October 2nd, 2005

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From: genericman Date: October 2nd, 2005 - 05:38 pm (Link)
DateNight TV is the most depressing show on television, anywhere, ever. Even the 24/7 infomercial channel FYI gives me more hope for humanity.

I researched the show on-line a while back. New episodes haven't been produced for years, but WPXI-TV has a deal that lets them show the old episodes forever for nothing. Any advertising revenue is almost all profit; all WPXI has to pay for is an engineer to roll the tape.
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: October 2nd, 2005 - 05:46 pm (Link)
I suppose. Were there even any commercials in it? The show is vapid enough that I didn't even notice. The rates for advertising in the slot can't be that high. I feel like you'd have to make a lot more money showing a Rob Popeil ad or something.
From: genericman Date: October 2nd, 2005 - 05:54 pm (Link)
I can't bring myself to watch more than two minutes of DateNight TV before turning it off and going to bed miserable. I can only assume that there are commercials. Interestingly, both 976-7676 and 263-MEET, the two phone numbers shown at the start of DateNight TV, are still registered to chat lines in town.

I'm amazed that WPXI hasn't picked up "It's Showtime at the Apollo," which airs on WNBC in New York after Saturday Night Live. They could make decent money off it. WPXI airs a "Classic Saturday Night Live" at 3:30 AM, so why not fill the 2 1/2 hours between new and old SNL with watchable programming?
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: October 3rd, 2005 - 01:00 pm (Link)
yeah, Cleveland plays Apollo after SNL too. Maybe you're right. Maybe they just don't want to pay for the extra show. But I have to imagine that the ratings would be better for Apollo than for DateNightTV. Actually, now that I think about it, since they're paying for it anyway, they should probably play the SNL rerun right after SNL and move DNTV to the 3:30 slot. I'm a marketing genius! Someone give me a job programming WPXI.

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