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Encyclopedia > Spike TV
Spike
Launched March 7, 1983
Owned by MTV Networks (Viacom)
Headquarters Flag of United States New York City
Formerly called The Nashville Network, The National Network, The New TNN, Spike TV
Website Official Site
Availability
Satellite
DirecTV Channel 325
Dish Network Channel 168
ExpressVu Channel 628
Star Choice Channel 584

Spike is an American cable network designed to cater to a young adult male demographic. The network began as The Nashville Network (TNN), founded by Gaylord Entertainment Company and Group W Satellite Communications on March 7, 1983. In 2000, after seventeen years of country music-related programming, Viacom renamed the network The National Network and realigned it as a general interest network. TNN was renamed Spike TV in 2003 with its new focus, despite a brief lawsuit by filmmaker Spike Lee. By mid-2006, the on-screen name was shortened to simply "Spike." The network now airs a combination of original programming and reruns of network programming, including series from the CSI and Star Trek franchises, MXC, Game Head, Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, and Ultimate Fighting Championship programming. It is part of MTV Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom. As of 2006, Spike TV's viewership is almost half women (45%). Furthermore, the average age of the network's viewers is 42 years old. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... March 7 is the 66th day of the year (67th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... // February 8 - Minipops premieres on Channel 4 in the UK. Though a ratings success, it is canceled after the first series due to heavy media criticism. ... MTV Networks is a division of media conglomerate Viacom that oversees the operation of many TV network and Internet brands, including the first MTV channel. ... This page is about the post-2005 Viacom. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... A standard DirecTV satellite dish with 1 LNB on a roof DirecTV (trademarked as DIRECTV) is a direct broadcast satellite (DBS) service based in El Segundo, California, USA, that transmits digital satellite television and audio to households in the United States, the Caribbean and Latin America except for Mexico. ... DISH Network is a direct broadcast satellite (DBS) service that provides satellite television and audio programming to households and businesses in the United States, owned by parent company EchoStar Communications Corporation. ... Bell ExpressVu is the division of Bell Canada which sells digital television services in Canada. ... Star Choice is Canadas second direct broadcast satellite television distributor (the other being Bell ExpressVu), and is majority-owned by cable TV operator Shaw Communications Inc. ... Coaxial cable is often used to transmit cable television into the house. ... A television network is a distribution network for television content whereby a central operation provides programming for many television stations. ... Gaylord Entertainment Company operates a number of hotel, resort, and media companies. ... Group W, also known as the Westinghouse Broadcasting Company, was a division of Westinghouse Electric Corporation. ... March 7 is the 66th day of the year (67th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... // February 8 - Minipops premieres on Channel 4 in the UK. Though a ratings success, it is canceled after the first series due to heavy media criticism. ... This is a list of television-related events in 2000. ... This page is about the post-2005 Viacom. ... This section has been identified as trivia. ... This is a list of television-related events in 2006. ... CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is a popular Alliance Atlantis/CBS police procedural television series, running since October 2000, about a team of forensic scientists. ... The current Star Trek franchise logo Star Trek is an American science fiction entertainment series and media franchise. ... MXC is an American comedy television program that airs on Spike TV. It is a redubbing of the Japanese game show Takeshis Castle, which aired from 1986 to 1989. ... Game Head is a television show about video games hosted by games journalist Geoff Keighley. ... Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) is an American professional wrestling promotion founded by Jeff Jarrett and his father Jerry Jarrett in May 2002. ... Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is a U.S.-based mixed martial arts (MMA) organization, currently recognized as the major MMA promotion in North America. ... MTV Networks is a division of media conglomerate Viacom that oversees the operation of many TV network and Internet brands, including the first MTV channel. ...

