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If you could create a network on TV.......

What would be the name of your network?

Yesterday I was thinking it would be great to have a channel for old school Saturday morning cartoons. I guess I would call the network SMC and on the channel I would have Eeek extravaganza, Bobby's World, C Bear & Jamal, Moo Mo Mesa, and etc.


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That's a good question. I would probably create a music channel. It would have music videos from every decade, live concerts, and some fun game shows involving music. Rather than just focusing on mainstream music, I'd also have shows that featured independent artists. I'd love to get all the old MTV VJ's like Ananda Lewis, Matt Pinfield, etc. to host the shows.

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I'd watch that.

I had an idea once: a slot dedicated to pop songs of the 1970s/1980s which could have been hits, but weren't. There must have been a lot of good groups which could have made it big, but didn't.




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Dinosaur TV--it would feature TV genres that don't really exist anymore. It
would broadcast vintage TV "Movies of the Week" from their heyday in the 1970s,
plus old comedy-variety shows of the past. Friday and Saturday nights would be
packed with classic horror films (especially the really cheesy ones), introduced by a live-action host dressed up as a vampire or a mad scientist type. Sunday evening would have a foreign film program. Daytimes would be full of kiddie shows
with live-action hosts, who would present classic cartoons and comedy shorts with
the Little Rascals, Laurel and Hardy, Abbott and Costello, the Three Stooges, etc. The host would make sure to explain to the kiddies about the un-PC elements of some of the old films, plus warn them about how not to hit each other over the head with hammers and poke each other in the eye the way Moe, Larry and Curly always did. The afternoon might have some "Dark Shadows" type soap opera. The station would go off the air
every night with a recording of "The Star-Spangled Banner," followed by an hour or
so of a test pattern. Then the day would begin all over again with some cartoon shows.


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Oh wow that would be a good newtork I will watch that.

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I'd watch that, and I have a suggestion: it is possible to also have anthology series on the network? Could be classics or new ones, either way it's about time someone bring back the anthology series (a genre which is the absolute antithesis of what is popular today)




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I'm not American but I can think of plenty of interesting ideas for US networks:

The Kinescope Network. Dedicated to shows from the late-1940s to early 1970s that were recorded as kinescope recordings. Along with US kinescopes, they could also show British and Australian programs recorded as telerecordings.

Game Show Channel. What "GSN" used to be.

The Silent Network. A channel dedicated to silent films.

Foreign Classic Television. Classic TV from non-English speaking countries.

The Short Film Channel. A channel dedicated to short films ranging from every period in cinema.

Worst Films Ever Made Channel. Admit it: Many people would watch a channel dedicated to really awful movies along the lines of "Plan 9 From Outer Space".

The 1930s Channel. 1930s films. Duh. Throw in some 1930s newsreels, home movies taken in the 1930s (yes, some people actually did that, though it was expensive), hell they could even show 1930s German TV programming (some of which survives to this day because it was filmed instead of being live).

Fireplace Channel. You know the "Yule Log" that appears on a New York City station? Well, an entire channel of something like that.

TV on Shuffle. Exactly. TV on shuffle. You never know what to expect next.

The Shinto Channel. Every religion has its own channel except the Shinto religion...though I admit such a channel would largely consist of anime series like "InuYasha"....

The Classic Commercial Channel. Classic, retro commercials. I'd watch that.

TV Movies of the 20th Century Channel. TV movies produced and shown during the 20th Century.


I know of these suggestions are good and some are very questionable, I hope somebody finds one of them to be interesting.




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All of your suggestions would be vastly superior to what's on a lot of channels
these days.
Could we call the silent movie channel the "SHHH" network?




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That could be arranged.

I had another idea, but it's very silly: "The Lucy Channel". It would include the various Lucy series ("I Love Lucy", "The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour", "The Lucy Show", "Here's Lucy" and "Life with Lucy"), Lucille Ball's specials, other TV programs featuring Lucy, films with Lucy....but that's not all. It would also include "The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show", "I Married Joan", "December Bride", "Laverne and Shirley", "Marge and Jeff" and other "Lucy"-type shows. It would also feature the 1930s/1940s screwball comedies which inspired "I Love Lucy".

