History NetworkDecay / NotableAversions

18th Jul '17 4:23:17 PM rjd1922
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* Zigzagged with the American Heroes channel, a Creator/DiscoveryChannel affiliate. It has gone through several stages of network decay, but each time it has changed its name to reflect this. Originally the Discovery Wings Channel airing shows about aircraft, it changed its name to the Military Channel since the majority of its programs were about the military. After it started airing shows about non-military valor and such, it was renamed the American Heroes Channel. The next stage is probably dropping the "American" part because it [[NonIndicativeName airs shows about non-American heroes]].

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* Zigzagged with the American Heroes channel, a Creator/DiscoveryChannel affiliate. It has gone through several stages of network decay, but each time it has changed its name to reflect this. Originally the Discovery Wings Channel airing shows about aircraft, it changed its name to the Military Channel since the majority of its programs were about the military. After it started airing shows about non-military valor and such, it was renamed the American Heroes Channel. The next stage is probably dropping the "American" part because it [[NonIndicativeName [[ArtifactTitle airs shows about non-American heroes]].
15th Jun '17 4:34:26 AM Piterpicher
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* {{ESPN}} has stayed pretty true to its original pledge of bringing you sports in all of its flavors. Of course, much of that nowadays is brought to you by talking head shows rather than the actual sport. And their definition of sports is broad enough to include the Scripps National Spelling Bee and poker (and, at one time, ''MagicTheGathering''). But, it still does devote a bit of its time to the ideal of its now parent company's flagship sports show, ''Creator/{{ABC}}'s WideWorldOfSports'', so you'll still be able to find the odd karate skill-breaking competition or cheerleading competition.

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* {{ESPN}} has stayed pretty true to its original pledge of bringing you sports in all of its flavors. Of course, much of that nowadays is brought to you by talking head shows rather than the actual sport. And their definition of sports is broad enough to include the Scripps National Spelling Bee and poker (and, at one time, ''MagicTheGathering''). But, it still does devote a bit of its time to the ideal of its now parent company's flagship sports show, ''Creator/{{ABC}}'s WideWorldOfSports'', Series/WideWorldOfSports'', so you'll still be able to find the odd karate skill-breaking competition or cheerleading competition.
20th May '17 12:54:56 PM nombretomado
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* Losing ''Cartoon Express'' aside, USANetwork really seems to have gotten better as time went on. Unlike sister network Creator/{{Syfy}}, USA never really had one gimmick or target demographic to cater to; back in the 80s and 90s, they were known for seeming being the "melting pot" of cable TV; they aired old movies, sports, reruns, game shows, and even ''court shows''. They can get away with showing almost anything and either get high ratings (''Wrestling/WWERaw''; ''Series/{{Psych}}''), critical acclaim (''The 4400''; ''The Starter Wife''), or both (''Series/{{Monk}}''; ''Series/BurnNotice''; ''Series/MrRobot''). Their slogan "Characters Welcome" means they are able to put on whatever they want as long as it has a strong character driven plot, which encompasses almost all of fiction, without worrying about Network Decay.\\

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* Losing ''Cartoon Express'' aside, USANetwork Creator/USANetwork really seems to have gotten better as time went on. Unlike sister network Creator/{{Syfy}}, USA never really had one gimmick or target demographic to cater to; back in the 80s and 90s, they were known for seeming being the "melting pot" of cable TV; they aired old movies, sports, reruns, game shows, and even ''court shows''. They can get away with showing almost anything and either get high ratings (''Wrestling/WWERaw''; ''Series/{{Psych}}''), critical acclaim (''The 4400''; ''The Starter Wife''), or both (''Series/{{Monk}}''; ''Series/BurnNotice''; ''Series/MrRobot''). Their slogan "Characters Welcome" means they are able to put on whatever they want as long as it has a strong character driven plot, which encompasses almost all of fiction, without worrying about Network Decay.\\
1st May '17 4:12:46 PM MadMan400096
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** Creator/{{Sprout}} was originally known as PBS Kids Sprout, and the "PBS" name in the network had guaranteed that the network is about education and fun first, selling toys second. The network's steady cast of humans (only one left so far because of an OldShame college comedy film in 2005, and another moved to behind-the-scenes puppetry), [[Series/SesameStreet Sesame Workshop]] backing, great continuity (Chicken puppet Chica is the personification of a RidiculouslyCuteCritter) and a schedule usually not filled with much change has made it a safe haven while Nick and Disney market everything about their preschool characters. The network has even begun making a habit of acquiring properties once aired by those two and building programming blocks around them, and took over responsibility of Creator/{{NBC}}'s children's block in mid-2012. Comcast bought out PBS and Sesame Workshop's interest in Sprout in 2014, but has not made any changes as of yet.
23rd Apr '17 8:28:28 AM goldenroad
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TCM is also one of the last TV networks to have knowledgeable on-air [[TheHost host]]s introduce films before their airing. Film historian Robert Osborne, who has been with the channel since its beginning, is the more famous of the two — he does introductions and outros for the films that air prime time every day (and a new one each time a film is shown, too, as TCM's prime time schedule often features a loose theme). Film critic Ben Mankiewicz is the other. He presents a handful of films that air during the daytime and on the weekends (although his aren't new for every episode).\\