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The Nashville Network (1983-2000)

The Nashville Network was based at the now-defunct Opryland USA theme park near Nashville, Tennessee. TNN initially focused on country music-related programming and eventually added reruns of country-themed network shows. TNN's flagship shows included Nashville Now and Grand Ole Opry Live, both of which were broadcast live from Opryland USA. This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... Nickname: Location in Davidson County and the state of Tennessee Coordinates: Country United States State Tennessee Counties Davidson County Founded: 1779 Incorporated: 1806 Government  - Mayor Bill Purcell (D) Area  - City  526. ... This article includes a list of works cited but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... The Grand Ole Opry is a weekly Saturday night country music radio program broadcast live on WSM radio in Nashville, Tennessee, and televised on Great American Country network. ...


The Gaylord era

Much of TNN's programming during the Gaylord era was originally produced by Opryland Productions, also owned by Gaylord Entertainment. Shows included variety shows, talk shows, game shows, outdoors shows, and lifestyle shows, all centered in some way around country music. Some of TNN's popular on-air talent included local Nashville media personalties Ralph Emery, Dan Miller, Charlie Chase, and Lorianne Crook, as well as established stars such as country music singer Bill Anderson and actresses Florence Henderson and Dinah Shore. TNN even created stars, such as wily fisherman Bill Dance. Gaylord Entertainment Company (NYSE: GET) operates a number of hotel, resort, and media companies. ... A talk show (U.S.) or chat show (Brit. ... “Quiz show” redirects here. ... Walter Ralph Emery (born on March 10, 1933) is a famous country music disk jockey and television host. ... Dan Miller is a longtime news anchorman for WSMV Channel 4 in Nashville, Tennessee. ... Charlie Chase is best-known for his work on the former TNN show Crook & Chase Charlie Chase (born October 19, 1952) is a radio and television host best known for his work on The Nashville Network program Crook & Chase. ... Lorianne Crook (born 19 February 1957) is a radio and television hostess best known for her work on The Nashville Network program A well-respected interviewer, Ms. ... James William Anderson III (born November 1, 1937 in Columbia, South Carolina) is an American country music singer and songwriter. ... Florence Agnes Henderson (b. ... Dinah Shore (born Frances Rose Shore February 29, 1916 - February 24, 1994) was an American singer and actress. ...


TNN had two self-operating and self-promoting sub-divisions, TNN Outdoors and TNN Motor Sports. TNN Outdoors was responsible for the programming of hunting and fishing shows. TNN Motor Sports was responsible for production of all the network's racing coverage, including NASCAR Winston Cup, Indy Racing League and smaller outfits such as USAC, NHRA, and ARCA. Motorcycle and speedboat racing was also broadcast. TNN Outdoors and TNN Motor Sports also marketed themselves, selling a variety of merchandise and branding themselves onto video games. The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is the largest sanctioning body of motorsports in the United States. ... The NASCAR Championship is the championship held in NASCARs top stock car racing series. ... The Indy Racing League, better known as IRL, is the sanctioning body of a predominantly American based open-wheel racing series. ... USAC Logo The United States Automobile Club (USAC) is an open-wheel auto racing sanctioning body. ... The National Hot Rod Association, known as the NHRA, was founded by Wally Parks in 1951 in the State of California to provide a governing body to organize and promote the sport of drag racing. ... The Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) is an auto racing sanctioning body in the United States founded in 1964 (not to be confused with the sports car club of the same name founded by the Collier brothers in 1933). ... Namcos Pac-Man was a hit, and became a universal phenomenon. ...


