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Old May 25 2010, 03:42 AM   #1
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What if CBS network were sold? scifi?

some Wall Street dealmakers predict Sumner Redstone and Disney will begin debating whether to put CBS and ABC, respectively, on the block.
"This is a good time to sell a network," said one Wall Street exec. "Retransmission makes it look more interesting. [CBS] has assets in radio but no long-term strategy in cable.
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Broadcast networks in good time slot for sale
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What if Apple or Google bought CBS?
What if CBS totally rebrands to under-35 audience from it's mostly over age 49 audience? What would it mean for scifi and a future Trek series after the feature film Trek XIII?

I thought it would be best to make a new thread for a speculative option instead of taking up a thread that deals with many TV channels for future TV trek series:
What channel should a new Trek TV series be on?
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Old May 25 2010, 08:49 AM   #2
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It's totally a "What If" scenario, because I think the only way Mr. Redstone will let go of CBS is from his cold, dead hand...or if someone offers him the biggest deal in mass communications history (enough to buy the whole dang planet perhaps).

But should CBS be sold off, I actually don't expect anything to really change unless Les Moonves is gone as well. New owners might keep Moonves around since he seems very much a watch-the-bottom line kind of guy, IMO. Companies love guys like Moonves that are a bit on the frugal side when it comes to spending their money.
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Old May 25 2010, 04:17 PM   #3
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Interesting thought, but I'd have to imagine anyone buying CBS would buy it to leverage its existing audience, not buy it and change it completely. At that point all CBS is worth is it's network affiliate agreements.

The better hope for Star Trek would be someone buying CBS with a mainstream basic cable channel. They could then take the Star Trek rights that came with CBS and air the show on their cable channel. TNT still sticks in my mind as the best place for a Star Trek series to air, so hopefully Turner Broadcasting will be interested.
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Old May 25 2010, 04:32 PM   #4
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I'd have to imagine anyone buying CBS would buy it to leverage its existing audience, not buy it and change it completely. At that point all CBS is worth is it's network affiliate agreements.

The better hope for Star Trek would be someone buying CBS with a mainstream basic cable channel. They could then take the Star Trek rights that came with CBS and air the show on their cable channel. TNT still sticks in my mind as the best place for a Star Trek series to air, so hopefully Turner Broadcasting will be interested.
Ah this is a very good point and I can see Turner Broadcasting System wanting to have a broadcast network.
Currently the company's current assets include: CNN, HLN, TBS, TNT, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Boomerang, truTV, Turner Classic Movies.

It would seem they could use cross promotion with Turner Classic Movies, TBS, TNT for the over-49 audience.

With Conan O'Brien going to TBS that channel may become something entirely different in 18 months (autumn 2011) from now. And as you said TNT is another very good option for new Trek on TV.

Another option if a new animated series were considered would be if CBS were owned by Turner Broadcasting that Cartoon Network could end up with A Star trek CGI series since that network has already demonstrated that SW:The Clone Wars does work on that network and isn't entirely for children with the violence in it.
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Old May 26 2010, 03:59 AM   #5
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I'd have to imagine anyone buying CBS would buy it to leverage its existing audience, not buy it and change it completely. At that point all CBS is worth is it's network affiliate agreements.

The better hope for Star Trek would be someone buying CBS with a mainstream basic cable channel. They could then take the Star Trek rights that came with CBS and air the show on their cable channel. TNT still sticks in my mind as the best place for a Star Trek series to air, so hopefully Turner Broadcasting will be interested.
Ah this is a very good point and I can see Turner Broadcasting System wanting to have a broadcast network.
Currently the company's current assets include: CNN, HLN, TBS, TNT, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Boomerang, truTV, Turner Classic Movies.

It would seem they could use cross promotion with Turner Classic Movies, TBS, TNT for the over-49 audience.

With Conan O'Brien going to TBS that channel may become something entirely different in 18 months (autumn 2011) from now. And as you said TNT is another very good option for new Trek on TV.

