History NetworkDecay / TotalAbandonment

5th Dec '16 9:57:43 AM MarcoPolo250
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* [=MuchMoreMusic=] launched in 1998 as a quirky offshoot of Creator/MuchMusic. It generally billed itself to be a LighterAndSofter sister channel, and focused mainly on adult contemporary, indie, and classic music (basically the VH1 to [=MuchMusic=]'s MTV). It also featured news segments, artist profile shows, and other VH1 shows of the era (i.e. ''Pop-Up Video'', ''Behind the Music'', ''Rock and Roll Series/{{Jeopardy}}'', etc.).\\\

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* [=MuchMoreMusic=] launched in 1998 as a quirky offshoot of Creator/MuchMusic.[[Creator/MuchMusic MuchMusic]]. It generally billed itself to be a LighterAndSofter sister channel, and focused mainly on adult contemporary, indie, and classic music (basically the VH1 to [=MuchMusic=]'s MTV). It also featured news segments, artist profile shows, and other VH1 shows of the era (i.e. ''Pop-Up Video'', ''Behind the Music'', ''Rock and Roll Series/{{Jeopardy}}'', etc.).\\\
5th Dec '16 6:48:44 AM MarcoPolo250
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* [=MuchMoreMusic=] launched in 1998 as a quirky offshoot of [=MuchMusic=]. It generally billed itself to be a LighterAndSofter sister channel, and focused mainly on adult contemporary, indie, and classic music (basically the VH1 to [=MuchMusic=]'s MTV). It also featured news segments, artist profile shows, and other VH1 shows of the era (i.e. ''Pop-Up Video'', ''Behind the Music'', ''Rock and Roll Series/{{Jeopardy}}'', etc.).\\\

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* [=MuchMoreMusic=] launched in 1998 as a quirky offshoot of [=MuchMusic=].Creator/MuchMusic. It generally billed itself to be a LighterAndSofter sister channel, and focused mainly on adult contemporary, indie, and classic music (basically the VH1 to [=MuchMusic=]'s MTV). It also featured news segments, artist profile shows, and other VH1 shows of the era (i.e. ''Pop-Up Video'', ''Behind the Music'', ''Rock and Roll Series/{{Jeopardy}}'', etc.).\\\
26th Nov '16 2:54:13 PM ProfessorDetective
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The decay began in 1987 with ''Series/RemoteControl'' and continued in throughout the [[TheNineties 1990s]] with ''Series/TheRealWorld'' and ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtHead'' (the latter of which featured music videos, albeit with ''[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]]''-style commentary by the title characters), two of the most popular programs in the network's history. The MTV executives saw this and started commissioning more non-music shows, until music had been pushed into late night/early morning and the after-school ''Total Request Live'' (''TRL'') block. At one point, they even ran commercials with the tagline "MTV: [[SelfDeprecation We Don't Play Music]]." Since the cancellation of ''TRL'' in 2008, the only lip service it still pays to its roots is with the "AMTV" blocks of videos. In 2010, MTV's [[http://www.creativereview.co.uk/images/uploads/2010/02/mtv_0.jpg logo was changed]] to omit the words "Music Television".

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* The decay began in 1987 with ''Series/RemoteControl'' and continued in throughout the [[TheNineties 1990s]] with ''Series/TheRealWorld'' and ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtHead'' (the latter of which featured music videos, albeit with ''[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]]''-style commentary by the title characters), two of the most popular programs in the network's history. The MTV executives saw this and started commissioning more non-music shows, until music had been pushed into late night/early morning and the after-school ''Total Request Live'' (''TRL'') block. At one point, they even ran commercials with the tagline "MTV: [[SelfDeprecation We Don't Play Music]]." Since the cancellation of ''TRL'' in 2008, the only lip service it still pays to its roots is with the "AMTV" blocks of videos. In 2010, MTV's [[http://www.creativereview.co.uk/images/uploads/2010/02/mtv_0.jpg logo was changed]] to omit the words "Music Television".
26th Nov '16 2:52:46 PM ProfessorDetective
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One of the most documented cases is that of Creator/{{MTV}}, which began in 1981 as an all-MusicVideo station. Now it only plays music videos in the early morning hours of weekdays -- the rest of the time is devoted to original non-music programming, mostly {{teen drama}}s, {{talk show}}s, and {{reality show}}s that have nothing to do with music (or often, for that matter, reality). That, or programs from other Creator/{{Viacom}}-owned networks, such as ''Series/AmericanGladiators'' and even ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants''.\\
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* The decay began in 1987 with ''Series/RemoteControl'' and continued in throughout the [[TheNineties 1990s]] with ''Series/TheRealWorld'' and ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtHead'' (the latter of which featured music videos, albeit with ''[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]]''-style commentary by the title characters), two of the most popular programs in the network's history. The MTV executives saw this and started commissioning more non-music shows, until music had been pushed into late night/early morning and the after-school ''Total Request Live'' (''TRL'') block. At one point, they even ran commercials with the tagline "MTV: [[SelfDeprecation We Don't Play Music]]." Since the cancellation of ''TRL'' in 2008, the only lip service it still pays to its roots is with the "AMTV" blocks of videos. In 2010, MTV's [[http://www.creativereview.co.uk/images/uploads/2010/02/mtv_0.jpg logo was changed]] to omit the words "Music Television".

