WE tv

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This article is about the American television channel. For the Indian channel, see WE TV.
WE tv
WE tv 2014 logo.png
Launched September 7, 1997; 16 years ago (1997-09-07)
Owned by AMC Networks
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
480i (SDTV)
Country United States
Language English
Broadcast area Nationwide
Headquarters New York City
Formerly called WE: Women's Entertainment
(2000–2006)
Replaced Romance Classics (1997–2000)
Sister channel(s) SundanceTV
IFC
AMC
Website www.wetv.com
Availability
Satellite
DirecTV 260 (SD only)
Dish Network 128 (HD/SD)
Cable
Available on most U.S. cable providers Check local listings for channels
IPTV
AT&T U-verse 372 (SD)
1372 (HD)
Verizon FiOS 649 (HD)
149 (SD)
Mio TV 259 (HD only)

WE tv is an American digital cable and satellite television channel that is owned by AMC Networks.[1] Similar to Vh1 and Bravo, the channel features programming that attracts women, without alienating men.

As of August 2013, approximately 83,151,000 American households (72.81% of households with television) receive WE tv.[2]

History[edit]

As Romance Classics (1997-2001)[edit]

WE tv was originally known as Romance Classics when it launched on September 1, 1997 under the ownership of what was then the Cablevision Systems Corporation-controlled Rainbow Media. It was originally a movie channel focusing mostly on romantic dramas and comedies, and television miniseries; similar to the original format of sister network, AMC (as American Movie Classics), the channel initially broadcast its films commercial-free.

Format change as WE tv (2001-2014)[edit]

This format was abandoned in 2001, when the channel was relaunched as WE: Women's Entertainment, taking on an ad-supported general entertainment format. In 2006, the channel was renamed WE tv.[3] The channel aired the first three seasons of the popular Logie Award-winning Australian television series McLeod's Daughters, but dropped the show in April 2006.[citation needed] The channel's format then shifted towards reality shows, with several having topics related to weddings (such as Bridezillas, Big Easy Brides and My Fair Wedding with David Tutera).[4] Other popular shows on the network included Secret Lives of Women, The Locator and Amazing Cakes.

Old WE tv logo

In January 2011, WE tv confirmed that it had signed Toni Braxton for a reality series, entitled Braxton Family Values, which is marketed as one of the network's flagship shows. To prepare for the networks new show lineup, WE tv also gave the network a new logo and marketing tagline: "Life As WE Know It."[5] In March 2012, WE tv confirmed that the network had ordered 14 episodes of Kendra on Top, a reality show following the lives of Kendra Wilkinson and Hank Baskett, who previously appeared in the E! reality series Kendra. Kendra said the show focuses on "motherhood, parenthood, and wife hood".[6] Kendra On Top premiered on June 5, 2012.[7]

Rebranding (2014-present)[edit]

In June 2014, WE tv President Marc Juris confirmed that the network will revamp its image to be more inclusive to men. The network also premiered their first original scripted program in The Divide.[8]

Current programming[edit]

Scripted[edit]

Unscripted[edit]

Acquired[edit]

Future programming[edit]

Scripted[edit]

  • South of Hell

Unscripted[edit]

  • Charlie Sheen's Bad Influence
  • Love Thy Sister
  • Match Made In Heaven

Former programming[edit]

Unscripted[edit]

  • A Stand Up Mother
  • Adoption Diaries
  • Adventures in Doggie Day Car
  • Alien Abduction:True Confessions
  • Amazing Wedding Cakes
  • American's Cutest Puppies
  • American Princess
  • Amsale Girls
  • Big Easy Brides
  • Bridezillas
  • Bulging Brides
  • Cheerleader U
  • Crimes of Passion
  • Cyndi Lauper: Still So Unusual
  • Designer to the Stars: Kari Whitman
  • Downsized
  • Extreme Ghost Stories
  • FBI Files
  • Family Restaurant
  • Fix My Family
  • Girl Meets Cowboy
  • Girl Meets Gown
  • Hair Trauma
  • High School Confidential
  • House of Curves
  • I Want to Save Your Life
  • Jilted?
  • Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?
  • John Edward Cross Country
  • Kiss & Tell
  • Little Miss Perfect
  • Most Popular
  • Obsessed with the Dress[11]
  • Party Mama's
  • Platinum Babies
  • Platinum Weddings
  • Pregnant & Dating[12]
  • Raising Sextuplets
  • Rescue Mediums
  • Rich Bride, Poor Bride
  • Sanya's Glam & Gold[13]
  • Sex Change Hospital
  • She's Moving In
  • Sinbad: It's Just Family
  • Skating's Next Star
  • Spend It Fast!
  • Split Ends
  • Staten Island Cakes
  • Sunset Daze
  • The Cupcake Girls
  • The Locator
  • The Lylas[12]
  • The Secret Lives of Women
  • Texas Multi Mamas
  • Twister Sisters
  • Ugliest House on The Block
  • Unforgivable Crimes
  • WE Investigates
  • Wedding Central
  • Wife, Mom, Bounty Hunter
  • Women Behind Bars
  • You're Wearing That?!?

Acquired[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "AMC Networks: WE tv". Retrieved November 6, 2012. 
  2. ^ Seidman, Robert (August 23, 2013). "List of How Many Homes Each Cable Networks Is In - Cable Network Coverage Estimates As Of August 2013". TV by the Numbers. Zap2it. Retrieved September 7, 2013. 
  3. ^ WE tv at Rainbow Media
  4. ^ "Sarah Haskins in Target Women: Wedding Shows". Retrieved November 6, 2012. 
  5. ^ "WE tv Announces Pair of Original Series for 2011". Retrieved November 6, 2012. 
  6. ^ Oldenburg, Ann (March 21, 2012). "Kendra lands new WE reality show, 'Kendra On Top'". USA Today. Retrieved July 5, 2013. 
  7. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (May 21, 2012). "We TV’s Summer Line-Up Sizzles With 'Kendra', All New 'Bridezillas', More 'Braxtons' And 'L.A. Hair'". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved July 5, 2013. 
  8. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. WE TV Rebrands, Drops Women From Name, Unveils New Logo, Graphics. Deadline http://www.deadline.com/2014/06/we-tv-rebrands-drops-women-from-name-unveils-new-logo-graphics/ |url= missing title (help). Retrieved 3 August 2014. 
  9. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (March 28, 2013). "WE TV Renews ‘Bridezillas’ & ‘David Tutera’, Orders ‘Bridezillas’ Spinoff Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 29, 2013. 
  10. ^ "WEtv Greenlights ‘SWV – Sisters With Voices’ Unscripted Series". Deadline Hollywood. July 8, 2013. 
  11. ^ Marechal, AJ (October 22, 2012). "WeTV orders ‘Obsessed With the Dress’". Variety. Retrieved April 11, 2013. 
  12. ^ a b Kondology, Amanda (April 10, 2013). "WE tv Unveils Three New Unscripted Originals: 'The Lylas', 'Pregnant & Dating' + 'The Ruckers: Southern Royals'". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 10, 2013. 
  13. ^ Bibel, Sara (February 21, 2013). "WE tv Greenlights 'Glam & Gold' New Reality Series Featuring Olympic Gold Medalist Sanya Richards-Ross and NFL Star Aaron Ross". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 11, 2013. 

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