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The Comedy Network
Thecomedynetwork.svg
The Comedy Network logo
Launched October 17, 1997
Owned by CTVglobemedia
CTV Television Inc.
Slogan Time Well Wasted
Country Canada
Broadcast area National
Headquarters Toronto, Ontario
Website The Comedy Network
Availability
Satellite
Bell TV Channel 625 (East)
Channel 626 (West)
Shaw Direct Channel 547 (West)
Channel 548 (East)
Cable
Available on most Canadian cable systems Check local listings, channels may vary

The Comedy Network (TCN) is a Canadian English language cable television specialty channel owned by CTV Television Inc., a division of CTVglobemedia specializing in comedy programming.

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Overview

Licensed in 1996, The Comedy Network launched on October 17, 1997 and invests 44 percent of its revenues back into Canadian programming.

CTVglobemedia also owns CTV along with A, and the two networks occasionally run series simultaneously, such as Corner Gas and Robson Arms, with these shows for the most part being produced by CTV and re-broadcast by The Comedy Network.

As of June 27, 2007, CTV and TCN have exclusive Canadian rights to the entire Comedy Central library of past and current programs on all electronic platforms, under a multi-year agreement with Viacom, expanding on past programming agreements between the two channels. Canadian users attempting to visit Comedy Central websites will also be redirected to TCN's website. Conversely, American IP addresses trying to link to The Comedy Network page are redirected to Comedy Central's page. The Canadian channel will keep its own brand name, but the agreement is otherwise very similar to the earlier CTV/Viacom deal for MTV in Canada.[1]

The network's longtime slogan is Time Well Wasted, a variation of A&E's slogan at the time of Comedy's launch, Time Well Spent. The channel operates two time shifted feeds, East (Eastern Time) and West (Pacific Time).

Programming

Successes and awards

Some original Comedy Network shows like Puppets Who Kill, Odd Job Jack and Kevin Spencer developed cult followings with loyal fan bases.

Puppets Who Kill, Comedy Now! and The Gavin Crawford Show have each won two Canadian Comedy Awards.

Several shows produced by (or in partnership with) the CTV parent network have also been quite successful, most notably Corner Gas (possibly the most popular Canadian sitcom ever, with nine Canadian Comedy Award wins, six Gemini Award wins, seven Leo Award wins and an International Emmy nomination).

Criticism

Since its inception in 1997 The Comedy Network has been widely criticized by members of the television and comedy communities as well as by viewers in general.

  • The network's logo has not been changed since 1997, or its slogan. In fact, the "time well wasted" slogan is a spoof of A&E's slogan at the time in 1997, "time well spent", which A&E has not used for several years.
  • The Comedy Network's website was widely criticized, but in 2006 TCN answered with a major overhaul, relaunching a new, slick website in an aggressive campaign with the tongue-in-cheek slogans "Our Website Doesn't Suck Anymore" and "10% Less Suckage". However, the website still has not brought back the message boards or viewer forums, both of which were pulled after being flooded with complaints about their shows.
  • The quality of the network's original programming is also widely criticized. Almost every TCN production has dismal viewer ratings on IMDb, including its flagship shows such as Open Mike with Mike Bullard (1.1/10) and Popcultured (1.0/10). Some of their most attacked shows have even spawned "hate" pages on the internet, including petitions demanding their cancellation.
  • TCN continues to re-broadcast some shows from the 1980s and 1990s such as Comedy at Club 54, This Hour Has 22 Minutes, Just for Laughs, Royal Canadian Air Farce and Comedy Now!. Episodes of these programs have re-aired many times each, and for several years.
  • The network and its shows are the "victims" of an annual "Statelessness of the Industry" roast as part of the Canadian Comedy Awards which is presented by Harry Douppe.

TCN on the CTV Broadband Network

In 2006 CTV launched The Comedy Network on the CTV Broadband Network, an online network that rebroadcasts select series from The Comedy Network. Some shows on the broadband network include Keys to the VIP, Odd Job Jack and Corner Gas. In 2007, South Park and The Colbert Report were added to the line-up due to a deal reached with Comedy Central.

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Beta video player

In January 2008 TCN launched a new beta video player. It is the first video player in the CTV Broadband Network to be overhauled with a completely new code base by the CTV Digital Media Group.

Logos

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1997 - 2005

References

External links


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