History Creator / SpikeTV

10th Feb '17 2:38:22 PM themisterfree
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Viacom bought Creator/{{CBS}} in 2000, and merged TNN and CMT into Creator/{{MTV}} Networks. In order to avoid redundancy, TNN was {{retool}}ed into ''The National Network'', or ''The New TNN'', which tried to go beyond the Southern demographic, and was Viacom's second attempt at a "general entertainment" channel- in essence trying to clone the Creator/USANetwork, which they were once a part-owner of via Creator/{{Paramount}}. Its most successful original program was Wrestling/WWERaw (whose move to the network basically killed Wrestling/{{ECW}}, who had a show on the network which had to be canceled). While that still sounds like a part of the original demographic, The National Network also featured reruns of shows such as ''Series/{{Baywatch}}'', ''Series/DiffrentStrokes'', ''Series/MadTV'', ''Series/MiamiVice'', ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' and ''Series/ThreesCompany''.

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Viacom bought Creator/{{CBS}} in 2000, and merged TNN and CMT into Creator/{{MTV}} Networks. In order to avoid redundancy, TNN was {{retool}}ed into ''The National Network'', or ''The New TNN'', which tried to go beyond the Southern demographic, and was Viacom's second attempt at a "general entertainment" channel- in essence trying to clone the Creator/USANetwork, which they were once a part-owner of via Creator/{{Paramount}}. Its most successful original program was Wrestling/WWERaw (whose move to the network basically killed Wrestling/{{ECW}}, who had a show on the network which had to be canceled). While that still sounds like a part of the original demographic, The National Network also featured reruns of shows such as ''Series/{{Baywatch}}'', ''Series/DiffrentStrokes'', ''Series/MadTV'', ''Series/MiamiVice'', ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' and ''Series/ThreesCompany''.
10th Feb '17 1:10:46 PM themisterfree
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Originally, it was known as TNN, a country music channel launched two days after rival Creator/{{CMT}}. The Nashville Network was originally owned by Gaylord Entertainment, alongside Westinghouse Broadcasting (an arm of Westinghouse Electric Company). Westinghouse, after becoming Creator/{{CBS}} Corporation, purchased all of TNN (and CMT, which Gaylord bought in 1991) in 1997. While it focused mainly on music videos, TNN included original programming such as the game shows ''Top Card'', UsefulNotes/{{NASCAR}} races, and outdoor, lifestyle and talk shows targeted to a country audience.

Viacom bought Creator/{{CBS}} in 2000, and merged TNN and CMT into Creator/{{MTV}} Networks. In order to avoid redundancy, TNN was {{retool}}ed into The National Network, or The New TNN, which tried to go beyond the Southern demographic, and was Viacom's second attempt at a "general entertainment" channel (the first was Creator/USANetwork, which they were once a part-owner of via Creator/{{Paramount}}). Its most successful original program was Wrestling/WWERaw (whose move to the network basically killed Wrestling/{{ECW}}, who had a show on the network which had to be canceled). While that still sounds like a part of the original demographic, The National Network also featured reruns of shows such as ''Series/{{Baywatch}}'', ''Series/DiffrentStrokes'', ''Series/MadTV'', ''Series/MiamiVice'', ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' and ''Series/ThreesCompany''.

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Originally, it was known as TNN, ''TNN'' or ''The Nashville Network'', a country music channel launched two days after rival Creator/{{CMT}}. The Nashville Network TNN was originally owned by Gaylord Entertainment, alongside Westinghouse Broadcasting (an arm of Westinghouse Electric Company). Westinghouse, after becoming Creator/{{CBS}} Corporation, purchased all of TNN (and CMT, which Gaylord bought in 1991) in 1997. While it focused mainly on music videos, TNN included original programming such as the game shows show ''Top Card'', UsefulNotes/{{NASCAR}} races, and outdoor, lifestyle and talk shows targeted to a country audience.

