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In 2017, all of the original drama series were cancelled in the lead-up to parent company Tribune Media's announced acquisition by Sinclair Broadcasting as part of a "network revamp", with many speculating that Sinclair hoped to turn WGN into a Fox News competitor. Sinclair later stated that WGN America's carriage contracts with cable companies are contingent on it being an entertainment channel.

However, the Sinclair deal was cancelled due to Sinclair basically trying to keep every single Tribune station and not spin anything off ([[EveryoneHasStandards something not even Ajit Pai's FCC could overlook]]). As of now another mega-group, the much less evil Nexstar, is currently trying to acquire Tribune. Thus, the fate of WGN America is up in the air for the moment.

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In 2017, all of the original drama series were cancelled canceled in the lead-up to parent company Tribune Media's announced acquisition by Sinclair Broadcasting as Broadcasting. This was part of a "network revamp", with many speculating that Sinclair hoped to turn WGN into a Fox News competitor. Sinclair later stated that WGN America's carriage contracts with cable companies are contingent on it being an entertainment channel. \n\nHowever, Ultimatly, the Sinclair deal was cancelled called-off due to Sinclair basically trying to keep every single Tribune station and not spin anything off ([[EveryoneHasStandards something not even Ajit Pai's FCC could overlook]]). As of now off. Currently, another mega-group, the much less evil Nexstar, is currently trying to acquire Tribune. Thus, the fate of WGN America is up in the air for the moment. Tribune.



However, the Sinclair deal was cancelled due to Sinclair basically trying to keep every single Tribune station and not spin anything off ([[EveryoneHasStandards something not even Ajit Pai's FCC could overlook]]). As of now another mega-group, the much less evil Nexstar, is currently trying to acquire Tribune. Thus, the fate of WGN America is up in the air for the moment.



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In 2017, all of the original drama series were cancelled in the lead-up to parent company Tribune Media's announced acquisition by Sinclair Broadcasting as part of a "network revamp", with many speculating that Sinclair hopes to turn WGN into a Fox News competitor.

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In 2017, all of the original drama series were cancelled in the lead-up to parent company Tribune Media's announced acquisition by Sinclair Broadcasting as part of a "network revamp", with many speculating that Sinclair hopes hoped to turn WGN into a Fox News competitor.competitor. Sinclair later stated that WGN America's carriage contracts with cable companies are contingent on it being an entertainment channel.


It started out as a direct feed of WGN-TV, carrying the Chicago station's programming and advertisements, except for certain sports events that had to be blacked out due to league broadcast regulations. Its bread and butter for much of its history (and one of the things that made WGN-TV one of the strongest independent stations in the U.S., and the highest-rated indie station by far in Chicago) was WGN-TV's extensive slate of sports events, and was known for many years (1978 to 2014) as the home of the [[UsefulNotes/MLBTeams Chicago Cubs, White Sox]] and [[UsefulNotes/NationalBasketballAssociation Bulls]] (Tribune incidentally owned a stake in the Cubs for several years until 2008). WGN arguably received a higher profile thanks to the Bulls' dynasty under Creator/MichaelJordan during the late 1980s to mid-1990s, when the team won several NBA championships. This almost ended in 1996, when cable provider TCI [[http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-19044057.html nearly dropped the channel]] in five Midwestern states because of a dispute between the NBA and Tribune over WGN's national broadcasts of Bulls games. Both situations resolved themselves: the WGN national feed was allowed to carry a limited schedule of Bulls games outside of Chicago, and [[Main/SavedByTheFans subscriber demand]] led [[http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-69571803.html TCI to renege on pulling the channel]]. Although WGN-TV almost lost the Cubs in 2014, until the team reached a deal with the city's Creator/{{ABC}} and Creator/MyNetworkTV stations, WLS-TV, and [[note]]WGN's one-time local indie rival until it joined UPN in 1995[[/note]] WPWR-TV, to split over-the-air rights with WGN, the station's continued extensive carriage of sports (by way of Tribune's contribution to keeping local telecasts of pro sports on broadcast TV on several of its independents-turned-CW affiliates) makes it a unicorn among major-market broadcast stations, which have lost sports rights to regional sports cable networks like Fox Sports and Comcast [=SportsNet=] (which splits the rights to all four teams that WGN-TV carries for its Chicago network).

