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[[caption-width-right:330:Can ''you'' guess what Cartoon Network's current favorite show is at the moment? ...[[{{Creator/Nickelodeon}} SpongeBob]][[CriticalResearchFailure ?]]]]

->''"But now, all of cable TV seems to operate in blocks and I have no freaking idea why. If you're giving me eight straight hours of ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'', aren't you forcing every single non-''King of the Hill'' fan to abandon your channel for the rest of the day to go watch something else?"''
-->-- '''Website/{{Cracked}}''', [[http://www.cracked.com/article_18886_5-ways-television-went-crazy-since-i-quit-watching-in-2003_p2.html#ixzz26BuuMFyw 5 Ways Television Went Crazy Since I Quit Watching in 2003]]

So you're curling up on the armchair to watch your favorite show -- but the schedule has been changed and yet another airing of the network's most popular (or just favored by execs) show is airing in its place. Your blood boils, but there's nothing you can do -- it's the network's pet program.

This is Adored by the Network in a nutshell. An over-promoted, over-aired program that either dominates the entire schedule or gets promoted over every ''other'' show on the network or some combination of the two. Whenever networks stumble upon a massive hit show, this show usually gets the most attention and most promotion. [[MarathonRunning Marathons are run]], special programming events occur often surrounding the show, and the show is given multiple airings daily.

This usually comes at the expense of all the other shows on the channel, particularly the shows on the verge of being canceled. At the very least, they will just be ignored. At the very worst, they can be canceled or [[ReTool re-tooled]] to make it more in line with the adored show. And at very, ''very'', worst -- it could signal the first signs of NetworkDecay, as the network may add [[FollowTheLeader more shows similar to the network darling to the lineup.]]

Despite the network's fixation on this show, it doesn't fit the nature of being the CreatorsPet because, well, if it's a hit, [[CaptainObvious then many people like it]]. It may be a critical darling that's loved by all. You ''yourself'' may like the show. But you also like ''other'' shows on the channel and the overbearing presence of the program just may be too much. Naturally, if a single series is on all the time, it may lead to HypeBacklash through overexposure, since even the people who genuinely enjoy the show may get sick of it. Enough of this can ironically result into the show being considered ScrewedByTheNetwork, as it can lead to the show's downfall and cancellation.

Before you add an example, keep in mind this isn't Administrivia/ComplainingAboutShowsYouDontLike. Also, the simple act of airing the show a lot of times doesn't alone qualify it for this trope. The network has to go above and beyond to prop this show up constantly.

See also MarathonRunning (where whole marathons can be dedicated to a single show), CashCowFranchise, HollywoodHypeMachine (when this happens to actors), CreatorsPet (when this happens to characters and the fans are annoyed), WolverinePublicity, and NetworkDecay. NetworkToTheRescue is a sure sign of this. Contrast ScrewedByTheNetwork; also sometimes the result of this trope. See also NetworkRedHeadedStepchild.
* AdoredByTheNetwork/LiveActionTV
* AdoredByTheNetwork/WesternAnimation
** AdoredByTheNetwork/CartoonNetwork
*** AdoredByTheNetwork/{{Toonami}}
** AdoredByTheNetwork/FOXAnimatedShows
** AdoredByTheNetwork/{{Nickelodeon}}


* Throughout its past life, Creator/{{Toonami}} had plenty of shows that it adored. The first of these was ''Anime/SailorMoon'', one of its first anime shows. Then came ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' and ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Gundam Wing]]'', with the latter getting both censored airings during the daytime and uncensored airings during the Midnight Run, and the former lasting until 2003, and then getting uncut reruns until 2005. Finally, there was Anime/{{Naruto}}, as pictured above, which stuck around until the block's cancellation.
** For the revived Toonami block on Creator/AdultSwim, Anime/CowboyBebop was one of the shows that was already airing when Toonami came back, and while it was briefly taken off to make room for ''Anime/SamuraiSeven'' and Anime/EurekaSeven, it has since returned and is still currently airing, to the point where people actually ''want'' the crew to give the show a break.
*** Ironically, Bebop finallyy took a break from the schedule, and was replaced in its timeslot by a rerun of Anime/IGPXImmortalGrandPrix, but that's only because they're losing the rights to it. Yep, the only thing that will stop them from playing Bebop is not having it anymore. They '''will''' get the HD remasters from Creator/{{FUNimation}}, however, and you know it, because it's one of their most famous series (and favorite series), and the only anime (other than Anime/TheBigO, but that's largely because Season 2 was produced by them) that has a spot on the mural in their Atlanta offices.
** Toonami also has a soft spot for ''Anime/InuYasha.'' Otherwise, it would not have [[ScrewedByTheNetwork screwed over]] Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex [[note]]To be fair, though, in the same schedule change that affected Bebop that also affected "O"'s Season 2, as it was taken off the air to avoid running it more than once, [[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood]] was moved up an hour, and [=GiTS=] was placed back in the rotation at 4:00 AM.[[/note]] and have an hour dedicated to it (though it's shoved down at the far back of the block, airing at both 5:00 AM and 5:30 AM).
** Adult Swim explicitly stated on multiple occasions that ''Anime/{{FLCL}}'' was their favorite anime, and they sure showed it for a while. The high amount of airings was especially notable given the fact that the series had only [[ShortRunner 6 episodes]], which resulted in much replay of each episode. That being said, it is exactly this very short length that allows ''FLCL'' to easily fit into the schedule if there is a small gap to fill.
** While not as popular as other examples, [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist the 2003 anime version of]] ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' was pretty popular with the block until ''Brotherhood'' came along.
