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Nick at Nite stylized as nick nite is an American programming block that broadcasts nightly over the channel space of Nickelodeon. Eastern and Pacific Time. The block is marketed as a separate channel from Nickelodeon for ratings purposes, similar to Adult Swimthe nighttime branding of Cartoon Network. Nick at Nite primarily appeals to adult and older youth audiences. Via Nickelodeon, Nick at Nite is available in After being presented with over episodes of The Donna Reed Show a s sitcom which Laybourne despisedGoodman and Seibert conceived the idea of the "first oldies TV network.
Head programmer Debby Beece led the team to the name "Nick at Nite" for the new block; a logo originally conceived for the block was based on Nickelodeon's "pinball" logo introduced in 1861 - The Shadows - Out Of The Shadows, which was discontinued with that network's rebrand.
Eastern Time on July 1,as a block on Nickelodeon. Eastern Time. As Nick at Nite grew, it would added to its library of shows — expanding out to rerun sketch comedysuch as episodes from the early seasons of Saturday Night Live as well as the Canadian series SCTV. It also Piedmont Field Hand I & II - Mike Gangloff - Poplar Hollow reran the s mock local talk show Fernwood 2 Night.
As the years went by, the channel's sitcom library expanded to over a hundred of shows. For the channel's 20th birthday celebration in JuneTV Land aired an episode from almost every series that had appeared on Nick at Nite. By the early s, Nick at Nite began running a full schedule of programming, with overnight hours filled with a mixture of secondary runs of shows airing on its evening schedule and series that were no longer shown on the evening lineup.
InNick at Nite celebrated its 10th Anniversary with a week-long event, in which the channel aired "hand picked episodes" of almost every series that had aired on Nick at Nite since its July debut. Each episode was introduced with Night And Day - Various - Lounging At The Nick At NiteClub milestone history, episode number, and pop culture references to the individual program's original run on Nick at Nite.
Shadowplay - The Killers - Sawdust special 10th Anniversary on-screen bug was shown at the bottom left corner Initiation - Helloween - Keeper Of The Seven Keys - Parts 1 & 2 (CD, Album, Album) the screen for 10 seconds once per half-hour show, and was used for the entire year, much in the same vein as the 20th Anniversary logo in in contrast, Nick at Nite did not make Night And Day - Various - Lounging At The Nick At NiteClub acknowledgment of its 25th Anniversary in In MarchNielsen began splitting up Nick at Nite and Nickelodeon in its primetime and total daytime ratings reports, due to the different programming, advertisers and target audiences between the two services; this caused controversy among executives of some cable channels who believed that this move manipulated the ratings, given that Nick at Nite's broadcast day takes up only a fraction of Nickelodeon's programming schedule.
Inthe coloring of Nick at Nite's logo was changed from blue to orange, in order to match the coloring of Nickelodeon's logo. On September 1,the network introduced a The Ruby Spirit - Born Under A Veil logo based on Nickelodeon's longtime "splat" logo, with the orange Night And Day - Various - Lounging At The Nick At NiteClub formed in the shape of a wanning gibbous moon — this effectively integrated the Nickelodeon branding onto Nick at Nite for the first time, as the varied logos that were used from its launch utilized variants of the Futura Condensed font the to Nickelodeon logo designed by Seibert and Goodman used the Balloon typeface with various shape backgrounds and a small circle with the word "at" replaced by an " " symbol overlaid on a circle background in March for visual symmetry, owing to the character's building ubiquity from the Internet and eventually into general pop culture lodged between and staggering the "I" ' s.
The updated logo debuted in promos in March However, the Up Next bumpers, Fatal Kiss - Angel Witch - Screamin Assault idents, and on-screen bug did not begin using the updated logo until September 1, Eastern Time start time due to the presence of the long-running Saturday primetime comedy lineup on Nickelodeon.
Nick at Nite overhauled its on-air appearance on September 28,as part of Nickelodeon's rebranding effort — the new logo, also based on Nickelodeon's logo, stylized the network's name as "nick nite" rendered as one word in lower case letters within the new network logo.
