This week join Andrew, Steve, and Jonathan as they discuss the rise of The USA Network. Look back at its history of programming and in particular its network brand during the 1990s.
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late night variety program Night Flight ran from 1981-1988
1984’s Kung Fu Theater
Promoting re-runs of Hitchcock.
Commander USA hosted late night movies on USA from 1985-1989.
late-80s bumper for the network’s Cartoon Express.
Mean Gene promoting wrestling on USA Network
advertisement for the USA animated series Duckman which ran from 1994-1997
a representative image from the intro to the series Silk Stalkings which ran from 1994-1999 on USA.
the USA television version of the film Weird Science ran from 1994-1998
This week Jonathan and Steve provide the history of, and discuss, Paramount’s near persistent strategy of using Star Trek as the anchor for every new media channel they attempt to launch. We focus our discussion on the years 1977, 1995, and 2015. So, if you’re a fan of Star Trek, or just enjoy the typical television network business shenanigans and power plays, we think you’ll dig this episode.
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Pearson and Davies, Star Trek and American Television: link
A useful Wiki about Star Trek: Phase II (1977) link