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Playing With: Network Decay
Basic Trope: A network drifts away from its original niche of programming.
  • Straight: The Romance Channel adds several Horror shows to their line-up.
  • Exaggerated:
    • The Romance Channel dedicates more than 90% of their programming to Horror and shortens their name to the RC Network.
    • The Romance Channel is only about romance In Name Only.
  • Downplayed: The Romance Channel is mainly dedicated to Romance, with some Horror shows popping up here and there.
  • Justified:
    • The Romance Channel's ratings have been falling as of late, and the executives thought it was necessary to pick them back up again.
    • Contracts and other politics and legal mumbo-jumbo mean that the network has a harder time getting the shows it once ran onto the network.
    • Romance shows are losing appeal and the Romance Channel needs to find new appealing shows to air.
    • The Romance Channel has to find a new demographic as its viewers are migrating to rival networks.
  • Inverted: A network starts off with a variety of programming, but as time goes on, the channel settles to a particular niche.
  • Subverted:
  • Double Subverted:
    • ...except that it turns out to be Blatant Lies and it doesn't have any form of Romance in it.
    • Or alternatively, the "romance" takes place in just one episode of one series on the network.
  • Parodied: Alice turns on the Romance Channel, hoping to take her mind off her Stalker with a Crush. The channel shows nothing but horror movies about crazed stalkers. Just when she's about to change the channel, a commercial pops up, "You're watching the Romance Channel! All lovey-dovey, all the time!"
  • Zig-Zagged: The Romance Channel airs Romance in its beginnings. Then, Horror gets added to the lineup. Then, they drop the Horror and airs Romance again. But then, it goes back to Horror.
  • Averted: The Romance Channel plays Romance throughout its life span.
  • Enforced: See "Justified".
  • Lampshaded: "Why are you watching Horror on the Romance Channel? Aren't you supposed to be watching you know... ROMANCE?!"
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied:
    • An executive gets fired because he suggested bringing in Horror to the Romance Channel.
    • The plan to add Horror to the line up to pick up the ratings backfires. All traces of Horror in the channel vanishes and they return to playing Romance. The ratings get better as a result.
  • Discussed: "I wonder why the Romance Channel is bringing in Horror..." "Who knows except for the executives..."
  • Conversed: The Romance Channel went downhill since they brought in Horror."
  • Deconstructed: The plan to add Horror to the line up to pick up the ratings backfires, and makes The Romance Channel's already bad ratings even worse. The Romance Channel gets dropped from major cable carriers and the channel eventually folds.
  • Reconstructed:
    • While adding horror shows did cause the Romance Channel to initially lose some rating, the added horror shows do find a cult following. Subsequently, the cult following expands to a respectably large fandom, convincing the executives to rebrand the Romance Channel and continue airing horror.
    • The horror shows were critically acclaimed and well received by other viewers. Subsequently, the Romance Channel finds a new, larger audience that appreciates the change in programming.

Back to Network Decay, which was good... when it lived up to its name.

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