I know it's a very silly idea, but still...



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A channel that plays Seinfeld (greatest show of all time) 24/7.

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Ive always thought an uncensored sports network would be a HUGE draw! It would be like HBO meets ESPN.. When will this happen?!

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Isn't it already like that? LOL....I see the network on TV at work because they guys like to watch it.

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The Missing Believed Wiped Channel - Dedicated to shows which are incomplete in the archives, like "Hancock's Half Hour", "Shadow Squad", "Rocky King, Detective", "Cavalcade of Stars", "My Living Doll", "The Match Game" (1960s version), "Countdown" (Australian series), etc etc.

Probably a silly idea, but still....



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Old Movies Network - I would show old movies like TCM but without a premium charge.

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Some of my ideas are silly, I admit:

The Nudie Channel - Nudie films from the 1960s/1970s

The Shakespeare Channel - There have been a lot of film and TV adaptations of his works. Make an entire channel dedicated to them.

The Cold War Channel - Dedicated to films and TV shows related to the cold war (such as "Get Smart", etc)

The Prelinger Channel - Dedicated to showing the various films and things in the Prelinger archives

The Video Game Channel - Duh....




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The Classic Cooking Channel - Dedicated to cooking shows from the 1950s to 1990s.

The Sudsy Channel - Dedicated to showing classic soap operas.

I hope these two suggests aren't too bad.




They should release more films and TV shows on DVD and Blu-ray

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Channel for cancelled soaps - I'd like to see soaps like Sunset Beach and Crossroads (2001 series) on tv again

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There was the soapnet channel but that got cancelled. I would like to see Passions again I miss seeing that show. It was on air for about 8 years.

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There are a number of 1960s soaps I'd like to see from the beginning: "Days of Our Lives", "The Story of Peter Grey", "Coronation Street", etc. These shows were lucky enough to have their episodes kept, while many other soaps of the 60s were wiped...

1970s, 1980s, 1990s soaps would also be of interest to me. 1950s soaps also interest me, but only a single 1950s soap survives near-intact (it's an obscure Australian series which ran for 156 episodes, 155 survive)



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Lifetime movie network LMN. Only movies all day. All the movies that play during the day would replay over night. So everyone gets a chance to watch. When the am comes again different movies would play. 80's, 90's and now a years. It would be great :)

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There is an LMN netowrk...lol.

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I heard that Lifetime Movie Network doesn't show much in the way of films anymore...but I've already mentioned, I'm not American, I'm just someone very interested in American TV, so I wouldn't know for sure what the channel shows.




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DuMont Television Network II - A channel which recreates the 1950s TV experience, with 1950s shows of all genres, and featuring only 1950s commercials. I can dream, can't I?

The Home Movie Channel - Dedicated to homes movies from 1930s/1940s/1950s/1960s/1970s that were shot on film. I'm probably the only person who would watch this.

The 1980s Music Video Channel - Give the people what they want!

The Cloud Channel - Videos of clouds in the sky. I'm probably the only person who would watch this.

The Channel Channel - A channel which informs us of what to watch on other channels.

The Ninja Channel - Bring back ninja services, and give those cuddly assassins their own channel. I'd watch it.

The Live Channel. A channel for which all the shows are aired live, including the comedies, dramas, game shows, kids shows, etc.

The Oops Channel - A channel dedicated to showing bloopers, outtakes, deleted scenes, etc....

I hope these aren't the worst TV channel ideas ever...I admit some of them are a bit odd....


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No not at all your list was pretty good. Great but different.

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After watching old Eastenders clips on youtube I'd like to see an Eastenders channel where they show it from the start

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A 24/7 video game channel. Kind of like TechTV that doesn't turn into G4.

