiners'', which is getting far more air-time than its parent show ''Series/RestaurantStakeout''.

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** Then there is ''Series/DinersDriveInsAndDives''—and ''Series/DinersDriveInsAndDives'' — and anything featuring Guy Fieri for that matter—which matter — which can air anywhere between 5 to ''16'' times a day. This is [[FridgeLogic made even more ridiculous]] when you realize this is someone who got a job at the network via one of their [[RuleOfDrama "competition drama to the max"]] shows, rather than traditional means.
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** Cooking Channel got in on the fun too, frustrating any attempts by cooking fans to avoid it. Better hope you have the PBS lifestyle HD channel Create, that airs lots of traditional "stand and stir" cooking shows, or wait until your local PBS channel airs its cooking show programming block. Said cooking shows have returned to the Food Network, albeit in diminished quantity and only during weekday afternoons, however.
** As of 2014, ''Restaurant: Impossible'' seems to have been reduced down to Wednesdays, allowing more room for ''Chopped'' and ''Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives'' to proliferate, Dives'', in addition to ''Series/MysteryDiners'', which is getting far more air-time than its parent show ''Series/RestaurantStakeout''.



** After moving away from the babies thing, TLC became hung up on ''Jersey Shore''-style reality shows that can best be described as "randomly selected people doing 'quirky' things in front of a camera," such as ''Honey Boo Boo,'' and more recently, ''Gypsy Sisters'' and ''Welcome To Myrtle Manor.''

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** After moving away from the babies thing, babies, TLC became hung up on ''Jersey Shore''-style reality shows that can best be described as "randomly selected people doing 'quirky' things in front of a camera," shows, such as ''Honey Boo Boo,'' and more recently, ''Gypsy Sisters'' and ''Welcome To Myrtle Manor.''



** ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway'', in a sense, at the time it was first on ABC. Its ratings, especially since it aired against ''Series/{{Friends}}'' at the height of its popularity, were never all that great (''any'' other show with its ratings would have been cancelled), but it was so cheap to produce they kept it around to keep the slot filled.

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** ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway'', in a sense, at the time it was first on ABC. Its ratings, especially since it aired against ''Series/{{Friends}}'' at the height of its popularity, were never all that great (''any'' great. Any other show with could fill its ratings would have been cancelled), timeslot, but it was so cheap they were more expensive to produce they kept it around to keep the slot filled.than ''Whose Line''.



* Despite the fact that ratings weren't very good and it's perhaps the most hated show on the Big Four networks, NBC seemed to have an unnatural obsession with ''Series/{{Whitney}}'' to give it two seasons to build an audience and put it in strong time slots. If anything, it's further proof that NBC continues to trust the wrong people (seeing the Jay Leno and ''The Apprentice'' examples above) to build the network. It ''was'' the most surprising keep after the 2011–12 season. In fairness, the fact that the show had no big stars and was shot in a multiple-camera format ''did'' make it cheap enough to produce as to offset ratings that, while weaker than some shows that got canceled, ''do'' at least remain consistent. And, more importantly, it received great demographics. Its 18–49 numbers were competitive with ''Series/TheMiddle'', its timeslot competitor, whose overall ratings are generally at least twice ''Whitney'''s. Not to mention the latter show skews a lot younger. On May 9, 2013, [[http://www.deadline.com/2013/05/nbcs-parks-recreation-renewed/ the Peacock and Whitney broke up after a two-season whirlwind romance.]]

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* Despite the fact that ratings weren't very good and it's perhaps the most hated show on the Big Four networks, NBC seemed to have an unnatural obsession with ''Series/{{Whitney}}'' to give it two seasons to build an audience and put it in strong time slots. If anything, it's further proof that NBC continues to trust the wrong people (seeing the Jay Leno and ''The Apprentice'' examples above) to build the network. It ''was'' the most surprising keep after the 2011–12 season. In fairness, the fact that the show had no big stars and was shot in a multiple-camera format ''did'' make it cheap enough to produce as to offset ratings that, while weaker than some shows that got canceled, ''do'' at least remain consistent. And, more importantly, it received great demographics. Its 18–49 numbers were competitive with ''Series/TheMiddle'', its timeslot competitor, whose overall ratings are generally at least twice ''Whitney'''s. Not to mention the latter show skews a lot younger. On May 9, 2013, [[http://www.deadline.com/2013/05/nbcs-parks-recreation-renewed/ the Peacock and Whitney broke up after a two-season whirlwind romance.]]



* NBC and its sister networks are so in love with the ''Franchise/LawAndOrder'' franchise that even when it started to die off (around 2005, with the death of Jerry Orbach and the failure of ''Trial By Jury''), NBC refused to kill it. Even when ''Law and Order: Los Angeles'' (which was picked up by NBC despite a weak pilot because of its name) was the FranchiseKiller, NBC and USA continued to keep its spinoffs around since it was filling time slots and was still bringing audiences in on the latter (while the ratings on NBC had been in decline for years).

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* NBC and its sister networks are so in love with the ''Franchise/LawAndOrder'' franchise that even when it started to die off (around 2005, with the death of Jerry Orbach and the failure cancellation of ''Trial By Jury''), NBC refused to kill it. Even when ''Law and Order: Los Angeles'' (which was picked up by NBC despite a weak pilot because of its name) was declared the FranchiseKiller, NBC and USA continued to keep its spinoffs around since it was filling time slots and was still bringing audiences in on the latter (while the ratings on NBC had been in decline for years).



* ''Series/FridayNightLights'' was adored by NBC, which constantly saved it from cancellation. However since the show is agreed to be of high quality, this was a good thing.

