History NetworkDecay / NotableAversions

16th Dec '17 3:16:05 AM jormis29
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** Notably, there are very few post-2000 films shown; the most recent title to air on the channel is Aki Kaurismäki's ''Le Havre'' (2011), which aired as part of TCM's annual Labor Day tribute to the Telluride Film Festival. Even films from the 1980s and '90s are generally confined to special programming blocs and events, most notably "31 Days of Oscar". (And that festival itself is an aversion to decay of a sort: It's 31 days long because when it began it aired over March, when the awards were held. When they were moved back to February, they decided to move the marathon back too -- but let it carry over into March rather than cut 2-3 days from it!)

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** Notably, there are very few post-2000 films shown; the most recent title to air on the channel is Aki Kaurismäki's Creator/AkiKaurismaki's ''Le Havre'' (2011), which aired as part of TCM's annual Labor Day tribute to the Telluride Film Festival. Even films from the 1980s and '90s are generally confined to special programming blocs and events, most notably "31 Days of Oscar". (And that festival itself is an aversion to decay of a sort: It's 31 days long because when it began it aired over March, when the awards were held. When they were moved back to February, they decided to move the marathon back too -- but let it carry over into March rather than cut 2-3 days from it!)
7th Dec '17 5:25:24 PM twilicorn
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Even more impressively, InAWorld where every other basic cable channel seems to be about maximizing profit and squeezing commercials into every last nook and cranny (so that you won't change channels), TCM steadfastly refuses outside advertising[[note]]The closest they have to commercials are spots for their website, where they sell [=DVDs=] and whatnot, Francis Ford Coppola's vineyard (which has something of a tie-in there since it's called the "TCM Wine Club"), and their printed programming guide...and these are only shown ''between'' films, never during. Indeed, the lack of commercial sponsorship is one of the reasons TCM can have the format it does; a channel beholden to sponsors (and thus to chasing the fabled 18-34 demographic those sponsors lust after) probably couldn't get away with showing hour after hour of decades-old, largely-forgotten, mostly black-and-white movies.[[/note]] and runs everything uncut (even if it's rated R or TV-MA). And the network has been this way ''from the very beginning''. This near-insane dedication to task won them [[http://www.peabody.uga.edu/news/event.php?id=59 a 2008 Peabody Award.]]\\

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Even more impressively, InAWorld where every other basic cable channel seems to be about maximizing profit and squeezing commercials into every last nook and cranny (so that you won't change channels), TCM steadfastly refuses outside advertising[[note]]The closest they have to commercials are spots for their website, where website (where they sell [=DVDs=] and whatnot, whatnot), Francis Ford Coppola's vineyard (which has something of a tie-in there since it's called the "TCM Wine Club"), the TCM Classic Cruise, and their printed programming guide...and these are only shown ''between'' films, never during. Indeed, the lack of commercial sponsorship is one of the reasons TCM can have the format it does; a channel beholden to sponsors (and thus to chasing the fabled 18-34 demographic those sponsors lust after) probably couldn't get away with showing hour after hour of decades-old, largely-forgotten, mostly black-and-white movies.[[/note]] and runs everything uncut (even if it's rated R or TV-MA). And the network has been this way ''from the very beginning''. This near-insane dedication to task won them [[http://www.peabody.uga.edu/news/event.php?id=59 a 2008 Peabody Award.]]\\



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. After a huge fan campaign, they brought back Toonami on a regular basis starting May 26, 2012.Presently, the revived Toonami is building off on Adult Swim’s action block, but out of the gate, it's done its part to help revive anime in the 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 was broadcast in Japan.\\

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Fortunately, as Cartoon Network started refocusing its efforts on showcasing animation, on April Fools' Day AprilFoolsDay 2012, Adult Swim briefly replaced their normal Saturday night block with Toonami to rave reception. After a huge fan campaign, they brought back Toonami on a regular basis starting May 26, 2012.26. Presently, the revived Toonami is building off on Adult Swim’s action block, but out of the gate, it's done its part to help revive anime in the 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 was broadcast in Japan.\\