** Both seasons of ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'' are also relatively popular on the block, having been a near-perennial feature since it was introduced, and temporarily pushing out the above ''Cowboy Bebop'' on Toonami's schedule when they acquired ''Anime/EurekaSeven'' and ''Anime/SamuraiSeven''.
* ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' was this for the ailing Fox Kids around the time of ''Anime/DigimonAdventure''; the love sort of petered off by the end of ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02''. It was picked up by the network in order to [[DuelingShows compete]] with ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' on Creator/KidsWB and capitalize on the {{anime}} boom. Some Saturday mornings, ''Digimon'' would air ''three'' times. It supplanted ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' (circa ''Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy'') as the most popular show on the block and booted the show from its long-time schedule spots (9am EST Saturdays and 4pm EST weekdays). This still rankles long time ''Power Rangers'' fans, as it would retroactively prove to be a {{foreshadowing}} for ''that'' series sinking even lower under {{Disney}}...
* The [=CW4kids=] themed block "Toonzai" aired between two to three hours of ''Anime/YuGiOh'' content within its six hour time slot on Saturday mornings, plus ''Yu-Gi-Oh!'' advertisements for new cards and episodes intermittent between the other shows. They also aired ''Dinosaur King'', a series with a similar format to ''Yu-Gi-Oh!'', and advertise Bakugan, which is a competitor complete with card game centric anime itself. Any impressionable mind watching the current Saturday morning block on the CW is GOING to be convinced that people dramatically waving trading cards around is the coolest thing ever. Justified in that ''Yu-Gi-Oh'' has recently secured itself in the Guinness Book of World Records (in 2009) as most successful trading card game worldwide, and that there was a theatrical film out recently.
** ''YuGiOh'' was this no matter ''what'' TheCW called its kids' block. It was also true when TheCW was TheWB. Even as other shows get moved around, screwed around, and didn't get get to complete their runs even when they were ''far'' from LongRunners, the original YuGiOh and at least one of its sequels ''never failed'' to air multiple episodes every Saturday ever. Even a new or new-to-CW show that was treated half as well as YGO ''reruns'' would have been a sign of the apocalypse. (Unless that new show is a YGO sequel.)
* ''[[Anime/DragonBallKai Dragon Ball Z Kai]]'' has become this for NicktoonsNetwork, with anywhere from three to six hours worth being shown on any given day in total. This has gotten to such a point that Nicktoons began airing the original ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' movies in an almost completely uncut format, with the only real edit so far being a Hitler scene in ''Anime/DragonBallZ: Fusion Reborn'' getting excised. All blood, violence, and profanity is kept, [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar at a]] [[PrecisionFStrike TV-Y7-FV]] [[AvertedTrope rating]] no less.
* [[Creator/{{Animax}} Animax Latin America]] was criticized towards its anime-only run because of this. Between 2005 to 2007, shows such as ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemist'' and ''GetBackers'' (and to a lesser extent, ''HunterXHunter'' and ''Manga/PitaTen'', although the latter was removed from the schedule in 2007). To be fair though, both of the former two series did have 52 episodes. When ''TheTwelveKingdoms'' premiered, it cluttered most of the schedule in the past few years (It had 47 episodes).
* [[Creator/{{Animax}} Animax Asia]] averts this at first, with a lot of variety in the anime shown until somewhere around 2012 to 2014 the channel has aired ''nothing'' but ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler''.
* Spanish network ''Antena 3'' 's sister channel ''Neox'' might as well be called ''The CrayonShinChan Network'', with around over 3 hours of it every day on morning, with weekends tacking in a ''Shinchan'' movie after all of that. There aren't that many movies, so after a month they just ''loop''. Eventually they just ditched the movies and had ''five'' hours of ''ShinChan'' on weekends. Sure, [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff Spaniards love Shin-chan]], but is that overkill ''really'' needed? Then again, ''Antena 3'' itself has been showing two Simpson episodes a day.... for '''well over a decade'''. The situation eventually calmed down; now they "only" show two hours.
** Spanish kids channel Boing loves ''{{Doraemon}}'' so much that broadcasts eight episodes every day. It's very strange to put the channel and find that they are not broadcasting ''Doraemon'' or ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime''.
* For a time, Jetix would show 24 hour marathons of ''{{Pucca}}'' at the drop of a hat.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' for KidsWB. Sometimes they would show nothing but the show to promote a special or new movie, and they'd sometimes show it for three hours at a time. Cartoon Network, the show's current channel, doesn't do this nearly as often.
** Kids WB's adoration for all things ''Pokemon'' even spilled into their promotional attempts for other shows in their lineup. During a ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond''-themed [[MillenniumBug [=Y2K=]]] event, viewers were encouraged to send in their predictions of the future to be read on the air. One of the more notable entries: "In the future, Pokemon will be on every channel all day long." The daydreams of someone truly obsessed with the series, or an early example of epic trolling?
* Italian television channel Italia 1 is very, very fond of ''Franchise/DragonBall''. They aired the three series (''Manga/DragonBall'', ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' and ''Anime/DragonBallGT'') continuously since 1998: after GT's ending, they start over again with the first episode of ''Dragon Ball'', then Z, then GT... As of July 2012, we're reaching the end of the sixth rerun of Z (if this number doesn't impress you, be wary that Italia 1 is a general-purpose channel, not an anime-only, and they air one episode per day... This means that for almost twelve years there wasn't a day without ''Dragon Ball''!).
* It's hard not to turn on the Japanese version of Animax and see a show that's not named ''Manga/ChibiMarukoChan'' or ''Manga/GeGeGeNoKitaro''. Whenever a show gets cancelled, they replace it with one of these shows.
