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Old March 29 2014, 11:46 PM   #1
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If you owned a TV station

This is a bit of a thought experiment. If you were (or are) independently wealthy, and owned an independent television station not part of a conglomerate, what type of syndicated programming would you air?

This would not include programs currently in first run on a network, only programs already in syndication. As station owner/programming manager, you might decide to include an evening or nightly newscast covering your local broadcast territory.

I'd probably be running a station heavy with sci-fi programming including Star Trek (all incarnations), Twilight Zone, Outer Limits, Irwin Allen shows, Gerry Anderson series, and anything else I could find. Of course, there would be old movies as well.

My local news shows would include coverage of high school/college sports and cultural events like school plays and concerts.
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Old March 30 2014, 12:49 AM   #2
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Old March 30 2014, 12:56 AM   #3
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YES!

But only if Stanley Spadowski is the janitor.
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Old March 30 2014, 01:34 AM   #4
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^ Then it get's renamed "Stanley Spadowski's Clubhouse" and ratings go through the roof.
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Old March 30 2014, 04:03 AM   #5
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Am I so rich that I don't have to worry about making the network profitable? That would affect my decision.

I'd just play a lot of series I like and that I think people would enjoy watching. A lot of stuff like Star Trek, also older stuff like Hill Street Blues, Twilight Zone, etc.

Also I'd try to find some very low budget original programming. Just find some talented writers with a good idea who can't find a job and let them go crazy.
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Old March 30 2014, 04:11 AM   #6
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^ Love the UHF references, guys.

Anyhoo, I'd probably show classic sci-fi shows (The Twilight Zone, Star Trek, Lost in Space, etc), science shows (Bill Nye, Beekman's World, etc), and such. The only thing I wouldn't have would be "reality TV" shows, as I consider most of them a cancer on society. Yes, I realize this means I won't get as many viewers, but my soul will be clean.
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Old March 30 2014, 04:18 AM   #7
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Am I so rich that I don't have to worry about making the network profitable? That would affect my decision.
The premise is you're independently wealthy, it's your own station, you're not affiliated with any network, and the only people you have to answer to are the FCC. If nobody wants to advertise on your station, you don't care because you're rich.
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Old March 30 2014, 04:25 AM   #8
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Am I so rich that I don't have to worry about making the network profitable? That would affect my decision.
The premise is you're independently wealthy, it's your own station, you're not affiliated with any network, and the only people you have to answer to are the FCC. If nobody wants to advertise on your station, you don't care because you're rich.
Ok, if the station doesn't have to make any money I'd definitely focus on original programming where talented writers have creative control.
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Old March 30 2014, 04:35 AM   #9
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That's what I was aiming for in the OP when I mentioned covering local high school and college cultural events, but I didn't quite have it pinned down where I wanted it. A local anthology series would be interesting, basically creating your own little studio with set designers, costumers, writers, directors, etc. drawn from local talent. Every night could be amateur night.
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Old March 30 2014, 04:52 AM   #10
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I'd be the Jim Henson network. Muppets - TV shows and movies. Fraggle Rock. Classic Sesame Street. Dark Crystal. And so on ... including original shows that showed the same irreverent, vaudevillian sensibilities that Henson and his shows did. The world needs a new Henson ... and my network would put him/her in the proper context.
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Old March 30 2014, 03:15 PM   #11
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In addition to whatever other programming, I'd have one hour every night called "Shows Fox Cancelled" and run Space: Above & Beyond; Alien Nation; Tru Calling; Dollhouse; Strange Luck; etc, etc, etc,...
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I'd be the Jim Henson network. Muppets - TV shows and movies. Fraggle Rock. Classic Sesame Street. Dark Crystal. And so on ... including original shows that showed the same irreverent, vaudevillian sensibilities that Henson and his shows did. The world needs a new Henson ... and my network would put him/her in the proper context.
I would very much watch your network.
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Old March 30 2014, 04:22 PM   #13
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Mine would be part Science Channel, part Discovery Channel, part G4, part Comedy Central, part AMC, and part (the late) Current TV with room for network shows like Agents of Shield, Doctor Who, and all the Star Trek reruns.
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Old March 30 2014, 05:48 PM   #14
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In addition to whatever other programming, I'd have one hour every night called "Shows Fox Cancelled" and run Space: Above & Beyond; Alien Nation; Tru Calling; Dollhouse; Strange Luck; etc, etc, etc,...
You could go 24/7 with "shows Fox cancelled" and never hit a rerun.
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I'd be the Jim Henson network. Muppets - TV shows and movies. Fraggle Rock. Classic Sesame Street. Dark Crystal. And so on ... including original shows that showed the same irreverent, vaudevillian sensibilities that Henson and his shows did. The world needs a new Henson ... and my network would put him/her in the proper context.
If you included Farscape in that, I would watch your network.

For me, I would put on shows that haven't been in syndication in a long time, like Babylon 5, but I would try to bring back the variety show, like the Muppet show. There are some genres of TV that I wish would make a comeback, and the Variety show, Sci Fi (space based) show, and the game shows are three of those genres.
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