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New retro channels on the way?

AncierGot an itch for classic television that needs scratched?

Help might be on the way. At least it will be if Garth Ancier has anything to say about it.

Ancier was the founding programmer at Fox and The WB and now he is working on a new TV gig. He hopes to convince pay-TV operators to carry four new channels. Each one would have a different theme, with the themes being decades of television.

He wants to create a unique channel for the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. Each would air reruns from that decade. Think of it like a specialized Nick at Nite or TV Land to your specific viewing interest.

Zeus Media Partners is the name of Ancier's new company that is working on these projects. They want to launch the channels in 2014's second quarter. Ancier says the idea came to him from listening to Sirius XM, which offers stations geared towards different decades. Could be a cross-branding opportunity.

Zeus Media is talking to several studios about the project and licensing their old programs, such as Warner Bros., 20th Century Fox and Carsey Werner. The plan is to air these programs in high definition.

Would these channels appeal to you at all?

- Garth Ancier
- TVland

Written by: Hamatosan
Jun 1st, 2013, 5:19 pm

Images courtesy of TV Land


Message Posted On Jul 31st, 2013, 7:23 pm
GREAT IDEA!!! I think having a channel per decade would be awesome. Viewers I believe would love this. I enjoyed TV-Land when it first came out. I have suggested having a station that would air I Love Lucy, The Lucy Show, Here's Lucy, Life With Lucy, Mamas Family, and The Carol Burnett Show. Then on the weekends show movies that Lucy has been in. Channel (Lucy). I really like the idea of decade of the 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's and 90's television shows. Would make for a great package to offer to Dish and Direct TV viewers.

Message Posted On Jun 4th, 2013, 4:07 am
The '40s and '50s Channel

Message Posted On Jun 2nd, 2013, 7:07 pm
Airing programs that weren't shot in HD in an HD format kind of seems like an unnecessary expense to me. If that's the type of business decision he's planning on making, I wouldn't expect this scheme to be implemented very easily. and again, there are shows like Law & Order and The Simpsons that run for over a decade and some that run between decades... which channel would they air on? for me, none of this really matters because I use the internet instead of TV and can pick up episodes of pretty much anything I want, as long as it's been released on DVD at some point.

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Message Posted On Jun 1st, 2013, 5:47 pm

I love this idea. For better or worse, the era of cable and local stations filling their airtime with re-runs of old TV shows is basically over, with original programming or re-runs of more recent programs occupying the majority of free time slots. Other than the super popular shows like Seinfeld and Friends, most shows from the 90's or before are lucky to get any exposure to newer generations via re-airings. If Ancier wants to change that, I applaud him.

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