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Sci-Fi Channel gives in to jokes, renames self [message #172819] Mon, 16 March 2009 10:18 Go to next message
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So ... uh ... let *that* teach them to not keep running
Mystery Science Theater 3000. Or other interseting shows.

http://www.reuters.com/article/televisionNews/idUSTRE52F34W2 0090316

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Re: Sci-Fi Channel gives in to jokes, renames self [message #172932 is a reply to message #172819] Mon, 16 March 2009 13:34 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Originally posted by: Derek Janssen

Joseph Nebus wrote:
> So ... uh ... let *that* teach them to not keep running
> Mystery Science Theater 3000. Or other interseting shows.
>
> http://www.reuters.com/article/televisionNews/idUSTRE52F34W2 0090316

It's tne Name Change of Death, as usually adopted by networks that start
considering changing their content format to a "lifestyle" demographic,
strapping on their waterskiis, and looking for sharks...

See also Cartoon Network's change to "CN" when they started showing
live-action shows, and Toon Disney's change to take "Toon" out of their
name.

Derek Janssen (this way, nobody can complain about their not showing any
"syfy", as nobody knows what that is)
ejanss1@verizon.net
Re: Sci-Fi Channel gives in to jokes, renames self [message #172933 is a reply to message #172819] Mon, 16 March 2009 14:05 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Originally posted by: Tom Carberry

"Joseph Nebus" <nebusj-@-rpi-.edu> wrote in message
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> So ... uh ... let *that* teach them to not keep running
> Mystery Science Theater 3000. Or other interseting shows.
>
> http://www.reuters.com/article/televisionNews/idUSTRE52F34W2 0090316
>
> --
> Joseph Nebus
> ------------------------------------------------------------ ------------------

Not to put to fine a point on it, but you can call sh!* roses, but it
doesn't change the smell. They started their downward death spiral after
cancelling MST3K and showing their own "made for SciFi" garbage.

Tom Carberry (#45505, and someone be sure to pound a wooden stake through
its heart and turn off the lights please)
Re: Sci-Fi Channel gives in to jokes, renames self [message #172935 is a reply to message #172933] Mon, 16 March 2009 16:54 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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On Mar 16, 2:05 pm, "Tom Carberry" <jtj0...@134.139.2.10> wrote:
> Tom Carberry (#45505, and someone be sure to pound a wooden stake through
> its heart and turn off the lights please)

Well, I believe there are some "Battlestar Galactica" fans who are
waiting to see the finale,
and it's served as a place to see the (amazingly good, IMHO) new
Doctor Who -- although it's been CUTTING DOWN the episodes.... But
otherwise, yeah, what you said ;-)

-Doug Elrod (dre1@cornell.edu)
recently happened upon five seconds of a "Sci-Fi Original Movie" and
knew right away what it was (something that really, really needs the
MST3K treatment!)
Re: Sci-Fi Channel gives in to jokes, renames self [message #172937 is a reply to message #172932] Mon, 16 March 2009 19:23 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Derek Janssen wrote:
> It's tne Name Change of Death, as usually adopted by networks that start
> considering changing their content format to a "lifestyle" demographic,
> strapping on their waterskiis, and looking for sharks...
>
> See also Cartoon Network's change to "CN" when they started showing
> live-action shows, and Toon Disney's change to take "Toon" out of their
> name.

.... and don't forget American Movie Classics, which became AMC after
they realized that nobody was going to buy that _The Ice Storm_ and
_Scream! Blackula, Scream!_ are classics.

--
"All things extant in this world,
Gods of Heaven, gods of Earth,
Let everything be as it should be;
Thus shall it be!"
- Magical chant from "Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi"

"Drizzle, Drazzle, Drozzle, Drome,
Time for this one to come home!"
- Mr. Wizard from "Tooter Turtle"
Re: Sci-Fi Channel gives in to jokes, renames self [message #173161 is a reply to message #172935] Tue, 17 March 2009 10:40 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Doug Elrod <dre1@cornell.edu> writes:

> On Mar 16, 2:05=A0pm, "Tom Carberry" <jtj0...@134.139.2.10> wrote:
>> Tom Carberry (#45505, and someone be sure to pound a wooden stake through
>> its heart and turn off the lights please)

> Well, I believe there are some "Battlestar Galactica" fans who are
> waiting to see the finale,
> and it's served as a place to see the (amazingly good, IMHO) new
> Doctor Who -- although it's been CUTTING DOWN the episodes.... But
> otherwise, yeah, what you said ;-)

I only finally got around to seeing the most recent series of
New Who when it made it to BBC America. Somehow I wasn't able to connect
the weekly threads in rec.arts.sf.tv about its airing to what channel it
was on, which maybe shows how often I even think of the Sci-Fi Channel as
a possible entertainment source. And back in the days I even watched
them air _Probe_. Well, two episodes of it.


