If at first you don’t succeed, change everything. Here’s how typical programming has changed on some of our most popular networks.
1985: “Jazz Counterpoint.” Billy Taylor chats with fellow pianists about their craft.
Today: “The Real Housewives of Atlanta.” Rich women take turns backstabbing and berating each other.
1991: “Breakfast With the Arts.” A tribute to the finest in music, theater, dance and other art forms.
Today: “Duck Dynasty.” A Louisiana family markets its duck calls and conservative views.
1988: “World Monitor.” A nightly news show produced by the Christian Science Monitor.
Today: “Deadliest Catch.” A look at the rocky life of fishermen in the Bering Sea.
1987: “Captain’s Log With Mark Gray.” A low-key, boating-safety series.
Today: “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.” A high-energy reality series revolving around a child beauty-pageant contestant in Georgia.