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It started out as a direct feed of WGN-TV, carrying the Chicago station's programming and advertisements, except for certain sports events that had to be blacked out due to league broadcast regulations. Its bread and butter for much of its history (and one of the things that made WGN-TV one of the strongest independent stations in the U.S., and the highest-rated indie station by far in Chicago) was WGN-TV's extensive slate of sports events, and was known for many years (1978 to 2014) as the home of the [[UsefulNotes/MLBTeams Chicago Cubs, White Sox]] and [[UsefulNotes/NationalBasketballAssociation Bulls]] (Tribune incidentally owned a stake in the Cubs for several years until 2008). WGN arguably received a higher profile thanks to the Bulls' dynasty under Creator/MichaelJordan UsefulNotes/MichaelJordan during the late 1980s to mid-1990s, when the team won several NBA championships. This almost ended in 1996, when cable provider TCI [[http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-19044057.html nearly dropped the channel]] in five Midwestern states because of a dispute between the NBA and Tribune over WGN's national broadcasts of Bulls games. Both situations resolved themselves: the WGN national feed was allowed to carry a limited schedule of Bulls games outside of Chicago, and [[Main/SavedByTheFans subscriber demand]] led [[http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-69571803.html TCI to renege on pulling the channel]]. Although WGN-TV almost lost the Cubs in 2014, until the team reached a deal with the city's Creator/{{ABC}} and Creator/MyNetworkTV stations, WLS-TV, and [[note]]WGN's one-time local indie rival until it joined UPN in 1995[[/note]] WPWR-TV, to split over-the-air rights with WGN, the station's continued extensive carriage of sports (by way of Tribune's contribution to keeping local telecasts of pro sports on broadcast TV on several of its independents-turned-CW affiliates) makes it a unicorn among major-market broadcast stations, which have lost sports rights to regional sports cable networks like Fox Sports and Comcast [=SportsNet=] (which splits the rights to all four teams that WGN-TV carries for its Chicago network).


In 2017, all of the original drama series were cancelled after parent company Tribune was acquired by Sinclair Broadcasting as part of a "network revamp", with many speculating that Sinclair hopes to turn WGN into a Fox News competitor.

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* ''Series/CornerGas''
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* ''Series/PersonOfInterest''



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'''WGN America''' is an American cable network that carries a mix of entertainment programming. The channel began in October 1978, when United Video Satellite Group uplinked UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}} television station WGN-TV (the calls stand for '''W'''orld's '''G'''reatest '''N'''ewspaper, in reference to its now-former newspaper sister, the ''Chicago Tribune'', and are also used by sister radio station WGN-AM), an independent station owned by Tribune Broadcasting (then known as WGN Continental Broadcasting Company, and a subsidiary of the multimedia conglomerate Tribune Media). It became the second national superstation in the United States (after Creator/{{TBS}}, which was uplinked to satellite three years earlier), a broadcast television station uplinked to satellite for distribution to cable systems on either a regional or national basis.

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'''WGN America''' WGN America is an American cable network that carries a mix of entertainment programming. The channel began in October 1978, when United Video Satellite Group uplinked UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}} television station WGN-TV (the calls stand for '''W'''orld's '''G'''reatest '''N'''ewspaper, ''W''orld's ''G''reatest ''N''ewspaper, in reference to its now-former newspaper sister, the ''Chicago Tribune'', and are also used by sister radio station WGN-AM), an independent station owned by Tribune Broadcasting (then known as WGN Continental Broadcasting Company, and a subsidiary of the multimedia conglomerate Tribune Media). It became the second national superstation in the United States (after Creator/{{TBS}}, which was uplinked to satellite three years earlier), a broadcast television station uplinked to satellite for distribution to cable systems on either a regional or national basis.

