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Six Shows That Don't Match the Cable Channels They're On

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 26th 2011 10:00AM
Pawn Stars on Lifetime?Over the last week, I've been talking about the concept of channel drift, when a channel strays away from its original reason for being.

In a way, almost every cable channel has drifted in format. HBO only showed uncut theatrical movies at one time; now they're more known for original series than they are for the uncut movies. One of the by-products of channel drift is that you can identify shows that make you scratch your head as to why they're on a particular network.

These could be shows that have held on for dear life as the channel it was on changed formats, or it could be a show that a channel wanted to test out in order to expand its audience. In a few cases, corporate synergy made for strange bedfellows, allowing channels to rerun shows from corporate cousins that don't seem to fit.

In all of these cases, their presence on their particular channels make a person scratch their heads. But in a lot of cases, they're not going anywhere.

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What's On Tonight: '60 Minutes,' 'The Pacific,' 'Celebrity Apprentice,' 'Sons of Tucson'

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 14th 2010 12:06PM
Guy FieriHere's tonight's TV lineup (all times Eastern).

  • At 7, ABC has a new 'America's Funniest Home Videos,' followed by new episodes of 'Extreme Makeover,' 'Desperate Housewives,' and 'Brothers & Sisters.'
  • CBS has a new '60 Minutes' at 7, then new episodes of 'The Amazing Race,' 'Undercover Boss,' and 'Cold Case.'
  • NBC has the series premiere of 'Minute To Win It' at 7 (two episodes), followed by the season premiere of 'Celebrity Apprentice.'
  • FOX has two new episodes of 'Til Death' at 7, then a new episode of 'The Simpsons.'
  • At 7:30, Disney has a new 'Hannah Montana,' followed by new episodes of 'Sonny with a Chance' and 'Jonas.'
  • At 8, Food Network has a new 'Challenge,' then the series premiere of 'Ultimate Recipe Showdown.'
  • GSN has a new 'High Stakes Poker' at 8.
  • Style has a new 'Ruby' at 8.
  • At 9, FOX has a new 'Family Guy,' followed by the series premiere of 'Sons of Tucson.'
  • HBO has the series premiere of 'The Pacific' at 9, then a new 'How To Make It In America.'
  • ESPN has a new '30 For 30' at 9.
  • History Channel has a new 'Ax Men' at 10.
  • At 12:30AM, Cartoon Network has a new 'Tim and Eric's Awesome Show, Great Job.'

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: Oscars, 'Amazing Race,' 'Iron Chef America'

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 7th 2010 12:20PM
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Here's tonight's TV lineup (all times Eastern).


  • At 7, ABC has 'The Barbara Walters Special,' followed by the 'Oscars Red Carpet' and The Oscars.
  • CBS has a new '60 Minutes Presents,' then a new 'Amazing Race.'
  • NBC has a new 'Dateline' at 7.
  • FOX has two new episodes of 'Til Death' at 7.
  • At 7:30, Disney has a new 'Hannah Montana.'
  • At 8, GSN has a new 'High Stakes Poker.'
  • TCM has 'The Oscar' at 8, followed by 'The Big Knife.'
  • At 9, Food Network has a new 'Iron Chef America.'
  • HBO has a new 'Big Love' at 9, then a new 'How To Make It In America.'
  • Hallmark has 'Uncorked' at 9.
  • At 10, History Channel has a new 'Ax Men.'
  • At 11:30, E! has the E! After Party: The Academy Awards.'
  • At 12:05am, ABC has a new 'Jimmy Kimmel Live.'
  • At 12:30am, Cartoon Network has a new 'Tim and Eric's Awesome Show, Great Job.'