Viacom bought Creator/{{CBS}} in 2000, and merged TNN and CMT into Creator/{{MTV}} Networks. In order to avoid redundancy, TNN was {{retool}}ed into The ''The National Network, Network'', or The ''The New TNN, TNN'', which tried to go beyond the Southern demographic, and was Viacom's second attempt at a "general entertainment" channel (the first was channel- in essence trying to clone the Creator/USANetwork, which they were once a part-owner of via Creator/{{Paramount}}).Creator/{{Paramount}}. Its most successful original program was Wrestling/WWERaw (whose move to the network basically killed Wrestling/{{ECW}}, who had a show on the network which had to be canceled). While that still sounds like a part of the original demographic, The National Network also featured reruns of shows such as ''Series/{{Baywatch}}'', ''Series/DiffrentStrokes'', ''Series/MadTV'', ''Series/MiamiVice'', ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' and ''Series/ThreesCompany''.



The channel eventually started to be taken more seriously when, in 2008, they won exclusive broadcast rights to all six ''Franchise/StarWars'' movies, which they [[AdoredByTheNetwork proceeded to milk with for years]], running marathons during anniversary celebrations or holiday weekends [[note]][[Creator/{{TBS}} Turner]] [[Creator/AdultSwim Networks]], owned by [[Creator/CartoonNetwork Time Warner]], eventually picked up the licenses after Spike lost them in 2015[[/note]]. Beginning in 2011, Spike would begin shifting focus away from "low-brow" programming in favor of unscripted series aimed at a more general audience. They would also expand their combat sport coverage to include promotions like Bellator MMA (formally Bellator Fighting Championships), which Viacom purchased in 2011 [[note]] Before then, Bellator events would be aired on Creator/{{MTV}}2 and Epix [[/note]], GLORY Kickboxing, and the Haymon Boxing-organized Premier Boxing Champions.

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The channel eventually started to be taken more seriously when, in 2008, they won exclusive broadcast rights to all six ''Franchise/StarWars'' movies, which they [[AdoredByTheNetwork proceeded to milk with for years]], running marathons during anniversary celebrations or holiday weekends [[note]][[Creator/{{TBS}} Turner]] [[Creator/AdultSwim Networks]], Broadcasting]], owned by [[Creator/CartoonNetwork Time Warner]], eventually picked up the licenses after Spike lost them in 2015[[/note]]. Beginning in 2011, Spike would begin shifting focus away from "low-brow" programming in favor of unscripted series aimed at a more general audience. They would also expand their combat sport coverage to include promotions like Bellator MMA (formally Bellator Fighting Championships), which Viacom purchased in 2011 [[note]] Before then, Bellator events would be aired on Creator/{{MTV}}2 and Epix [[/note]], GLORY Kickboxing, and the Haymon Boxing-organized Premier Boxing Champions.
10th Feb '17 8:02:06 AM MarcoPolo250
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In February 2017, it was announced that [[http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/viacom-to-rebrand-spike-tv-paramount-television-1201981960/ Spike would rebrand as]] the Creator/{{Paramount}} Network in 2018, as part of a larger revamp of Viacom's cable networks to focus on it's "flagship six" brands: including Creator/ComedyCentral, MTV, Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} & Creator/NickJr, and Creator/{{BET}}.

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In February 2017, it was announced that [[http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/viacom-to-rebrand-spike-tv-paramount-television-1201981960/ Spike would rebrand as]] the Creator/{{Paramount}} Network in 2018, as part of a larger revamp of Viacom's cable networks to focus on it's its "flagship six" brands: including Creator/ComedyCentral, MTV, Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} & Creator/NickJr, and Creator/{{BET}}.
10th Feb '17 8:00:47 AM MarcoPolo250
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In February 2017, it was announced that [[http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/viacom-to-rebrand-spike-tv-paramount-television-1201981960/ Spike would rebrand as]] the Creator/{{Paramount}} Network in 2018, as part of a larger revamp of Viacom's cable networks.

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In February 2017, it was announced that [[http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/viacom-to-rebrand-spike-tv-paramount-television-1201981960/ Spike would rebrand as]] the Creator/{{Paramount}} Network in 2018, as part of a larger revamp of Viacom's cable networks.
networks to focus on it's "flagship six" brands: including Creator/ComedyCentral, MTV, Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} & Creator/NickJr, and Creator/{{BET}}.
10th Feb '17 7:57:24 AM MarcoPolo250
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Viacom bought Creator/{{CBS}} in 2000, and merged TNN and CMT into Creator/{{MTV}} Networks. In order to avoid redundancy, TNN was {{retool}}ed into The National Network, or The New TNN, which tried to go beyond the Southern demographic, and was Viacom's second attempt at a "general entertainment" channel (the first was Creator/USANetwork, which they were once a part-owner of via Paramount). Its most successful original program was Wrestling/WWERaw (whose move to the network basically killed Wrestling/{{ECW}}, who had a show on the network which had to be canceled). While that still sounds like a part of the original demographic, The National Network also featured reruns of shows such as ''Series/{{Baywatch}}'', ''Series/DiffrentStrokes'', ''Series/MadTV'', ''Series/MiamiVice'', ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' and ''Series/ThreesCompany''.