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After dropping The WB, WGN began losing cachet with viewers as the number of cable TV options expanded. The Cubs' descension into mediocrity, and the fact that the White Sox and Bulls began middling didn't help matters either, nor did an FCC rule known as [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syndication_exclusivity Syndex]][[note]]Short for "syndication exclusivity"[[/note]], that resulted in Tribune choosing to pick up shows that could only be aired in Chicago by WGN-TV to avoid issues with stations that claimed exclusivity for them in other markets for national viewers after the law was passed in 1990. The channel adopted a distinct brand in 2001, first as WGN Superstation and then to Superstation WGN; then in 2008, it changed its name to [[AmericanTitle WGN America]] to make it clear to viewers it wasn't just a station serving just Chicago or the Midwestern U.S., but the entire country; however, by this time, it was really WGN-lite, with almost none of WGN-TV's non-local programming on its schedule; in fact, when the [[UsefulNotes/NationalHockeyLeague Chicago Blackhawks]] ended their OTA blackout in 2007, giving WGN-TV partial rights to the team, the [[NoExportForYou only way viewers outside of Chicago]] could see the WGN game telecasts would be either to purchase the expensive NHL Center Ice package or move to Chicago or Canada[[note]]Canadians began receiving WGN-TV on cable in 2007 due to a license fee increase that caused Shaw Broadcast Services to switch from the "superstation" feed to the actual Chicago broadcast signal (WGN-TV is one of many U.S. stations authorized for carriage on Canadian pay TV providers by the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission, the Great White North's FCC analogue); WGN America remained available in some parts of Canada until Tribune asked cable providers to stop carrying the channel when it became a conventional cable network in December 2014[[/note]]. In fact, the Superstation WGN era was the last time the national channel used some form of the same logo branding as WGN-TV, as the name change introduced a [[http://logos.wikia.com/wiki/File:WGN_America_2008.png short-lived logo]] which harkens Creator/TheMovieChannel[='s=] 1988-1997 [[http://logos.wikia.com/wiki/File:TMC_1988-variant_1.png "eye and profile" logo]], before switching to an [[http://logos.wikia.com/wiki/File:WGN_America_2009.svg old-school design]] two years later.

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After dropping The WB, WGN began losing cachet with viewers as the number of cable TV options expanded. The Cubs' descension into mediocrity, and the fact that the White Sox and Bulls began middling didn't help matters either, nor did an FCC rule known as [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syndication_exclusivity Syndex]][[note]]Short for "syndication exclusivity"[[/note]], that resulted in Tribune choosing to pick up shows that could only be aired in Chicago by WGN-TV to avoid issues with stations that claimed exclusivity for them in other markets for national viewers after the law was passed in 1990. The channel adopted a distinct brand in 2001, first as WGN Superstation and then to Superstation WGN; then in 2008, it changed its name to [[AmericanTitle WGN America]] to make it clear to viewers it wasn't just a station serving just Chicago or the Midwestern U.S., but the entire country; however, by this time, it was really WGN-lite, with almost none of WGN-TV's non-local programming on its schedule; in fact, when the [[UsefulNotes/NationalHockeyLeague Chicago Blackhawks]] ended their OTA blackout in 2007, giving WGN-TV partial rights to the team, the [[NoExportForYou only way viewers outside of Chicago]] could see the WGN game telecasts would be either to purchase the expensive NHL Center Ice package or move to Chicago or Canada[[note]]Canadians began receiving WGN-TV on cable in 2007 due to a license fee increase that caused Shaw Broadcast Services to switch from the "superstation" feed to the actual Chicago broadcast signal (WGN-TV is one of many U.S. stations authorized for carriage on Canadian pay TV providers by the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission, the Great White North's FCC analogue); WGN America remained available in some parts of Canada until Tribune asked cable providers to stop carrying the channel when it became a conventional cable network in December 2014[[/note]]. In fact, the The Superstation WGN era was the last time the national channel used some form of the same logo branding as WGN-TV, as the name change WGN America rebrand introduced a [[http://logos.wikia.com/wiki/File:WGN_America_2008.png short-lived logo]] which harkens Creator/TheMovieChannel[='s=] 1988-1997 [[http://logos.wikia.com/wiki/File:TMC_1988-variant_1.png 1988-1997 "eye and profile" logo]], design]], before switching the channel switched to an [[http://logos.wikia.com/wiki/File:WGN_America_2009.svg old-school design]] logo]] two years later.