> -Doug Elrod (dre1@cornell.edu)
> recently happened upon five seconds of a "Sci-Fi Original Movie" and
> knew right away what it was (something that really, really needs the
> MST3K treatment!)

Those movies are covered in some kind of adhesive substance that
makes them stand out, aren't they?

But, as was observed, who knew that it was the spelling of the
channel name which kept women from watching _Mansquito_?

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Re: Sci-Fi Channel gives in to jokes, renames self [message #173162 is a reply to message #172937] Tue, 17 March 2009 10:42 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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"Frank J. Lhota" <FrankLho.NOSPAM@rcn.com> writes:

> Derek Janssen wrote:
>> It's tne Name Change of Death, as usually adopted by networks that start
>> considering changing their content format to a "lifestyle" demographic,
>> strapping on their waterskiis, and looking for sharks...
>>
>> See also Cartoon Network's change to "CN" when they started showing
>> live-action shows, and Toon Disney's change to take "Toon" out of their
>> name.

> ... and don't forget American Movie Classics, which became AMC after
> they realized that nobody was going to buy that _The Ice Storm_ and
> _Scream! Blackula, Scream!_ are classics.

Or Game Show Network, which just causes one friend of mine to
sigh and shake his head sadly about whenever that subject comes up.
But, surely, another network giving up on its unique qualities to become
a discount USA Network will make it finally achieve the ratings and mock
prestige of the actual USA Network, someday.

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Re: Sci-Fi Channel gives in to jokes, renames self [message #173163 is a reply to message #173162] Tue, 17 March 2009 10:54 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Originally posted by: Derek Janssen

Joseph Nebus wrote:

> Or Game Show Network, which just causes one friend of mine to
> sigh and shake his head sadly about whenever that subject comes up.
> But, surely, another network giving up on its unique qualities to become
> a discount USA Network will make it finally achieve the ratings and mock
> prestige of the actual USA Network, someday.

And even "USA Network" seemed ill-named back in the early-90's days when
80% of its programming was cheap Canadian...

Derek Janssen (has anyone else started getting nostalgic for Commander
USA's Saturday-afternoon Movies after seeing "Watchmen"?)
ejanss1@verizon.net
Re: Sci-Fi Channel gives in to jokes, renames self [message #173166 is a reply to message #172932] Tue, 17 March 2009 11:21 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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"Derek Janssen" <ejanss1@nospam.verizon.net> wrote in message
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> Joseph Nebus wrote:
>> So ... uh ... let *that* teach them to not keep running Mystery Science
>> Theater 3000. Or other interseting shows.
>> http://www.reuters.com/article/televisionNews/idUSTRE52F34W2 0090316
>
> It's tne Name Change of Death, as usually adopted by networks that start
> considering changing their content format to a "lifestyle" demographic,
> strapping on their waterskiis, and looking for sharks...
>
> See also Cartoon Network's change to "CN" when they started showing
> live-action shows, and Toon Disney's change to take "Toon" out of their
> name.
>
> Derek Janssen (this way, nobody can complain about their not showing any
> "syfy", as nobody knows what that is)
> ejanss1@verizon.net

(Sci-Fi Channel looking in the mirror after a decade working as a
prostitute)

Sci-Fi: "Sure that witch Bonnie Hammer beats me, calls me a dirty whore,
forces me to hang around rough men in their underwear, and she steals my
money. I can't leave her and I can't fight back. So I'll do drugs and
change my name to SyFy. That'll give me some Brand Identity as a statement
of quality."
Re: Sci-Fi Channel gives in to jokes, renames self [message #173168 is a reply to message #173166] Tue, 17 March 2009 11:42 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Originally posted by: Tom Carberry

"George Johnson" <matrix29@charter.net> wrote in message
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> "Derek Janssen" <ejanss1@nospam.verizon.net> wrote in message
> news:u4wvl.478$6%.306@nwrddc01.gnilink.net...
>> Joseph Nebus wrote:
>>> So ... uh ... let *that* teach them to not keep running Mystery Science
>>> Theater 3000. Or other interseting shows.
>>> http://www.reuters.com/article/televisionNews/idUSTRE52F34W2 0090316
>>
>> It's tne Name Change of Death, as usually adopted by networks that start
>> considering changing their content format to a "lifestyle" demographic,
>> strapping on their waterskiis, and looking for sharks...
>>
>> See also Cartoon Network's change to "CN" when they started showing
>> live-action shows, and Toon Disney's change to take "Toon" out of their
>> name.
>>
>> Derek Janssen (this way, nobody can complain about their not showing any
>> "syfy", as nobody knows what that is)
>> ejanss1@verizon.net
>
> (Sci-Fi Channel looking in the mirror after a decade working as a
> prostitute)
>
> Sci-Fi: "Sure that witch Bonnie Hammer beats me, calls me a dirty
> whore, forces me to hang around rough men in their underwear, and she
> steals my money. I can't leave her and I can't fight back. So I'll do
> drugs and change my name to SyFy. That'll give me some Brand Identity as
> a statement of quality."
>

It's sad really.