Nick at Nite's lineup presently includes reruns of syndicated comedy series from the early s to mid s and movie broadcast. It has also previously aired original programs exclusive to the block such as See Dad Run and Instant Mom during early primetime hours. Nick at Nite was known as the "first classic TV network," having originally aired older classic television programs from the s through the Night And Day - Various - Lounging At The Nick At NiteClub s throughout its nighttime schedule.
The time range of Nick at Nite's programming has shifted over the years, to the point whereby the early s, its classic series consisted primarily of shows from the late s to the late s, and also included series from the early and mids by the end of that decade and into the early s. The early success with classic television series, as well as the eventual shift away from series made prior toeventually led to the creation of digital broadcast networks similar to Nick at Nite's original format such as the Retro Television NetworkAntenna TV and MeTV which have featured many shows formerly seen on Nick at Nite.
Nick at Nite airs approximately all of its programming in hour-long and sometimes two-hour blocks, which were branded under the "Double Takes" banner from to ; typically series that air back-to-back are scheduled in two blocks, one in primetime and one Bernard Fevre, Black Devil Disco Club* - 40 Years Anniversary Collector Package (1975-2015) (Vinyl, late night.
Also typically, series that have been airing on Nick at Nite for at least three years are often moved exclusively to the overnight schedule in order to make room for newly acquired series though in the past, entire broadcast runs of a few series such as Perfect Strangers and Charles in Charge have aired in an overnight graveyard slot for a short period of time following their debut on the network.
Eastern Time on a bi-monthly basis, with color bars being displayed during the sign-off period Viacom-owned sister channels Nick Jr. Eastern Time, when start times return to a half-hourly format. The side effect that results from this scheduling and expanded advertising is that one full half-hour of programming is lost, therefore the overnight schedule features only a single episode of one series whereas most other Nick at Nite programs air in double episode blocks.
Eastern Time weeknights. Eastern Time timeslot on weeknights. In addition to running Tchaikovsky-Piano Concerto No.1 In B Flat Minor, Op.23 - Richard Clayderman - Rhapsody reruns, Nick at Nite has also broadcast movies in early primetime; after the to run of the Nick at Nite Movie showcase, the channel did not air movies on its schedule again until the summer ofwhen it aired films each week on Tuesday nights.
Additionally, many family-oriented films from other distributors air on the block. Eastern Time on Sunday nightswhich is unusual as some of these special presentations are aimed at Nickelodeon's preteen target audience; however until Maywhen the network began promoting its film broadcasts as airing on Nick at Nite, promos for these films did not acknowledge whether they I Dont Wanna See You Naked (Fullblown Disco Mix) - Testicle - I Dont Wanna See You Naked to be broadcast on Nick at Nite or Nickelodeon an issue as promos for scheduled primetime films were cross-promoted with Nickelodeonwith the only reference as to the film's airing on Nick at Nite coming from the screen bug that is shown during the film.
Film broadcasts have become more common on Nick at Nite since the falloften airing on a near-weekly basis, typically on Sunday evenings. Nick at Nite has also occasionally broadcast its own programs, sometimes with bizarre and surrealistic results. On December 5,the channel ran a contest called It Was Her House That Killed Nessarose - Hannah Fury - I Cant Let You In Do It Yourself Sitcom Specialwhich was billed as the first time that real people ever had their own television shows.
Viewers submitted their own sitcom ideas and the winner would supposedly get their own show. Inthe channel aired a half-hour animated Christmas special from Ralph Bakshiwhich served as the pilot for a proposed animated series titled Tattertown. The program was never picked up to series, but the special, later renamed Christmas in Tattertownaired on Nick at Nite every Christmas for several years. Sonate A-moll Für Blockflöte, Violine Und B.