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: Password, Ice Road Truckers, Breaking Bad

by Bob Sassone, posted May 31st 2009 4:07PM
  • Law and Order: CIAt 8, CBS has the season premiere of Million Dollar Password.
  • NBC has the Penguins/Red Wings game at 8.
  • Food Network has a new Challenge at 8, then a new Iron Chef America.
  • At 9, PBS has a new Masterpiece Mystery!
  • USA has a new Law and Order: CI at 9, followed by a new In Plain Sight.
  • History Channel has the season premiere of Ice Road Truckers, then the series premiere of Expedition Africa.
  • MTV has the 2009 MTV Movie Awards at 9.
  • Lifetime has the miniseries Maneater at 9.
  • Also at 9: GSN has a new High Stakes Poker.
  • At 10, AMC has the season finale of Breaking Bad.
  • HGTV has HGTV's $250,000 Challenge at 10.
  • At 11:45, Cartoon Network has the season finale of Aqua Teen Hunger Force, then a new Squidbillies.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: 60 Minutes, The Tudors, Aqua Teen Hunger Force

by Bob Sassone, posted May 24th 2009 4:00PM
Breaking Bad

  • FOX has the Sprint Cup: Coca-Cola 600 race all night.
  • At 7, CBS has a new 60 Minutes.
  • NBC has a new, two-hour Dateline at 7.
  • At 8, TNT has the Magic/Cavaliers game.
  • At 9, ABC has the miniseries Diamonds.
  • GSN has a new High Stakes Poker at 9.
  • Sci-Fi has the movie Polar Storm at 9.
  • HBO has two new episodes of In Treatment at 9.
  • Also at 9: Showtime has the season finale of The Tudors at 9, followed by a new Tracey Ullman's State of the Union.
  • At 10, AMC has a new Breaking Bad.
  • At 11:45, Cartoon Network has a new Aqua Teen Hunger Force.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: Amazing Race, Celebrity Apprentice, Family Guy, High Stakes Poker

by Bob Sassone, posted May 10th 2009 4:00PM
  • Cold CaseAt 7, ABC has a new America's Funniest Home Videos, followed by new episodes of Extreme Makeover, Desperate Housewives, and Brothers & Sisters.
  • CBS has a new 60 Minutes at 7, then the season finales of The Amazing Race, Cold Case, and The Unit.
  • NBC has a new Dateline at 7, followed by the season finale of Celebrity Apprentice.
  • FOX has a new Sit Down, Shut Up at 7.
  • At 8, FOX has a new Simpsons, then new episodes of King of the Hill, Family Guy, and American Dad.
  • TCM has Bunny Lake Is Missing at 8.
  • HBO has a new No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency at 8, followed by The Alzheimer's Project.
  • At 9, PBS has a new Masterpiece Mystery!
  • USA has a new Law and Order: CI at 9, then a new In Plain Sight.
  • GSN has a new High Stakes Poker at 9.
  • Nickelodeon has a marathon of The Nanny starting at 9.
  • Also at 9: Showtime has a new episode of The Tudors, then a new Tracey Ullman's State of the Union.
  • At 10, AMC has a new Breaking Bad.
  • At 11:45, Cartoon Network has a new Aqua Teen Hunger Force.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: TV Land Awards, Simpsons, Iron Chef America, Tudors

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 26th 2009 4:01PM
  • Jeff Goldblum - Law and Order: CIAt 7, ABC has a new America's Funniest Home Videos, followed by new episodes of Extreme Makeover, Desperate Housewives, and Brothers & Sisters.
  • CBS has a new 60 Minutes at 7, then new episodes of The Amazing Race, Cold Case, and The Unit.
  • NBC has a new, two-hour Dateline at 7, then a new Celebrity Apprentice.
  • At 8, FOX has a new Simpsons, followed by new episodes of Sit Down, Shut Up, Family Guy, and American Dad.
  • TV Land has The TV Land Awards at 8.
  • ESPN has the Red Sox/Yankees game at 8.
  • TNT has the Trail Blazers/Rockets game at 8.
  • HBO has a new No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency at 8, then two new episodes of In Treatment.
  • There's a new Challenge on Food Network at 8, followed by a new Iron Chef America.
  • At 9, PBS has a new Masterpiece Theater.
  • USA has a new Law and Order: CI at 9, then a new In Plain Sight.
  • Showtime has a new episode of The Tudors at 9, followed by a new Tracey Ullman's State of the Union.
  • GSN has a new High Stakes Poker at 9.
  • G4 has a new G4 Underground at 9.
  • Also at 9: MTV has a new Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory, followed by new episodes of Bully Beatdown and Nitro Circus.
  • At 10, AMC has a new Breaking Bad.
  • At 11:45, Cartoon Network has a new Aqua Teen Hunger Force.
  • At 1AM, Cartoon Network has a new Mighty Boosh.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: Office Commercials, High Stakes Poker, Tracey Ullman

