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Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by lambertman, May 26, 2008.
The station probably needs a rebranding, but is this the best way?
I guess with the "America" addition they're trying to convey that they're available coast to coast, not just Chicago.
I'm not sure what they're trying to convey with the creepy anime eyes though!
WGN America isn't a bad name.
The logo is just dumb. Besides for being creepy anime eyes, there is nothing about them that makes people think "WGN."
And of course, the tagline of "TV you can't ignore" is in some ways worse - because nothing about their programming backs that up. If anything, I could easily ignore the whole channel and I wouldn't miss anything.
It certainly is an annoying "bug" that is difficult to ignore.
Thank you VH-1 for being the one of the first, if not the first to inflict bugs on the public...
Not sure I've ever watched anything on WGN so it certainly is easy to ignore. Those eyes are horrible. That's not the type of thing you want staring back at you when you watch TV. I agree that the "America" part is probably a good idea, but the rest is not.
I partially agree. I can't ignore Cubs baseball, but I can ignore everything else. Other than the Cubs it's just another indie TV station showing sitcoms and old movies.
Actually, I'm hoping for more old sitcoms. Next week, they're doing a special retro week with MTM, Taxi, WKRP, Kotter and Barney Miller. Wouldn't mind seeing any or all of those making the schedule. I could get behind WGNA being a de facto TVLand2 + Cubs.
Corner Gas? C'mon....that's worth it! They're the ones that brought CG to the U.S.
I do sometimes like the watch the WGN news though. I'm glad they don't overlay it on the national feed like I heard WTBS used to do.
It's fun to watch sometimes. Murder, mayhem! And that wacky City Council! Plus Chicago is my favorite city and by watching the news I can pretend that I live there.
There's a lot of buzz that WGN America will shortly drop all Chicago-oriented programming, including Cubs and White Sox baseball, and the WGN 9 news... nothing official, yet, however.
That ain't happening. They just signed on (within the past 60 days) as a partner to broadcast Chicago Blackhawks hockey games (along with Comcast) providing Chicago viewers with all away and home games next year.
That's apparently with WGN-9, the over-the-air CW affiliate in Chicago, IL.
That does not look to affect WGN America, which is continuing it's evolution away from WGN-9. Eventually, it is said that WGN America will be completely separate from WGN-9, and have absolutely no Chicago-oriented programming at all.
(WGN-9 will continue to be Chicago-oriented, including carrying Chicago sports and news programming.)
ETA: The WGN America website confirms that the Blackhawk games will be exclusively on WGN-TV, channel 9:
I knew that
three for me.
You'd miss "Corner Gas" which would be an almighty shame
That said I hate all logos/onscreen graphics, so an ugly or obtrusive one is just status quo anymore.
I haven't watched WGN in maybe a decade...
Someone needs to holler when "Corner Gas" starts over from the beginning. I don't want to jump in the middle.
WGN & the Atlanta station (WTBS?) were big (to me) in the early days of cable. There weren't all the networks we have now (Disc, A&E, Trav, yada), and other than HBO, there were the "super-stations" and a few others. So we watched.
As time has marched, the quality of cable (and I suppose satellite) has increased exponentially as the number of viewing options has increased. I can't remember the last time I watched any of the superstations. Or which ones are even still around.
Really doesn't matter (plus WGN doesn't air them in order 'cept on Sunday night I think -- they run them all week out of order). There may be two or three eps in the first four seasons that would "require" previous knowledge from earlier episodes. You can basically start anywhere.
Check out this thread. There are comments about whether you need to watch them in order. Oh, and see this site too.
More on the new branding of the Superstation in this Tribune column today.
Yep. Corner Gas has no larger story arcs. Each episode is it's own thing and with no casting changes, it can be difficult to see a difference between a 1st season and 5th season show.