As a result, MeTV would compete fully with the Retro Television Network and the then yet-to-launch Antenna TV , while complementing successful then-sister network This TV, which carried library product from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer with a limited number of classic television series featured alongside its movie-dominated schedule and — until Tribune Broadcasting took over Weigel's operational interest in This TV on November 1, — children's programming from Cookie Jar Entertainment. The network does not air a split-screen credit sequence or feature voiceovers promoting upcoming network programming during the closing credits borrowing a format standard in local broadcast syndication. In December , the network aired Christmas episodes of its programs each weeknight from The network moved its children's programming to Sunday mornings in October for more classic television programming on Saturday morning including The Little Rascals and three additional hours of westerns. Airing each Saturday from 8:
MeTV's Sunday Funnies — Debuting on September 6, , "MeTV's Sunday Funnies" is a weekly afternoon block of classic comedies the title as well as promotions for the block refers to the extended comics section traditionally featured in the Sunday editions of local newspapers Wake Up With Me — "Wake Up With Me" debuted on September 1, as the branding for the network's morning block of sitcoms. The network moved its children's programming to Sunday mornings in October for more classic television programming on Saturday morning including The Little Rascals and three additional hours of westerns. On April 1, , Nielsen began to tabulate national viewership for MeTV, including the network in its prime time and total day ratings reports. List of programs broadcast by MeTV MeTV's program schedule relies primarily on the extensive library of television programs that are currently owned by CBS Television Distribution , and 20th Television , along with select programs from other distributors; as such, no originally-produced programming appears on the network, though MeTV does air a program produced by parent company Weigel Broadcasting Svengoolie. As a result, MeTV would compete fully with the Retro Television Network and the then yet-to-launch Antenna TV , while complementing successful then-sister network This TV, which carried library product from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer with a limited number of classic television series featured alongside its movie-dominated schedule and — until Tribune Broadcasting took over Weigel's operational interest in This TV on November 1, — children's programming from Cookie Jar Entertainment. Until September , the network also aired Laurel and Hardy movies and shorts which are distributed by Sonar Entertainment on Sunday mornings. Of these affiliates, 24 stations carry the network as a formal primary channel affiliation and two are general entertainment stations that air select MeTV programs on a tape-delayed basis. Some stations either display customized logos using adapted versions of their current logo with the subchannel number below the main MeTV logo bug such as WSB-TV in Atlanta and WFLA-TV in Tampa or in order to fit in with the network's "retro" format, a logo formerly used by the station. The Legendary Journeys , Xena: MeTV also previously ran a children's program block on Saturday mornings called "AniMeTV" which despite how the name — due to the network's use of the "Me" moniker as a branding avenue for its blocks — makes it appear, aired no anime programming , that was handled by New York City -based Classic Media  which, along with NBCUniversal , Nelvana and Scholastic Entertainment , previously co-owned the digital multicast network Qubo in conjunction with Ion Media Networks. In December , the network aired Christmas episodes of its programs each weeknight from Others display their callsign and city of license and in some cases, the affiliate's virtual channel number below the MeTV bug full-time in case the full-screen ID sequence malfunctions in some manner. MeTV continued to be carried on digital channel Chicago beginnings[ edit ] MeTV was originally developed as a programming block that debuted on January 6, , on Class A television station WFBT-CA channel 23 in Chicago , Illinois , an independent station owned by Weigel that otherwise maintained a format featuring programming aimed at the market 's various ethnic demographics. The network airs the Rich Koz -hosted horror and science fiction film showcase Svengoolie on Saturday evenings, which is syndicated by sister independent station WCIU-TV and features film releases from Universal Studios. It consists of a mix of series presently aired on MeTV's schedule and series specifically added to the lineup for the summer schedule. MeTV" lineup — which ran on the station until its discontinuance on January 25, — were sourced from the Universal Television library including Hercules: Instead, the network airs holiday-themed episodes of its shows on some holidays such as Halloween , Thanksgiving and Christmas as part of its regular schedule, which air in the program's normal time slot but are shown out-of-order from their regular episode rotation. Unlike other digital multicast networks such as former sister network This TV and competitor Antenna TV, MeTV does not usually run day-long marathons of its programs on major national holidays. Warrior Princess , Miami Vice , Quantum Leap and The Incredible Hulk , with syndication restrictions imposed on the original English-language versions resulting in some of the programs being made available to the station only in Spanish. The network's primary continuity announcer is Chicago-based voice-over artist Carol Gallagher, who has served as MeTV's staff announcer since its existence as a local programming format on WWME-CA and WMEU-CA, prior to its establishment as a national network; longtime voice-over artist Richard Malmos, who has been the continuity announcer for Weigel's flagship station WCIU since December and is also known as the continuity announcer for many stations owned by, among other groups, the Sinclair Broadcast Group , is the network's secondary announcer. The block — which initially aired for three hours daily from List of MeTV affiliates As of November [update] , MeTV has current or pending affiliation agreements with television stations in over television markets encompassing all 50 states and the District of Columbia, covering approximately National expansion[ edit ] On November 22, , Weigel announced that it would take the MeTV concept national and turn it into a full-fledged network with a standardized schedule, available to any station that wished to affiliate. Princess of Power , along with Gumby and Mr. In February , the network began to transmit its master feed in The network's programming lineup covers a mix of sitcoms, dramas, and westerns from the s to the early s.
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