* Animax Central Europe adored {{Shonen}} series over all other genres, ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' in particular, of which at the time of their [[NetworkDecay decline]], they aired two episodes daily, and another two on Wednesdays (since the channel was only on the air from 8 PM to 2 AM, that's a lot). The lack of variety in their anime series is seen as one of the reasons why the channel was terminated.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* For a few years at the TurnOfTheMillennium, there were 24-hour marathons of ''TheIronGiant'' on Creator/CartoonNetwork every Thanksgiving Day. Justified, [[NoHoperRepeat since viewership was way down]] (most everyone who's watching TV on Thanksgiving is watching football anyway) and they could write off advertising and let most of their employees take the holiday off. That said Cartoon Network has been known to flood their timeslots with ''Iron Giant'' on other holidays too, such as Memorial Day, supposedly because it's Ted Turner's favorite movie.
* Before Disney Channel, Disney XD and [=ABC=] Family aired the movie, Starz and Encore's kids channels seemed to be quite fond of ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3''.
** Disney Channel sometimes shows the movie in a weird pattern when it's aired on Disney Junior-they will often play the Sofia The First episode "The Shy Princess" before it.
** Starz Kids also adores ''WesternAnimation/AstroBoy.''
* Creator/ABCFamily must always play ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' every three months or so. The network is owned by Disney, and they don't play their animated classics as often as ''this''.
** ABC Family also airs ''Disney/TheLionKing'' often since its 2011 re-release. This happens nearly once every month, save November and December due to all the Christmas movies taking up those slots. On May 5, 2012 they aired the movie twice in a row!
** Disney XD likes to air ''Disney/TheLionKingOneAndAHalf''.
* For some reason, you can ALWAYS expect that ABCFamily, DisneyChannel, and Creator/DisneyXD will air ''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe'' '''every single month''', 2 times in a row. For instance, ABCFamily mostly does the double-feature presentations, DisneyChannel does the limited commercial interruption (like most movies that air on the channel), and Creator/DisneyXD sometimes airs it at 5:00pm or 8:00pm. Ironically, this is a Universal film, so hopefully it won't be only on the Disney-based channels.
** ABC, Teletoon, HBO, HBO Family, Cinemax, and Telemundo (a Universal-owned Spanish channel) have aired this movie also.
* TheHub used to like airing ''WesternAnimation/MonsterHouse'' nearly every month.
** Now, they adore ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas''.
** They air ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'' on every major holiday, which isn't surprising since it's a channel half-owned by Hasbro...
** ''WesternAnimation/{{Planet 51}}'' can be added to this list as well.
* Encore loves airing ''WesternAnimation/ThomasAndTheMagicRailroad'' every month.
* ABCFamily loved airing ''ABoyNamedCharlieBrown'' the week of Thanksgiving since at least the era when they were The Family Channel...but that changed when they decided to air ''TheHungerGames'' and the ''ACinderellaStory'' series multiple times in 2014, with no Charlie Brown to be seen.
* DisneyChannel now seems to have a thing with ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'', airing it at least once every week.
* FX just loves showing off Dreamworks movies every chance it gets. The first ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'' movie, both ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' movies, and the entire ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}'' trilogy are frequent favorites.
* In a similar situation to Family in Canada, Disney Junior in the United States only plays three films: Disney/{{Pochantas}}, Disney/{{Mulan}}, and Disney/LiloAndStitch, with the occasional other film thrown in.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Remember that {{Creator/HBO}} once stood for "Hey! ''[[Film/TheBeastmaster Beastmaster]]'''s On!". And it aired so often on Creator/{{TBS}} that [[FanNickname it earned itself the nickname]] "[[FunWithAcronyms The Beastmaster Station]]".
** HBO Zone really seems to like TheDarkKnightRises since they can't go through an entire week without showing it at least ''three'' times.
* Back in the early to mid 90's, TBS also used to show ''Film/ClashOfTheTitans'' what seemed like every Saturday and Sunday.
** TBS and TNT were notorious up until the late-2000s for overplaying ''Film/{{Roadhouse}}''.
* It was almost impossible to turn on HBO in the early 1980's and not see ''[[Film/ScavengerHunt1979 Scavenger Hunt]]''.
** ''Film/TheBlackHole'' was another overplayed staple of early HBO.
* A Canadian example is Family Channel (Canada's Creator/DisneyChannel, not to be confused with the original name for Creator/ABCFamily), who went through a period at one point where the only movie they seemed to ever play was the ''Film/AroundTheWorldInEightyDays'' remake with Creator/JackieChan.
* Creator/ABCFamily ''really'' likes using whatever excuse they can to air their ''Film/HarryPotter'' marathons. Upcoming movies, Christmas, Memorial Day, whatever. Between the length of the films and frequent commercial breaks, "Harry Potter Weekends" now last up to five days long.
** Or they'll pull out some Disney and/or Pixar movies, or teen chick flicks. Since they count as both, ''Film/ThePrincessDiaries'' and its sequel are played quite often.
** And BOTH ''Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' adaptations. They're aired one after the other, too.
** [[RuleOfThree And most of ALL...]] ''monthly'' airings of ''Film/{{Holes}}'' into 2012! You could recite the movie line-for-line by seeing it so many times!
** ''{{Matilda}}''. It feels like they show it every three weeks; must be a Roald Dahl fetish...
** Around 2005, ABC Family had a stretch wherein they played ''[[Film/{{MrsDoubtfire}} Mrs. Doubtfire]]'' at least once per month.
** Ever since the ABC buyout of The Family Channel (known as Fox Family when it happened), you can't watch the channel each Christmas without seeing ''Elouise At Christmastime'' or Film/ELF.
*** The former is also adored by [[DisneyChannel their sister channel]] along with TheSantaClause series.
** When the channel was Fox Family, they loved playing ''Film/RichieRich's Christmas Wish'' and the MadeForTV movie ''To Grandmother's House We Go''. It helps that The Olsen Twins, whom the channel adored (see [[AdoredByTheNetwork.LiveActionTV this page]] for more about that), starred in this movie, and it was their first role on screen together (FullHouse doesn't count, they used a different one of them each episode).