A music video channel. I don't know if anyone has tried that yet...

A Billy Mays channel, featuring nothing but Billy Mays infomercials.

An "anti-reality" network, that has a smart self-destruct mechanism programmed into the studio and offices should some lazy executive decide to air a reality show on it.

An anti-channel hooked up to random TVs across the world which shows the living room or bedroom of the viewers for a short period of time. The technology would be embedded into future TVs (for all we know it already is.) The channel that watches you! (aka NSA)

A channel dedicated to football 24/7 year round... Oh wait, I think they already have one called ESPN.

A non-premium movie channel with continuous play of movies. Play the movies in letterbox and have muted, non-distracting ads on the top and bottom when needed.

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The Mechanical TV Channel - A recreation of mechanical television of the 1930s.

The Car Crusher Channel - Nothing but videos of cars being crushed.

The 8-Bit Graphics Channel - Colourful graphics generated by 8-bit computers, combined with 8-bit music

The Nintendo Channel - An entire channel dedicated to Nintendo

The Video-Tape Channel - Dedicated to 1950s-1980s programming that was shot on video-tape

The Price is Right Channel - Dedicated to repeating episodes of "The Price is Right". They've certainly made enough episodes of it to do a channel of it.

The Radio Channel - Dedicated to "showing" old time radio shows, combined with various interesting (but not distracting) visuals

The Popcorn Channel - Videos of popcorn popping....


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Not sure on the name, but I would have want it to be similar to the Hub Network before they changed it to Discovery Family. It have programs that people probably haven't seen in AGES.

Perfect Strangers
Captain Planet
The Huggabug Club
Bananas in Pajamas
Lambchop
Princess Gwenevere and the Jewel Riders
Taz-Mania
Sailor Moon
CBS Storybreak
David the Gnome
The Littles
Eureeka's Castle
The Muppet babies
Richard Scary
Gumby
Inspector Gadget
Bobby's World
Tailspin
Darkwing Duck
Ducktales
Bonkers
Step by Step
Blossom
Chip n Dale: Rescue Rangers
Josie and The Pussycats
Jabberjaw
Speed Racer
Alvin and the Chipmunks
Garfield and friends
Speed Buggy
The Puzzle Place



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I like. That would be great and don't forget Carmen San Diego.

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The Opera Channel - Dedicated to showing TV and film versions of operas. They would be "daring" enough to show adaptations that have not been available for viewing for some time (such as The Devil Take Her (1962))

The Anthology Channel - Nothing but anthology series

The Classic Talk Show Channel - Dedicated to classic talk shows of 1950s-1990s. I bet many of them are historically interesting now.

The Gameplay Channel - Walkthroughs, playthroughs, etc of video games.

The Classic News Channel - Dedicated to showing classic newscasts, newsreels, etc.

Any thoughts on these formats?

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the ONLY channel I would create would be for Disney and Nick 90's cartoons and shows. I know "The 90's Are All That" is all we have right now, but I would at least change the lineup every few months. geez :P

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The Britcom Channel - Dedicated to britcoms.

The Lesson Channel - Educational lessons for the home viewer.

The Jeopardy! Channel - Dedicated to repeating episodes of Jeopardy!

The Wheel of Fortune Channel aka Wheel of Channel - Dedicated to showing the various versions of "Wheel of Fortune" produced worldwide.

Channel - A channel without a theme. How original.....

The Real History Channel - Sorta like the History channel, except actually about history.

The Wicca Channel - Like the Shinto people, Wicca people don't seem to have their own channel. This must be corrected.

The Australian Channel - Dedicated to showing shows from Australia.

The Canadian Channel - Dedicated to showing shows from Canada.

The Cartoon Channel - What Cartoon Network used to be.

The Deluxe Channel - Dedicated to showing things filmed in Colour by Deluxe.

The Soviet Channel - Dedicated to showing films and TV from the former Soviet Union.

The Monarchist Channel - Dedicated to showing films and TV about royalty (ranging from cartoons to films and such).

