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#1 Posted on
From 411mania:



    UPN debuting new programming on that date…
    The September 9, 2003 taping of Smackdown will air on September 11, and will be only a 90 minute show. The final 30 minutes will be used by UPN to debut the new show "The Mullets."

    However, there is a bit of controversy over this decision. Most networks are expected to broadcast September 11, 2001 special programming, but UPN has decided to not show news, and also debut new programming.

    The network has been criticized for taking advantage of the lack of competition on a sensitive date for the country.

    credit: Wrestling Observer Newsletter



Odd that there was no mention of the Sept. 13, 2001 SmackDown. It was presented live and included small testimonies about the performer's feelings and reactions. It was also, I believe, the first large paying assembly since the attacks.

UPN provided that broadcast.





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The real protest should be that 1/4 of the time allotted regularly for World Wrestling Entertainment brand wrestling program Smackdown has been given to 'The Mullets'. If they want to put Loni Anderson from 25 years ago in WKRP in Cincinnati on television, thats fine, but her in the 'The Mullets' will just be sad.



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Shame Hogan is gone....they could've drawn major ratings by putting him up against Big Show in the main event and cutting to the match after every five minutes of Mulletdom



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#4 Posted on

    Originally posted by Matt Tracker
    Odd that there was no mention of the Sept. 13, 2001 SmackDown. It was presented live and included small testimonies about the performer's feelings and reactions. It was also, I believe, the first large paying assembly since the attacks.

    UPN provided that broadcast.



At least The Mullets won't feature Stephanie McMahon comparing America overcoming the terrorist attacks to her strong, verile father overcoming the evil American government.



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    Originally posted by OMEGA
    At least The Mullets won't feature Stephanie McMahon comparing America overcoming the terrorist attacks to her strong, verile father overcoming the evil American government.


Are people STILL crying about that? Come on ...





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You mean we are going to have to go through this crap AGAIN on 9/11? Do we eventually get to move on? When? Why don't we do more to celebrate actual victories than wallow in our sorrow for a defeat? They didn't do this back in the day for Pearl Harbor. I applaud UPN for realizing that getting back to 'normalcy' requires one to do things as they 'normally' do. (Besides, they don't exactly have a news division anyway, right?)



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#7 Posted on

    Originally posted by ges7184
    They didn't do this back in the day for Pearl Harbor.


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There's a little something called history. You can actually look things up in the past, learn about them, not totally rely on your own life experience, but learn from others as well. It can be fun, I would suggest it to everybody.



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The problem with all this is, 9/11 hasn't really been allowed to become a part of the past. Two years later it's still fairly rare for a day to go by without some network or another putting on a special about either the Twin Towers, Bin Laden, or the War On Terror. Thus, the only thing making these "retrospectives" special is the date they're airing.

I think the networks'd be better served to have a synchronized moment of silence, cut to a speech from the President, or something along those lines instead of yet another "9/11: A look back at the look back we did while looking back to the show we did a month after".



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WTF? I have only 80 channels. Some people have 500. Even those with black and white TVs with tinfoil on the back probably are not looking to UPN for their news coverage. I admit I got sick of the post 9/11 coverage when there was nowhere else to get away from it.

Yes, respect the day, but what programming does The Food Network have for 9/11/03? Iron Chef Afghanistan vs. Emeril in a camel cook-off challenge? How about a little realism here?

That said, the Sept. 13, 2001 SmackDown did kick ass but I happen to be a wrestling fan.




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    Originally posted by ges7184
    There's a little something called history. You can actually look things up in the past, learn about them, not totally rely on your own life experience, but learn from others as well. It can be fun, I would suggest it to everybody.

HA!!!!



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#12 Posted on

    Originally posted by ges7184
    Besides, they don't exactly have a news division anyway, right?


That is correct...UPN has no network news division. Some local UPN affiliates do have their own news departments, however. They'll often throw the network in with their own branding, a'la "UPN 9 News."

So even if they wanted to do a special, they really don't have the resources. It'd probably end up being some dreck with some public-domain file footage, probably with "what I was thinking back then" moments with UPN show stars.

Although I sure wish I could upload the 9/11 video I did for my station last year onto Kazaa so all y'all could see it. Best damn piece of business I've ever done.



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I agree that we need to move on. As much as I love my country and stuff, it's time to realize that it is indeed history.

I can't say I know what it's like to have lost someone on 09/11 because I didn't know a single person ... but as an American and a human being, I sympathize with those who did ... but I wouldn't want to be reminded every year about it.




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The 9-11 SmackDown! will probably have some sort of tribute, maybe bring Lilian in to sing the national anthem.

WARNING: RANT AHEAD. DO NOT READ UNLESS YOU'RE TRULY INTERESTED IN WHAT I THINK ABOUT PEARL HARBOR, 9-11 AND THE STATUS OF THE UNITED STATES INTERNATIONALLY.

I don't think it's a good idea for UPN to debut The Mullets on 9-11, though, unless they're banking on everybody being sick and tired of the coverage already. I don't think 9-11 needs to be relegated to the level of attention that Peral Harbor gets yet. It may never get to the point where all they do is maybe show a little thing about it. This happened in the height of the information age, in the economic center of (I think) the world, instead of on an island in Hawaii before there was any 24-hour news channel. When Pearl Harbor happened, there was a World War going on, and America was only 30 or so years removed from another World War. 9-11 happened 10 years after the US had been in any sort of conflict, 25 years after the last "unpopular" conflict, and over 50 years after the last World War, giving the US enough time to secure its place as the lone superpower and inflate its sense of invulnerablity to ungodly levels. 9-11 shattered all of that, and the country may never get back to where it was on September 10, 2001, economically or otherwise. Maybe that's a good thing, some sort of reality check. My point is that 9-11 will never be "just another day" to Americans, not for at least 50 years. UPN is trying to make it "just another day" now, by cutting their highest-rated show short and debuting another doomed sitcom. Gee, and herre I was thinking that UPN was going to hold a TV debut of "The Matrix" or something this Monday in direct opposition of Raw. Oh, and one last thing, anybody in Boston knows that "Nightcast at 10" is a joke, and UPN is just CBS's bitch.



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    Originally posted by The Thrill

      Originally posted by ges7184
      Besides, they don't exactly have a news division anyway, right?


    That is correct...UPN has no network news division. Some local UPN affiliates do have their own news departments, however. They'll often throw the network in with their own branding, a'la "UPN 9 News."



Mmm... our UPN affiliate's owned by the ABC station here... their offices were, like, a closet. Same anchors for both news shows, too. They aren't even TRYING.


    Originally posted by The Thrill
    Although I sure wish I could upload the 9/11 video I did for my station last year onto Kazaa so all y'all could see it. Best damn piece of business I've ever done.


Heh... Wonder if anyone saw the ones we did here... at least I got to pick out footage.



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That 90-minute Smackdown worked wonders on Gary and Mike and Shasta McNasty.





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