Laff sets lineup for Wednesday premiere

Hopefully you’ve gotten your taxes prepared already. In case you’re one of those people who sit down at the last minute to prepare them, the new digital channel Laff (KTRK channel 13.3) will have something to take your mind off your taxes.

The channel launches at 7 a.m. Wednesday with the movie “My Mom’s New Boyfriend”, followed by double runs of Empty Nest and Ellen. Two movies follow, with VIce Versa at 11 a.m. and My Father, The Hero at 1 p.m.

Double runs of Spin City, Ellen (different episodes from the 10 a.m. slot), Grace Under Fire and The Drew Carey Show follow.

Then at 7 p.m., another set of double runs of Spin City and The Drew Carey Show (again, different episodes from earlier). At 9 p.m. is So I Married an Axe Murderer.

A third Drew Carey double run follows at 11 p.m. That will be followed by double runs of Grace Under Fire and Empty Nest, then a movie at 2 a.m., more Empty Nest at 4 a.m., and movies at 5 a.m. and 7 a.m.

Mi Casa Broadcasting links up with Mako

Mi Casa Broadcasting has announced a distribution deal with Mako Communications to put the MCBN signal into 19 markets, including a return to the Houston airwaves.

Mako owns KUVM-LD channel 10 and KUVM-CD channel 34 in the Houston market. No word yet on which channel MCBN will land on.

Fox O&Os to launch classic game show network, Buzzr TV

The Fox owned and operated stations, including KRIV channel 26, will be partnering with Fremantle Media to launch a classic game show network, Buzzr TV, this summer, according to a report at TV NewsCheck.

The network will feature Fremantle’s library of game show content, including Let’s Make a Deal, The Price is Right, Family Feud from the Dawson through O’Hurley years, and many other classic titles.

KTRK makes tax day a LAFF-ing matter

Katz Broadcasting, parent company of diginets Grit and Escape, will be launching a new all-comedy digital subchannel, LAFF, on April 15 on ABC and Scripps-owned stations around the country. Locally, KTRK, ABC13, will carry LAFF on channel 13.3.

The not-dead-yet LiveWell channel will remain in place airing reruns in high definition on ABC-owned stations, including KTRK channel 13.2.

More coverage from Broadcasting & Cable.

(h/t Mike McGuff)

Justice (Network) to be served starting Tuesday

KHOU has started running promos for the new Justice Network, which Gannett stations are picking up across the country.

Fans of Bounce, on 11.2, need not worry about their channel getting bounced. Justice Network will air on a new subchannel, 11.3. The new subchannel hasn’t been provisioned yet, so a rescan will be needed next Tuesday in order for you to be able to receive the new network.

Gannett to serve Justice to subchannel viewers

Gannett is teaming up with veteran TV executives to launch Justice Network, which will air on subchannels of most of its stations nationwide.

Justice Network programming will include series such as, Body of Evidence, Masterminds, The Investigators, Psychic Detectives, I, Detective, LA Forensics, Missing Persons Unit, Murder by the Book, Parco P.I., Locked Up Abroad, Alaska State Troopers, Extreme Evidence, North Mission Road, Haunting Evidence, Over the Limit and Dominick Dunne’s Power Privilege and Justice.

CBS, Weigel to partner for new “Decades” channel

Weigel Broadcasting, the owner of classic TV channel Me-TV, is partnering with CBS to create a new digital channel called “Decades” that will pull from CBS’ library of programming.
The channel will initially find homes on CBS-owned stations including KTVT in Dallas. Weigel will be looking for affiliates in other markets.

Live Well Network won’t live much longer

Enjoy Steven & Chris while you can. ABC has announced plans to discontinue the Live Well network, which airs on ABC O&O KTRK channels 13.2 and 13.3. The network hasn’t disclosed plans for what will take Live Well’s place on its stations after the mid-January closure.

(h/t Mike McGuff)

KUHT adds Classical 91.7 simulcast

Houston Public Media is taking advantage of the new common ownership among KUHT channel 8, NPR news-talk KUHF 88.7 FM, and classical KUHA 91.7 FM by beginning to simulcast Classical 91.7 on KUHT channel 8.5.

This will certainly help reception of the classical music signal in the south and west portions of the area, since KUHA’s tower is near Humble.

No sign yet of a KUHF simulcast on a KUHT subchannel.

KUHT also carries the audio-only Sight into Sound audio reading service on channel 8.4.

Cozi gets cozy with KTMD; KUBE picks up The Works

A slight channel shift today moves NBCUniversal-owned classic TV broadcaster Cozi TV to its sister NBCU property, Telemundo O&O KTMD. Cozi has landed on channel 47.3, previously home to a time-shifted standard definition broadcast of Telemundo.

The vacancy left by Cozi on KUBE 57.5 has been filled by a new channel called “The Works”. This channel appears to be showing older films, mainly from the MGM library, and is on the air in several larger markets, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Boston so far.

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