* In 2013, the aforementioned ''Mrs. Doubtfire'' became Main/{{CMT}}'s favorite movie. Apparently, four other networks that year couldn't get enough of Creator/RobinWilliams' cross-dressing shenanigans, which led it to become [[http://press.ihs.com/press-release/design-supply-chain/movie-consumption-grows-basic-cable-logging-more-hours-and-airtime the most frequently played film on basic cable in 2013, with 66 airings!]]
* Local Atlanta station Peachtree TV (WPCH, formerly [[Creator/{{TBS}} WTBS]]), appears to have a particular fetish for certain films which are played over and over and over on a regular basis, and this has been going on for years. Examples include ''Film/TheHuntForRedOctober'', ''Film/AFewGoodMen'', and the ''Film/LethalWeapon'' movies.
** For a couple of years one could watch ''Film/TheBreakfastClub'' every weekend by tuning in to this channel, if one were so inclined.
* {{Spike|TV}} seems to have a ''Franchise/StarWars'' marathon, showing all six films, roughly every third weekend. In later years, it was during holidays (such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter etc.), or to promote some new ''Star Wars''-related producted (such as ''The Old Republic''). Recently, though, Spike has ceased airing ''Star Wars'' marathons, probably due to Disney's acquisition of Lucasfilm. It's likely Disney rescinded their broadcast rights, and plans to air the movies on one of their own networks (such as ABC, ABC Family, or Disney Channel).
** Now it feels like they've got a fascination with ''Film/TheDayAfterTomorrow''
* Whichever network currently holds the rerun rights to the Film/JamesBond films goes crazy rerunning them as often as possible before the tide changes. In TheNineties, TBS and TNT cornered the market on marathon runs of Bond movies (to the point that there was a joke about it in ''Film/AmericanBeauty''), followed by AMC for a little while at the TurnOfTheMillennium. Since then, the status of "James Bond Network" has rotated between {{Spike|TV}}, the Encore movie networks (in 2012 and again in 2013, the main channel showed a different one every night in prime time for a month, while sister channels Action, Suspense, etc. got in on the fun by sprinkling the films throughout their schedules), and G4. Note that it isn't the same few films being run over and over; the package generally covers the first '''20''' films plus the unofficial entry ''Film/NeverSayNeverAgain''.
** Daniel Craig-era Bond movies seem to have been handed over to USA Network after it decided to retire its longstanding status as ''Film/{{The Mummy|Trilogy}}'' Network.
*** In the UK, {{ITV}} had them from 1975 through 2012, when they were acquired by the premium channel Sky Movies. They then took Adored by the Network to its obvious conclusion in October 2012 by [[http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2012/aug/07/james-bond-sky-movies-007 turning one of its channels into Sky Movies 007]], dedicated exclusively to airing the films (and other documentaries/behind the scenes features) in honor of the 50th anniversary of the ''Bond'' movie franchise. The channel was temporarily taken down in November 2012 to make way for its annual [[ChristmasMoviesIndex all-Christmas movies]] channel, but came back off and on throughout 2013.
* The summer of 2012 saw the Encore movie networks become addicted to the Christopher Reeve ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' films. It tapered off as the year saw itself out, but well into early 2013, one of them could still be guaranteed to run ''Film/SupermanIVTheQuestForPeace'' several times each month. That film is extremely short, so it was probably easy to slot into schedules.
** In April 2013, the Encore networks (particularly Encore Family) became devoted to the original nine-film run of ''Film/ThePinkPanther'' series.
* There also existed a channel that played the film ''{{Rudy}}'' for 24 hours straight in some areas.
* ''Franchise/DieHard'': The films (especially the original) get this nearly every year. Heck, even {{Spike|TV}} aired the original couple years back with a 24-hour marathon.
* Since the late 1990s, TBS has aired an annual 24-hour marathon of ''Film/AChristmasStory'', Christmas Eve night to Christmas Day night. Granted, it's a beloved holiday classic that was VindicatedByCable in the first place. It's also used to give most of their employees Christmas off. When that's all you're showing, all you need is a bare bones staff to make sure the building doesn't burn down.
** ''Film/MenInBlack'' and its first sequel are also adored by TBS.
** It seems as if TBS can't go a month without showing ''DumbAndDumber''...
** ...and ''Film/TheHangover''.
** TBS will show ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' every Thanksgiving and Christmas. Sometimes, they will show it TWICE during the same week.
* Speaking of ''Film/MenInBlack'', nearly ''every'' channel adores to air the movie, especially the NBCUniversal Channels (USA, Syfy, E!, Bravo, and Oxygen).
* For years, Telemundo would often use any major holiday as an excuse to play back-to-back Cantinflas movies. Though this is akin to a Robert De Niro marathon, in that it's not the repeat of the same movie, or the same series of movies, but a bunch of movies with similar flavors.
* For some reason, Creator/DisneyXD has an inordinate fondness for the ''Film/ArthurAndTheInvisibles'' trilogy.
* Encore (and now AMC) have aired 24 hours of ''Film/GroundhogDay'' on Groundhog Day. [[JustifiedTrope This actually makes some sense, considering what the film's about]]!
* Early ComedyCentral had a deep and abiding love affair with ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'' in the mid-1990s, which only made the constant overquoting of it among geeks ''worse''.
