The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

17 April 2003

And we need new logos, too

News Item:

Beginning June 16, Spike will be the latest moniker for The National Network (TNN), which changed its name two years ago from The Nashville Network.

Hmmm. I wonder if this sort of thing will catch on elsewhere in the cable industry....

Oxygen   Boron

Cable News Network   Credibility Near Nil

Lifetime   Smip! (Soccer Moms In Peril)

Animal Planet   C-SPAN 3

TV Land   The Beaver Channel

Comedy Central   Caddyshack Central

Nick   Shtick

Fox News Channel   Cartoon Network

You know, this could work.

Posted at 5:54 AM to Almost Yogurt

Hoo! The "snip" network name change would truly be "Truth In Labeling."

I'm still reeling over SPIKE...sure, they want to be the "Man TV" channel, but SPIKE just doesnt' quite convey the...the...oh,never mind.

Posted by: DavidMSC at 6:36 AM on 17 April 2003

I don't think "DongTV" is quite what Viacom is looking for.

Posted by: CGHill at 6:48 AM on 17 April 2003

If you are ever bored, read some of the back history on TNN and TNN.COM.

TNN, then owned by... (I'll say ABC, but cannot remember) sued TNN.COM to try to get their domain name. TNN.COM was a group of network engineers selling network maintenance packages. TNN.COM stood for The Network Network, and they had been in business for at least five years before The Nashville Network debuted.

The punch line was the judge kicking Nashville out of court, saying something like, "I don't think people will go to TNN.COM looking for Nascar schedules and Dukes of Hazzard reruns and accidentally sign up for a network maintenance package."

The last I heard, TNN.COM was countersuing for legal fees.

Posted by: Ravenwood at 7:29 AM on 17 April 2003

Ever wonder why "mediacracy" rhymes so closely with "mediocrity"?

Me neither.

Posted by: Kevin McGehee at 7:40 AM on 17 April 2003

The first time I read the new name for Lifetime, I thought it said "Snip". Thanks for the laugh.

Posted by: Goof Beyou at 1:15 PM on 18 April 2003

More truth than poetry there, Goof. :|

Posted by: CGHill at 2:15 PM on 18 April 2003