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Discussion in 'TV Show Talk' started by Mark Holtz, Apr 12, 2013.
From AP via SF Gate:
A reboot for the National Geographic Channel
FULL ARTICLE HERE
Change or Close Up Shop- With every one on the planet having a camera - Who needs another picture show or magazine?
Its part of a natural evolution. In the 80's and 90's, the way to get your channel on the cable dial was to narrowcast, to provide niche programming or programming targeted to a particular audience. When you went to TLC or SyFy (of course Sci-fi at the time) it was like going to McDonalds; you knew you weren't there to get filet mignon or creme brulee, but you also had no confusion about what you would get. That has changed; MTV bears no resemblance to MTV of 1983, and the same can be said of nearly every channel that emerged back then. Show genres are all over the place, and any sort of show can emerge on any sort of channel.
Every cable channel goes through this; once you are established you break out of the niche and look for a breakout series, regardless of whether it fits your original niche or not. You are already established, and unless you do something really stupid like IFC who ran soft-porn movies at 10AM in the summertime with little kids home from school (which I think they have still not recovered from) carriage is all but guaranteed.
It's a 2-step plan; position yourself as a niche channel to get carriage, then go for a breakout series either in or not in that niche to get ratings. By the time you are in 100 million homes, whether you still are true to your original programming concept is irrelevant.
As a person who became a Social Studies teacher partially based on my love of the National Geographic magazine, I find the channel far from what the magazine us to be. I wanted to see more series on mans interaction with nature and physical science. The "reality" series genre is killing television. (Unless Jerry Springer and Maury Povich are your cup of tea.)
In fifth grade, we ran businesses, had our own currency, even checking and savings accounts. I ran a bookstore with a classmate, we charged extra for National Geographic.
I have always been a fan of Planet Earth, March of the Penguins type stuff though as well.
I have always enjoyed National Geographic channel and even with the remake will continue to watch.