In 1995, the motorsports operations were moved to Concord, North Carolina into the industrial park located at Charlotte Motor Speedway, where TNN had purchased controlling interest in World Sports Enterprises, a motorsports production company. Among TNN personalities from the motorsports operation were Mike Joy, Eli Gold, Buddy Baker, Neil Bonnett, Randy Pemberton, Ralph Sheheen, Dick Berggren, and Rick Benjamin. Concord is a city located in Cabarrus County, North Carolina, a suburb of Charlotte. ... Lowes Motor Speedway (formerly Charlotte Motor Speedway) is a speedway in Concord, North Carolina, north of Charlotte. ... link titleMike Joy (born November 25, 1949 in Chicago) is a motorsports announcer, who currently serves as the lap-by-lap announcer of FOX Sports NASCAR Nextel Cup coverage. ... Eli Gold (born 1953) is a sportscaster, best known as the radio voice (since 1988) of the University of Alabama Crimson Tide football team along side former Alabama and NFL quarterback Ken Stabler as a part of the Crimson Tide Sports Network, and as host (since 1982) of NASCAR Live... Elzie Wylie Buddy Baker, Jr. ... Neil Bonnett (July 30, 1946 - February 11, 1994) was a NASCAR driver who compiled 18 victories and 20 poles over his 18-year career. ... Ralph Sheheen (born on August 23, 1964 in Utica, New York) perhaps ranks on the level of Bob Varsha as one of SPEED Channels most recognizable faces. ... Rick Benjamin (born on October 22, 1952 in Danbury, Connecticut) is SPEED Channels voice of the USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series, and was the voice of Champ Car racing for HDNet in 2004. ...


The Westinghouse-CBS era

TNN logo used from 1983-1997.
TNN logo used from 1983-1997.

Westinghouse Electric Corporation, who at the time owned the CBS networks and had an existing relationship with TNN through its Group W division, purchased TNN and its sister network CMT outright in 1995 to form CBS Cable (along with a short-lived startup network entitled "Eye On People"). Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Westinghouse logo (designed by Paul Rand) The Westinghouse Electric Company, headquartered in Monroeville, Pennsylvania, is an organization founded by George Westinghouse in 1886. ... CBS is one of the largest radio and television networks in the United States. ... Country Music Television, or CMT as it usually called, is an American country music oriented cable television channel. ...


Most of the original entertainment-oriented programming ceased production, and the network began to rely more on TNN Outdoors and TNN Motor Sports for programming. The network's ties to CBS allowed it to pick up country-themed CBS dramas from the 1980s such as The Dukes of Hazzard and Dallas, neither of which had been seen on television since their original runs ended, and also allowed it to carry CBS Sports runover, which happened during a NASCAR Busch Series race at Texas Motor Speedway and also a PGA Tour event at Firestone Country Club. For the 2005 film, see: The Dukes of Hazzard (film). ... The Southfork Ranch, home of the Ewing family The original cast of Dallas. ... NASCAR Busch Series logo The NASCAR Busch Series is a stock car racing series owned and operated by NASCAR. It is NASCARs second division (often compared to Triple-A baseball), and is a proving ground for drivers who wish to step up to the organizations top level, the... Texas Motor Speedway is a superspeedway located in the northernmost portion of the U.S. city of Fort Worth, Texas -- the portion located in Denton County, Texas. ... The PGA Tour is an organization that operates the USAs main professional golf tours. ... The Firestone Country Club is private golf club located in Akron, Ohio. ...


During this time, Ralph Emery retired from Nashville Now, TNN's flagship prime-time show which resembled the format of a late-night talk show that featured interviews and performances with the country stars of the day, as well as various comedy bits. Upon Emery's exit, the show was overhauled and renamed Music City Tonight (hosted by Lorianne Crook and Charlie Chase). After a very short run, Crook and Chase left the show to launch a syndicated daytime show, Crook & Chase, which would eventually return to TNN after failing in the syndication market. Music City Tonight was again overhauled to resemble its original Nashville Now format, but was rebranded as Prime Time Country. This version was originally hosted by actor Tom Wopat. He was later replaced with Christian singer/songwriter Gary Chapman, who enjoyed relative success with the show until its cancellation in 1999 as part of the MTV overhaul of the network. Lorianne Crook (born 19 February 1957) is a radio and television hostess best known for her work on The Nashville Network program A well-respected interviewer, Ms. ... Charlie Chase is best-known for his work on the former TNN show Crook & Chase Charlie Chase (born October 19, 1952) is a radio and television host best known for his work on The Nashville Network program Crook & Chase. ... Tom Wopat (left) as Luke Duke with John Schneider as Bo Duke in The Dukes of Hazzard Tom Wopat (born September 9, 1951 in Lodi, Wisconsin) is an American actor. ... Gary Chapman (born August 19, 1957 in Waurika, Oklahoma) is an American singer/songwriter and former television talk show host. ... The year 1999 in television involved some significant events. ...