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Viacom bought Creator/{{CBS}} in 2000, and merged TNN and CMT into Creator/{{MTV}} Networks. In order to avoid redundancy, TNN was {{retool}}ed into The National Network, or The New TNN, which tried to go beyond the Southern demographic, and was Viacom's second attempt at a "general entertainment" channel (the first was Creator/USANetwork, which they were once a part-owner of via Paramount).Creator/{{Paramount}}). Its most successful original program was Wrestling/WWERaw (whose move to the network basically killed Wrestling/{{ECW}}, who had a show on the network which had to be canceled). While that still sounds like a part of the original demographic, The National Network also featured reruns of shows such as ''Series/{{Baywatch}}'', ''Series/DiffrentStrokes'', ''Series/MadTV'', ''Series/MiamiVice'', ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' and ''Series/ThreesCompany''.


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In February 2017, it was announced that [[http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/viacom-to-rebrand-spike-tv-paramount-television-1201981960/ Spike would rebrand as]] the Creator/{{Paramount}} Network in 2018, as part of a larger revamp of Viacom's cable networks.
1st Feb '17 2:11:30 PM MarcoPolo250
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Originally, it was known as TNN, a country music channel launched two days after rival Creator/{{CMT}}. The Nashville Network was originally owned by Gaylord Entertainment, alongside Westinghouse Broadcasting (an arm of Westinghouse Electric Company). Westinghouse, after becoming Creator/{{CBS}} Corporation, purchased all of TNN (and CMT, which Gaylord bought in 1991) in 1997. While it focused mainly on music videos, TNN included original programming such as the game shows ''TopCard'', UsefulNotes/{{NASCAR}} races, and outdoor, lifestyle and talk shows targeted to a country audience.

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Originally, it was known as TNN, a country music channel launched two days after rival Creator/{{CMT}}. The Nashville Network was originally owned by Gaylord Entertainment, alongside Westinghouse Broadcasting (an arm of Westinghouse Electric Company). Westinghouse, after becoming Creator/{{CBS}} Corporation, purchased all of TNN (and CMT, which Gaylord bought in 1991) in 1997. While it focused mainly on music videos, TNN included original programming such as the game shows ''TopCard'', ''Top Card'', UsefulNotes/{{NASCAR}} races, and outdoor, lifestyle and talk shows targeted to a country audience.



In 2003, the network title was completely changed to Spike TV, they would drop "TV" from their name three years later. The name change was delayed a little from a lawsuit by director Creator/SpikeLee, who claimed that viewers would associate the network with him. Unsurprisingly, the Spike network won the case. It did set up an awkward situation where a party at the Magazine/{{Playboy}} Mansion celebrating the new network had to have censor bars and bleeping all over the place to remove all mentions of "Spike" until they got their issues ironed out with Mr. Lee. ''[[Wrestling/WWERaw Raw]]'' stuck around for a while but went back to its original home on the Creator/USANetwork due to problems between Wrestling/{{WWE}} and Viacom, causing Spike to fill the ProfessionalWrestling void with the [[Wrestling/{{TNA}} competition]]... and ''Series/{{CSI}}'' and ''Franchise/StarTrek'' reruns. The channel eventually started to be taken more seriously when, in 2008, they won exclusive broadcast rights to all six ''Franchise/StarWars'' movies, which they [[AdoredByTheNetwork proceeded to milk with for years]], running marathons during anniversary celebrations or holiday weekends.

In 2015, with ''Impact Wrestling'' ending its run on the network, [[ScrewedByTheNetwork thanks to an executive fallout between TNA and Viacom]], the end of the ''Video Game Awards'', and the loss of many syndicated rerun programs and the ''Star Wars'' film licenses (likely because it was becoming to expensive to keep them) [[note]]Turner Networks, owned by Time Warner, eventually picked up the licenses a year later[[/note]], Spike relaunched (yet again) as a general entertainment channel, with a rebrand that's meant to be more inclusive to women. A UK version of the channel was launched later that spring, with local programming from [[Creator/ChannelFive Channel 5]] (which is also owned by Viacom). Among other things, it is the first conventional TV channel in Britain to show ''Series/BreakingBad'', which had previously only been available via Creator/{{Netflix}} or on disc.