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TCM is also one of the last TV networks to have knowledgeable on-air [[TheHost host]]s introduce films before their airing. Film Until his death in 2017, film historian Robert Osborne, who has been was with the channel since its beginning, is was the more famous of the two — he does did introductions and outros for the films that air prime time every day (and a new one each time a film is shown, too, as TCM's prime time schedule often features a loose theme). Film critic Ben Mankiewicz is the other. He presents a handful of films that air during the daytime and on the weekends (although his aren't new for every episode).\\
15th Apr '17 6:35:17 PM nombretomado
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* RFD TV (basically Rural TV) has pretty much stuck to shows for farmers and fans of rural living, along with nostalgic country programming to satisfy their needs. Although there was a threat of network decay when they aired ''Imus in the Morning'' for a couple years (but even then he owns a farm for ill children in New Mexico, so it still easily fit the network's mission), Imus has moved on to Fox Business Network and it's all farm programming (and of course, ''I Love Toy Trains!'', a cult favorite of ''TheSoup'') there. The network is so dedicated to their mission that the network's CEO made a clear promise never to air either an infomercial or any erectile dysfunction drug ads on their air, though there was a little LoopholeAbuse in 2013 when they decided to turn the homespun story of the creator of the "My Pillow" into a hidden infomercial to buy said pillow. They also bought a second network, [=FamilyNet=], to carry more rural programming, but kept that network's infomercial block to maintain their revenue.

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* RFD TV (basically Rural TV) has pretty much stuck to shows for farmers and fans of rural living, along with nostalgic country programming to satisfy their needs. Although there was a threat of network decay when they aired ''Imus in the Morning'' for a couple years (but even then he owns a farm for ill children in New Mexico, so it still easily fit the network's mission), Imus has moved on to Fox Business Network and it's all farm programming (and of course, ''I Love Toy Trains!'', a cult favorite of ''TheSoup'') ''Series/TheSoup'') there. The network is so dedicated to their mission that the network's CEO made a clear promise never to air either an infomercial or any erectile dysfunction drug ads on their air, though there was a little LoopholeAbuse in 2013 when they decided to turn the homespun story of the creator of the "My Pillow" into a hidden infomercial to buy said pillow. They also bought a second network, [=FamilyNet=], to carry more rural programming, but kept that network's infomercial block to maintain their revenue.
10th Apr '17 3:29:44 PM pokedude10
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TCM is much acclaimed when it comes to modifications of films without infuriating traditionalists. They’re good about {{letterbox}}ing when necessary (to the point of producing and frequently airing [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5m1-pP1-5K8 an educational short]] explaining to non-cinephiles how {{aspect ratio}}s work and why letterboxing is a good idea). They're also very good about presenting stuff in [[DeliberatelyMonochrome monochrome]] if it was originally produced that way... ironically enough, given that the man who founded the channel (Ted Turner) was the most notorious proponent of "colorizing" old B&W content in TheEighties! They were also the only notable broadcaster that stuck with AudioDescription over their second audio program channel when other networks outside of PBS tried to abandon that to focus unsuccessfully on Spanish dub tracks before the FCC brought the networks back in line; in 2016 their library is about the most open to those with visual and hearing impairments, beyond a doubt.\\