In 1997, "The Nashville Network" moniker was dropped and the official title of the channel was shortened to the simpler TNN. The network's new logo had to be altered after officials from Turner Broadcasting pointed out the fusion of the T and the first N was strikingly similar to their TNT logo (used until 2001). TNN relented after the threat of a lawsuit and separated the T and the N. This is a list of television-related events in 1997. ... Turner Broadcasting logo Turner Broadcasting System (often abbreviated to Turner), based in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, is the company managing the collection of cable networks and properties started by Robert Edward Ted Turner from the mid-1970s to the late-1990s. ... Turner Network Television, usually referred to as TNT, is a cable TV network created by media mogul Ted Turner and currently owned by the Turner Broadcasting System division of Time Warner. ... This is a list of television-related events in 2001. ...


Ownership shifted to Viacom in the late 1990s after its acquisition of CBS Corporation, Westinghouse's successor. TNN and CMT were subsequently folded into Viacom's MTV Networks division.


The National Network/The New TNN (2000-2003)

In September 2000, Viacom sensed redundancy among its related TNN and CMT networks when it merged them into its MTV Networks unit. The decision was made to refocus TNN, and in the process, the channel dramatically scaled back its country-western trappings and changed its name to The National Network (also referred to as The New TNN). This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This is a list of television-related events in 2000. ...


During this time, the network's operations were moved from Nashville to New York. The name change also triggered a significant programming change in an attempt to appeal to a broader audience. This change was catalyzed by Viacom's acquisition of the rights to WWF programming, including its flagship show RAW Is War. In 2001, TNN added sitcoms like Diff'rent Strokes, Wonder Years, as well as shows like Star Trek: The Next Generation. New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Diffrent Strokes was an American sitcom that aired on the NBC television network from 1978 to 1985, and on ABC from 1985 to 1986. ... The Wonder Years was a television show set in the 1960s and early 1970s. ... The title as it appeared in most episodes opening credits. ...


By that time, all country-western programming had been purged from TNN. Some of The Nashville Network's former programming was picked up by CMT. Other classic TNN shows were picked up by GAC. As time went on, the words "The National Network" were dropped from the official title. By late 2002, the network was known simply as "The New TNN", in an effort to further distance itself from its former identity as a country music-based network. Great American Country (or GAC), is a Nashville, Tennessee-based country music cable television network. ...


The subtle rebranding effort was, to a lesser extent, also attempting to help the network shed the identity of a channel based mostly on reruns of old programs, as it had been shortly after the flip to "The National Network."


Spike TV lawsuit (June-August 2003)

In early 2003, another name change was announced. The new brand, Spike TV, was marketed as the first network for men. The name change was slated to coincide with an adult-oriented change in programming including original animated series Stripperella and Gary the Rat. Popular reruns such as Baywatch, V.I.P. and The A-Team, original specials such as The 100 Most Irresistible Women and imported programming such as MXC (a.k.a. Most Extreme Elimination Challenge). This is a list of television-related events in 2003. ... Wikibooks has more about this subject: Marketing Look up marketing in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Michelangelos David is the classical image of youthful male beauty in Western art A man is a male human. ... Computer programming (often simply programming) is the craft of implementing one or more interrelated abstract algorithms using a particular programming language to produce a concrete computer program. ... An animated series or cartoon series is a television series produced by means of animation. ... Stripperella Stripperella was an adult-oriented American animated television series created by Stan Lee. ... Gary The Rat was an adult-oriented computer-animated series. ... Baywatch was a popular American television series about the Los Angeles County Lifeguards who patrol the crowded beaches of Los Angeles County, California. ... V.I.P. was an American syndicated television series than ran for four seasons from 1998 to 2002. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The cast of Takeshis Castle Takeshis Castle , literally Operation! Takeshi Castle) was a Japanese game show that aired from 1986 to 1989 on the Tokyo Broadcasting System. ...