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In 2003, the network title was completely changed to Spike TV, they would drop "TV" from their name three years later. The name change was delayed a little from a lawsuit by director Creator/SpikeLee, who claimed that viewers would associate the network with him. Unsurprisingly, the Spike network won the case. It did set up an awkward situation where a party at the Magazine/{{Playboy}} Mansion celebrating the new network had to have censor bars and bleeping all over the place to remove all mentions of "Spike" until they got their issues ironed out with Mr. Lee. ''[[Wrestling/WWERaw Raw]]'' stuck around for a while but went back to its original home on the Creator/USANetwork due to problems between Wrestling/{{WWE}} and Viacom, causing Spike to fill the ProfessionalWrestling void with the [[Wrestling/{{TNA}} competition]]... and ''Series/{{CSI}}'' and ''Franchise/StarTrek'' reruns.

The channel eventually started to be taken more seriously when, in 2008, they won exclusive broadcast rights to all six ''Franchise/StarWars'' movies, which they [[AdoredByTheNetwork proceeded to milk with for years]], running marathons during anniversary celebrations or holiday weekends.

weekends [[note]][[Creator/{{TBS}} Turner]] [[Creator/AdultSwim Networks]], owned by [[Creator/CartoonNetwork Time Warner]], eventually picked up the licenses after Spike lost them in 2015[[/note]]. Beginning in 2011, Spike would begin shifting focus away from "low-brow" programming in favor of unscripted series aimed at a more general audience. They would also expand their combat sport coverage to include promotions like Bellator MMA (formally Bellator Fighting Championships), which Viacom purchased in 2011 [[note]] Before then, Bellator events would be aired on Creator/{{MTV}}2 and Epix [[/note]], GLORY Kickboxing, and the Haymon Boxing-organized Premier Boxing Champions.

In 2015, with ''Impact Wrestling'' ending its run on the network, [[ScrewedByTheNetwork thanks to an executive fallout between TNA and Viacom]], the end of the ''Video Game Awards'', and the loss of many syndicated rerun programs and the ''Star Wars'' film licenses (likely because it was becoming to expensive to keep them) [[note]]Turner Networks, owned by Time Warner, eventually picked up the licenses a year later[[/note]], programs, Spike relaunched (yet again) as a general entertainment channel, with a rebrand that's meant to be more inclusive to women. A UK version of the channel was launched later that spring, with local programming from [[Creator/ChannelFive Channel 5]] (which is also owned by Viacom). Among other things, it is the first conventional TV channel in Britain to show ''Series/BreakingBad'', which had previously only been available via Creator/{{Netflix}} or on disc.
13th Jan '17 12:40:32 PM MarcoPolo250
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* [[UsefulNotes/{{ElectronicEntertainmentExpo}} E3]] coverage with [=GameTrailers=].com, from 2012-2014. They continue to air [[Creator/MicrosoftStudios Microsoft's]] E3 briefings along with Spike's own E3 ''All Access'' special from 2015 onward.

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* [[UsefulNotes/{{ElectronicEntertainmentExpo}} E3]] coverage with [=GameTrailers=].com, from 2012-2014. They continue to air [[Creator/MicrosoftStudios Microsoft's]] E3 briefings along with Spike's own E3 ''All Access'' special from 2015 onward.since 2015.



* ''Guys' Choice Awards'' -- an annual award show which exists to give the network's demographic a choice on what they like the best. Lately, it seems to be an overly-complicated way to get Creator/JenniferAniston to appear on an awards show once a year since 2010.

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* ''Guys' Choice Awards'' Choice'' -- an annual award show which exists to give the network's demographic a choice on what they like the best. Lately, it seems to be an overly-complicated way to get Creator/JenniferAniston to appear on an awards show once a year since 2010.best.



* ''UFC Unleashed'', an anthology series that airs classic or previously unaired UFC fights. Likewise moved to various Fox Sports channels.