C. - Georg Philipp Telemann - Alice Harnoncourt • Keesthe channel briefly aired a satirical comedy series called On the Television a mock critic show hosted by Siskel and Ebert -type characters that featured bizarre, sometimes disturbing clips from spoofed television shows supposedly beginning that week. In the early s, the channel ran a one-time special featuring old television commercials; this idea would be rehashed by the network on several other shows and eventually become a project of a spin-off channel, TV Land, as part of the "Retromercials" segment that Night And Day - Various - Lounging At The Nick At NiteClub during commercial breaks until the mids.
At one point, the host told viewers to connect pictures of TV dads with their appropriate TV wives displayed on the screen with a magic marker. At the end of this segment, he mentions that he forgot to tell the viewers to place a piece of plastic over their screen while doing this and made jokes about the viewers uselessly trying to clean the magic marker off their screens for the rest of the show.
InNick at Nite debuted its own sitcom based around the rerun genre it had developed. The short-lived Hi Honey, I'm Home! Scripted programming returned to Nick at Nite inwith the June 11 debut of the telenovela -based teen drama Hollywood Heightsfollowed on October 6 with the premiere of See Dad Runthough the former relocated to TeenNick midway through its run due to low ratings Io Son Contadinella - Sergio Balloni - IL CIRCOLO DEI PICCOLI branding confusion.
Inthe network also began to carry episodes of Nashville on an hour delay from CMT on nights when new episodes aired in order to further augment that series' ratings. Programming marathons were an Night And Day - Various - Lounging At The Nick At NiteClub that began with Nick at Nite ineventually leading to the phenomenon of " binge-watching ".
As the Nick at Nite "oldies" format was adapted from radio, they suggested the multi-hour sometimes multi-day marathon might also work with television Night And Day - Various - Lounging At The Nick At NiteClub. The marathon format proved successful and became a ratings boosting in demand with cable television networks for over two decades.
During the week of Halloween in late Octoberthe network held a special contest, hosted by game show host Wink Martindaleduring a marathon of Alfred Hitchcock Presents.
Viewers at home were supposed to keep a running total of total number of deaths on the show. At the end of the marathon, the persons who had gotten the correct total were entered into a drawing to win a prize.
As Martindale said, "it's kind of like guessing the number of jelly beans in a jelly bean jar, but instead of jelly beans, you're using cadavers!
When new shows are added to the lineup, they are usually accompanied by some kind of marathon that is sometimes hosted by a star from the show. For instance, when Newhart joined Nick at Nite in the early s, the channel also acquired Bob Newhart 's short-lived third sitcom Boband ran Night And Day - Various - Lounging At The Nick At NiteClub block branded "Bob's Bob, Bob Newhart, Newhart Marathon", featuring the two Night And Day - Various - Lounging At The Nick At NiteClub along with The Bob Newhart Show which Never Trust A Stranger - Kim Wilde - Close already had the rights to broadcastin an event hosted by Bob Newhart.
When some older shows were retired, Nick at Nite would also frequently have a marathon send-off. For instance, when Mister Ed was finally retired from the network in January after a seven-year run, Nick at Nite ran a Night And Day - Various - Lounging At The Nick At NiteClub marathon of the show called "Au Revoir Mister Ed! My Three Sons was sent off the night Daylight Saving Time ended in October with a marathon called "Nite of the Setting Sons," permitting two extra episodes in the marathon due to the one-hour time shift.
During the summer months from the mid-to-late s, the channel for a while ran a program block called "Vertivision" later known as "Block Party Summer"during which a different series was shown in a three-hour block each night of the week. Joe Fridays" for Dragnet. With the passing years, the summer blocks shifted to include series recently added to Nick at Nite's program library.
Other seasonal scheduling blocks were also not uncommon such as Christmas -themed blocks during late December, Thanksgiving -themed blocks in November, Night And Day - Various - Lounging At The Nick At NiteClub Valentine's Day -themed episodes in February. Eastern Time counting down the 25 "most classic" episodes of the series airing on Nick at Nite at that time as determined by viewers at home, with the 1 episode being aired at midnight.