Spike TV hired famous cartoonist John Kricfalusi and a new version of the classic animated hit Ren and Stimpy returned with new episodes in a series known as Ren and Stimpy Adult Party Cartoon. Original Nickelodeon episodes also aired. John Kricfalusi (born Michael John Kricfalusi on September 9, 1955 in Chicoutimi, Quebec) is an Emmy-nominated Canadian animator, better known as John K. He is creator of The Ren & Stimpy Show and The Ripping Friends animated series, The Goddamn George Liquor Program, the first animated series made using Macromedia... Ren and Stimpy are the eponymous characters of two cartoon television series created by Canadian animator John Kricfalusi. ... Ren and Stimpy are the title characters of two cartoon TV series created by Canadian animator John Kricfalusi. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ...


The name change was supposed to be official on June 16, 2003. However, on June 13, film director Spike Lee won a New York Supreme Court injunction preventing the name change. Lee claimed that because of his well-known popularity in Hollywood, viewers would therefore assume that he was associated with the new network. Lee stated in court papers that: "The media description of this change of name, as well as comments made to me and my wife, confirmed what was obvious--that Spike TV referred to Spike Lee." June 16 is the 167th day of the year (168th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This is a list of television-related events in 2003. ... June 13 is the 164th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (165th in leap years), with 201 days remaining. ... The film director, on the right, gives last minute direction to the cast and crew, whilst filming a costume drama on location in London. ... This section has been identified as trivia. ... The Supreme Court of the State of New York is the basic New York State trial court of general jurisidiction. ... Look up Injunction in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


The network had planned an official launch of their new name at a star-studded, televised party at The Playboy Mansion in mid-June. But due to Lee's injunction, the special - titled Party With Spike - had to be heavily edited and the impact of the event was considerably muted. The Playboy Mansion (formerly the Playboy Mansion West out of deference to the original Playboy Mansion that was located in Chicago at 1340 N. State Parkway), located at 10236 Charing Cross Road in Holmby Hills, Los Angeles, California, is the home of Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner and is one...


During the lawsuit, even the name "TNN" was significantly scaled back, as logos and voice-overs referred to the network only as "The First Network for Men." Spike Jones Jr., son of comic musician Spike Jones, became a party of the lawsuit as part of Viacom's defense to protect the rights to his father's name. Partly as a result of Jones' involvement, the suit was settled on July 8, 2003, and TNN was allowed to call itself Spike TV. In announcing the settlement, Lee admitted that he did not believe that the network intentionally tried to trade on his name. Spike Jones For the music video and film director, see Spike Jonze. ... is the 189th day of the year (190th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Lee's injunction had become the subject of ridicule in the media and talk shows, thus bringing free publicity to the fledgling network. The name change became official on August 11, 2003. is the 223rd day of the year (224th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Spike TV/Spike (2003-present)

Spike continues to operate as part of MTV Networks, owned by Viacom. It has scored some major coups in terms of its programming, receiving syndication rights to several Star Trek series (which was produced by another Viacom branch, Paramount Pictures), as well as most of the James Bond movie series. It is also the cable home to TV's #1 show, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and cult favorite MXC, an overdubbed version of the Japanese series Takeshi's Castle. MTV Networks is a division of media conglomerate Viacom that oversees the operation of many TV network and Internet brands, including the first MTV channel. ... In the television industry (as in radio), syndication is the sale of the right to broadcast programs to multiple stations, without going through a broadcast network. ... The current Star Trek franchise logo Star Trek is an American science fiction entertainment series and media franchise. ... Paramount Pictures Corporation is an American motion picture production and distribution company, based in Hollywood, California. ... Flemings image of James Bond; commissioned to aid the Daily Express comic strip artists. ... CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is a popular Alliance Atlantis/CBS police procedural television series, running since October 2000, about a team of forensic scientists. ... MXC is an American comedy television program that airs on Spike TV. It is a redubbing of the Japanese game show Takeshis Castle, which aired from 1986 to 1989. ... The cast of Takeshis Castle Takeshis Castle , literally Operation! Takeshi Castle) was a Japanese game show that aired from 1986 to 1989 on the Tokyo Broadcasting System. ...


