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#1 Posted on 31.1.05 1256.58
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http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/CA500235.html?display=Breaking+News&referral=SUPP

OMG WILL THEY CANCEL RAW I BET DAVE SCHERER KNOWS


    Spike Chief Gets Axed
    By John M. Higgins -- Broadcasting & Cable, 1/31/2005 11:01:00 AM

    A network executive with a 57% ratings surge should be gloating, right? But not Spike TV chief Albie Hecht: He lost his job.

    Hecht resigned over the weekend, just as a Broadcasting & Cable Magazine story about his impending exit was hitting the streets.

    MTV Networks issued a press release Sunday afternoon saying Hecht resigned because of "creative differences".

    MTV Networks is expected to announce as early as Monday that Comedy Central President Doug Herzog will take charge of programming the network, though Spike will still report in some fashion to Nickelodon Group President Herb Scannel.

    Whats the problem with Spike?

    The networks growth is coming from the wrong kind of viewers: women. Re-launching Spike in 2003, Hechts mission was to draw younger male viewers. It worked, to a point.

    That first year, women accounted for just 32% of the networks prime time viewers, making Spike the most male-skewing network in television. But nightly runs of CSI starting last year have pushed the female audience to 42%.

    That would be fine if Spike were also drawing more of its targeted demo. But Spikes ratings among men 18-34 increased a mere 4% in the fourth quarter of 2004. (Its doing better among 18-49s, up 15%.)

    The bigger problem may be that Spike hasnt developed other programming that scores with guys.
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#2 Posted on 31.1.05 1504.52
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What is this like the forth face lift for Spike/TNN in recent years? I don't know if they will keep the WWE's shows but I can't see them giving the WWE six to seven hours on the next deal and even if they do I doubt it will be for anywhere close to the amount they are paying now. More importantly I hope they don't get rid of the Funk Master Flex show and all the CSI re runs!
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#3 Posted on 31.1.05 1731.08
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    Originally posted by BWT
    What is this like the forth face lift for Spike/TNN in recent years? I don't know if they will keep the WWE's shows but I can't see them giving the WWE six to seven hours on the next deal and even if they do I doubt it will be for anywhere close to the amount they are paying now. More importantly I hope they don't get rid of the Funk Master Flex show and all the CSI re runs!
If they cancel MXC, I'll be out for blood. That's the only reason I watch SpikeTV.
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#4 Posted on 31.1.05 1740.12
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Bring back swamp buggy racing!
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#5 Posted on 31.1.05 1751.52
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Hell, you want more young male viewers? Bring in Rhonda Shear and redo UP ALL NIGHT with softcore porn after 11pm... it works for Cinemax*!

(*= well, cinemax doesn't have Rhond, but they SHOULD!)



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#6 Posted on 31.1.05 1818.23
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    Originally posted by Cerebus
    Hell, you want more young male viewers? Bring in Rhonda Shear and redo UP ALL NIGHT with softcore porn after 11pm... it works for Cinemax*!

    (*= well, cinemax doesn't have Rhond, but they SHOULD!)



    (edited by Cerebus on 31.1.05 1953)
Rhonda's ...50. Not that there's anything wrong with that, Scott Hall.
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#7 Posted on 31.1.05 2207.00
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This is where Herzog needs to place reruns of The Man Show, get a poker tourney-clone show going and get more foreign-style shows going. Doesn't matter if it's Japanese, German, etc. -- something that is lowest common denominator. Viacom needs some balls on this one, since cable really isn't regulated by the FCC for indecency.

They need to cause a stir -- to get some positively negative publicity; only then will they get the young males in droves.

Just my .02.
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#8 Posted on 31.1.05 2343.34
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Boobs would pull ratings, but would get the channel yanked off of Basic cable in most markets - not by the regulators, but by the conservatives.

Even with the myriad of parental control options available to adults, they will still fight to keep "indecency" aware from other adults so that their children can't possibly be exposed.
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#9 Posted on 31.1.05 2349.48
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    Originally posted by SOK
    If they cancel MXC, I'll be out for blood. That's the only reason I watch SpikeTV.

I like Gary the Rat....