Tom Carberry (#45505, and "oh no, they put her (SyFy) in a room with Ike
Turner)
Re: Sci-Fi Channel gives in to jokes, renames self [message #173279 is a reply to message #173163] Tue, 17 March 2009 21:38 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Derek Janssen wrote:
> Joseph Nebus wrote:
>
>> Or Game Show Network, which just causes one friend of mine to sigh
>> and shake his head sadly about whenever that subject comes up. But,
>> surely, another network giving up on its unique qualities to become a
>> discount USA Network will make it finally achieve the ratings and mock
>> prestige of the actual USA Network, someday.
>
> And even "USA Network" seemed ill-named back in the early-90's days when
> 80% of its programming was cheap Canadian...
>
> Derek Janssen (has anyone else started getting nostalgic for Commander
> USA's Saturday-afternoon Movies after seeing "Watchmen"?)
> ejanss1@verizon.net

I share your fondness for Commander USA; I was also rather partial to
Night Flight. But mostly, I miss USA's cartoon express, where they
showed the Hanna Barbera classic cartoon series with the original titles
and credits -- something that Boomerang never does.

--
"All things extant in this world,
Gods of Heaven, gods of Earth,
Let everything be as it should be;
Thus shall it be!"
- Magical chant from "Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi"

"Drizzle, Drazzle, Drozzle, Drome,
Time for this one to come home!"
- Mr. Wizard from "Tooter Turtle"
Re: Sci-Fi Channel gives in to jokes, renames self [message #173281 is a reply to message #173279] Tue, 17 March 2009 22:06 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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"Frank J. Lhota" <FrankLho.NOSPAM@rcn.com> writes:

> I share your fondness for Commander USA; I was also rather partial to
> Night Flight. But mostly, I miss USA's cartoon express, where they
> showed the Hanna Barbera classic cartoon series with the original titles
> and credits -- something that Boomerang never does.

You know, it was USA Cartoon Express which first exposed me, to
my memory, to both the Roman Holidays *and* Help, It's The Hair Bear
Bunch. And one of these days I might even forgive them.

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Re: Sci-Fi Channel gives in to jokes, renames self [message #173387 is a reply to message #173162] Wed, 18 March 2009 07:37 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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In article <nebusj.1237300845@vcmr-86.server.rpi.edu>,
nebusj-@-rpi-.edu (Joseph Nebus) wrote:

> "Frank J. Lhota" <FrankLho.NOSPAM@rcn.com> writes:
>
>> Derek Janssen wrote:
>>> It's tne Name Change of Death, as usually adopted by networks that start
>>> considering changing their content format to a "lifestyle" demographic,
>>> strapping on their waterskiis, and looking for sharks...
>>>
>>> See also Cartoon Network's change to "CN" when they started showing
>>> live-action shows, and Toon Disney's change to take "Toon" out of their
>>> name.
>
>> ... and don't forget American Movie Classics, which became AMC after
>> they realized that nobody was going to buy that _The Ice Storm_ and
>> _Scream! Blackula, Scream!_ are classics.
>
> Or Game Show Network, which just causes one friend of mine to
> sigh and shake his head sadly about whenever that subject comes up.
> But, surely, another network giving up on its unique qualities to become
> a discount USA Network will make it finally achieve the ratings and mock
> prestige of the actual USA Network, someday.

Let's not forget The Nashville Network, which changed its name to TNN so
it could show WKRP reruns with all the music changed.

Sampo (Hell came a little closer that day)
Re: Sci-Fi Channel gives in to jokes, renames self [message #173493 is a reply to message #173281] Wed, 18 March 2009 14:59 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Originally posted by: A. Francis

Joseph Nebus wrote:
> "Frank J. Lhota" <FrankLho.NOSPAM@rcn.com> writes:
>
>
>> I share your fondness for Commander USA; I was also rather partial to
>> Night Flight. But mostly, I miss USA's cartoon express, where they
>> showed the Hanna Barbera classic cartoon series with the original titles
>> and credits -- something that Boomerang never does.
>
>
> You know, it was USA Cartoon Express which first exposed me, to
> my memory, to both the Roman Holidays *and* Help, It's The Hair Bear
> Bunch. And one of these days I might even forgive them.
>

Not to mention "Where's Huddles?"