Then after the Tribune Company got out of bankruptcy in 2013[[note]]Caused by a ''$13 billion'' debt load incurred from [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam_Zell Sam Zell]]'s 2008 buyout of the company[[/note]], its newly appointed CEO Peter Liguori (who was partly responsible for the varying degrees of NetworkDecay with Creator/DiscoveryChannel and its sister networks) decided to Main/{{Retool}} WGN America as a traditional general entertainment network, partly to keep providers from dropping the channel. After cutting off the 9:00 p.m. newscast to non-Chicago viewers earlier that year (to the consternation of people who can't work a PC, tablet or smartphone to watch it online[[note]]There was actually a Website/{{Facebook}} [[https://www.facebook.com/WGNNewsFans page]] trying to convince Tribune to put the primetime newscast back on WGN America (the channel continued to air its noon newscast until the conversion to a basic cable channel), but it failed to do just that. Although they may have something on that front, since WGN-TV's website [[NoExportForYou doesn't stream the full sports segments]] within its newscasts online due to league streaming restrictions[[/note]]) to add original shows such as ''Series/{{Salem}}'' and ''Series/{{Manhattan}}'', in December 2014, Tribune Broadcasting severed all ties to its Chicago parent and became a regular cable network; to that end, it dropped WGN-TV's newscasts, sports and public affairs programming cold turkey, effectively ushering the death of the ''national'' superstation[[note]]Three of WGN's sister stations KTLA in UsefulNotes/LosAngeles, KWGN-TV in UsefulNotes/{{Denver}} and WPIX in UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity continue to operate as superstations on a regional basis (among five such stations still authorized for such distribution by the FCC), and are still available nationally on Dish Network[[/note]]. Though much to the confusion of Chicago residents [[http://www.robertfeder.com/2014/12/15/wgn-america-comes-home-to-chicago/ who now get WGN America on cable]][[note]]The only way Chicago residents could see the national channel beforehand was through [=DirecTV=] and Dish Network on satellite[[/note]], it still shares the three-letter initials/call letters of the broadcast station. However, the downside of the change is that if you subscribe to a "limited basic" cable package that just has local stations and community access channels, you have to upgrade to a more expensive channel tier to get the channel now, and its channel slots post-conversion are somewhere in the 50s to the 70s of the expanded basic package.

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Then after the Tribune Company got out of bankruptcy in 2013[[note]]Caused by a ''$13 billion'' debt load incurred from [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam_Zell Sam Zell]]'s 2008 buyout of the company[[/note]], its newly appointed CEO Peter Liguori (who was partly responsible for the varying degrees of NetworkDecay with Creator/DiscoveryChannel and its sister networks) decided to Main/{{Retool}} WGN America as a traditional general entertainment network, partly to keep providers from dropping the channel. After cutting off the 9:00 p.m. newscast to non-Chicago viewers earlier that year (to the consternation of people who can't work a PC, tablet or smartphone to watch it online[[note]]There was actually a Website/{{Facebook}} [[https://www.facebook.com/WGNNewsFans page]] trying to convince Tribune to put the primetime newscast back on WGN America (the channel continued to air its noon newscast and added the 4:00 to 6:00 a.m. block of the ''WGN Morning News'' until the conversion to a basic cable channel), but it failed to do just that. Although they may have something on that front, since WGN-TV's website [[NoExportForYou doesn't stream the full sports segments]] within its newscasts online due to league streaming restrictions[[/note]]) to add original shows such as ''Series/{{Salem}}'' and ''Series/{{Manhattan}}'', in December 2014, Tribune Broadcasting severed all ties to its Chicago parent and became a regular cable network; to that end, it dropped WGN-TV's newscasts, sports and public affairs programming cold turkey, effectively ushering the death of the ''national'' superstation[[note]]Three of WGN's sister stations KTLA in UsefulNotes/LosAngeles, KWGN-TV in UsefulNotes/{{Denver}} and WPIX in UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity continue to operate as superstations on a regional basis (among five such stations still authorized for such distribution by the FCC), and are still available nationally on Dish Network[[/note]]. Though much to the confusion of Chicago residents [[http://www.robertfeder.com/2014/12/15/wgn-america-comes-home-to-chicago/ who now get WGN America on cable]][[note]]The only way Chicago residents could see the national channel beforehand was through [=DirecTV=] and Dish Network on satellite[[/note]], it still shares the three-letter initials/call letters of the broadcast station. However, the downside of the change is that if you subscribe to a "limited basic" cable package that just has local stations and community access channels, you have to upgrade to a more expensive channel tier to get the channel now, and its channel slots post-conversion are somewhere in the 50s to the 70s of the expanded basic package.


