Nexstar Media Inc. will launch a new digital specialty network called Rewind TV, focusing on television sitcoms from the 1980s and 1990s, on September 1. According to an official press release, Rewind TV will reach some 40 percent of television households when it launches this fall.
The official Rewind TV website currently lists 21 sitcoms that will debut when the new network launches: 227, Becker, Caroline in the City, Dear John, Designing Women, Diff’rent Strokes, The Drew Carey Show, The Facts of Life, Family Ties, Growing Pains, Head of the Class, The Hogan Family, The John Larroquette Show, Mork & Mindy, Murphy Brown, My Two Dads, NewsRadio, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, Suddenly Susan, Whose the Boss?, and Wings.
Many of these shows are currently seen on Antenna TV and will presumably disappear from that network in September. None of the shows are even remotely obscure and the odds of any true obscurities finding their way onto the Rewind TV schedule are slim. Still, hope springs eternal.
Rewind TV will join fellow Nexstar network Antenna TV in the increasingly crowded “classic” television market. Other diginets (also known as digital subchannels or multicast networks) devoted fully or partly to airing TV shows include MeTV, This TV, Bounce TV, Cozi TV, getTV, Decades, Grit, Heroes & Icons, and Retro TV.