Changing the channel: How four cable networks reinvented themselves

  • Article by: NEAL JUSTIN
  • Star Tribune
  • January 10, 2014 - 11:03 AM

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.


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