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  1. "The CW" never sounded as good as "The WB," but Troika's logo for The CW is still excellent. Apparently, Paramount still owns the trademarks on UPN's logo, so they could trot it out whenever.
  2. These would be so much better if they weren't using Rockwell... I'll be sad to see the 2013 look go from the Tribune Fox outlets. I always liked it.
  3. W-C-Double-U? Vince McMahon might not be pleased with that...
  4. I'm not even talking '90s so much as the days when Huckleberry Hound, Yogi Bear, and Rocky & Bullwinkle got to flog Kellogg's and General Mills products during their shows! Even Bugs Bunny said "drink Tang, gang" during reruns of LT/MM shorts! Europe is not an ideal source of content, sadly. A lot of their shows are bland and scrubbed-down so that they have a prayer of working all over the world, since for them the real money is in international sales. Every now and then you get a breakout like Code Lyoko or a show that was actually quite ambitious like Miraculous (which I believe bombed on Nick here before KidsClick picked it up) that nonetheless was run through the blanderizer something fierce. Of course, the pipeline of anime is quite rich. But developing an overreliance on imported properties that the network/affiliates don't own is risky.
  5. Children's programming on OTA was dying well before KidsClick happened. As far back as 2002, Fox - having sold Fox Family and basically all of the Fox Kids program library to Disney - scrapped Fox Kids's weekday afternoon block and decided to lease out the Saturday morning block. 4Kids won that contract, of course. (I know 4Kids has never had a good reputation given their butchering, but the alternative was DIC! ) CBS and ABC's kids' blocks became rerun farms for corporate siblings around that time - I believe that CBS used the Viacom merger as an excuse to break off the deal it had with Nelvana for the CBS Kidshow and replace that with Nick Jr. reruns. But somehow, Kids' WB! managed to straggle into the year 2008...on The CW! There was hardly any cross-pollination with Cartoon Network either! Local stations don't want children's programming other than what they're federally mandated to run anymore. They can only run twelve minutes of ads per hour, they can't run ads during the shows featuring characters from the shows (the cereal-hawking past of many cartoon stars wouldn't fly now!), and they probably wouldn't be able to get good-quality product anyway. As I've said before, 90% of the worthwhile content is owned by Disney, WarnerMedia, Viacom, and NBCUniversal. I can't imagine any of those companies are too eager to open up the vaults to over-the-air broadcasters they don't own - although the arrival of The Flintstones to MeTV indicates that attitudes might be changing. That show is a traditional all-ages bedrock, yes, but it's a highly valuable property owned by a company that long preferred to keep it "in the family," going back to when Turner controlled it. But as pay TV continues to erode, and even the future of the Boomerang streaming service seems cloudy, the childrens'/family entertainment behemoths may be looking into alternatives. I can't imagine Sinclair gets along with other station owners very well anyway. They strike me as blustering, selfish, and not particularly amenable to collaboration.
  6. Keep Counterpoint alive!
  7. They could also just not try to fix what isn't broken. But I know big corporations are run by people with big egos, who can't resist the temptation to mess with success...
  8. Veteran talent gets paid more. They seem to have less and less interest in maintaining viewer relationships or talent continuity, and more in doing everything as cheaply as they can.
  9. The CW isn't considered a major network. If CBS bought the other half they'd be just fine to.
  10. Hasn't there been talk that CBS wanted to buy Starz from Lionsgate? It's possible that buying Epix outright will be yet another one of MGM's many bad decisions. The Barber era was light on those anyway, though he is probably thankful that he was ousted before he had to deal with this. We're definitely jumping the gun with regards to a Paramount return to Showtime though. Lionsgate-Summit has maintained its relationships with Epix and HBO.
  11. She was talking to ns8401.
  12. Gray's whole strategy is to buy up the massive gorilla stations, so. Though I've heard that Gray doesn't really build market leaders from within anymore, like they apparently used to?
  13. Advertisers prefer younger audiences because they consider us easier to sway. I'm one of those elusive millennials they're after.
  14. They lost everything, basically. Circa 2008 they had it made. Iron Man and the Marvel Cinematic Universe it would spawn, Crystal Skull, the live-action AND animated DreamWorks studios (they owned the former and inked a distribution deal with the latter after Viacom bought DreamWorks, LLC)...they pushed Spielberg, Geffen and Stacey Snider (the live-action DreamWorks principals) out, they lost Marvel and Lucasfilm to Disney, and ended up pushing away DWA even before its sale to Comcast. Paramount was ahead of the game and yet Viacom didn't capitalize. (Indeed, I don't think they could have afforded Marvel, given that it was 2009, Sumner's personal debt needed to be paid, and money was tight in general) Also the loss of the previous TV division and its library to CBS hurt quite a bit. Because not only did Viacom seem to own half the American TV shows ever made, the rights to Star Trek were jumbled with the split. CBS owns all the Star Trek shows, trademarks, character likenesses and such, but the movies and the rights to make more at still at Paramount and have probably been on borrowed time since the split (which may be why there was such a sense of urgency that led to the movies released in 2009, 2013, and 2016). If Paramount isn't trying to get a Trek movie made at all times, the rights may revert to CBS. If Paramount is reunited with CBS Studios and its library then it will be a tremendous shot in the arm for them. TV is a much more reliable business than feature films, and the CBS Studios library is chock-full of venerable syndication mainstays. I think the only other highlight of Viacom's portfolio, for CBS, is Nickelodeon. Children's television, and Nick as an organization, have seen better days, but it's a very difficult market to enter and Nickelodeon is one of the few widely-recognized kids'/family brands out there. Plus their '90s heyday is now potently nostalgic for today's young adults, meaning that there is a multigenerational component there now that wasn't before. I'm not sure how many of today's kids are getting into stuff like Rugrats or Rocko's Modern Life through their parents, but I see a lot of young adults wearing '90s Nick shirts. Nickelodeon is a sleeping giant, and they should have fired Zarghami way before they did.
  15. KETV's logo is KMGH's done right. They - with the help of corporate mandates - seem to use it much more gracefully than KMGH has theirs.
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