Thursday, March 7, 2013
Not old enough yet
Other poster: But you do have to wonder with new stations coming into existence over last few years that only play old shows whether or not GSN should consider going a bit more retro with some programming.
Not a surprising suggestion on this board, to put it mildly. But here's the thing. GSN is already heavily retro, much more than most other cable outlets. They run dozens of hours of '70s and '80s programming every week. This week it's 24.5 hours of pre-1990 material, and some of the other shows, like Karn Feud, Whammy and Dog Eat Dog, are getting some age on them. If you take a peek at the top cable nets, hardly any of them run anything like that much old programming. In fact, it's pretty rare for any cable network except the few nostalgia specialists.
Never understood the bitterness toward GSN expressed by a lot of old-TV fans. If anything, they should praise the network as one of the few cable outlets which runs really old stuff for hours and hours.