** Until about 2002 it was shocking if a week went by without them airing the 1986 bomb ''Stewardess School''.
** Another movie that Comedy Central adored back then was the 1988 film ''Glitch''.
* FOX constantly shows ''Film/IndependenceDay'' whenever a big event is happening on another network: Super Bowl, Oscars, etc... In fact, ''Independence Day'' airs often on ''every'' station that gets the rights to it. Even MTV, A&E, CMT, BET, Syfy, E!, AMC, Spike, Bravo, and VH1 have been in on the act. There was one time, around 2009-ish, when it popped up every other weekend. TBS, TNT & WGN America played it constantly, so did myNetworkTV as a Sunday Night Movie & Saturday Afternoon and the CW.
* Every time a Franchise/StarWars prequel was released, Australia's Fox-affiliated Channel 10 showed the original trilogy over three weekends and promoted the crap out of it, often book-ending commercial breaks with two promos for the same film. It's an older example, but it checks out.
* IFC really loves the ''{{Hostel}}'' movies, ''Film/TheShining'', and the first ''Film/{{Alien}}''.
* After Creator/{{AMC}} stopped emphasizing classic movies but before they had original series such as ''Series/MadMen'', ''Series/BreakingBad'', and ''Series/TheWalkingDead'', the network went through different phases where they played the same movie practically every day for months until they found a new movie to obsess over and the cycle began anew. Examples included (but were not limited to):
** ''Film/{{Unforgiven}}''.
** ''Film/KingKong'' (1976)
** ''Film/{{Earthquake}}''
** ''Film/{{Ghost}}''
** ''Film/{{Jaws}}''
** ''[[Film/RedDawn1984 Red Dawn]]''
** ''[[Film/HistoryoftheWorldPartI History of the World: Part I]]''
** ''Film/JeremiahJohnson''
** ''Hannie Caulder'' in 2003.
** ''MadMax'' popped up almost daily in the spring/summer of 2005.
** ''[[Creator/SamPeckinpah Major Dundee]]'' (albeit the [[ExecutiveMeddling studio-imposed]] cut) turned up almost weekly from 2004-2006.
** And every Halloween, expect ''Film/FridayThe13thPartVIJasonLives'' and ''Film/Halloween4TheReturnOfMichaelMyers'' to appear many, many times.
** During the Christmas season in 2012, the network showed the original ''{{Miracle on 34th Street}}'' more than any other holiday movie. In second place was the GeorgeCScott version of ''Film/{{A Christmas Carol|1984}}'' and third was ''Film/WhiteChristmas''.
** The Christmas programming for 2013 consisted entirely of the ''Home Alone'' movies, ''White Christmas'', and ''Film/{{Jack Frost 1998}}''. Culkin & Friends apparently took up the overexposure slack from last year's endless ''Miracle on 34th Street'' lovefest.
** As of June 2014, AMC replays ''Film/TheGreenMile'' almost as frequently as the movies they played on the network 10 years ago.
** In [[TheNewTens The New Tens]], AMC created a tradition similar to the 24-hour ''Christmas Story'' marathons by playing ''[[Film/GonewiththeWind Gone with the Wind]]'' on a loop starting the day before Thanksgiving leading up to the next morning.
* Britain's {{ITV}} channels have a few favourites.
** ITV 2 airs ''Film/{{The Mummy|Trilogy}}'' and/or most of its sequels every other month. Among its other favourites are ''Film/WildWildWest'', ''Film/{{Catwoman}}'', and [[Film/{{Hulk}} both Incredible]] [[Film/TheIncredibleHulk Hulk films]].
** ITV 4 once had a thing for the ''Film/{{Rocky}}'' series.
* TNT and USA are both very bad about going through phases where they'll show the same movie over and over and over again, whether it's ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' on TNT or ''Film/NationalTreasure'' on USA - if either of them shows the movie once, you know you'll be seeing it again within the week.
* Ted Turner adored ''Film/TheShawshankRedemption''. He owned the rights at one point, so after its poor showing at the box office his networks aired it weekly, single-handedly making it VindicatedByCable.
* FX adores the original ''Film/{{The Day The Earth Stood Still|1951}}''.
** Have a day off from school or work? Chances are ''Film/VantagePoint'' is playing this morning on FX.
** ''Film/IronMan'' has started to become a staple movie on FX.
*** Practically ''every'' movie based on Marvel Comics are FX staples.
* ION Television ''loves'' Creator/ClintEastwood movies, playing them practically every other weekend.
** The weekends they ''don't'' play Clint Eastwood movies, they've instead been playing Batman and Superman movies, with an inexplicable preference for ''Film/BatmanAndRobin'' and ''Film/SupermanIVTheQuestForPeace'', which is something of a questionable choice due to them both being the {{Franchise Killer}}s for their respective film series.
* Surprisingly, for a Canadian niche channel, Space subverted this in its early years. Someone must have dug through the dusty trash archives of Hollywood to come up with the weird, obscure, "new" movies they played every weekend. The height of this was a month-long event where every weekend they would play three rat-themed horror movies. Most people would be hard pressed to think of one, and someone paid out the rights for twelve of the damn things.
* From late-2011 until early-2013, the programming director at Creator/TurnerClassicMovies was obsessed with Creator/{{Nicholas Ray}} movies, and played his near-forgotten 1963 epic ''Film/FiftyFiveDaysAtPeking'' at least once every other month. This was odd, since it's rare that TCM plays a movie more than a few times a year (owing to its enormous library).
** There are also phases when TCM can't get enough of ''Theatre/MyFairLady''. It played almost monthly in 2010, and again since October 2012 (with as many as two airings per month).
** ''Film/DoctorZhivago'' and ''Film/CitizenKane'' have been getting this treatment for years. This is understandable given their popularity and acclaim. Why the comparatively-obscure ''Film/TheWindAndTheLion'' gets nearly as much air time is anyone's guess.
** It seems as though they're doing the same with ''[[Film/LawrenceofArabia Lawrence of Arabia]]''. And ''[[Film/NowVoyager Now Voyager]]''.
** ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leave_Her_to_Heaven Leave Her to Heaven]]'' has also been getting a lot of airtime on the channel. Considering that it's one of TCM host Robert Osborne's favorite movies, that alone may be the reason for its overexposure.
** TCM has so much fondness for [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbara_Stanwyck Barbara Stanwyck]] that her movies play hundreds of times per year.
* It was impossible to watch Fox Movie Channel in 2011 without running into some combination of ''The Return of Frank James'', ''Film/TheDesertFox'' and/or ''Royal Flash''.
* There was a period in 2012 where Starz seemed to run ''FriendsWithBenefits'' every day. In 2013, it became ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan''; in 2014, [[Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan2 its sequel.]]
** In Starz' defense, they don't seem to have as much licensing deals with movie studios as HBO does.
* For a while, it seemed as if E!'s only defense against a day of dead air is rerunning ''HesJustNotThatIntoYou'' sandwiched between multiple rerun blocks of Kardashian shows and ''[[Series/{{SexandtheCity}} Sex and the City]]''.
* VH1 showed ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'' and ''Film/{{Ghostbusters II}}'' on a frequent basis for years after they started broadcasting more programs that were not dedicated to music. They usually showed the movies in cropped formats, meaning their pictures were not shown in their entirety (the second movie was usually shown in the 16:9 aspect ratio unlike the first movie, which was usually shown in the 4:3 aspect ratio, even after VH1 started showing the second movie on a frequent basis).
* Spanish cable channel Canal Hollywood based its two or three first broadcasting years on ''CloseEncountersOfTheThirdKind'' reruns.
* ''Literature/TheBlueLagoon'' has gained infamy in Brazil, due to constantly being broadcast on the country's biggest network for several years, to the point of MemeticMutation.
* The Canadian Bravo (which became more of a TNT clone instead of going CampGay like the U.S. version) has a fixation with the [[Film/TheBourneseries Bourne movies]].
* Ever since The Hub got its hands on ''Film/GoodBoy'', they would show it once a week like clockwork.
* Australian TV network "ten" developed a great fondness for ''[[Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay Terminator 2]]''. Before that, it was ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'', and it used to play ''Film/TheDevilWearsPrada'' once a month at least.
* Is today the day before a major holiday? Then chances are that TV Guide Network has an airing of ''Film/TheMirrorHasTwoFaces'' planned.
* Since at least the fall of 2014, Viacom cable channel programmers have been suffering from an ''Film/{{Elf}}'' obsession, telecasting the film frequently across CMT, MTV, and VH1, even when the holiday season is over. (CMT even played it in ''September''!)

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/{{WCW}} itself was adored not so much by the network, but by Ted Turner himself. It was his baby/vanity project, as he credited WCW's predecessor, Georgia Championship Wrestling, with helping get [=SuperStation=] [[Creator/{{TBS}} WTBS]] noticed in its early days (along with Atlanta Braves baseball). The fact that it lost money for most of its existence was of no concern to him since, for someone like Ted, the amount of money that WCW lost was never more than pocket change. However, WCW was most definitely not adored by an AOL Time Warner exec named Jamie Kellner, who within a few weeks on the job cancelled all professional wrestling related programming.
* Wrestling/{{TNA}} on Challenge in the UK certainly seemed to be this at one point- they couldn't stop talking about it over the end credits of every programme (usually re-runs of game shows, some of which might not necessarily share the same audience as that TNA wrestling would appeal to).

* Professional sports. Immensely popular, sure, but try to imagine what it's like for people who don't like sports to have a program you have no interest in that can preempt the shows you DO want to watch seemingly at any time, rarely ends at the scheduled time (sometimes causing the next show to begin "in progress" or be skipped entirely), and when it does end and you think your show is about to start... here comes the ''post game show.'' And then the other networks [[NoHoperRepeat only run reruns against it]] because they don't want to have to compete with the show "everyone" is watching. For that, you can blame [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heidi_Game Heidi]].
** This was actually lampshaded by on the Series 16 premiere of ''TopGear'' in January 2011:
-->'''Jeremy Clarkson:''' Can I just say how nice it is to be back where we belong? Creator/{{BBC}}2, 8:00, Sunday night. Unless of course somebody's organized a snooker tournament, in which case, happy Easter!
* Football in the United States. If it's autumn and your network carries the NFL, expect a pop-up ad or commercial every five minutes reminding you when the next game is and who's playing. Even when it's a sports station like ESPN, the NFL will be promoted far more than anything else it carries. Those above problems with preemption? Baseball fans have the same problem when they're waiting for the World Series and Fox won't cut away from James Brown and Terry Bradshaw yukking it up...
** When it comes to college football, ESPN practically ''[[http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/25/sports/ncaafootball/college-footballs-most-dominant-player-its-espn.html?ref=media&_r=1& runs the show]]''; they have lucrative broadcast deals with all the major conferences (particularly the SEC, Big Ten, and ACC, among the most powerful conferences in Division I FBS) which is a practically a license to print and give their schools money by default, ESPN chooses start times for its games, and they even coded software used by the majority of the teams to help build their game schedules, meaning nearly all of the college schedules at the start of the season have the time ''TBA'' everywhere. In 2011 the network started an entire network devoted to the Texas Longhorns, and in 2014, one devoted to the SEC. During the post-season, they have broadcast rights to all but one bowl game (including the all-important College Football Playoff that also stole Fox's sole bowl game, the Cotton Bowl Classic, away from them, as if losing the BCS to ESPN was bad enough. The only non-ESPN bowl is the Sun Bowl, which has remained a CBS staple), and ''even run nine of their own.''
