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T.L. Hughes

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  1. Yeah, but compared to the 2012 package rollout, it's somewhat slower since the Fox O&Os are rolling it out station-by-station, whereas the 2012 was rolled out to all the stations on the same day IIRC.
  2. Welcome to the 25th anniversary post of the first network of the next century... which would only last five-and-a-half years into said next century. UPN (originally beginning as the United Paramount Network) launched on January 16, 1995; at launch, it bested The WB in terms of over-the-air affiliates but was bested by them in national distribution, given that it lacked affiliates in many smaller markets that the WWOR EMI Service (the superstation feed of the network's New York City flagship WWOR) prevented them from reaching (compare that to the fact that the WGN superstation feed provided that small-market coverage for The WB during its first three-and-a-half years before the network launched its own national cable feed). UPN was the second of the two eventual predecessors of The CW to launch in January 1995, five days after the The WB made its debut. Here's a look at the commercials that aired during the network's first night and promotional ads that aired preceding its launch:
  3. 25 years ago today, The WB Television Network launched. It was the first of the two eventual predecessors of The CW to launch in January 1995, five days before the United Paramount Network (UPN) made its debut. Here's a look at the commercials that aired during the network's first night (as seen on WLVI in Boston): ...and a couple of teaser commercials for the network's launch:
  4. Furthermore, the WFLD package shown in the clip lacked a key component of TVbD/JCBD's graphics of the 1980s and early 1990s. The layer effects of the name banners and title logos in the news open just slide from left to right, not zooming out or coming together at a split point. Basically, every package from those two companies had that element at that time; this package doesn't. Compare the WFLD open to the WGN midday open and to these...
  5. Literally what I was thinking when videos of WHO's new opens popped up on my YT subscriptions under the KLMO channel. The group's NBC package doesn't seem like it would be a good fit for a top-50 market like OKC; I'm surprised WHO (in what is now market #75, given that most of the stations that use the Nexstar NBC package are mainly sub-60 markets) didn't get them. The WISH/WTNH, etc. package would be a far better fit, and hopefully, if they get that package, they use the weather graphics templates that come with the package; it didn't make sense that KFOR carried over the templates from the 2008 package when it got the WGNO/(old) WHO package. Don't forget WBRE was one of the first Nexstar stations to use this package. Though, WBRE shares a news department with WYOU, so WHO, I think, counts as the first standalone NBC station to use it.
  6. Not slightly, they swapped out the Rockwall and whatever the sans serif font was that was used in the original version of the package with Avenir, which probably would have made it look better when WDAF first implemented it. The setitng of the typeface could be tweaked to better fit the L3s, but otherwise, it's a decent interpretation of the WDAF/KTXL pack.
  7. Regarding the coverage of this story, while KOCO and KOKH directly disclosed that it was Abigail's home that caught fire, KWTV made no reference to it at all on their evening newscasts, only reporting on it during their early-evening newscasts and omitting it from the 10:00 broadcast (it's possible that this might have been an understanding between uncle Kelly Ogle, who anchored the Thursday night newscasts, and station management, given the sensitive nature of the issue for their family). KFOR initially went as far as saying that the home belonged to "a daughter of Kevin Ogle" (he has two, KWTV reporter Katelyn Ogle being the youngest), but Kent Ogle openly addressed that it was Abigail's home that caught fire in an addendum to a report on that story during the noon newscast (and presumably, the morning newscast) Friday, thanking viewers for their well wishes to the Ogle family. (Kevin took the night off Thursday, with Eli Roberts filling in for him at 6:00, for what apparently was Eli's last KFOR newscast, and Joleen Chaney anchoring solo at 10:00.)
  8. I can only assume that Nexstar opted against acquiring Tribune's interest in This TV as part of the purchase agreement, otherwise they wouldn't be dropping the network from their stations. At this rate, MGM would be better off hooking back up with Weigel and cutting a deal with that company and Fox Television Stations to merge most of This TV's programming assets (with or, more aptly, without the older series like In the Heat of the Night, Rat Patrol and The Patty Duke Show) onto and acquiring a stake in Movies! The added library content might help with extending that network's distribution into markets (like Oklahoma City) that don't have an affiliate, full-power or at all, else-wise This might end up going the way of The Works.