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 12th 2009 4:01PM
  • 60 MinutesAt 7, CBS has a new 60 Minutes, followed by new episodes of The Amazing Race, Cold Case, and The Unit.
  • NBC has a new, two-hour Dateline at 7, then a new Celebrity Apprentice.
  • At 8, ABC has a new, two-hour Extreme Makeover.
  • TBS has The World's Funniest Office Commercials at 8.
  • Food Network has a new Challenge at 8.
  • HBO has a new No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency at 8, then two new episodes of In Treatment.
  • Also at 8: Disney has a new Sonny with a Chance, followed by a new Wizards of Waverly Place.
  • At 9, MTV has a new Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory, then new episodes of Bully Beatdown, Nitro Circus, and College Life.
  • There's a new episode of The Tudors on Showtime at 9, followed by a new Tracey Ullman's State of the Union.
  • GSN has a new High Stakes Poker at 9.
  • At 10, AMC has a new Breaking Bad.
  • At 11:45, Cartoon Network has a new Aqua Teen Hunger Force.
  • At 12:30AM, Cartoon Network has a new Tim and Eric's Awesome Show, Great Job.
  • At 1AM, Cartoon Network has a new Mighty Boosh.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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Is GSN done with poker?

by Brett Love, posted Jun 9th 2008 3:04PM

Daniel NegreanuI'll be the first to agree that at some point after Chris Moneymaker's World Series win, poker on TV got a little bit out of hand. For a while it seemed that you couldn't turn on the TV without stumbling over some new poker-based show. Things have settled down somewhat lately, with a few survivors remaining. For my poker watching vote, there remains a big three. The World Series, despite ESPN's screwed up scheduling, World Poker Tour, and the newcomer, High Stakes Poker.

Now it looks like two of the three could be in trouble. It seems that the expected dates for the renewals of WPT and High Stakes over at GSN have come and gone. The speculation is that the new CEO at GSN, David Goldhill, wants to move away from the interest in poker that the former CEO, Rich Cronin, brought to the network. Goldhill would instead like to get back to more traditional game shows.

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What's On Tonight: Kyle XY, State of the Union, High Stakes Poker

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 28th 2008 4:00PM

In Treatment

  • At 8, ABC has a new Dance War.
  • NBC has a new American Gladiators at 8.
  • The CW has a new Gossip Girl at 8.
  • There's a new Antiques Roadshow on PBS at 8.
  • ABC Family has a new Kyle XY at 8, followed by a new Wildfire.
  • At 9, ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, PBS, CSPAN, and the news channels will have President Bush's State of the Union Address.
  • GSN has a new High Stakes Poker at 9.
  • USA has a new Monday Night RAW at 9.
  • At 9:30, HBO has the premiere of In Treatment.
  • At 10, Food Network has a new Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.
  • Travel Channel has a new Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations at 10.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: Chuck, Two and a Half Men, Weeds

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 19th 2007 4:01PM
  • Everybody Hates ChrisAt 8, ABC has a new Dancing with the Stars, followed by new episodes of Samantha Who? and The Bachelor.
  • CBS has a new How I Met Your Mother at 8.
  • NBC has new episodes of Chuck, Heroes, and Journeyman.
  • There's a new Everybody Hates Chris on The CW at 8, then new episodes of Aliens in America, Girlfriends, and The Game.
  • Also at 8: Food Network has Ham On Turkey.
  • At 9, CBS has a new Two and Half Men, followed by new episodes Rules of Engagement and CSI: Miami.
  • FOX has a new K-Ville at 9.
  • PBS has two new episodes of Athens: The Dawn of Democracy.
  • TBS has the special Ellen's Really Big Show at 9.
  • GSN has a new High Stakes Poker, also at 9.
  • At 10, Showtime has a new Weeds.
  • E! has The Soup Presents at 10, focusing on celeb families.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: Chuck, Girlfriends, RAW, Thanksgiving Unwrapped

