Last October, I wrote a piece about how I would run a broadcast television network – at least from a programming standpoint. I lamented the current state of broadcast television and made several brilliant suggestions to the broadcast networks for remaining just ahead of TV’s evolutionary curve.
Shortly thereafter, I thought about how I would run a cable network – at least from a programming standpoint. But instead of taking an existing network and reprogramming it, I created one of my own. Granted, there are already hundreds in existence, but despite that proliferation, there is still a void not being filled since a lot of them seem to go after a similar demographic with exploitative, combative reality programming.
I call my new cable network Net90s -- aimed at, but not directly or entirely, products of the 1970s who grew up in the 1980s and came of age in the 1990s.
We’ll launch with a mix of acquired programs hailing from the early, middle and late 1990s and, unlike most cable networks, original scripted programming – which will hearken back to that 1990s style of television comedies and dramas about families, characters and their interrelationships as they face relatable situations.
Terrence and Doris Logan – a long-married fortysomething couple send their youngest son off to college – and now their marriage truly begins.
My Mother and Me – an early thirtysomething woman has to adapt to the evolving relationship between her and her newly teenaged son.
Just Us Guys – a gay thirtysomething has an unorthodox relationship with his straight teenage son.
The Two of Us- an unlikely friendship forms between a gay black man from the northeast and a straight white man from Texas when they become roommates in the East Bay.
I Am Erick Davidson - a long-single gay early thirtysomething who finally, but tentatively, enters into a relationship.
On Her Own – a 22-year-old young woman fresh out of college lands a job, moves out of her parent’s house and into an apartment with two girlfriends from high school.
The Happy Homemaker – an interracial gay couple raises an adopted son.
This Life – a sixtysomething retired from a long career as a teacher tries to find his way in a changing world and a family that’s all grown up.
Thirty-plus & Some – a thirtysomething moves in with his mother and her mother, who don’t like each other.
The Stag – a broken-hearted straight guy takes solace with a group of gay men.
Lockwood Drive - a close-knit Italian family lives on the same street in the same archetypal New England town.
Anthology – a series of dramatic adaptations and original works featuring an array of guest-starring actors and actresses as well as a revolving door of reperatory players.
The Shepherd – a young man steps out from the apprenticeship of a veteran pastor to take over a church of his own.
Extended Family – a young man has a dubious relationship with his large family.
Open Road – two men, unsatisfied with their dead-end lives, decide to pool their money and embark on an extended road trip.
In Living Color – weeknight strip
Wings - weekday strip
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air – weekday strip
Blossom – weekend strip
Home Improvement – weeknight strip
Roc – weekends
Mad About You – weekday strip
Martin – weekends
Ellen – weekday strip
Grace Under Fire – weekday strip
Living Single – weekends
Caroline in the City - weekends
Cybill - weekends
3rd Rock from the Sun – weekday strip
Moesha – weekends
Suddenly Susan - weekends
Cosby – weekday strip
Veronica's Closet - weeknight strip
Sports Night - weekends
Northern Exposure – weekday strip
Sisters – weekday strip
Picket Fences – weekday strip
Homicide: Life on the Street – weekday strip
New York Undercover – weekday strip
My So-Called Life – weekends
Murder One - weekends
Chicago Hope – weekday strip
ACQUIRED YOUTH PROGRAMMING (Saturday and Sunday Mornings)
Saved by the Bell
Tiny Toon Adventures
Rugrats (first nine seasons only)
Salute Your Shorts
PRIME (MON-FRI 8:30-11:30P, SAT-SUN 8PM-12M)
3rd Rock from the Sun 6-7A
M-F EARLY FRINGE
Northern Exposure 3-4P
M-F PRIME ACCESS
In Living Color 7-830P
M-F LATE FRINGE
Sports Night 1130P-12M
SATURDAY MORNING YOUTH BLOCK
“Acquired Plus” Programming 7-8P
Paid Programming 12M-6A
SUNDAY MORNING YOUTH BLOCK
Tiny Toon Adventures 6-7A
In Living Color 6-8P
Paid Programming 2-6A
You might be wondering how this network and its programming would be financed. The answer is...that's not my problem. I'm the idea guy, not the money guy.
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