SportSouth returns

So, no more Junkin’ and no more Liars and Legends. It’s annoying enough that the good Braves annoncing squad was kicked off Turner South with Fox bought it, but now they’re changing the entire format and removing some of the better shows, well, all of them.

SportSouth will televise 61 Thrashers games and 45 Hawks games during the 2006-07 seasons and 55 Braves games in 2007. SportSouth’s Braves telecasts will increase to 80 games in 2008, when TBS cuts back its telecasts.

Aside from games, SportSouth will emphasize programs focusing on off-the-field, behind-the-scenes “storytelling” about Southern pro and college sports, said Jeff Genthner, vice president and general manager of FSN South and, now, SportSouth.

Color me unexcited. As much as I am a sports fan, I get annoyed with this idea that I’m supposed to actually care about off-the-field, behind the scenes “storytelling”. I can’t stand shows like “The Life” that attempt to get me to care about the non-athletic playboy lifestyle of athletes.

Congratulations Fox Sports. You’ve managed to take a channel that had some of the most original programming on cable and turn it into a Fox Sports South clone. Like we already don’t have CSS, ESPN, ESPN2, and countless other channels that are relatively exactly the same.

6 Comments so far

  1. George Burdell (unregistered) on October 4th, 2006 @ 12:39 pm

    I’ll miss one or tow of the turner south shows, but I am excited about the Thrashers games


  2. Daniel (unregistered) on October 4th, 2006 @ 12:41 pm

    As I recall, most Thrashers games were shown on network channel 36 or one of the other local channels. Moving them to cable is better?


  3. Tessa (unregistered) on October 4th, 2006 @ 3:41 pm

    Boo for them not broadcasting roller derby.


  4. George Burdell (unregistered) on October 4th, 2006 @ 4:09 pm

    They were on Pax (now i-TV). Sports south will have HD capabilities (in the near future) which make hockey much more watchable. Also, Turner South currently has a stronger digital feed, which makes any standard definition programming look cleaner.


  5. Annie (unregistered) on October 5th, 2006 @ 10:24 am

    I mourn the loss of Junkin (no more stoner Val! LOVE her laugh!) and Liars and Legends. It’s not often you can find a show that husband and wife can agree on. Looks like more Battlestar Galactica for us.


  6. Lee (unregistered) on October 19th, 2006 @ 9:50 am

    Turner South already took its best non-sports show – Live From the Bluebird Cafe – off the air a long time ago. So no big loss there.

    And if you live in NC or parts of SC or TN, good luck getting any Thrashers or Hawks games – they’ll probably be blacked out.

    But whatever they do to SportSouth, it can’t be any worse than what Disney has done to ESPN.



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