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TCM is much acclaimed when it comes to modifications of films without infuriating traditionalists. They’re good about {{letterbox}}ing when necessary (to the point of producing and frequently airing [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5m1-pP1-5K8 an educational short]] explaining to non-cinephiles how {{aspect ratio}}s work and why letterboxing is a good idea). They're also very good about presenting stuff in [[DeliberatelyMonochrome monochrome]] if it was originally produced that way... ironically enough, given that the man who founded the channel (Ted Turner) was the most notorious proponent of "colorizing" old B&W content in TheEighties! They were also the only notable broadcaster that stuck with AudioDescription UsefulNotes/AudioDescription over their second audio program channel when other networks outside of PBS tried to abandon that to focus unsuccessfully on Spanish dub tracks before the FCC brought the networks back in line; in 2016 their library is about the most open to those with visual and hearing impairments, beyond a doubt.\\
19th Mar '17 9:30:42 AM faunas
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10th Feb '17 5:26:02 PM MarcoPolo250
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Fortunately, as Cartoon Network started refocusing its efforts on showcasing animation, on April Fools' Day 2012, Adult Swim briefly replaced their normal Saturday night block with Toonami to rave reception, and after a huge fan campaign, brought back Toonami on a regular basis on May 26, 2012, which is a very good sign that the channel overall could be returning to its roots. Presently, the revived Toonami is building off on the "remnants" of Adult Swim’s action block, but out of the gate, it's done its part to help revive anime in the west, as it has cemented such hits as ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', and ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', among others and even turned ''Anime/DeadmanWonderland'', a program that tanked badly in Japan, into a hit with a bonafide fanbase. And perhaps because of this success, they've even gotten the privilege of showing ''Anime/SpaceDandy'' '''just before''' it is being broadcasted in Japan. Only time will tell how the next golden age for Toonami, and for that matter, the anime industry in general will take shape.\\

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Fortunately, as Cartoon Network started refocusing its efforts on showcasing animation, on April Fools' Day 2012, Adult Swim briefly replaced their normal Saturday night block with Toonami to rave reception, and after reception. After a huge fan campaign, they brought back Toonami on a regular basis on starting May 26, 2012, which is a very good sign that the channel overall could be returning to its roots. 2012.Presently, the revived Toonami is building off on the "remnants" of Adult Swim’s action block, but out of the gate, it's done its part to help revive anime in the west, as it west. It has cemented such hits as ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', and ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', among others and even turned ''Anime/DeadmanWonderland'', a program that tanked badly in Japan, into a hit with a bonafide fanbase. And perhaps because of this success, they've even gotten the privilege of showing ''Anime/SpaceDandy'' '''just before''' it is being broadcasted was broadcast in Japan. Only time will tell how the next golden age for Toonami, and for that matter, the anime industry in general will take shape.Japan.\\



And you know what’s even more impressive? Perhaps as a response to the many animation related networks being some of the biggest examples of Network Decay, Toonami has been pretty adamant on avoiding a shift in their purpose, in a similar fashion to sister network [[TurnerClassicMovies TCM]]. While you can still see a live action show lingering around on regular CN and Adult Swim here and there perhaps due to executive persistence, Toonami [[http://toonami.tumblr.com/post/41671611485/you-thought-live-action-movies-fit-interesting-does has stated that they would like to avoid airing live action altogether on the block]] , which fortunately the parent network has obliged so far. Then again, it probably wouldn’t be feasible for CN to go through all the trouble of bringing back Toonami only to have it go down the Network Decay route, anyway. On that same topic, contrary to semi-popular belief, mostly by the more elitist anime fans that say that Toonami airing western action cartoons on the new block would count as Network Decay, fans and even the creators themselves have long said otherwise, with its long history of showcasing action toons cited as the reason. In fact, if Toonami were to air slice of life, non-action romantic comedies, or anime of the "Otaku Pandering" varieties unless said show can be consumed by general audiences, that actually would count as Network Decay ([[http://toonami.tumblr.com/post/42220096782/are-slice-of-life-anime-airing-on-toonami-a-no-no which Toonami doesn't plan on showing anyway]]).
** Asia has contributed to the Toonami revival efforts by launching a [[Creator/ToonamiAsia Toonami channel of its own]] in late 2012. However, Toonami Asia’s conception was through the decay and re-branding of its region’s Boomerang, which was the end result of CN Asia relegating all of their programming save for old classic Hanna-Barbera cartoons and ''{{Ben 10}}'' to Boomerang and losing the purpose of both networks in the process. Eventually Boomerang Asia was canned, and CN Asia started working on an action cartoon channel. Do note that Toonami Asia was being conceived at a time when the conception of the revival of the US equivalent was still unknown, even to them, so their decision of using the Toonami brand was mainly because Asia has also had a Toonami block of its own, and also achieved success with an established fanbase to go with it, along with the fact that some of the channel’s heads have mentioned that they were/are also fans of the US equivalent.\\