The Left Channel - Channel with left-wing content and OPEN about it.

The Right Channel - Channel with right-wing content and OPEN about it.

The sad thing is, of the many channels I've suggested, I'd actually watch nearly all of them. The exceptions are "TV on Shuffle", "The Wicca Channel" and the Left and Right channels.

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How about the following:
The 1980s/1990s Porn Channel - Exactly
The French Channel - French films and television
The Dog Channel - Videos of dogs. There actually was such a channel years ago.

....and of course:
The Miscellaneous Channel, for miscellaneous programming of the 20th century

....and best of all:
The Really Rare Film Channel - For really rare films, particularly those that aren't on DVD/Blu-ray, aren't on streaming services, and haven't even been shown on TCM and such.

EDIT:
How about The Unsold Pilot Channel, for TV show pilots that didn't get picked up as a series.



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80s and 90s porn channel....haha. I had watched an old 80s porn at my friend house one time and it was interesting. Today porn films seem so fake its hard to watch all that damn screaming is not necessary.

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I realise some of my answers are silly (particularly the "Left" and "Right" channels), but I had an interesting idea for a cable channel. It could be a channel where each day, they roughly recreate the line-up for a particular day in TV history. For example, for one day they might show the programs that were shown on 8 February 1991, while on another day they might show what was shown on 17 November 1986. The shows would be drawn from various mainstream networks/channels. The days used would be chosen largely at random.

If possible, they might show the programs at the time-slot they were originally shown (for example, if a episode originally aired at 8:30PM, the channel would show it at 8:30PM). Since networks do not schedule at every time-slot, syndicated series can also be used. However, showing the shows at the original time-slots might prove too difficult and possibly may not be done.

The real question is what to do about overnight/very-late-night programming. Perhaps they could depart from the premise of the channel and just show old b-grade films, something many channels used to do.

A note: I believe a University has a large number of tapes of newscasts, including those of the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. These could be used as part of the line-ups.

Also, it might not be possible to do 1950s through mid-1970s days, since so many shows of that era were discarded after broadcast.

As I mentioned before, I'm Australian, but all my ideas are intended for the US. I came across a New York City schedule for 8 January 1979, which suggests a possible line-up which may be used, drawn from all three commercial networks plus syndicated shows:
6:00 to 9:59AM ?? (I don't know which are local and which are network)
10:00AM - "Card Sharks" (thank you, Mark Goodson, for keeping the tapes)
10:30AM - "The Price is Right" (thanks again, Mark)
11:30AM - "Family Fued" (there's Mark again!)
12:00PM - "The Young and the Restless" (yes, the production company kept the tapes for this)
12:30PM - "Password Plus" (Mark!! Again!!)
1:00PM - ?? (no idea if "The Hollywood Squares" and "All My Children" were keeping their tapes by then). A syndicated possibly is "Dinah", since Dinah Shore kept most of her shows.
2:00PM - "Days of our Lives" (I believe this was the first US soap to regularly keep its tapes)
2:30PM - ?? (no idea if "The Guiding Light" or "The Doctors" were keeping their tapes by then)
3:00PM - ?? (I don't know if "Another World" or "General Hospital" were keeping their tapes by then)
4:00PM - "Match Game '79" (yet another game show kept by the great producer Mark Goodson)
4:30PM - ?? (was "The Mike Douglas Show" being kept?)
6:00PM through 7:29PM - ?? (OK, I admit it, I don't know which newscasts were national and which were local. The network telecasts may have been kept by the University, the local newscasts are probably lost)
7:30PM - ?? (there is mention of a "Muppet Show" episode, no idea whether this was a re-run or not. Syndicated fare seems to include "The Hollywood Squares" and "The Newlywed Game", whose archival status I don't know)
8:00PM - "Little House on the Prairie"
9:00PM - TV movie: Amateur Night at the Dixie Bar and Grill
11:00PM - ?? (syndicated fare may include "The Gong Show", which I assume was kept)
11:30PM - "The Tonight Show" (I know Carson kept the tapes starting in the early 1970s, so I expect this still exists)

Doing a 1979 schedule is tough, but 1980s and 1990s should be easier with the phasing-out of tape wiping (wiping of network daytime shows, I believe, had been phased out largely by 1980 and completely by mid-1985) and the introduction of cable channels and more syndicated series (which could be used to fill-in gaps when needed)

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Additional ideas:

Those marked with "*" are actually good ideas. The rest are a bit silly, but I might watch them.