* Due to the MLB post-season, there was a stretch of time starting around the turn of the century when Fox delayed the season premiere of many of its shows until after the World Series to accommodate its coverage. This meant fans of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' and ''Series/TheXFiles'' had to wait until ''November'' to see new episodes. Starting in 2005, Fox returned to launching major shows in September -- but the Series still kept the ''Simpsons''' annual [[WesternAnimation/TreehouseOfHorror Halloween Episode]] from airing until after the holiday came and went. However, thanks to the growing shift of sports to cable, Fox lost much of its post-season coverage: as of 2014, Fox now only airs the World Series, as the Division Series and League Championship Series are split between Fox Sports 1 and Creator/{{TBS}}. TBS held exclusive rights to the Division Series and one Championship Series (the other aired on Fox) from 2006 to 2014.
* Tennis on Eurosport. Go to any forum of a particular sport that isn't Association Football (or Tennis obviously) and you are guaranteed to find that most European fans there absolutely despise Tennis for the sole reason that they've spent large chunks of the last 20 years wanting to watch their favorite sport but not able to, as Eurosport was preempting it with an overtimed Tennis match, usually from the lower rounds of some unimportant tournament. Cycling and Basketball fans are especially prone to fly into a rage from this.
** Spanish public channel Teledeporte is even worse than Eurosport. Not only they broadcast lots and lots of tennis matches but, when tournament day is over, they rerun the same matches you have previously seen. In occcasions, they even have show delayed official matches of spanish national teams (Handball, Hockey, Waterpolo...) to broadcast a live first-round tennis match between two unknown non-spaniard players. So, it's not strange that many people give the channel the nickname ''Tele Tenis''.
* [[CanadaEh For Canadian sport networks]], [[UsefulNotes/IceHockey hockey]] is the most aired sport on Sportsnet, TSN (The {{Expy}} of {{ESPN}}) and {{CBC}}. [[SeriousBusiness This really shouldn't be much surprise in Canada]]. There are network favourites. Before HockeyNightInCanada switched to a early and late game broadcast in 1995, if you wanted to see any Canadian team aside from the Maple Leafs or the Canadiens, you either had to hope it they were playing in Toronto or Montreal, or that they made the playoffs and Toronto or Montreal weren't playing that night. The absurdity of this is indicated that in the mid-1980s, when WayneGretzky and the Edmonton Oilers were the best team in the league, it was almost impossible for someone in Eastern Canada to ever seen them on TV.
** In a more specific example, TSN has historically hyped up the IIHF World U20 Championships, probably as much as ESPN hypes its endless array of often meaningless bowl games that go on around the same time of the year. The tournament is treated with ''much'' more importance in Canada than in any other country, owing to the aforementioned hype, the fact that they've won it 16 times, and that one year where the Canadian team got into a ''twenty minute, bench-clearing brawl'' with the Soviets that ejected them both from the tournament. Even the IIHF has realized this, and has frequently let Canadian cities host the "World Juniors", knowing that even the mere mention of "Team Canada" can lead to almost instantaneous sell-outs, [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs especially if they face Russia or the U.S., reach the final, or reach the final against Russia or the United States]]. Though it is still occasionally hosted by European countries, primarily the Czech Republic, Finland, and Sweden; Canada's six-year Gold medal drought let all of the aforementioned countries have some time in the spotlight.
* Cricket in Australia, especially Test cricket. For those who don't know, Test cricket matches can last for ''five days straight''. They'll always be there on Channel Nine and Fox Sports, every summer, and the breaks will usually be filled with highlights/recaps/analyses.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Valve's obsession with continually updating ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' and expanding the ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'' franchise has been viewed as taking precedence over making new games, ''VideoGame/HalfLife2: Episode 3'' in particular, even though separate groups work on each series of games.
** As of January 2015, it seems that Valve is getting very slowly getting no longer obsessed with Team Fortress 2: The End of the Line Update had twenty cosmetics, a taunt and a reskin weapon; and Smissmas 2014 had a [[ObviousBeta beta mod named Mannpower]], some earlier maps (Foundry, Gorge) being remade as Capture with Flag, some Festive reskins, and a grappling hook tool. Left 4 Dead 2 is now completely out of adoration and is looked at just for updates, and newer games like ''{{Dota 2}}'' and ''VideoGame/CounterStrike: Global Offensive'' seem to be the main focus.
* Blizzard Entertainment was seen to suffer from this as well, as they worked on various ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' games and expansions for almost a decade straight before ''VideoGame/StarCraftII'' and ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'' were announced. (The one Franchise/StarCraft product in the making, ''Ghost'', became VaporWare.) Lately, they've completely flipped this trope on the head, and seem to be just gushing new games - Reaper of Souls, Hearthstone, and Heroes of the Storm all within a year of each other.
** In the late 90s, this seemed to be the reverse case for Blizzard, with all their efforts directed towards Starcraft + Expansions, and Diablo 2 + Expansions. Other than an upgraded re-release of ''VideoGame/WarcraftII'' that allowed you to play on Battle.net, ''Warcraft'' wasn't getting much love until ''VideoGame/WarcraftIII'' was finally released. It's like the company as a whole has tunnel vision on whatever they're developing next.
* Creator/SquareEnix
** Seems to be fond of ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'', ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' in particular.
** As well as ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyI'' and ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyII'', which have been ported or remade for MSX2, UsefulNotes/WonderSwan Color, UsefulNotes/PlayStation, UsefulNotes/GameBoyAdvance, mobile phones, PlayStation Portable, Virtual Console, PlayStation Network and iOS.
