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R.I.P. TVLand (channel not going away)

Discussion in 'General Satellite Discussion' started by SayWhat?, Mar 13, 2011.

  1. SayWhat?

    SayWhat? Know Nothing

    Jun 6, 2009
    'Twas good to know ya' Started off great. Terrific show lineup for many years made you one of the best cable/sat channels available.

    But then came a host of problems, not the least of which was a fashion/beauty/talent/amateur competition or two. Then there was the inundation of shows from the 90s. Adding so-called 'original' programming didn't help although the shows did give most of TV's out-of-work and over-the-hill sitcom actors another job.

    The nail in your coffin though is the addition of CSI, a show I've never watched and will never watch. Despite the fact that you still run a few 70s shows like Good Times, Sanford and All in the Family, you have clearly abandoned the pretense of being a classic TV venue.

    All that's left now is a name change. Just don't hire the group that came up with the new name for the SciFi Channel.
  2. fluffybear

    fluffybear Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Jun 19, 2004
    When TVLand first went on the air, I watched it more than any other channel but after a few years, it went from being my favorite channel to one I would occasionally (mostly for the marathons) to a channel I can not even tell you when I turned it on last (must have been about the time someone at TVLand decided to label "Roseanne" a classic.
    I like CSI (especially those before William Peterson left) but how many channels need to air it?
  3. Nick

    Nick Retired, part-time PITA DBSTalk Club

    Apr 23, 2002
    So, what else is new? :shrug:
  4. spartanstew

    spartanstew Dry as a bone

    Nov 16, 2005
    Wylie, Texas
    Never watched it.
  5. dirtyblueshirt

    dirtyblueshirt Under Suspicion

    Dec 6, 2008
    Anaheim, CA
    The inundation of 90's TV shows is somewhat expected... after all, the 90's are now starting to be 20 years ago... Perhaps they could focus on a certain decade each day... that would cover 5 days, and then mix it up on the weekends. Just my two cents, though. CSI and original series? As much as I like Betty White, they need to go...
  6. B Newt

    B Newt Icon

    Aug 12, 2007
  7. SayWhat?

    SayWhat? Know Nothing

    Jun 6, 2009
    Made ya' look, made ya' look!! :D:sure:
  8. Mark Holtz

    Mark Holtz Day Sleeper DBSTalk Club

    Mar 23, 2002
    Sacramento, CA
    Where can I watch Dragnet, Adam-12, and Emergency?
  9. sigma1914

    sigma1914 Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    Sep 5, 2006
    Allen, TX
  10. dirtyblueshirt

    dirtyblueshirt Under Suspicion

    Dec 6, 2008
    Anaheim, CA
    Real quick side note: why do you have a QRCode for GasBuddy on your icon?
  11. juan ellitinez

    juan ellitinez Icon/Supporter DBSTalk Gold Club

    Jan 31, 2003
    netflix (without commercials)
  12. SayWhat?

    SayWhat? Know Nothing

    Jun 6, 2009

    RTN if any of your local stations carry it as a sub-channel.
  13. max1

    max1 Godfather

    Aug 12, 2005
    I think, you can watch Dragnet etc, on AOL tv if they are still doing that. I agree I haven't watched TV Land in a long time. In fact,tv in general is getting bad except for a few shows on History and Discover i could live with out it but I have to have my Cubbies during the summer. Have a great week. Max.
  14. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Apr 17, 2003
    I wonder if TVLand has lost contracts to RTV, This, AntennaTV (and any other OTA networks carrying old TV shows)? With the startup of so many competitors it is hard to say that there isn't a market for what TVLand should be showing (instead of modern/first run programming).
  15. SayWhat?

    SayWhat? Know Nothing

    Jun 6, 2009
    See, that's my point. Obviously the market is there. Even Reelz and Hallmark are getting into the act with shows like "Cheers", "Who's The Boss" and most recently "Empty Nest".

    I'm not sure why WGN dropped their Retro Sunday nights unless it had something to do with the launch of Antenna TV.
  16. TheRatPatrol

    TheRatPatrol Hall Of Fame

    Oct 1, 2003
    Phoenix, AZ
    The only thing I watch on TV Land is Hot In Cleveland. And thats tough to watch in SD.
  17. FTA Michael

    FTA Michael Hall Of Fame

    Jul 21, 2002
    It's my First Rule of TV Programming: Every channel, no matter what its original niche, evolves to become like every other channel. See The Nashville Network, SciFi, American Movie Classics, MTV, VH1, TV Land, the Weather Channel (!) and on and on. The Chess Channel may launch with nothing but endgames and fianchettos, but by the end of year five, it's going to be running sitcoms and reality shows.

    Notable exception: Turner Classic Movies. I love you, TCM!
  18. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    It would seem that TVLand is like any other channel....it has to keep things moving or get stale and go away.

    After all....how many times can folks really watch reruns of Gilligan's Island? :D
  19. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

    Jun 18, 2006
    Wellll..... TV Land, and before that Nick at Nite used to show a lot of 50s TV shows. Then they abandoned those for 60s TV shows. And so on and so forth, it's just a predictable progression. I have to say, it's not surprising either because there are so many other venues for classic TV.
  20. mike1977

    mike1977 Legend

    Aug 26, 2005
    Yeah, for me it was The Scifi Channel (from Friday Prime to wrestling on Friday nights now). I hate how niche channels lost their way.

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