In the Fall of 2003, Spike TV aired The Joe Schmo Show, a parody of reality TV shows like Survivor and Big Brother. Its finale led to the network's highest ratings at the time, and a second season aired in the Summer of 2004. The Joe Schmo Show was a reality TV show (actually a parody of reality game shows) on the American cable network Spike TV that began airing in September 2003. ... Reality television is a genre of television programming which presents purportedly unscripted dramatic or humorous situations, documents actual events, and features ordinary people instead of professional actors. ... For the recently concluded season, see Survivor: Fiji. ... Big Brother is a reality television format. ... When TV viewers or entertainment professionals in the United States mention ratings they are often referring to Nielsen Ratings, a system developed by Nielsen Media Research to determine the audience size and composition of television programming. ...


In November 2004, Spike TV purchased the cable/satellite syndication rights to CSI: New York for a record price of $1.9 million per episode. It joined the lineup on October 1, 2006. November 2004 : January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December See also: November 2004 in sports November 2004 in science Events Deaths in November • 30 Pierre Berton • 29 John Drew Barrymore • 26 Bill Alley • 24 Arthur Hailey • 23 Rafael Eitan • 18 Bobby Frank Cherry • 16 John... CSI: NY (working title CSI: New York) is an American police procedural television series which premiered on September 22, 2004. ... ISO 4217 Code USD User(s) the United States, the British Indian Ocean Territory,[1] the British Virgin Islands, East Timor, Ecuador, El Salvador, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Palau, Panama, Turks and Caicos Islands, and the insular areas of the United States Inflation 2. ... is the 274th day of the year (275th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This is a list of television-related events in 2006. ...


On November 18, 2004, they broadcast reruns of the Nickelodeon TV series SpongeBob SquarePants at midnight, to promote The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, that came out the 19th. They did this almost all night, as did another MTV Networks channel, VH1. is the 322nd day of the year (323rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This is a list of television-related events in 2004. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie is a feature film based on Nickelodeons hit TV show SpongeBob SquarePants. ... is the 323rd day of the year (324th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... VH1 (VH-1: Video Hits One until 1994) is an American cable television channel that was created in January 1985 by Warner-Amex Satellite Entertainment, at the time a division of Warner Communications and owners of MTV. VH1 and sister channel MTV are currently part of the MTV Networks division...


In September 2005, all WWE (formerly the WWF) programming on Spike TV left the network as a result of acrimonious contractual matters between WWE and Viacom. WWE Raw moved back to its original cable home, NBC Universal's USA Network while WWE Sunday Night HEAT and WWE Velocity moved to WWE.com due to failure to gain a time slot for the shows in the United States. On October 1, 2005, wrestling promotion Total Nonstop Action Wrestling began airing its weekly program TNA iMPACT! in the Saturday night time slot formerly occupied by WWE Velocity. In WWE's last Monday Night Raw broadcast on the network, executives decided to censor WWE personalties whenever they tried to mention Raw's return to USA Network, scheduled for the following week. In what turned out to be a hectic night of sound suddenly vanishing, WWE's commentators finally succeeded in slipping the words "Next week on USA" past the censors at Spike TV, most likely due to Spike TV executives finally giving in. Note that another Viacom entity, the United Paramount Network, was permitted to keep the WWE Smackdown! brand. 2005 : January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December- → Deaths in September September 28 : Constance Baker Motley September 25 : M. Scott Peck September 25 : Don Adams September 20 : Simon Wiesenthal September 14 : Robert Wise September 10 : Hermann Bondi September 8 : Donald Horne September 7 : Moussa Arafat... World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... NBC Universal is a media and entertainment conglomerate formed in May 2004 by the combination of General Electrics NBC with Vivendi Universal Entertainment, part of Vivendi Universal. ... USA Network is a popular American cable television network with about 89 million household subscribers as of 2005. ... WWE Heat (formerly known as WWE Sunday Night Heat) is a professional wrestling show for World Wrestling Entertainment, showcasing talent from the Raw roster with lower-card matches. ... WWE Velocity, also known as simply Velocity, was a professional wrestling television program for World Wrestling Entertainment. ... is the 274th day of the year (275th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The year 2005 in television involved some significant events. ... Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) is an American professional wrestling promotion founded by Jeff Jarrett and his father Jerry Jarrett in May 2002. ... For the video game based on the show, see TNA iMPACT! (video game). ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... For omission and secrecy, see censorship. ... The official logo for UPN. UPN (which originally stood for the United Paramount Network) is a television network in the United States, owned by Viacom Inc. ...