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One of the most documented cases is that of Creator/{{MTV}}, which began in 1981 as an all-MusicVideo station. Now it only plays music videos in the early morning hours of weekdays -- the rest of the time is devoted to original non-music programming, mostly {{teen drama}}s, {{talk show}}s, and {{reality show}}s that have nothing to do with music (or often, for that matter, reality). That, or programs from other Creator/{{Viacom}}-owned networks, such as ''Series/AmericanGladiators'' and even ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants''.\\
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The decay began in 1987 with ''Series/RemoteControl'' and continued in throughout the [[TheNineties 1990s]] with ''Series/TheRealWorld'' and ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtHead'' (the latter of which featured music videos, albeit with ''[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]]''-style commentary by the title characters), two of the most popular programs in the network's history. The MTV executives saw this and started commissioning more non-music shows, until music had been pushed into late night/early morning and the after-school ''Total Request Live'' (''TRL'') block. At one point, they even ran commercials with the tagline "MTV: [[SelfDeprecation We Don't Play Music]]." Since the cancellation of ''TRL'' in 2008, the only lip service it still pays to its roots is with the "AMTV" blocks of videos. In 2010, MTV's [[http://www.creativereview.co.uk/images/uploads/2010/02/mtv_0.jpg logo was changed]] to omit the words "Music Television".
26th Nov '16 2:50:25 PM ProfessorDetective
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* One of the most documented cases is that of Creator/{{MTV}}, which began in 1981 as an all-MusicVideo station. Now it only plays music videos in the early morning hours of weekdays -- the rest of the time is devoted to original non-music programming, mostly {{teen drama}}s, {{talk show}}s, and {{reality show}}s that have nothing to do with music (or often, for that matter, reality). That, or programs from other Creator/{{Viacom}}-owned networks, such as ''Series/AmericanGladiators'' and even ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants''.\\

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* One of the most documented cases is that of Creator/{{MTV}}, which began in 1981 as an all-MusicVideo station. Now it only plays music videos in the early morning hours of weekdays -- the rest of the time is devoted to original non-music programming, mostly {{teen drama}}s, {{talk show}}s, and {{reality show}}s that have nothing to do with music (or often, for that matter, reality). That, or programs from other Creator/{{Viacom}}-owned networks, such as ''Series/AmericanGladiators'' and even ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants''.\\



The decay began in 1987 with ''Series/RemoteControl'' and continued in throughout the [[TheNineties 1990s]] with ''Series/TheRealWorld'' and ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtHead'' (the latter of which featured music videos, albeit with ''[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]]''-style commentary by the title characters), two of the most popular programs in the network's history. The MTV executives saw this and started commissioning more non-music shows, until music had been pushed into late night/early morning and the after-school ''Total Request Live'' (''TRL'') block. At one point, they even ran commercials with the tagline "MTV: [[SelfDeprecation We Don't Play Music]]." Since the cancellation of ''TRL'' in 2008, the only lip service it still pays to its roots is with the "AMTV" blocks of videos. In 2010, MTV's [[http://www.creativereview.co.uk/images/uploads/2010/02/mtv_0.jpg logo was changed]] to omit the words "Music Television".

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* The decay began in 1987 with ''Series/RemoteControl'' and continued in throughout the [[TheNineties 1990s]] with ''Series/TheRealWorld'' and ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtHead'' (the latter of which featured music videos, albeit with ''[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]]''-style commentary by the title characters), two of the most popular programs in the network's history. The MTV executives saw this and started commissioning more non-music shows, until music had been pushed into late night/early morning and the after-school ''Total Request Live'' (''TRL'') block. At one point, they even ran commercials with the tagline "MTV: [[SelfDeprecation We Don't Play Music]]." Since the cancellation of ''TRL'' in 2008, the only lip service it still pays to its roots is with the "AMTV" blocks of videos. In 2010, MTV's [[http://www.creativereview.co.uk/images/uploads/2010/02/mtv_0.jpg logo was changed]] to omit the words "Music Television".
20th Nov '16 5:54:00 PM Lirodon
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After CTV took over, the network slowly became a dumping ground for bad VH1 reality shows, old reruns of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' and ''Series/OneTreeHill'', and movies that have no connection to music whatsoever -- changing its name to [=MuchMore=]. In 2013, the channel re-launched as M3. Echoing the slippage [=MuchMusic=] was undergoing by slowly scaling back its remaining music programming in favor of comedy, the re-branded network stocked the remainder of its lineup with sitcoms and dramas instead, as well as encores of ''Series/DancingWithTheStars'' and ''Series/TheVoice''. M3 became increasingly ignored by 2016, when its first-run acquired programming was moved to other Bell channels, and all their original shows were long gone. M3's lineup consisted of automated music videos in the morning, followed by shows from its sibling networks and same-week encores of CTV sitcoms and dramas. The only show they didn't steal was ''Series/TheMentalist'', which was [[AdoredByTheNetwork the number-one song on the M3 Countdown for weeks in a row.]] On September 2, 2016, M3 was replaced by Gusto, a food and cooking-oriented network that Bell sort of "acquired" [[note]] Bell bought rights to its brand and programming from its existing owner and shut down the previous version of the channel, which was under a Category B license and not as widely-carried. By virtue of its precursor's historic status as a must-carry channel, the new Gusto got wider carriage.[[/note]]

