Friday, October 28, 2005

Yet Another Halloween Programming Update

After all that build-up, it seems that The Men's Channel did not present a preview of The Horror Channel after all. I dutifully tuned in at midnight and found myself gaping at an infomercial for a Time/Life rock oldies CD offer, hosted by Roger Daltrey. Unless The Horror Channel plans to become another of cable television's innumerable ready recepticles for this sort of late night "Paid Programming," something went wrong. A disastrous debut, to say the least.

The Game Show Network "Horror Stars Marathon," as I understand it, will be in play all weekend -- from tonight through Sunday -- but only in the one-hour vintage programming slot between 3:00 - 4:00 a.m. eastern time. The commercials actually suggest it's running all weekend long, but my Dish Network program menu shows "Paid Programming" kicking back in at 4:00 a.m. and the usual run of game shows (including those without celebrity guests like JEOPARDY! and LOVE CONNECTION) scheduled throughout the day. Newly augmented commercials show clips of Anthony Perkins on PASSWORD and Janet Leigh on WHAT'S MY LINE?. I'm still hoping against hope that GSN's programmers pull that Zacherley show off the shelf. I remember that Joey Bishop was the guest panelist on that program, so if they start running a show with him on the dais, get those VCRs/DVD-Rs recording.

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