No, I don't. And didn't. But I do love seeing the people they invited to the big Playboy/Spike party in bumpers and little promos for the network, especially when they're no longer affiliated with Spike TV.

But I too will be pretty annoyed if MXC has to hit the bricks.
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#10 Posted on 1.2.05 0003.33
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Ok, sure... but ten or fifteen years ago, she was (Capital!) H.O.T. and I watched her every weekend. She had such great... vocal talent, I'll say.
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#11 Posted on 1.2.05 0850.41
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I'm still bitter about the disappearance of the Nashville Network...

Spike just got okayed to remain on the air here in Canada. A Canadian broadcaster had said it was competition to Men TV, but it really isn't.
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#12 Posted on 3.2.05 1658.08
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In: Doug Herzog

http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/CA501168.html?display=Breaking+News&referral=SUPP

    Herzog to Drive Spike

    By Anne Becker -- Broadcasting & Cable
    2/2/2005 4:38:00 PM


    It's official: Comedy Central president Doug Herzog will also head co-owned Spike TV as president of the network, reporting to MTV Networks Group president Herb Scannell while wearing his Spike hat and to MTV Networks chairman Judy McGrath for Comedy. The two networks under Herzog's purview will now form a separate new unit within MTV Networks.

    Herzog's appointment comes in the wake of the resignation of Albie Hecht, president of Spike since January 2003, citing creative differences with MTV.

    Herzog, who is based out of LA, said he did not foresee problems in managing two New York based networks. "I spend a lot of time on a plane begging for my familys forgiveness," he said. "It's a lifestyle choice, but the world has grown small with blackberries, cell phones, e-mail, faxes and video-conferences. We're available to each other far too much these days, I find."

    Nor is he concerned with the dual reporting structure. "I've known Herb for as long as Ive known Judy," he said. "There's a lot of mutual respect. This is a long-standing group of incredible executives and its incredibly collegial and collaborative."

    Herzog returned to Comedy in 2004 after having worked at the network from July 1995 to November 1998 and helping to build that network's initial brand.

    In between stints at the network, he held positions as president of entertainment for Fox Broadcasting Company and president of USA Network. Before Comedy, Herzog spent 11 years at MTV as executive vice president of programming for the network and president of MTV Productions.

    Herzog said both Spike and Comedy, two newer networks in the MTV family, were "ill-fitted" in their former parent groups (Spike with Nickelodeon networks, Comedy with the MTV music channels) and envisions the new structure helping them to play off each other in attracting young male viewers. "They have their own little platform to stand on now that they're bound at the hip," he said.

    Known for being a pro at programming, Herzog said he will look for both scripted and unscripted signature shows to serve as breakout brand-establishers for men's network Spike, whose best-rated programs are currently WWE Wrestling and off-CBS CSI. In doing so, he said he will take a "less is more" strategy, investing in a select group of shows as he did at USA and Comedy.

    "In this crowded landscape of billions of channels and a lot of white noise, I'm into making bigger noise with fewer things," he said.

    In terms of genres for those programs, however, Herzog said the field was wide open at Spike and that he would even consider sci-fi and music shows. "The great thing about Spike versus Comedy is that, at the end of the day, Spike has a broader canvas 50% of the world needs to like it," he said.

    Prior to MTV, Herzog was a segment producer for Entertainment Tonight and an associate producer at TBS.

    MTV Networks is a unit of Viacom.


Uhh, have they ever NOT considered sci-fi and music shows?
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#13 Posted on 4.2.05 2132.27
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That motherfucker cancelled MST3K. Fuck him.

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#14 Posted on 6.2.05 1549.29
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    Originally posted by The Goon
    I'm still bitter about the disappearance of the Nashville Network...

    Spike just got okayed to remain on the air here in Canada. A Canadian broadcaster had said it was competition to Men TV, but it really isn't.
It isn't competition...because MEN TV is on digital cable, and Spike is on basic. Now, if Men TV was on Basic, then I could see that being a legitimate argument...but competition is a good thing.

I'm just waiting for when I can see an uncensored RAW on Spike TV instead of TSN. :-/
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