On January 18, 2005, Spike TV debuted The Ultimate Fighter (TUF), an original reality show based around the sport of mixed martial arts which proved to be a surprise hit and is currently in its fifth season. Spike later extended their UFC coverage with a programming block dubbed UFC Unleashed. is the 18th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... The year 2005 in television involved some significant events. ... The Ultimate Fighter is a reality television series and mixed martial arts competition, originating from United States, and produced by Spike TV and the Ultimate Fighting Championship. ... For the fighting style, see hybrid martial arts. ... UFC is a TLA that can stand for Ultimate Fighting Championship Umeå FC This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... UFC Unleashed is a television series produced by Spike TV and the Ultimate Fighting Championship. ...


In October 2005, Spike TV debuted Game Head with Geoff Keighley, a weekly video game show, and later followed up with Fresh Baked Videogames, making them both part of their “Slammin' Saturday Night” lineup. 2005 : January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December- → Deaths in October 28: Richard Smalley 26: Emil Kyulev 24: José Azcona del Hoyo 24: Rosa Parks 23: Stella Obasanjo 22: Liam Lawlor 22: Shirley Horn 20: Endon Mahmood 17: Ba Jin 10: Milton Obote 7: Charles... Game Head is a television show about video games hosted by games journalist Geoff Keighley. ... Geoff Keighley is a Canadian videogame journalist. ... Fresh Baked Videogames was a comedy show about video games hosted by comedian Bert Kreischer. ...


Spike is also home to the annual Video Game Awards and the Spike TV Guys' Choice Awards. The Spike TV Video Game Awards (VGA) is an award show that gives awards to the best computer and video games of the year. ... The Spike TV Guys Choice Awards were broadcast on Spike TV on June 13, 2007. ...


"Get More Action"

After the Viacom/CBS Corporation split of 2005, Spike became a part of the “new” Viacom with its sibling networks in the MTV Networks family. In May 2006, the station was rebranded to accentuate its masculinity, including a new logo, dropping the second half of its network name (TV), and the “Get More Action” tagline. CBS Corporation (NYSE: CBS) is an American media conglomerate focused on broadcasting, publishing, billboards, and television production, with most of its operations in the United States. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... May 2006 : ← - January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December- → May 1, 2006 (Monday) Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association outraged Vatican by planning to ordain another bishop, Liu Xinhong in Anhui Province. ...


In June 2006, Spike debuted Blade: The Series, a TV series based on the Blade films. Rapper Kirk "Sticky Fingaz" Jones played Blade in the series. David S. Goyer, writer of all three Blade films (and director of the third), wrote the pilot and served as executive producer on the series. It was cancelled on September 28, 2006. June 2006 : ← - January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December- → Extraordinary renditions. ... Kirk Jones is also the name of a man who survived a plunge over the Niagara Falls, without a flotation device, on October 20, 2003. ... David S. Goyer is a comic book writer, screenwriter, and film director. ... Blade (Eric Brooks) is a fictional superhero. ... Blade: Trinity is a 2004 movie, directed by David S. Goyer, which is a motion_picture directorial debut for him. ... September 28 is the 271st day of the year (272nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This is a list of television-related events in 2006. ...


