Arts & Entertainment Network

TVAnother retro gem shared by Retrontario reminded me of the origins of the A&E Network.

When I first saw A&E, it was called the Arts & Entertainment Network and it was very PBS-ish. Lots of BBC stuff and upper crust viewing, as I recall. Here's an Arts & Entertainment Network promo to give you a taste of what it once was.

It's hard to believe that evolved (devolved?) into the A&E of today. Now it's all Gene Simmons: Family Jewels and Dog the Bounty Hunter and such.

At least it supplied me with my nightly Law & Order fix during my uni days.

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I used to love A&E. I have no idea what they are trying to do now.

November 15, 2010 @ 12:01 PM

James Edgar

Me to Loved it back in the day. The first 48 ? WTF???

November 15, 2010 @ 10:19 PM

Jason Paris

Cable channels are becoming like FM radio. On both sides of the border. They all start out bold, high-brow and offering something unique. Then they all eventually devolve into playing catch for the lower-common denominator audience. Most of them are now completely interchangeable and with the exception of maybe five, I rarely watch any of them.

November 16, 2010 @ 2:01 PM


And they still have the gall to refer to themselves as "A&E", when the "A" doesn't even figure into their programming at all.

American television mystifies me sometimes with their continued drift to irrelevance.

November 17, 2010 @ 6:15 PM

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