Saturday, December 24, 2011

Let's keep insulting FMC!

The folks running the Fox Movie Channel have more or less decided that they don't much care about the classics any more, something that I'll get into sometime next week in more detail. Now is a good time as any to comment on how badly they've run the channel all these years.

Tomorrow of course is Christmas, a time at which almost every channel runs Christmas-themed programming. FMC is too, and it's not as though I have any problem with that. But they're running Home Alone tomorrow. Twelve times: every two hours starting at 6:00 AM. Now, there's nothing wrong with programming gimmicks. I remember several years ago when some local radio station was changing formats to a classic R&B format (the station has changed formats twice more since, and seem to be adding newer songs to their newer "classic" rock format), they played Vicki Sue Robinson's "Turn the Beat Around" on a continuous loop for an entire weekend or some shockingly long period of time. And I don't have any problems with channels that repeat programs so that one airing is in prime time on the east coast while the next is on the west coast. I can't help but think, however, that what FMC is doing really won't bring much in the way of eyeballs to the channel, either now or for the coming new format.

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