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Fox Reality Channel to Cease Operations


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#1 OFFLINE   Jtaylor1

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Posted 14 October 2009 - 08:21 PM

Fox Reality Channel to Cease Operations

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News Corp's Fox Reality Channel will cease operations on March 31, 2010 and be replaced by a new venture from the Fox Cable Networks group, a company spokesman confirmed.



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#2 ONLINE   Nick

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Posted 15 October 2009 - 05:32 AM

Thanks for posting in the "TV" forum where the topic belongs.

Too bad FOXR can't find enough viewers for their reality crap -- why can't just FOX draw the overflow from the idiot 'wrasslin' crowd? :rolleyes:

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Posted 15 October 2009 - 09:06 AM

I'm hoping this will lead to many of the other so-called "reality shows" being canceled.
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Posted 15 October 2009 - 09:12 AM

Reality show are here to stay .. regurgitated reality isn't as exciting because the people that care have already seen it .. why watch again? :shrug:

Certainly there will be a saturation level that will be reached, but as a genre, it's not going away.
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Posted 15 October 2009 - 09:23 AM

Yeah, reality works best on OTA channels, most likely.

I'm thinking that News Corp really needs a kids channel. Disney has ABC Family and Disney and Disney XD. Viacom has Nickelodeon, Nick Jr, Teen Nick. NBC Universal has qubo.

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Posted 15 October 2009 - 09:32 AM

I preferred the former incarnation of "Reality TV", more international, no game shows.
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Posted 15 October 2009 - 09:33 AM

Thanks for posting in the "TV" forum where the topic belongs.

Too bad FOXR can't find enough viewers for their reality crap -- why can't just FOX draw the overflow from the idiot 'wrasslin' crowd? :rolleyes:

There are some good reality shows such as America's Got Talent. And the ratings show it is watched by millions. And this reality show gives people opportunities that they might otherwise never have. It even created a lucrative career for Terry Fator at the Mirage in Vegas.

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Posted 15 October 2009 - 09:40 AM

So, which shopping channel will we put on instead of this channel?

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Posted 15 October 2009 - 10:25 AM

I'm thinking that News Corp really needs a kids channel. Disney has ABC Family and Disney and Disney XD. Viacom has Nickelodeon, Nick Jr, Teen Nick. NBC Universal has qubo.

Hmmm. Fox cable for kids. FX kids. "The Shield, Jr." R-rated entertainment for your 8-year-old.:grin:

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Posted 15 October 2009 - 10:47 AM

I'm thinking that News Corp really needs a kids channel.


Would probably require a big investment if they wanted to go that way. Fox Reality Channel was relatively cheap because they already had a fair amount of reality programming in their library. I don't think they have much, if any, children's television programming in their library. (The kids' programming that's run on the main Fox network on weekday afternoons/Saturday mornings over the years has either come from outside providers such as Warner Bros. or 4Kids Entertainment, or it came from providers like Saban that were owned by Fox at the time, but were sold off to Disney as part of the same deal that turned the Fox Family Channel into what's now ABC Family.)

As far as I know, they don't even have any classic cartoons they can run -- back in the Golden Age of Cinema, 20th Century Fox was the theatrical distributor for Terrytoons cartoons (Heckle and Jeckle, et al.), but those are now owned by CBS. They do have some full-length kids' movies (cartoons and live-action), but probably not enough to serve as the core of a channel.

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Posted 15 October 2009 - 01:29 PM

How about a scifi channel? I sure miss the one that went away in July! :D

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Posted 15 October 2009 - 01:53 PM

Sure: Maybe they could put that space-based soap opera on it. :P

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Posted 15 October 2009 - 04:15 PM

Yeah, reality works best on OTA channels, most likely.

I'm thinking that News Corp really needs a kids channel. Disney has ABC Family and Disney and Disney XD. Viacom has Nickelodeon, Nick Jr, Teen Nick. NBC Universal has qubo.


Remember, Fox already bailed on the Family Channel. They sold it to Disney all those years ago.

They could try getting into the ESPN market with a national Fox Sports channel.
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Posted 15 October 2009 - 04:52 PM

Damn no more Paradise Hotel reruns.:nono2:

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Posted 15 October 2009 - 09:41 PM

According to Variety,National Geographic Wild will be the replacement channel and launch next spring in the U.S.

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Posted 15 October 2009 - 09:56 PM

Just about to watch "Road Wars" from the U.K.

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Posted 15 October 2009 - 10:01 PM

I hope Fox does something with The Academy, I loved that show.

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Posted 16 October 2009 - 12:10 PM

Would probably require a big investment if they wanted to go that way. Fox Reality Channel was relatively cheap because they already had a fair amount of reality programming in their library. I don't think they have much, if any, children's television programming in their library. (The kids' programming that's run on the main Fox network on weekday afternoons/Saturday mornings over the years has either come from outside providers such as Warner Bros. or 4Kids Entertainment, or it came from providers like Saban that were owned by Fox at the time, but were sold off to Disney as part of the same deal that turned the Fox Family Channel into what's now ABC Family.)

As far as I know, they don't even have any classic cartoons they can run -- back in the Golden Age of Cinema, 20th Century Fox was the theatrical distributor for Terrytoons cartoons (Heckle and Jeckle, et al.), but those are now owned by CBS. They do have some full-length kids' movies (cartoons and live-action), but probably not enough to serve as the core of a channel.


They're going to meld National Geo Channel & reality into one.

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Posted 17 October 2009 - 09:08 PM

The NY Times article notes that the new channel will be made available in HD and VOD forms.

Sounds like a good candidate for D12. :)

Interestingly, the president of Fox Cable Networks said the network was making money, but the new channel should make more.

It sounds to me like it'll be cannibalizing viewers from the main Nat Geo channel and having to compete against the popular Discovery network, Animal Planet.

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Posted 18 October 2009 - 10:24 AM

I hope Fox does something with The Academy, I loved that show.


I love that show as well. I seen all the first season and have all of the second season on my DVR.

There is going to be a Third Season starting October 24 (Time: TBD), BUT it will be about the Orange County FIRE DEPARTMENT Academy.




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