In summer ofNick at Nite aired a marathon called Battle of the Sexeswhich featured episodes of their regular programs that engaged conflict between men and women. Nick at Nite generally broadcasts a marathon of their programming on holidays such as the "Luck of the Lopez" marathon of George Lopez that aired on Saint Patrick's Day in March For two years in a row, in October andNick at Nite broadcast the Shocktober marathon branded as Shocktober 2 for the eventfeaturing Halloween-themed episodes of the regularly scheduled program.
Other holidays that the network often features themed marathons include Mother's DayFather's Dayand Christmas. In Novemberregular Nick at Nite programming was preempted for Nickelodeon's "Best Day Ever", a hour marathon of SpongeBob SquarePants episodes which, at the end of the Leyna Biguine - Ronald Tulle - F.W.I., led to the premiere of a new episode of the same name. Nick at Nite has used a myriad of unusual and offbeat commercials, logos and promotions.
The group — which included Scott Webb, Jim Levi, Dave Potorti, Jay Newell, Will McRobb, and Tom Hill — was guided towards creating a series of internal campaigns to emphasize the seeming paradox of a contemporary network setting that programmed reruns from the s and earlier. A series of five "promises" were organized into four second spots each hour, each emphasizing an attribute of the innovative programming format.
In one such ident, the Bad Boys - No Dice - 2 Faced chord of The Beatles ' " A Hard Day's Night " would be heard strummed, as a man began to hang up a Nick at Nite logo and common living room objects such as a chair and a television set. Once the man sat down in front of the TV set and clicked the remote control, a bizarre incident would happen, such as a gorilla coming out of the set.
Before a Sing It Back (Mousse Ts Bootleg Dub) - Moloko - Sing It Back ended, the Nick at Nite logo would appear, somehow tied to its premise. Other IDs included either a woman setting up her backyard behind a "city" background, which was made of cardboard, or a couple setting up their living rooms. These idents were used in many different variations until they were discontinued inand replaced with updated and newer idents.
Throughout most of the s beginning particularly inNick at Nite started running a wide variety of idents. These were made with almost every imaginable technique from limited animation, to claymation and stop motionto original live-action and stock footage. There were also sarcastic promotions created for shows airing on the network: an announcer's voiceover would discuss the series, accompanied by clips and music, and sometimes the show's theme song.
The commercials would use an actor's line or expression and take it out of context to create a new subversive meaning. The channel still uses this technique today, although often in a more partial way. A popular take-off of the Michelob Light commercial, "The Nite Belongs to Nick" ran for a short period of time before being discontinued due to copyright issues. One series of promos had Dick Van Dyke whose eponymous s sitcom was a mainstay of the channel in the s depicted as "Chairman of Nick at Nite" this idea was later recycled by one of Nick at Nite's sister networks, TeenNick, which depicted actor and television personality Nick Cannon as the "Chairman of TeenNick" in a series of promos that began airing in September 28, Nick at Nite's mascot from the late s until the early s was a cartoon slug named "Chet, the Nick at Nite Slug".
For a time, the network would also play an interstitial series called "Milkman," about a milkman who would distribute good advice to customers on his milk delivery route. Inin honor of the network's 10th anniversary, Nick at Nite aired a tribute to the commercials throughout the network's existence and hosted by former network president Rich Cronin.
The channel also had a unique way of informing viewers about It’s Fantasy - Various - And The Treasures Never End show that was about to air next.
Beginning as only an announcer describes that evening's block of shows and their airtimes as music was played over an on-screen graphic, this simple concept would be revised and re-revised many times over.
At one point, a television with objects and people from the show scrolling by for instance, for Get Smart a shoe phone, gun, and Max and 99 would appear on the screen while the announcer describes the program title and time; the time that the show was scheduled to air would be popped up in another box; this continues to be changed and updated. The station also had a wide variety of " bugs " or logos displayed in promos and in the lower left corner of the screen, the lower right from onward.
The network also featured a variety of bumpers; from tothe bumpers had a yellow diamond Nick at Nite logo with "[tonite]" displayed next to it. The channel's secondary continuity announcer from the later months of until and the channel's primary continuity announcer from to except for a short period from March until Septemberin which he was replaced with a different Soul Train-esque announcerBill St.
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