Could New Licensing Deal Lead to More Short-Lived Shows on Diginets?

Digital networks, or diginets as they’re increasingly referred to in the media, that specialize in classic television may soon be able to afford to purchase short-lived TV shows. The New York Times reported on Monday that a new agreement has been reached between the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers and three Hollywood guilds: the Directors Guild of America, the Writers Guild of America, and the recently combined Screen Actors Guild/American Federation of Television and Radio Artists regarding residual fees paid for TV shows licensed to cable or

Under the new agreement, residuals will be paid on a percentage basis. According to the article, the previous fixed-fee licensing structure reportedly made it too expensive for cable channels or diginets to acquire even recent programs, let alone ones decades old. However, all of shows mentioned in the article — Gilligan’s Island, The Love Boat, Charlie’s Angels and The Flying Nun — are currently airing on one of the classic TV diginets, so they obviously weren’t too expensive to license.

The article directly references short-lived shows, calling them “broken shows, or series that are canceled after a few dozen episodes,” suggesting that under the new agreement they will be much more affordable. It’s too soon to say what impact this will have on diginets like Me-TV, Cozi TV or Antenna TV. TV Land once aired a wide variety of short-lived and less popular TV shows from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. Perhaps

Earlier today, Antenna TV announced that it will be adding 11 new shows to its schedule in 2015, including popular favorites like Mork & Mindy and Leave It To Beaver, as well as Dear John, Evening Shade and Small Wonder. Could some or all of them have been licensed under the new deal?


4 Comments

  • Kevyn Knox says:

    I would love to see some of those older, so-called forgotten shows broadcast. Sure, you can find some of these shows on places like YouTube, but these are often of lesser video quality. It would be great to see something like I’m Dickens… He’s Fenster or Occasional Wife on TV.

    See ya ’round the web.

    PS-I just found your blog/site, and I am really enjoying your writings on the obscura of television history.

  • Rick Stewart says:

    Antenna TV does show IT’S ABOUT TIME and MY MOTHER THE CAR, a pair of one-season sitcoms. Hopefully, more of these short run memories will be brought back on the diginets.

  • Neville Ross says:

    I in particular here in Canada want to see these short-lived (and rare) shows:

    East Side/West Side

    Slattery’s People

    The Eleventh Hour

    Breaking Point

    I’m Dickens, He’s Fenster

    Run For Your Life

    T.H.E. Cat

    Coronet Blue

    Hey Landlord

    Jericho

    The Double Life Of Henry Phyfe

    Run Buddy Run

    Mr. Terrific

    Captain Nice

    Love On A Rooftop

    Hennessy

    The Trials Of O’Brien

    Mr. Broadway

    Hank (1965 TV series)

    Dundee and the Culhane

    Rango

    The Good Guys

    The New People

    My World, And Welcome To It

    Bridget Loves Bernie

    Garrison’s Gorillas

    The Young Lawyers

    Storefront Lawyers

    The Young Rebels

    Iron Horse

    Medic

    Decoy

    Man With A Camera

    Brenner

    For The People

    Hard Time On Planet Earth

    The Wizard

    Firefly

    Babylon Project: Crusade

    Beware The Batman

    Young Justice

    Max Headroom

    VR.5

    Space: Above and Beyond

    Battlestar Galactica (1978 TV series)

    Mr. Merlin

    The Fitzpatricks

    Lucan

    Apple’s Way

    Babes

    The Famous Teddy Z

Leave a Comment