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* ** ''UFC Unleashed'', an anthology series that airs classic or previously unaired UFC fights. Likewise moved to various Fox Sports channels.
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* ''Anime/AfroSamurai''
9th Dec '16 10:35:00 PM Xtifr
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'''Spike''' (formerly and commonly '''Spike TV''') is a Creator/{{Viacom}}-owned network that was dedicated to every single male interest possible, as you might've been able to tell by its edgy name. It was basically the RatedMForManly Network, though some may say they lampshaded this often enough to venture into TestosteronePoisoning and invariably into UnfortunateImplications.

Originally, it was known as TNN, a country music channel launched two days after rival Creator/{{CMT}}. '''The Nashville Network''' was originally owned by Gaylord Entertainment, alongside Westinghouse Broadcasting (an arm of Westinghouse Electric Company). Westinghouse, after becoming Creator/{{CBS}} Corporation, purchased all of TNN (and CMT, which Gaylord bought in 1991) in 1997. While it focused mainly on music videos, TNN included original programming such as the game shows ''TopCard'', UsefulNotes/{{NASCAR}} races, and outdoor, lifestyle and talk shows targeted to a country audience.

Viacom bought Creator/{{CBS}} in 2000, and merged TNN and CMT into Creator/{{MTV}} Networks. In order to avoid redundancy, TNN was {{retool}}ed into '''The National Network''', or '''The New TNN''', which tried to go beyond the Southern demographic, and was Viacom's second attempt at a "general entertainment" channel (the first was Creator/USANetwork, which they were once a part-owner of via Paramount). Its most successful original program was Wrestling/WWERaw (whose move to the network basically killed Wrestling/{{ECW}}, who had a show on the network which had to be canceled). While that still sounds like a part of the original demographic, The National Network also featured reruns of shows such as ''Series/{{Baywatch}}'', ''Series/DiffrentStrokes'', ''Series/MadTV'', ''Series/MiamiVice'', ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' and ''Series/ThreesCompany''.

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'''Spike''' Spike (formerly and commonly '''Spike TV''') Spike TV) is a Creator/{{Viacom}}-owned network that was dedicated to every single male interest possible, as you might've been able to tell by its edgy name. It was basically the RatedMForManly Network, though some may say they lampshaded this often enough to venture into TestosteronePoisoning and invariably into UnfortunateImplications.

Originally, it was known as TNN, a country music channel launched two days after rival Creator/{{CMT}}. '''The The Nashville Network''' Network was originally owned by Gaylord Entertainment, alongside Westinghouse Broadcasting (an arm of Westinghouse Electric Company). Westinghouse, after becoming Creator/{{CBS}} Corporation, purchased all of TNN (and CMT, which Gaylord bought in 1991) in 1997. While it focused mainly on music videos, TNN included original programming such as the game shows ''TopCard'', UsefulNotes/{{NASCAR}} races, and outdoor, lifestyle and talk shows targeted to a country audience.

Viacom bought Creator/{{CBS}} in 2000, and merged TNN and CMT into Creator/{{MTV}} Networks. In order to avoid redundancy, TNN was {{retool}}ed into '''The The National Network''', Network, or '''The The New TNN''', TNN, which tried to go beyond the Southern demographic, and was Viacom's second attempt at a "general entertainment" channel (the first was Creator/USANetwork, which they were once a part-owner of via Paramount). Its most successful original program was Wrestling/WWERaw (whose move to the network basically killed Wrestling/{{ECW}}, who had a show on the network which had to be canceled). While that still sounds like a part of the original demographic, The National Network also featured reruns of shows such as ''Series/{{Baywatch}}'', ''Series/DiffrentStrokes'', ''Series/MadTV'', ''Series/MiamiVice'', ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' and ''Series/ThreesCompany''.
9th Dec '16 1:01:51 PM MarcoPolo250
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'''Spike''' (formerly '''Spike TV''') is a Creator/{{Viacom}}-owned network that was dedicated to every single male interest possible, as you might've been able to tell by its edgy name. It was basically the RatedMForManly Network, though some may say they lampshaded this often enough to venture into TestosteronePoisoning and invariably into UnfortunateImplications.

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'''Spike''' (formerly and commonly '''Spike TV''') is a Creator/{{Viacom}}-owned network that was dedicated to every single male interest possible, as you might've been able to tell by its edgy name. It was basically the RatedMForManly Network, though some may say they lampshaded this often enough to venture into TestosteronePoisoning and invariably into UnfortunateImplications.
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