(um, let's not...)
Re: Sci-Fi Channel gives in to jokes, renames self [message #173608 is a reply to message #173493] Thu, 19 March 2009 14:18 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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"A. Francis" <agentadfrancis@yahoo.com> writes:

> Joseph Nebus wrote:

>> You know, it was USA Cartoon Express which first exposed me, to
>> my memory, to both the Roman Holidays *and* Help, It's The Hair Bear
>> Bunch. And one of these days I might even forgive them.

> Not to mention "Where's Huddles?"

> (um, let's not...)

I never encountered Where's Huddles before Boomerang, back then
airing as a couple hour chunk on Cartoon Network, introduced me. I was
simultaneously fascinated and forced to flee.


Hm. According to Wikipedia, in Italy, The Roman Holidays was
known as `SPQR - Sembrano Proprio Quasi Romani', or, ``They really seem
almost Roman''. That's a name almost endearingly awkward and clumsy.

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Re: Sci-Fi Channel gives in to jokes, renames self [message #173730 is a reply to message #173608] Thu, 19 March 2009 22:24 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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In article <nebusj.1237486388@vcmr-86.server.rpi.edu>,
nebusj-@-rpi-.edu (Joseph Nebus) wrote:

> Hm. According to Wikipedia, in Italy, The Roman Holidays was
> known as `SPQR - Sembrano Proprio Quasi Romani', or, ``They really seem
> almost Roman''. That's a name almost endearingly awkward and clumsy.

That's actually pretty clever -- the "SPQR" acronym dates back to
ancient Rome, where it stood for "Senatus Populusque Romanus," "the
Senate and the people of Rome." It's still in use by the modern city of
Rome.

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"The days turn into nights; at night, you hear the trains."
Re: Sci-Fi Channel gives in to jokes, renames self [message #173731 is a reply to message #173608] Thu, 19 March 2009 22:56 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Originally posted by: Bill Livingston

Previously on "How It's Made", Joseph Nebus wrote:
> "A. Francis" <agentadfrancis@yahoo.com> writes:
>> Joseph Nebus wrote:
>>> You know, it was USA Cartoon Express which first exposed me, to
>>> my memory, to both the Roman Holidays *and* Help, It's The Hair Bear
>>> Bunch. And one of these days I might even forgive them.
>
>> Not to mention "Where's Huddles?"
>
>> (um, let's not...)
>
> I never encountered Where's Huddles before Boomerang, back then
> airing as a couple hour chunk on Cartoon Network, introduced me. I was
> simultaneously fascinated and forced to flee.

I first encountered "Where's Huddles" back when it first ran on CBS in
the early 70s. Alonf with "Roman Holidays" AND "Wheelie and the
Chopper Bunch" AND "Speed Buggy"!

Bill L.
*Creak*
Re: Sci-Fi Channel gives in to jokes, renames self [message #173847 is a reply to message #173731] Fri, 20 March 2009 15:47 Go to previous message
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Bill Livingston <billfl@hiwaay.net> writes:

> Previously on "How It's Made", Joseph Nebus wrote:
>> "A. Francis" <agentadfrancis@yahoo.com> writes:
>>> Not to mention "Where's Huddles?"
>>
>>> (um, let's not...)
>>
>> I never encountered Where's Huddles before Boomerang, back then
>> airing as a couple hour chunk on Cartoon Network, introduced me. I was
>> simultaneously fascinated and forced to flee.

> I first encountered "Where's Huddles" back when it first ran on CBS in
> the early 70s. Alonf with "Roman Holidays" AND "Wheelie and the
> Chopper Bunch" AND "Speed Buggy"!

Well, now, Speed Buggy at least had ... uhm ... Oh! Yes. It
had that episode where the villain has figured out a way to cry out,
I think, 'Metamorpho!' and cause various parts of his body to expand
or contract by quite remarkable degrees Kelvin. Since villains in the
Speed Buggyverse are legally required to drag the main characters into
the story even though Speed and company haven't got any reason to notice
the evildoers, Metamorpho pulled the gang off their silly pretend race
of the week so that he could shout 'Metamorpho!' and grow or shrink
various limbs until Speed et al pretended to be interested. And then
they had no choice but to eventually foil Metamorpho by making themselves
quite small and driving between his legs.

Why I can remember *that* is beyond me.

Meanwhile Wheelie and the Chopper Bunch was just weird.


In any case at least none of them were These Are The Days.

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