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* ''Series/FridayNightLights'' was adored by NBC, NBC ([[TropesAreNotBad as well as viewers]]), which constantly saved it from cancellation. However since the show is agreed to be of high quality, this was a good thing.



* Creator/NationalGeographicChannel spinoff, and Creator/AnimalPlanet rival, Nat Geo Wild likes to run ''Incredible Dr.Pol'' (or just vet shows period) and Cesar Milan shows a lot. Despite his controversial nature, Cesar has at least two different shows--''Ceasar 911'' and ''Dog Whisperer'' - that air frequently. Unlike Animal Planet though, the channel does still air documentaries often (though they seem to enjoy specific animals more than others, such as lions and tigers).

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* Creator/NationalGeographicChannel spinoff, and Creator/AnimalPlanet rival, Nat Geo Wild likes to run ''Incredible Dr.Pol'' (or just vet shows period) and Cesar Milan shows a lot. Despite his controversial nature, Cesar has at least two different shows--''Ceasar 911'' and ''Dog Whisperer'' - that air frequently. Unlike Animal Planet though, the channel does still air documentaries often (though (Again, they seem to enjoy specific animals more than others, such as lions and tigers).



* New York's My Network station, [=WWOR=], plays nothing but the TV series based off ''Film/AreWeThereYet'' every afternoon and morning. There have been some occassions where six-hour marathons of the show are played.

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* New York's My Network MyNetworkTV station, [=WWOR=], plays nothing but the TV series based off ''Film/AreWeThereYet'' every afternoon and morning. There have been some occassions occasions where six-hour marathons of the show are played.



* Canadian media company Creator/CorusEntertainment really enjoys using ''Series/JustForLaughsGags'' to plug holes in schedules on their family-oriented channels, presumably to fulfill the mandated quota of [[ExecutiveMeddling Cana]][[CulturalCringe dian]]-produced programming that all channels must broadcast. Perhaps that is why they have seemingly spammed it across at least ''six'' different channels including Creator/{{YTV}}, Disney Channel, Disney XD, [[Creator/ABCFamily ABC Spark]], CMT and even W Movies (which is supposed to be a channel airing movies for women, [[NetworkDecay Which]] ''[[NetworkDecay Gags]]'' [[NetworkDecay is neither a movie or aimed at women]].)

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* Canadian media company Creator/CorusEntertainment really enjoys using ''Series/JustForLaughsGags'' to plug holes in schedules on their family-oriented channels, presumably to fulfill the mandated quota of [[ExecutiveMeddling Cana]][[CulturalCringe dian]]-produced mandated quota]] of Canadian-produced programming that all channels must broadcast. Perhaps that is why they have seemingly spammed it across at least ''six'' different channels including Creator/{{YTV}}, Disney Channel, Disney XD, [[Creator/ABCFamily ABC Spark]], CMT and channels, even W Movies (which is supposed to be a channel airing movies for women, [[NetworkDecay Which]] ''[[NetworkDecay Gags]]'' [[NetworkDecay is neither a movie or aimed at women]].women.)



* ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'' used to be this for Esquire Network. Now its ''Parks And Recreation'', ''Series/{{CSI}}'', ''AND'' ''Series/NCISLosAngeles''. The channel was actually dropped from Dish Network, DirecTV, and AT&T's U-Verse in 2016 because of this, since the latter two shows were already airing on USA Network.

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* ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'' used to be this for Esquire Network. Now its ''Parks And Recreation'', ''Series/{{CSI}}'', ''AND'' ''Series/NCISLosAngeles''. The channel was actually dropped from Dish Network, DirecTV, and AT&T's U-Verse in 2016 because of this, since the latter two shows were already ''already airing on USA Network.Network''.
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* ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'' used to be this for Esquire Network. Now its ''Parks And Recreation'', ''Series/{{CSI}}'', ''AND'' ''Series/NCISLosAngeles''.

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* ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'' used to be this for Esquire Network. Now its ''Parks And Recreation'', ''Series/{{CSI}}'', ''AND'' ''Series/NCISLosAngeles''. The channel was actually dropped from Dish Network, DirecTV, and AT&T's U-Verse in 2016 because of this, since the latter two shows were already airing on USA Network.
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** ''[[Series/TheGoldbergs2015 The Goldbergs]]'' has been treated like royalty by ABC. It's promoted in many places, including movie theaters, shopping malls and online websites, is promoted on all of their other shows and gets marathons when new episodes aren't airing, which is very rare for a first-run broadcast TV show.

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** ''[[Series/TheGoldbergs2015 ''[[Series/TheGoldbergs The Goldbergs]]'' has been treated like royalty by ABC. It's promoted in many places, including movie theaters, shopping malls and online websites, is promoted on all of their other shows and gets marathons when new episodes aren't airing, which is very rare for a first-run broadcast TV show.
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* ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway'', in a sense, at the time it was first on ABC. Its ratings, especially since it aired against ''Series/{{Friends}}'' at the height of its popularity, were never all that great (''any'' other show with its ratings would have been cancelled), but it was so cheap to produce they kept it around to keep the slot filled.

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* Creator/{{ABC}} has had a few shows that were treated this way:
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''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway'', in a sense, at the time it was first on ABC. Its ratings, especially since it aired against ''Series/{{Friends}}'' at the height of its popularity, were never all that great (''any'' other show with its ratings would have been cancelled), but it was so cheap to produce they kept it around to keep the slot filled.filled.
** ''[[Series/TheGoldbergs2015 The Goldbergs]]'' has been treated like royalty by ABC. It's promoted in many places, including movie theaters, shopping malls and online websites, is promoted on all of their other shows and gets marathons when new episodes aren't airing, which is very rare for a first-run broadcast TV show.
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