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April 22nd, 2010

Old Sitcoms Live Again

You remember Nick at Nite, right? The network that used to show really old sitcoms and later changed their format to kinda-old-ish sitcoms and later dropped that “old” idea altogether?

We have a pair of local stations, Me TV, with similar formats. Me TV’s Comedy channel is primarily black-and-white sitcoms, early color sitcoms, and old movies. It’s been that way since it came on the air five years ago and while programs have shifted and changed a bit, they’ve mostly stayed the same. A few weeks ago though, Me TV axed its late-night lineup of “The Honeymooners,” “Dick Van Dyke,” and “Taxi” and replaced them with – ready? – “Roseanne,” “The Nanny,” and “3rd Rock from the Sun.” In other words: ew. (“The Nanny?” Did anyone ever find that dreck funny?)

The twist, though, is that viewers complained. A lot of them. So many that Me TV reversed its decision, actually listened to its viewers, and brought back the original lineup! A stunner. There was a caveat from the station’s VP that viewers would now actually have to follow through and, you know, really watch the shows and tell others to do so. That makes sense.

But give Me TV some credit: they made a move in response to what their viewers wanted. That’s pretty remarkable in this day and age, particularly for the most powerful low power television station in the nation. Good job!

Posted in Television, Movies, and Music

jk April 22, 2010, 2:30 pm

Wow! That’s what they get for getting rid of the Dick Van Dyke show!

I thought TVLand was supposed to show older shows.

Paul April 22, 2010, 2:51 pm

Looking at the TV Land schedule suggests that they go for a mix of 50s-80s shows. Home Improvement, MASH, and Boston Legal stand next to (gah) original programming and Bewitched. An odd mix.

And you’re right jk: don’t mess with Dick Van Dyke.

jk April 23, 2010, 2:35 am

Funny: today I was off from work and saw a Brady Bunch episode on TVLand that I truly did not remember! I never thought that could be possible.

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