The B-Grade Western Channel - Nothing but b-grade westerns of both film and TV. I realise there is a western channel, but one dedicated to the b-grade ones would be fun.

The Sword Channel - TV series and films involving swordsmen.

*The Swedish Channel - Swedish films and TV

*The Danish Channel - Danish films and TV

*The Dutch Channel - Dutch films and TV

*The African Channel - Films and TV from countries in Africa

The Coca-Cola Channel - Dedicated to Coca-Cola commercials

*The German Channel - German films and TV

*The Thai Channel - Thailand films and TV

The Blank Channel - Dedicated to the various versions of "Match Game", including "The Match Game", "Match Game 7x", "Match Game PM", "Match Game-Hollywood Squares Hour", "Match Game" (early 1990s), "Match Game" (late-1990s), plus international versions ("Blankety Blanks", "Blankety Blank", etc)

The Awards Ceremony Channel - It could show classic awards ceremonies, such as old telecasts of the Oscars and the Emmys, plus it could hold new awards ceremonies.

*The Classic Documentary Channel - Dedicated to classic documentaries.

*Classic PBS - Dedicated to classic shows from PBS.






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A channel dedicated to 90s black sitcoms.

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Good idea.

There should also be a channel dedicated to African-American series of the 1970s/1980s.




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1990s Frozen in Time - A channel dedicated to photos taken during the 1990s, which would be presented in a slideshow accompanied with 1990s music. Sometimes these slideshows would be random, others would be dedicated to a particular theme.

The Curtain Has been Raised - Films and TV from 1990s eastern Europe.

The 1990 Channel - 1990 films, TV movies, TV specials, straight-to-video stuff, etc.

The 1991 Channel - 1991 films, TV movies, TV specials, straight-to-video stuff, etc.

The 1992 Channel - 1992 films, TV movies, TV specials, straight-to-video stuff, etc.

The 1993 Channel - 1993 films, TV movies, TV specials, straight-to-video stuff, etc.

The 1994 Channel - 1994 films, TV movies, TV specials, straight-to-video stuff, etc.

The 1995 Channel - 1995 films, TV movies, TV specials, straight-to-video stuff, etc.

The 1996 Channel - 1996 films, TV movies, TV specials, straight-to-video stuff, etc.

The 1997 Channel - 1997 films, TV movies, TV specials, straight-to-video stuff, etc.

The 1998 Channel - 1998 films, TV movies, TV specials, straight-to-video stuff, etc.

The 1999 Channel - 1999 films, TV movies, TV specials, straight-to-video stuff, etc.


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CCC - Cult Comedy Channel

"Where ratings don't matter"

Basically where I'd keep Happy Endings going if I had infinite money.

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The African-American Movie Channel - This could work, there's been a reasonable amount of African-American films over the years.

The Oprah Channel - Consisting entirely of repeats of classic episodes of "The Oprah Winfrey Show"

The Bang Channel - Gun-related programming (including documentaries, dramas, comedies, etc...)

The LGBT Channel - Because previous channels with this concept ending up jumping the shark.

The Happy Ending Channel, consisting entirely of films and TV episodes with a happy ending.


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I like that Thor, African American movie channel so many great African American movies from the 70s, 80s, 90s, and early 00s.

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Indeed, of my suggestions so far it is among the most realistic. I'm actually surprised there isn't such a channel. It seems like such an obvious idea.


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