* ITV4 has also fallen into this. Good range of programmes, slightly better than ITV2, as in no wacky shows like ''Series/TheOnlyWayIsEssex'' (except maybe for ''Series/GetAway'', a car-theft gameshow with a MsFanservice presenter. The show is ''so obscure'' there's nothing on Google about it.). However, it only shows a limited selection of ''Series/PoliceCameraAction'' episodes, '''not''' the full series, and ''Series/PoliceStop'' misses out Police Stop! 11, a VerySpecialEpisode. Fans are not amused. Other shows just about get the full rotation run though, namely ''{{Minder}}'' as one example.

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* ITV4 has also fallen into this. Good range of programmes, slightly better than ITV2, as in no wacky shows like ''Series/TheOnlyWayIsEssex'' (except maybe for ''Series/GetAway'', a car-theft gameshow with a MsFanservice presenter. The show is ''so obscure'' there's nothing presenter; it's hard to find information on Google about it.). it online). However, it only never shows a limited selection of ''Series/PoliceCameraAction'' episodes, '''not''' the full series, entirety of ''Series/PoliceCameraAction'', and ''Series/PoliceStop'' misses out Police Stop! 11, skips a VerySpecialEpisode. Fans are not amused. Other shows just about get the full rotation run though, namely ''{{Minder}}'' such as one example.''{{Minder}}''.



* Ride/UniversalStudios theme parks, although backtracking on film production since around the 2000s (and Universal Studios Florida having no Studio Tour since 1995), have maintained their general focus on movies and television shows (and in the future video games) and continue to be working film studios to a certain capacity, although by the mid-late 2000s they started cutting back on aging "behind-the-scenes" experiences. This is more than can be said for Universal Studios Florida rival [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks Disney's Hollywood Studios]], despite that park having more attendance than the former. However, in USF the New York area suffered, for a while, a unique decay in which the two main attractions from 2004-2015, ''Ride/TwisterRideItOut'' and ''Ride/RevengeOfTheMummy'', were inconsistent of the overall themeing of the area (neither attraction's source material is set in New York City). That might change when ''Twister'' gets replaced with ''Race Through New York Starring Creator/JimmyFallon'' in 2017.

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* Ride/UniversalStudios theme parks, although backtracking on film production since around the 2000s (and Universal Studios Florida having no Studio Tour since 1995), have maintained their general focus on movies and television shows (and in the future video games) and continue to be working film studios to a certain capacity, although by the mid-late 2000s they started cutting back on aging "behind-the-scenes" experiences. This is more than can be said for Universal Studios Florida rival [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks Disney's Hollywood Studios]], despite that park having more attendance than the former. However, in USF the New York area suffered, for a while, a unique decay in which the two main attractions from 2004-2015, ''Ride/TwisterRideItOut'' and ''Ride/RevengeOfTheMummy'', were inconsistent of the overall themeing of the area (neither attraction's source material is set in New York City). That might change This was somewhat alleviated when ''Twister'' gets was replaced with ''Race Through New York Starring Creator/JimmyFallon'' in 2017.
6th Nov '17 1:55:09 PM BradOlson
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** [=FamilyNet=] now dedicates itself to reruns of classic television shows, among them ''Series/BarneyMiller'', ''Series/TJHooker'', ''Series/FantasyIsland'' and ''Series/AllInTheFamily'' -- ''without cuts!'' Viewers who are used to watching these old relics hacked to bits on Me-TV and other stations over the years can rediscover their favorites as they were meant to be.

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** [=FamilyNet=] now dedicates later dedicated itself to reruns of classic television shows, among them ''Series/BarneyMiller'', ''Series/TJHooker'', ''Series/FantasyIsland'' and ''Series/AllInTheFamily'' -- ''without cuts!'' Viewers who are used to watching these old relics hacked to bits on Me-TV and other stations over the years can rediscover their favorites as they were meant to be. be but have now reformatted the channel as "The Cowboy Channel" dedicated to rodeos, Roy Rogers and Lone Ranger reruns, and other western related stuff.
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.\\
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