** There is also the fact that Final Fantasy I and II are the most simple games of the saga. They include little to no plot (which means there is no translation), few enemies (for a final fantasy game), few classes (6 in FFI[[note]]Fighter, Thief, Black Belt, and the White, Red, and Black Magi[[/note]], none in FFII) and the game mechanics in general are simple. The fact that they have so many ports is most likely due to how cheap making said port actually is. More complex games (except for FFIV/FFVII) hardly ever see the light, most likely since they are not as easy to make as FFI/FFII but not as popular as FFIV/FFVII. This would explain why FFIII is the game with less ports in all the saga.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'' is another example, it being ported or remade for UsefulNotes/PlayStation, UsefulNotes/WonderSwan Color, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, Virtual Console, FOMA 903i / 703i and PlayStation Portable.
** Understandably, ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' is a CashCowFranchise for Square, and justly widely enjoyed. However, true to this effect, it has a habit of overshadowing other efforts that the company occasionally puts forth. The game ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}'' was hit particularly hard by this, when its budget and production schedule slashed in favor of the soon-to-be-released ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'', resulting in a sharp decrease in quality and quantity of gameplay in the second half of the game.
* {{Ubisoft}} and ''VideoGame/{{Rayman 2}}'':
** Originally released on PC and UsefulNotes/{{Nintendo 64}}, then ported to the UsefulNotes/PlayStation, UsefulNotes/SegaDreamcast, UsefulNotes/PlayStation2, UsefulNotes/NintendoDS, iOS and UsefulNotes/Nintendo3DS. And that's without counting the UsefulNotes/GameBoyColor game as well as the UsefulNotes/GameBoyAdvance version of ''Rayman 3'' (which is [[DolledUpInstallment in fact]] a 2D ''Rayman 2'' game with Dark Lums and other ''Rayman 3'' elements hastily slapped in.)
** ''VideoGame/RaymanOrigins'' seems to be heading the same route. It was initially released for UsefulNotes/{{Playstation 3}}, UsefulNotes/{{Xbox 360}}, and UsefulNotes/{{Wii}}, then was later ported to UsefulNotes/{{Steam}}, UsefulNotes/PlaystationVita, and UsefulNotes/Nintendo3DS. Then there's the [=iPhone=]/Android game ''Rayman Jungle Run'', which is based on ''Origins''.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia'' for the Super Famicom has gotten four remakes: first for the PlayStation, second for the Gameboy Advance, third for the PlayStation Portable, and fourth again for the PlayStation Portable with updated battle graphics as part of ''Tales of Phantasia: Narikiri Dungeon X''. Unfortunately, only the Gameboy Advance version, widely considered the weakest version, is the only one that has seen an official English version.
* ''{{Runescape}}'' has the Squeal of Fortune [[note]]a simple wheel spin that gives prizes[[/note]] and Solomon's General Store [[note]]a store where you can buy cosmetic items and emotes[[/note]]. Most players hate them, but Jagex is in love with them ([[MoneyDearBoy for obvious reasons]]) and updates them once or twice a week, giving each update huge amounts of fanfare.
* Most games from {{AeriaGames}} tend to get this treatment when they first get it...and then [[ScrewedByTheNetwork goes in the opposite direction]] once it leaves open, or even closed beta. There are a large number of games with [[GameBreakingBug game breaking bugs]] that don't seem to be fixed for months, driving people away from the game, eventually getting it tossed completely. Very few games escape this fate, and these tend to have a somewhat more permanent spot for this trope. So much, they advertise them and their new games in their dying games forums.
* Nintendo really loves all its big franchises, probably because it can make them under the company's family-friendly guidelines without complaints from the publishers - but it really seems to love ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'', ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'', ''VideoGame/{{Kirby}}'', and ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}''. ''Especially'' Mario, being that he's the mascot and all.
** ''VideoGame/EarthBound'' is especially notable. After performing below expectations in its original 1995 release (due in large part to a... misguided marketing campaign), it was treated like the company's red-headed stepchild for many years, outside of ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' ''Mother 1+2'' and ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'' both had their English releases canned, its Virtual Console demo was removed from ''Brawl'', and even its spot in a trailer for the Wii U Virtual Console was replaced by ''VideoGame/PunchOut''. This lasted until it was announced to be officially rereleased in English. From then on, it's been treated very respectably all things considered.
** A similar case can be said for Creator/{{Sega}} towards its own mascot, Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog.
* Towards the end of the Atari 800 era, [[http://www.atarimania.com/list_games_atari-400-800-xl-xe-english-software-company-uk_publisher_1207_8_G.html English Software]] milked popular games by including them on several "Atari Smash Hits" compilations- "Jet Boot Jack" on volumes 1, 2 ''and'' 3, "Chop Suey" on 4 and 5 and "Elektra Glide" on 5, 6 and 7.
* VideoGame/GodOfWar is adored by Sony Santa Monica. Naturally, since it was their BreakthroughHit. However, this adoration comes at the expense of games entrusted to them from other Sony studios. VideoGame/FatPrincess, VideoGame/TwistedMetal, and VideoGame/{{Starhawk}} were all ScrewedByTheNetwork because of this, and it took a fandom revolt to save VideoGame/PlaystationAllStarsBattleRoyale from suffering the same fate.
* Gearbox Software's VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}} [[CashCowFranchise gets updates, DLC, and/or news on an almost daily basis]]. Their other games (such as the DukeNukem franchise, the VideoGame/{{Homeworld}} franchise they recently acquired, and the failed VideoGame/AliensColonialMarines) rarely, if ever, get any mention from Gearbox themselves.
* Atlus and ''VideoGame/{{Megaten}}'', but especially ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}''. Persona 4 was a BreakthroughHit (So much that Atlus USA ''dropped'' the ShinMegamiTensei brand from "Arena" and "Golden"!) Atlus has given much more love to Personas 3 and 4 than they have the first two, which only got PSP remakes (the last of which [[NoExportForYou never left Japan]]) and didn't share even ''half'' the popularity of 3 and 4.