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#1 Posted on
From 1w:

TNN announced today that on June 16 they will change the name of the network to "Spike TV". It will be the next step in their bid to be the first network dedicated solely to catering to men. They will unveil the new logo on at the MTV Networks upfront presentation in New York City on Tuesday, May 6. They signed partnerships with Men's Health magazine and CBS MarketWatch and will launch a multi-million dollar ad campaign to promote awareness of the new name. Of course, WWE programming will be a focal point of the network.
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That has GOT to be the dumbest thing I have ever heard.

And isn't Sunday Night Heat ALREADY "Spike TV"?

EDIT: My apologies for the accidental double thread post.

(edited by SchippeWreck on 15.4.03 1259)



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#3 Posted on
I think it sounds okay. It might kick off any last remaining Country Music memories.



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You mean after 2 plus years of them repeatedly trying to blast into people's heads that their name is the New TNN, they are going to change the name again? Did the senile people in Viacom's news division sign off on this idea?



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Wait a minute...

TNN caters to men? Their top three shows are RAW, Star Trek and Baywatch. I thought their target audience was 13-year old boys.

Now, if they just went all the way and called it Maxim TV, then I could probably get on board with it. But TBS tried programming just for "guys" and it didn't work out too well...



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Since: 1.4.03
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#6 Posted on
Your Official Sunday, April 13, 2003 Randomly Selected Wiener Of The Day Champion says....

Spike TV? Out of all the names they could choose, they chose Spike TV? What are the WWE writers running TNN now?

Jim Ross: Welcome everyone to WWE RAW live on SPIKE TV!!
Jerry Lawler: Thats it...I'm out of here, give me .25 cents to call TNA for a job.

Just go ahead all call it TWC...The WWE Channel...Thats better than Spike TV.








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Their new logo should be of a scrawny guy getting powerbombed through a flaming table.

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As long as "Stay Fit! With Mike and Spike!" gets a much deserved shot at national prominence, I'm OK with this whole thing.





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#9 Posted on
From Reuters (story.news.yahoo.com) (for those who automatically disbelieve any story that comes from 1w):

Cable Channel TNN to Morph Into 'Spike TV'

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Goodbye Minnie Pearl, hello young dudes.

TNN, the cable television channel once known as country-music home The Nashville Network and later as the more mainstream The National Network, on Tuesday said it will re-christen itself "Spike TV" this summer as it shifts to programming for a younger, male audience.

The name change is set to take effect June 16 and will be backed by a multimillion-dollar advertising campaign. In a statement, network president Albie Hecht said Spike TV would be "unapologetically male."

As part of its move to cater to the men's market, the network also unveiled a new slate of programming with a strong bent toward both the loud and the lewd, though the it will also carry daily news briefs on issues like health and finance.

"Guys like money, and girls like guys that have money. Therefore, guys are interested in the financial markets," the network said in previewing a series of daily market reports from CBSMarketWatch.

Men's Health magazine will contribute brief reports, Spike said, as will Stuff magazine, a "lad magazine" known for its scantily clad cover girls.

Joining the network this June, Spike said, will be an animation block featuring "Stan Lee's Stripperella," starring frequent Playboy model Pamela Anderson, as well as new episodes of the series "Ren & Stimpy."

The network also said it will extend the "Uncut" franchise of full-length, unedited versions of films like "The Terminator" and "The Godfather" and air films in the "James Bond" franchise.

The former TNN, available in 86 million homes nationwide, is a unit of MTV Networks, itself a unit of Viacom Inc.


Just my opinion, of course, but I don't see this as a great, good, or even mediocre marketing strategy. Have all your programs geared towards appealing to a young male audience, sure; but why publicly announce that your network should be viewed by men only? Even Playboy TV markets many of its programs as being for "couples"; after all, what benefit is there to telling half the population to not bother tuning in to your station? Add in the fact that TNN, errr, Spike TV, doesn't have any major sports programming (MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL) and you're left wondering how SpikeTV plans on luring a significant number of male viewers away from ESPN and Fox Sports Net (I mean, just how many months a year can you show "The Godfather" and expect people to keep tuning in?). Again, just my opinion, but this is a bottom-line disaster waiting to happen.



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#10 Posted on
"Guys like money, and girls like guys that have money. Therefore, guys are interested in the financial markets," the network said in previewing a series of daily market reports from CBSMarketWatch.

You have got to be fucking kidding me.





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" Have all your programs geared towards appealing to a young male audience, sure; but why publicly announce that your network should be viewed by men only?"

There's at least three, at last count, channels that are marketed, and geared towards women: Lifetime, the Lifetime Movie Network, and Oxygen. And if you count stuff like The Hallmark Channel in with that, then that number gets bigger.

What I don't like is the dumbing down of the programming, and then slapping it with a "it's for guys" label. I mean, come on, "Guys like money, and girls like guys that have money. Therefore, guys are interested in the financial markets..." And Stripperella? What's that show's tagline-"Stripper by night, crimefighter by later that night"?

Can we imagine what Martha Burke would do if TNN decided to change to a women's format, but featured shows about "making sure dinner was ready when your husband gets home" or "The Joys of Ironing"?