On September 5, 2006, the documentary film Metal of Honor by filmmaker Rachel Maguire, premiered on Spike TV. Metal of Honor is a documentary profiling the Ironworkers' efforts in the attempts for rescue and recovery on and after September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center site. The film proceeds through the Ironworkers' dismantling of the fallen towers. September 5 is the 248th day of the year (249th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This is a list of television-related events in 2006. ... September 11 is the 254th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (255th in leap years). ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the former World Trade Center (Twin Towers) in New York City. ...


On October 10, 2006, Spike TV presented the Scream Awards, the first awards show honoring horror, science fiction, fantasy and comic books. In late 2006, Spike introduced the Late Night Strip consisting of original series that are sometimes inappropriate for daytime TV, with regular intermissions featuring women. The programming airs Thursdays and Fridays at 10:00 p.m., and includes MXC, Wild World of Spike, The Dudesons, Game Head. October 10 is the 283rd day of the year (284th in leap years). ... This is a list of television-related events in 2006. ... The Scream Awards is the first Award Ceremony dedicated to horror, sci-fi and the fantasy genres. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ...


In April 2008, Spike will become the first basic cable network in the U.S. to air all six Star Wars movies on the same network, including holding premiere broadcast rights to Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. Viacom beat out NBC Universal and Turner Broadcasting for the lucrative deal (worth up to $80 million, although most of the two network systems had previously aired some or all of the original trilogy). 2008 (MMVIII) will be a leap year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Star Wars is an epic science fantasy saga and fictional universe created by George Lucas during the late 1970s. ... Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith is the third episode of the Star Wars film series (but the sixth film to be produced), to be released on Thursday, May 19, 2005. ...


Though the programming is still aimed at the male demographic (age 18-35), Spike no longer makes the claim of “the first network for men.”


Spike TV programming

The following is a list of programs that are currently or have been shown on the Spike TV television network. ...

Trivia

  • Due to licensing restrictions and programming rights issues, Canadian viewers of Spike see alternate programming whenever Spike airs a James Bond film, or other certain programs such as World's Wildest Police Videos. Most often, the substituted show is V.I.P., Star Trek: The Next Generation or Oblivious. Also, because Canadian network TSN aired Monday Night Raw in Canada, the program did not air on Spike TV's Canadian feed.
  • When re-branded The National Network, the company commonly used a logo written "The New TNN," which, written out, is The New The National Network, a pleonasm.
  • Spike TV was involved in a controversial episode of WWE Raw. It was Raw’s last night on the station and Vince McMahon had said that Spike and WWE were a good ‘tag team.’ He then went on to admit the move to the USA Network, which was censored out on television by executives on Spike TV. Later on in the episode after the censor, as the show approached its second hour, Raw commentators Jim Ross, Jerry “The King” Lawler, and Jonathan Coachman began heavy plugging of Raw’s return to USA Network. The promoting was so heavy, that it seemed as if executives had given up on censors and let the commentators go wild on their promoting, which they did.
  • Spike TV is mentioned in the Green Day song “Homecoming” on the American Idiot album. When Bassist Mike Dirnt sings, "I fell asleep while watching Spike TV/ After ten cups of coffee and you're still not here". Although, to many people it sounds as though he says, "While watching my TV".
  • After Ren and Stimpy Adult Party Cartoon was cancelled, they started airing the classic episodes which originally aired on Nickelodeon in the 1990s; it was named Ren & Stimpy: The Classics. It was TV-PG instead of TV-MA, though it aired late at night.
  • Spike TV is the only network to air first-run matches from all of the major wrestling organizations in the last 15 years. (WWF/WWE from 2000-2005, WCW in 2001 (including the Raw/Nitro simulcast and WCW-sanctioned matches during the Invasion storyline), ECW from 1999-2000, and TNA from 2005-present).

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