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Old 06-17-2011, 12:50 PM   #1
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Default Bonanza and Gunsmoke on TV Land

I recently saw a post on TV Land's message board that both Bonanza and Gunsmoke's contracts expire 8/31/11.

Does anyone know if the contracts have been renewed? Those 2 westerns have been a constant on the network for so long it breaks my heart that they might go off...
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Old 06-17-2011, 03:02 PM   #2
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I was going to comment somewhere that TV Land's new slogan is "Laugh More." It's even below the bug on the screen. I could not help but wonder if they will eliminate the drama programming eventually.

Gunsmoke and Bonanza do air on MeTV, if you get it....
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Old 06-18-2011, 12:16 AM   #3
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Gunsmoke also airs on the encore western channel. They show it uncut and commercial free.
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Old 06-18-2011, 01:28 AM   #4
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...that "Encore Westerns" have the rights to schedule the first five hour-long black and white seasons of "GUNSMOKE" (1961-'66), 'dangfish', while "TV Land" has the color episodes (1966-'75) only. Considering the fact that "TV Land" has virtually "butchered" those episodes in recent years, including replacing the original closing credits with their own at the bottom of the screen, during the final scenes...perhaps it's just as well that it's time to "retire" them for now.

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I personally, do NOT give a rats *** what TV LAND does!!!!
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Old 06-19-2011, 01:37 PM   #6
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I was going to comment somewhere that TV Land's new slogan is "Laugh More." It's even below the bug on the screen. I could not help but wonder if they will eliminate the drama programming eventually.

Gunsmoke and Bonanza do air on MeTV, if you get it....

If that is the case, I hope Extreme Makeover goes too. LOL.
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Old 06-19-2011, 01:44 PM   #7
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IMHO, I do NOT give a Rat's Arse what PAY-TV Does!!!
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Agreed. The shows are cut beyond recognition anyway so what difference does it make what they air.
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The only ones " laughing more " is TVLAND, at the people paying to watch their channel.
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I don't know how true this is, but I have heard they plan on getting rid of ALL their older shows once the contracts expire no matter how popular the show is. At one time the most popular shows were Gunsmoke, Bonanza and Andy Griffith Show on the station. However, these shows tend to get older viewers and as been mentioned, TVLAND wants a younger audience. I wonder if the fact that Me-TV picked up the rights (though they had the local rights before Me-TV went national)also signals an end to these shows.

All of this is speculation but I suspect they will let the contracts expire.
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I don't know how true this is, but I have heard they plan on getting rid of ALL their older shows once the contracts expire no matter how popular the show is. At one time the most popular shows were Gunsmoke, Bonanza and Andy Griffith Show on the station. However, these shows tend to get older viewers and as been mentioned, TVLAND wants a younger audience. I wonder if the fact that Me-TV picked up the rights (though they had the local rights before Me-TV went national)also signals an end to these shows.

All of this is speculation but I suspect they will let the contracts expire.

If it is younger viewers they want, why are they airing shows that feature old people? All of their new originals feature mainly older actors.
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That part I don't get either, but it has been mentioned on their forums they want younger. But if that's the case why do they have Hot In Cleveland and Happily Divorced? Maybe because they own the rights to those shows (ie DVD sales for example). That's just a guess.
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Bringing back Leave It To Beaver is a good sign.
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I wonder if the fact that Me-TV picked up the rights (though they had the local rights before Me-TV went national)also signals an end to these shows.

That's irrelevant. ME-TV isn't a cable channel like TV Land is so it doesn't really apply. TV Land's programming decisions will not at all be based on anything ME-TV does.
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Old 06-21-2011, 09:48 AM   #15
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I could say "If they're looking for comedy bring back Night Court" but not so much after I've seen the handling of The Nanny. I just love that they only show 3 seasons and skip over a ton of episodes. Then again they treated NC the same way near the end, only showing a handful of Season 5 and 6 episodes.
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