Then after the Tribune Company got out of bankruptcy in 2013[[note]]Caused by a ''$13 billion'' debt load incurred from [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam_Zell Sam Zell]]'s 2008 buyout of the company[[/note]], its newly appointed CEO Peter Liguori (who was partly responsible for the varying degrees of NetworkDecay with Creator/DiscoveryChannel and its sister networks) decided to Main/{{Retool}} WGN America as a traditional general entertainment network, partly to keep providers from dropping the channel. After cutting off the 9:00 p.m. newscast to non-Chicago viewers earlier that year (to the consternation of people who can't work a PC, tablet or smartphone to watch it online[[note]]There was actually a Website/{{Facebook}} page trying to convince Tribune to put the primetime newscast back on WGN America (the channel continued to air its noon newscast until the conversion to a basic cable channel), but it failed to do just that. Although they may have something on that front, since WGN-TV's website [[NoExportForYou doesn't stream the full sports segments]] within its newscasts online due to league streaming restrictions[[/note]]) to add original shows such as ''Series/{{Salem}}'' and ''Series/{{Manhattan}}'', in December 2014, Tribune Broadcasting severed all ties to its Chicago parent and became a regular cable network; to that end, it dropped WGN-TV's newscasts, sports and public affairs programming cold turkey, effectively ushering the death of the ''national'' superstation[[note]]Three of WGN's sister stations KTLA in UsefulNotes/LosAngeles, KWGN-TV in UsefulNotes/{{Denver}} and WPIX in UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity continue to operate as superstations on a regional basis (among five such stations still authorized for such distribution by the FCC), and are still available nationally on Dish Network[[/note]]. Though much to the confusion of Chicago residents [[http://www.robertfeder.com/2014/12/15/wgn-america-comes-home-to-chicago/ who now get WGN America on cable]][[note]]The only way Chicago residents could see the national channel beforehand was through [=DirecTV=] and Dish Network on satellite[[/note]], it still shares the three-letter initials/call letters of the broadcast station. However, the downside of the change is that if you subscribe to a "limited basic" cable package that just has local stations and community access channels, you have to upgrade to a more expensive channel tier to get the channel now, and its channel slots post-conversion are somewhere in the 50s to the 70s of the expanded basic package.

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Then after the Tribune Company got out of bankruptcy in 2013[[note]]Caused by a ''$13 billion'' debt load incurred from [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam_Zell Sam Zell]]'s 2008 buyout of the company[[/note]], its newly appointed CEO Peter Liguori (who was partly responsible for the varying degrees of NetworkDecay with Creator/DiscoveryChannel and its sister networks) decided to Main/{{Retool}} WGN America as a traditional general entertainment network, partly to keep providers from dropping the channel. After cutting off the 9:00 p.m. newscast to non-Chicago viewers earlier that year (to the consternation of people who can't work a PC, tablet or smartphone to watch it online[[note]]There was actually a Website/{{Facebook}} page [[https://www.facebook.com/WGNNewsFans page]] trying to convince Tribune to put the primetime newscast back on WGN America (the channel continued to air its noon newscast until the conversion to a basic cable channel), but it failed to do just that. Although they may have something on that front, since WGN-TV's website [[NoExportForYou doesn't stream the full sports segments]] within its newscasts online due to league streaming restrictions[[/note]]) to add original shows such as ''Series/{{Salem}}'' and ''Series/{{Manhattan}}'', in December 2014, Tribune Broadcasting severed all ties to its Chicago parent and became a regular cable network; to that end, it dropped WGN-TV's newscasts, sports and public affairs programming cold turkey, effectively ushering the death of the ''national'' superstation[[note]]Three of WGN's sister stations KTLA in UsefulNotes/LosAngeles, KWGN-TV in UsefulNotes/{{Denver}} and WPIX in UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity continue to operate as superstations on a regional basis (among five such stations still authorized for such distribution by the FCC), and are still available nationally on Dish Network[[/note]]. Though much to the confusion of Chicago residents [[http://www.robertfeder.com/2014/12/15/wgn-america-comes-home-to-chicago/ who now get WGN America on cable]][[note]]The only way Chicago residents could see the national channel beforehand was through [=DirecTV=] and Dish Network on satellite[[/note]], it still shares the three-letter initials/call letters of the broadcast station. However, the downside of the change is that if you subscribe to a "limited basic" cable package that just has local stations and community access channels, you have to upgrade to a more expensive channel tier to get the channel now, and its channel slots post-conversion are somewhere in the 50s to the 70s of the expanded basic package.

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