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After CTV took over, the network slowly became a dumping ground for bad VH1 reality shows, old reruns of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' and ''Series/OneTreeHill'', and movies that have no connection to music whatsoever -- changing its name to [=MuchMore=]. In 2013, the channel re-launched as M3. Echoing the slippage [=MuchMusic=] was undergoing by slowly scaling back its remaining music programming in favor of comedy, the re-branded network stocked the remainder of its lineup with sitcoms and dramas instead, as well as instead. The only remotely music-related programs were encores of ''Series/DancingWithTheStars'' and ''Series/TheVoice''. M3 became increasingly ignored by 2016, when its first-run acquired programming was moved to other Bell channels, and all their original shows were long gone. M3's lineup consisted of automated music videos in the morning, followed by shows from its sibling networks and same-week encores of CTV sitcoms and dramas. The only show they didn't steal was ''Series/TheMentalist'', which was [[AdoredByTheNetwork the number-one song on the M3 Countdown for weeks in a row.]] On September 2, 2016, M3 was replaced by Gusto, a food and cooking-oriented network that Bell sort of "acquired" [[note]] Bell bought rights to its brand and programming from its existing owner and shut down the previous version of the channel, which was under a Category B license and not as widely-carried. By virtue of its precursor's historic status as a must-carry channel, the new Gusto got wider carriage.[[/note]]
6th Nov '16 7:19:28 PM DastardlyDemolition
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** Due to the [[{{Understatement}} very emotionally charged]] political election, [[[[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment a topic we will not argue about here]], History Channel had the idea of creating a topical "documentary" about how UsefulNotes/{{Nostradamus}} may have predicted the election between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump titled "Nostradamus: Election 2016". They uses a few of lines of his Quatrains that [[EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory vaguely relate to]] the two and their personalities and scandals.

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** Due to the [[{{Understatement}} very emotionally charged]] political election, [[[[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment a topic we will not argue about here]], History Channel had the idea of creating a topical "documentary" about how UsefulNotes/{{Nostradamus}} may have predicted the election between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump titled "Nostradamus: Election 2016". They uses a few of lines of his Quatrains that [[EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory vaguely relate to]] the two and their personalities and scandals.
6th Nov '16 7:19:10 PM DastardlyDemolition
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** Due to the [[{{Understatement}} very emotionally charged]] political election, [[[[RuleOfCautiousEditing a topic we will not argue about here]], History Channel had the idea of creating a topical "documentary" about how UsefulNotes/{{Nostradamus}} may have predicted the election between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump titled "Nostradamus: Election 2016". They uses a few of lines of his Quatrains that [[EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory vaguely relate to]] the two and their personalities and scandals.

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** Due to the [[{{Understatement}} very emotionally charged]] political election, [[[[RuleOfCautiousEditing [[[[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment a topic we will not argue about here]], History Channel had the idea of creating a topical "documentary" about how UsefulNotes/{{Nostradamus}} may have predicted the election between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump titled "Nostradamus: Election 2016". They uses a few of lines of his Quatrains that [[EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory vaguely relate to]] the two and their personalities and scandals.
6th Nov '16 7:18:15 PM DastardlyDemolition
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** Due to the [[{{Understatement}} very emotionally charged]] political election, [[[[RuleOfCautiousEditing a topic we will not argue about here]], History Channel had the idea of creating a topical "documentary" about how UsefulNotes/{{Nostradamus}} may have predicted the election between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump titled "Nostradamus: Election 2016". They uses a few of lines of his Quatrains that [[EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory vaguely relate to]] the two and their personalities and scandals.
25th Oct '16 10:36:41 AM FromtheWordsofBR
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* One of the most notorious examples of network decay can be seen with the troubled history of [[Creator/G4TV G4]], a television network that initially focused on videogames and geek culture. Despite featuring a slew of shows that are rather well-received today, the network struggled from the beginning, with the ratings that were brought in failing to please the network executives. This led to the network buying out Creator/TechTV, a popular computer enthusiast network with good ratings, and "[[ExecutiveMeddling merging]]" them into one channel, [=G4TechTV=]. This is where many would cite as when the roots of decay took hold, as the "merger" itself resulted in [[ScrewedByTheNetwork the near-complete jettison of the existing TechTV staff and programs in the process]], to much chagrin from the existing [=TechTV=] base. Said "merger" itself only lasted a year before the channel reverted to the [=G4(TV)=] name, only pouring salt in the wound for fans of the late beloved channel.\\