  9. To show how long it took for KXAS to even provide coverage of the tornado, the YT channel Random News Footage composed a six-minute timelapse of the programming on KDFW, KXAS, WFAA and KTVT during the period between the issuance of the tornado warning at 9:00pm until KXAS began their third cut-in of the warning timeframe at 9:24: Also of note, as basically referenced by KTVT meteorologist Jeff Ray in footage of their storm coverage on StormSpotterMike's channel, KTVT took quite a bit of time to provide tornado coverage over its airwaves. As Ray mentions, they continued offering only a Facebook Live stream of the storm coverage for about 8-10 minutes after the warning was issued (with KTVT airing the first act of that night's episode of Madam Secretary for about thirteen minutes after the first reports of the tornado having touched down near Love Field were made), and elected to commence television coverage on KTXA first, before throwing coverage onto KTVT, instead of starting a simulcast of coverage on KTVT and KTXA at the same time.
  10. The new graphics have debuted... and KTXL has adopted the WDAF package:
  11. Ditto on that last part. There has been talk floated recently, affirmed by ABC Entertainment President Karey Burke, about ABC potentially reviving either of the two soaps, now that ABC owns the rights to All My Children and One Life to Live again under their prior settlement with Prospect Park. I think reviving AMC or OLTL over ABC's air would be a backup plan (Plan B or, moreso, C), in case the to-be-rechristened GMA3 doesn't work out; it might be likelier that either - if at all - would end up as web series, either on ABC's web platform or on Disney+. Even if there was a strong possibility that they decided to do a soap revival, there's no chance of bringing back both AMC and OLTL on the ABC daytime lineup, since that would require recouping the hour it ceded to its stations to accommodate those two or offing General Hospital, which doesn't seem like a possibility at this point, even though GH is kinda situated at fourth (last) among the soaps behind Days of Our Lives.
  12. The redesign of the LDL makes it so that they don't really have to make the LDL's background translucent during TWC "long-form" programming in prime time and on weekends.
  13. That's because their contracts with both networks were signed prior to Lionsgate's purchase of Starz. It's likely that Lionsgate will move their film rights to Starz exclusively whenever its deals with Epix and HBO expire. It should be noted that in May 1995, months after (the original) Viacom's purchase of Paramount from Gulf+Western in 1994 resulted in the two entities coming under common ownership and while the studio's existing agreement with HBO was still ongoing, Showtime secured a distribution agreement with Paramount to carry the studio's films beginning in 1997.
  14. You forgot Showtime Networks (Showtime, The Movie Channel, Flix and a share in Smithsonian Networks [Smithsonian Channel]) among CBS's assets. The merger does put a double-edged sword in the premium cable industry. On one hand, it benefits Showtime greatly, because it will likely give it back access to films from Paramount Pictures and could also re-open opportunities to develop original content produced in conjunction with (the current iteration of) Paramount Television. Since Paramount, MGM and Lionsgate broke off their relationship with Showtime in 2008 to form Epix, the network's first-run movie slate has largely been composed of films from smaller studios (including sister company CBS Films). For Epix, the loss of Paramount films will leave parent company MGM as the only "major" (really, mid-major) film studio to which the network will have access to films, placing it in only a modestly better situation in terms of film output than Showtime is in now. Whereas Showtime has been able to make up for the dearth of big-name films with its stronger original programming slate over the past decade, Epix can't rest on that laurel, as it was not only late to the original programming arena but its original programming hasn't even reached the level of attention as HBO, Showtime and even Starz's. I always thought it didn't make much sense to have four (really, five, since Cinemax counts as one) major premium channels, especially since Disney decided to overlook premium cable completely for streaming a few years back, leaving fewer major studios for the existing ones to choose from. (I'm not sure if Disney will allow 20th Century Fox to continue to release its films through HBO/Cinemax once its current deal with those networks comes up for renewal or do to that studio's films what it did when its last contract with Starz ran out.) The ViacomCBS merger likely makes Epix's future a lot more murky now, and I think MGM has to make the decision whether to carry on with Epix or give up the ghost and sell its assets (minus the Epix name, I don't think it makes sense for either network to operate a fourth pay service) to Showtime or Starz.
  15. It's "The Leading Edge" by Soundtrack; the production music has been used as a news theme during the 1980s and '90s by, among other stations, KCST (now KNSD), KTHV, WAAY, WCFT (now WSES), WDIO/WIRT, WEAR and WROC.
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