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And you know what’s even more impressive? Perhaps as a response to the many animation related animation-related networks being some of the biggest examples of Network Decay, Toonami has been pretty adamant on avoiding a shift in their purpose, in a similar fashion to sister network [[TurnerClassicMovies TCM]]. While you can still see a live action show lingering around live-action programming on regular CN and Adult Swim here and there perhaps due to executive persistence, Swim, Toonami [[http://toonami.tumblr.com/post/41671611485/you-thought-live-action-movies-fit-interesting-does has stated that they would like to avoid airing live action altogether on the block]] , which fortunately the parent network has obliged so far. Then again, it probably wouldn’t be feasible for CN to go through all the trouble of bringing back Toonami only to have it go down the Network Decay route, anyway. On that same topic, contrary to semi-popular belief, mostly by the more elitist anime fans that say that Toonami airing western western-made action cartoons on the new block would count as Network Decay, fans and even the creators themselves have long said otherwise, with its long history of showcasing action toons cited as the reason. In fact, if Toonami were to air slice of life, non-action romantic comedies, or anime of the "Otaku Pandering" varieties varieties, unless said show can be consumed by general audiences, that ''that'' actually would count as Network Decay ([[http://toonami.tumblr.com/post/42220096782/are-slice-of-life-anime-airing-on-toonami-a-no-no which Toonami doesn't plan on showing anyway]]).
** Asia has contributed to the Toonami revival efforts by launching a [[Creator/ToonamiAsia Toonami channel of its own]] in late 2012. However, Toonami Asia’s conception was through the decay and re-branding of its region’s Boomerang, Boomerang channel, which was the end result of CN Asia relegating all of their programming programming, save for old classic Hanna-Barbera cartoons and ''{{Ben 10}}'' 10}}'', to Boomerang and losing the purpose of both networks in the process. Eventually Boomerang Asia was canned, and CN Asia started working on an action cartoon channel. Do note that Toonami Asia was being conceived at a time when the conception of the revival of the US U.S equivalent was still unknown, even to them, so their them. Their decision of using the Toonami brand was mainly because Asia has also had a Toonami block of its own, and also achieved success with an established fanbase to go with it, along with the fact that some of the channel’s heads have mentioned that they were/are also fans of the US equivalent.\\



** In the UK, Toonami previously had a channel of its own back during the channel’s "golden age", however, its fate wasn’t as fortunate. It started out as CNX as a channel devoted to shows that appealed to the American equivalent of {{shonen}} in the mornings and afternoons, with uncensored {{anime}} and kung fu movies later at night. However, its Toonami block, which was placed at CNX at the time, would quickly expand to take over the entire channel, which still fit the channel's original mission until [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZ82vEHqpAs they started showing live action]]. Since then, it eventually mutated into CN Too, which is actually marketed as a second Cartoon Network. Unfortunately at of 2014, there is presently no plans to revive Toonami in the UK at its current venture.

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** In the UK, Toonami previously had a channel of its own back during the channel’s "golden age", however, its fate wasn’t as fortunate. It started out as CNX as CNX, a channel devoted to shows that appealed to the American equivalent of {{shonen}} in the mornings and afternoons, with uncensored {{anime}} and kung fu movies later at night. However, its Toonami block, which was placed at CNX at the time, would quickly expand to take over the entire channel, which still fit the channel's original mission until [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZ82vEHqpAs they started showing live action]]. Since then, it eventually mutated into CN Too, which is actually marketed as a second Cartoon Network. Unfortunately at As of 2014, there is presently are no plans to revive Toonami in the UK at its current venture.