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* One of the most notorious examples of network decay this side of [=MTV=] can be seen with the troubled history of [[Creator/G4TV G4]], a television network that initially focused on videogames and geek culture. Despite featuring a slew of shows that are rather well-received today, the network struggled from the beginning, with the ratings that were brought in failing to please the network executives. This led to the network buying out Creator/TechTV, a popular computer enthusiast network with good ratings, and "[[ExecutiveMeddling merging]]" them into one channel, [=G4TechTV=]. This is where many would cite as when the roots of decay took hold, as the "merger" itself resulted in [[ScrewedByTheNetwork the near-complete jettison of the existing TechTV staff and programs in the process]], to much chagrin from the existing [=TechTV=] base. Said "merger" itself only lasted a year before the channel reverted to the [=G4(TV)=] name, only pouring salt in the wound for fans of the late beloved channel.\\



* Hungary's Animax has also gone down this route. It launched in 2004 under the name A+, and focused almost entirely on Japanese animation with some American cartoons thrown into the mix. Though the ratings weren't bad, and the RTL Group kept the channel alive by supplying their anime dubs, the network's real owners (Chello Central Europe) ignored it. Sony Pictures took ownership of the channel in 2007, and A+ attempted to keep itself up by airing subtitled anime releases, an act which had the effect of drastically lowering their ratings. After Sony rebraned it as Animax, dubbed productions came back and all seemed good. However in 2009, they decided to turn the channel into a general youth entertainment network, and started airing all sorts of American talent shows, scripted live-action series and movies (mostly taken from AXN's showcase), as well as some Japanese ones -- at least a few new anime shows still premiered regularly, although the channel lost its MultipleDemographicAppeal as it replaced the bulk of its programming with popular [[ShonenDemographic Shonen]] series. Around 2012, Animax began going bankrupt -- the rights to its anime series slowly expired, they broke up their advertising deal, and as Sony considered anime to be the cause of its problems (as opposed to their terrible coverage, mishandled marketing, careless decision-making and often sub-par dubbing work), they've only focused on adding more and more live-action shows and movies to Animax's showcase, and even canceled the long-awaited premieres of several anime series. Essentially, it became AXN's wastebasket, and the handful of Japanese shows that they still held broadcasting rights to were just tired reruns practically begging to be taken off the air. The fact that Animax only aired from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., and about half of that airtime was just reruns anyway, made the situation seem much worse. As expected, the ratings dropped like a rock, and from mid-'12 to early '14, Animax lingered on in rerun-limbo.\\\

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* Hungary's Animax has also gone down this route. It launched in 2004 under the name A+, and focused almost entirely on Japanese animation with some American cartoons thrown into the mix. Though the ratings weren't bad, and the RTL Group kept the channel alive by supplying their anime dubs, the network's real owners (Chello Central Europe) ignored it. Sony Pictures took ownership of the channel in 2007, and A+ attempted to keep itself up by airing subtitled anime releases, an act which had the effect of drastically lowering their ratings. After Sony rebraned rebranded it as Animax, dubbed productions came back and all seemed good. However in 2009, they decided to turn the channel into a general youth entertainment network, and started airing all sorts of American talent shows, scripted live-action series and movies (mostly taken from AXN's showcase), as well as some Japanese ones -- at least a few new anime shows still premiered regularly, although the channel lost its MultipleDemographicAppeal as it replaced the bulk of its programming with popular [[ShonenDemographic Shonen]] series. Around 2012, Animax began going bankrupt -- the rights to its anime series slowly expired, they broke up their advertising deal, and as Sony considered anime to be the cause of its problems (as opposed to their terrible coverage, mishandled marketing, careless decision-making and often sub-par dubbing work), they've only focused on adding more and more live-action shows and movies to Animax's showcase, and even canceled the long-awaited premieres of several anime series. Essentially, it became AXN's wastebasket, and the handful of Japanese shows that they still held broadcasting rights to were just tired reruns practically begging to be taken off the air. The fact that Animax only aired from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., and about half of that airtime was just reruns anyway, made the situation seem much worse. As expected, the ratings dropped like a rock, and from mid-'12 to early '14, Animax lingered on in rerun-limbo.\\\
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