Originally Posted by michaeltscott
The Vampire Diaries They are a merger of the former UPN, which belonged to CBS, and The WB, hence the name, The CBS Warner network; the market wasn't big enough for the two of them.
Actually the market for both was just fine, until the geniuses at the FCC decided to allow multiple station ownership of broadcast properties in the same city/market. Enter the emperor, Rupert Murdoch, whose News Corp purchased the Chris Craft broadcast group, which owned the 7 tv stations located in the top markets that were the foundation for Paramount owned (later merged with CBS/Viacom) UPN. With News Corp owning the stations that were their guaranteed presence in the biggest cities, they found themselves at the mercy of increasing preemptions- something that didn't happen as CC, didn't load up on syndicated college football and basketball and protected the primetime lineup, something the new owners didn't. And the affiliation agreement with the stations now in News Corp's control, the handwriting was on the wall for them.
The merger with The WB was purely, a survival move for CBS, and a way to reduce operating costs for Warner Bros. Its sad seeing the stations that didn't go over to The CW, wasted on MyNetworkTV. Essentially, a 2 hour a night rerun cable channel.
We now return to the Netflix Gems and Finds thread...
Korean action film "As the Lights Go Out", is a recent add and a good old fashioned, disaster flick. English subtitles, beautiful imagery, and special effects.