Another option if a new animated series were considered would be if CBS were owned by Turner Broadcasting that Cartoon Network could end up with A Star trek CGI series since that network has already demonstrated that SW:The Clone Wars does work on that network and isn't entirely for children with the violence in it.
TBS already has a number of comedies and skews younger. That's why they picked up Conan, because he fits who they are. TNT airs dramas such as The Closer, Saving Grace, Leverage, Dark Blue, and Southland. Of the current Turner channels TNT is the right fit for Star Trek. And of course, if Dean Devlin is hired to produce it we'll get Jonathan Frakes back in the Star Trek directors chair.
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Old May 26 2010, 07:35 AM   #6
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as long its not usa that buys i'm fine with it. they just keep killing their shows...
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Old May 26 2010, 03:04 PM   #7
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as long its not usa that buys i'm fine with it. they just keep killing their shows...
First, I'm not sure what show you think USA killed. The only show that has recently ended on USA is Monk, and an eight season run is hardly killing a show.

Second, Comcast is buying NBCU which owns USA. There is no way US regulators let one company own NBC and CBS. So it will never happen assuming Comcast would even be interested.
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Old May 26 2010, 03:33 PM   #8
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as long its not usa that buys i'm fine with it. they just keep killing their shows...
First, I'm not sure what show you think USA killed. The only show that has recently ended on USA is Monk, and an eight season run is hardly killing a show.

Second, Comcast is buying NBCU which owns USA. There is no way US regulators let one company own NBC and CBS. So it will never happen assuming Comcast would even be interested.
monk as you pointed out. the dead zone, the 4400, psych, burn notice, an the law and order series. dont get me wrong, i love those shows but the longer they ran/run the more complicated they get. they kind of get overconfident an slip up after a while. psych is becoming a mess so is burn notice. the 4400's ending was terrible and the dead zone didn't even have one...
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Old May 26 2010, 03:37 PM   #9
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as long its not usa that buys i'm fine with it. they just keep killing their shows...
First, I'm not sure what show you think USA killed. The only show that has recently ended on USA is Monk, and an eight season run is hardly killing a show.
Hell it's one season longer than the majority of Trek shows have had.
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Old May 26 2010, 05:45 PM   #10
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as long its not usa that buys i'm fine with it. they just keep killing their shows...
First, I'm not sure what show you think USA killed. The only show that has recently ended on USA is Monk, and an eight season run is hardly killing a show.

Second, Comcast is buying NBCU which owns USA. There is no way US regulators let one company own NBC and CBS. So it will never happen assuming Comcast would even be interested.
monk as you pointed out. the dead zone, the 4400, psych, burn notice, an the law and order series. dont get me wrong, i love those shows but the longer they ran/run the more complicated they get. they kind of get overconfident an slip up after a while. psych is becoming a mess so is burn notice. the 4400's ending was terrible and the dead zone didn't even have one...
The Dead Zone and 4400 were given last minute cancellations which I'll admit is annoying. But the Dead Zone lasted 7 seasons and 4400 4, so I don't think you can say either was killed. And all the other shows you mentioned are still on the air. So how were they killed? You may not like the shows, but blame the quality on the producers not the network.

Either way, as I said NBCU will never buy CBS, so it doesn't matter.
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Old May 27 2010, 12:10 AM   #11
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USA has as good a track record as any (you want a network that kills its shows? try Fox!) but their quirky-lightweight-dramedy specialty doesn't mesh with Star Trek.
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Old May 28 2010, 12:58 AM   #12
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Does Fox have anything worth watching?
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Old May 28 2010, 03:12 AM   #13
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Not right now. But I'll check out Terra Nova next winter.
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Old May 31 2010, 12:05 AM   #14
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You don't like Fringe?
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Old June 2 2010, 03:48 AM   #15
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You don't like Fringe?
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