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 12th 2007 4:05PM
  • Weeds logoAt 8, ABC has a new Dancing with the Stars, then new episodes of Samantha Who? and The Bachelor.
  • CBS has a new How I Met Your Mother at 8, followed by new episodes of The Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men, Rules of Engagement, and CSI: Miami.
  • NBC has new episodes of Chuck, Heroes, and Journeyman.
  • FOX has a new Prison Break at 8, then a new K-Ville.
  • There's a new Everybody Hates Chris at 8, then new episodes of Aliens in America, Girlfriends, and The Game.
  • TLC has two new episodes of Little People, Big World starting at 8.
  • TCM has Twelve Angry Men at 8.
  • At 9, PBS has Billy Crystal: The Mark Twain Prize.
  • USA has a new Monday Night RAW at 9.
  • Food Network has Thanksgiving Unwrapped at 9.
  • Also at 9: GSN has a new High Stakes Poker.
  • At 10: Showtime has a new Weeds.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: Chuck, Two and a Half Men, Californication, The Hills

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 8th 2007 4:02PM

Journeyman

  • At 8, ABC has a new Dancing with the Stars, then a new Bachelor.
  • CBS has a new How I Met Your Mother, followed by The Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men, Rules of Engagement, and CSI: Miami.
  • NBC has new episodes of Chuck, Heroes, and Journeyman.
  • There's a new Prison Break on FOX at 8, then a new K-Ville.
  • The CW has a new Everybody Hates Chris, followed by new episodes of Aliens in America, Girlfriends, and The Game.
  • At 8:30, ESPN has the Cowboys/Bills game.
  • At 9, USA has new Monday Night RAW.
  • GSN has a new High Stakes Poker at 9.
  • Also at 9: Food Network has a new Unwrapped.
  • At 10, Showtime has a new Weeds, then a new Californication.
  • MTV has a new ep of The Hills at 10.
  • Food Network has a new Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives at 10, followed by a new The Secret Life Of...

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: Everybody Hates Chris, Heroes, The Riches, Poker

by Bob Sassone, posted May 14th 2007 5:05PM
  • Kiefer SutherlandAt 8, ABC has a new Dancing with the Stars at 8, followed by a new episode of The Bachelor.
  • CBS has the season finales of How I Met Your Mother and Two and a Half Men, the series finale of The King of Queens, and the season finale of CSI: Miami.
  • NBC has a new Deal Or No Deal at 8, then new episodes of Heroes and Law and Order: CI.
  • The CW has the season finale of Everybody Hates Chris at 8, then the season finales of All Of Us and The Game (one hour).
  • Four good episodes of Friends on TBS starting at 8, including ones with Chandler's new roommate Eddie and Tom Selleck.
  • There are two new episodes of Little People, Big World on TLC at 8.
  • At 9, FOX has a 24.
  • PBS has a new episode of American Experience at 9.
  • Lifetime has the new movie What If God Were The Sun? at 9.
  • Also at 9: GSN has a new High Stakes Poker.
  • At 10, FX has a new ep of The Riches.
  • Discovery has a new Stunt Junkies at 10.
  • At 10:30, Food Network has a new Unwrapped, "Crazy For Cookies."

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: Old Christine, Emeril, RAW, High Stakes Poker

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 12th 2007 5:02PM
  • Rules of EngagementAt 8, The New Adventures of Old Christine returns to CBS with two new episodes.
  • NBC has a new, two hour Deal Or No Deal at 8, then a new episode of The Black Donnellys.
  • There's a new Wildfire on ABC Family at 8.
  • Emeril cooks pasta on a new Emeril Live, on Food Network at 8.
  • At 9, FOX has a new 24.
  • ABC has a new Supernanny at 9, followed by a new What About Brian.
  • Bill Maher is the guest on Larry King Live, at 9 on CNN.
  • The new movie Cleaverville airs on Lifetime at 9.
  • Another new movie at 9: The Kings of South Beach, on A&E.
  • GSN has a new High Stakes Poker at 9.
  • Also at 9: USA has a new WWE Monday Night RAW.
  • At 9:30, CBS has a new Rules of Engagement.
  • At 10, FX has the premiere of the new Eddie Izzard/Minnie Driver show The Riches (repeated at 11).
  • Discovery has a new Stunt Junkies at 10.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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