Sorry. Got off on a rant there.



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#12 Posted on
*blinks*

New episodes of Ren and Stimpy? Well I'm in, regardless of the worst channel name in the history of mankind



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#13 Posted on

    Originally posted by redsoxnation
    You mean after 2 plus years of them repeatedly trying to blast into people's heads that their name is the New TNN, they are going to change the name again? Did the senile people in Viacom's news division sign off on this idea?


Exactly...you don't finally get TNN over with people, spending millions in the process. Then change the name immediately. That is plain dumb. But obviously TNN wasn't too much of a hit with Viacom. I just hope that if it is really a men's station, we will get a videogame show and some nude women on TV after hours.



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It's all about Narrowcasting, racism isn't in vogue as it was 20 years ago so lets narrowcast. Take every possible demographic, describe their personality in a one word, give them a TV station, and watch the cash flow in. I fall into the demographic they are targeting, but this loser has got better things to spank the monkey to then the overratted STD wondergirl Pamela Anderson.

It might be a flop at first, the 18-25 male demographic brings in the lowest ad revenue, but narrowcasting is gaining strength.

What else would you expect from the same company that portrays Eminem is the Poet Laureate of our age.

Ren and Stimpy??? That show is still in production?



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#15 Posted on
Here's hoping they resurrect Beavis and Butthead, too.

Maybe some new episodes?

If so, I'm totally in.



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#16 Posted on
Your Official Sunday, April 13, 2003 Randomly Selected Wiener Of The Day Champion says....

    Originally posted by Nag
    It's all about Narrowcasting, racism isn't in vogue as it was 20 years ago so lets narrowcast. Take every possible demographic, describe their personality in a one word, give them a TV station, and watch the cash flow in. I fall into the demographic they are targeting, but this loser has got better things to spank the monkey to then the overratted STD wondergirl Pamela Anderson.

    It might be a flop at first, the 18-25 male demographic brings in the lowest ad revenue, but narrowcasting is gaining strength.

    What else would you expect from the same company that portrays Eminem is the Poet Laureate of our age.

    Ren and Stimpy??? That show is still in production?



To anwser the ren and Stimpy question..

TNN (aka Spike TV aka Viacom) struck a deal to air the reruns of Ren and stimpy and also make all new ones. They are part of TNN..damn it..i mean SPike TV's (lol stupid name) cartoon block. I think it will air on saturday nights. I don't know when it will come on the air by date, but I do know that TNN will also have a brand new cartoon from Howard Stern as well.

(edited by y4j1981 on 15.4.03 1519)







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#17 Posted on
I've heard that Spike TV's (shudders) version of Adult Swim will air on Thursday nights.

Also, I guess that means Mick Foley will be out of a job, cause I can't imagine him saying "You're watching the new Spike TV!".

(edited by tomvejada on 15.4.03 1540)


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Stripperella, ladies and gentlemen:

Click here and here

And here's some backstory courtesy of www.newsarama.com:

As previous reported, the concept for the animated series was created by Lee is based on Pamela Anderson, who will voice the lead character, Exotica Jones. A clear over the top romp, the show will be part of TNN?s new lineup of cartoons aimed at a mature audience. The Stripperella animated series is slated to debut on the network in late June.

Animation and comics vet Kevin Altieri is directing the series, which will, according to a report at EW.com, have Striperella facing challenges such as the evil plastic surgeon Dr. Cesarean, who has been installing nitroglycerin breast implants in her ecdysiast friends -- to explosive result. The local strip club will also be the setting for the (slightly) more down-to-earth personal stories in which Erotica/Stripperella helps fellow dancers like Persephone, who's in a tumultuous love triangle with conjoined twins.?


Sounds like we're in for some Quality Episodic Television. And Foley might be out of a job, but Lawler is about the ONLY person I can see doing promos for this stuff.

(edited by Battlezone on 15.4.03 1700)


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#19 Posted on
If they really wanted to make money, it should be a station geared towards kids. Rugrats and now Spongebob Square Pants are consistantly the highest rated shows on cable, even up there during the WWF's prime with ratings.

But since it is focused on men, why not call it "Dyke TV".
Just imagine Lawler's response on the first RAW after the name change.

Jim Ross: Welcome everyone to WWE RAW live on Dyke TV!!
Jerry Lawler: HLA! HLA! HLA! HLA! HLA!
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The following post expresses the opinions of a raving Jerichoholic. He is biased, opinionated and bitter. You have been warned.

Spike TV. Well, that can only lead to one thing. STV. In case anybody forgot, the "V" and "D" keys on a standard "QWERTY" keyboard are about half an inch apart.

[fade to AIM conversation}

RandomDudeA:Dude, you watchin' Raw tonight?
RandomDudeB:I dunno. What channel's it on?
RandomDudeA:STD
RandomDudeB:I don't think I get that.
RandomDudeA:Dude, you gotta get STD! It's great! Pamela Anderson...
RandomDudeB: Oh! The Hepatitis Channel!

And other random miscues. Plus, one Austin slipup (see WWF in his return speech) could have the censors going nuts.



The preceding post expressed the opinions of a raving Jerichoholic. He was biased, opinionated and bitter. You were warned.
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