* Hallmark Channel and its little sister Hallmark Movie Channel are pretty well guarded against decay. Even with their daytime block of home and crafting programming, repeats of sitcoms from the 80's to the present, and their [[AdoredByTheNetwork hyperfocus on]] [[SugarWiki/AHallmarkPresentation Christmas TV movies]] in the last part of the year, unless the network suddenly signs a contract with a monster trucking circuit, the channel's mission is so broad anything works as long as it makes you feel [[LighterAndSofter warm and fuzzy]]. Hallmark Movie Channel did recently cut its slight decay off at the pass by rebranding itself as '''Hallmark Movies and Mysteries,''' thereby justifying its daytime reruns of classic murder-mystery TV series ''(Series/MurderSheWrote, Series/HartToHart, Series/DiagnosisMurder,'' etc.)

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* Hallmark Channel Channel, and its little sister Hallmark Movie Channel Channel, are pretty well guarded against decay. Even with their daytime block of home and crafting programming, repeats of sitcoms from the 80's to the present, and their [[AdoredByTheNetwork hyperfocus on]] [[SugarWiki/AHallmarkPresentation Christmas TV movies]] in the last part of the year, unless year. Unless the network suddenly signs a contract with a monster trucking circuit, the channel's mission is so broad anything works as long as it makes you feel [[LighterAndSofter warm and fuzzy]]. Hallmark Movie Channel did recently cut its slight decay off at the pass by rebranding itself as '''Hallmark Movies and Mysteries,''' thereby justifying its daytime reruns of classic murder-mystery TV series ''(Series/MurderSheWrote, Series/HartToHart, Series/DiagnosisMurder,'' etc.)



* In the beginning, Mark Cuban's [=HDNet=] was revolutionary, since it was one of the first cable networks with an entirely high definition lineup. Its programming had always been male-oriented general entertainment, with a focus primarily on concerts, sports (such as auto racing, MMA, and NHL games for a period), travel programs, and off-network reruns of assorted dramas. But, the gimmick started to wear off as more and more mainstream channels began introducing HD feeds; it voluntarily gave airtime to [[HandsomeLech Joe Francis]] for some Girls Gone Wild "Search for the Hottest Girl Who Wants to Lose Her Dignity in America" contest and a few more shows where women show off their...endowments, including the sexcom ''Svetlana''.

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* In the beginning, Mark Cuban's [=HDNet=] was revolutionary, since it was one of the first cable networks with an entirely high definition lineup. Its programming had always been male-oriented general entertainment, with a focus primarily on concerts, sports (such as auto racing, MMA, and NHL games for a period), travel programs, and off-network reruns of assorted dramas. But, the gimmick started to wear off as more and more mainstream channels began introducing HD feeds; it voluntarily gave airtime to [[HandsomeLech Joe Francis]] for some Girls Gone Wild "Search for the Hottest Girl Who Wants to Lose Her Dignity in America" contest contests and a few more shows where women show off their...endowments, including the sexcom ''Svetlana''.
7th Feb '17 7:20:38 PM Gimere
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* Losing ''Cartoon Express'' aside, USANetwork really seems to have gotten better as time went on. Unlike sister network Creator/{{Syfy}}, USA never really had one gimmick or target demographic to cater to; back in the 80s and 90s, they were known for seeming being the "melting pot" of cable TV; they aired old movies, sports, reruns, game shows, and even ''court shows''. They can get away with showing almost anything and either get high ratings (''WWERaw''; ''Series/{{Psych}}''), critical acclaim (''The 4400''; ''The Starter Wife''), or both (''Series/{{Monk}}''; ''Series/BurnNotice''; ''Series/MrRobot''). Their slogan "Characters Welcome" means they are able to put on whatever they want as long as it has a strong character driven plot, which encompasses almost all of fiction, without worrying about Network Decay.\\

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* Losing ''Cartoon Express'' aside, USANetwork really seems to have gotten better as time went on. Unlike sister network Creator/{{Syfy}}, USA never really had one gimmick or target demographic to cater to; back in the 80s and 90s, they were known for seeming being the "melting pot" of cable TV; they aired old movies, sports, reruns, game shows, and even ''court shows''. They can get away with showing almost anything and either get high ratings (''WWERaw''; (''Wrestling/WWERaw''; ''Series/{{Psych}}''), critical acclaim (''The 4400''; ''The Starter Wife''), or both (''Series/{{Monk}}''; ''Series/BurnNotice''; ''Series/MrRobot''). Their slogan "Characters Welcome" means they are able to put on whatever they want as long as it has a strong character driven plot, which encompasses almost all of fiction, without worrying about Network Decay.\\
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