Premium television (sometimes pay television in North America) generally refers to a class of commercial-free television services which are available for subscription through cable and satellite television for fees much higher than traditional, packaged cable networks or specialty services. ...more on Wikipedia about "Premium television"
A recurring character is a fictional character, usually in a prime time TV series, who is not a main character, but appears from time to time during the series' run. Recurring characters often play major roles in an episode, sometimes being the main focus. The characters return is based on popularity. ...more on Wikipedia about "Recurring character"
A rerun (or sometimes, repeat) is a re-airing of an episode of a media, (usually television) program. The invention of the rerun is generally credited to Desi Arnaz. Some viewers find reruns annoying, although many viewers appreciate the opportunity to re-watch a programme they enjoyed or watch one they missed the first time round. There are two types of reruns, those that occur during a hiatus, and those that occur when a program is syndicated. ...more on Wikipedia about "Rerun"
The "Rural Purge" at American television network CBS was a series of cancellations of still-popular rural-themed shows instigated by executive Fred Silverman in 1971, following research highlighting the greater attraction to advertisers of the more affluent urban viewer demographic. ...more on Wikipedia about "Rural purge"
A telethon is a fundraising event broadcast on television that lasts many hours or even days, the purpose of which is to raise money for a charitable, political, or other allegedly worthy cause. Correspondingly, the term, a portmanteau, derives from the words "television" and " marathon." The format of a telethon usually consists of performances by singers, musicians, comedians, or other entertainers interspersed with pitches for donations. Typically the program is staged on a set containing volunteer telephone operators, a stage, a tote board that displays the amount of money raised, a band, and a studio audience. ...more on Wikipedia about "Telethon"
Television comedy had a presence from the earliest days of broadcasting. Among the earliest American television programs were variety shows including the Texaco Star Theater featuring Milton Berle; comedy acts often taken from vaudeville were staples of such shows. Similarly, many early BBC shows such as Starlight were light entertainment, offering a series of guests from the music hall era - singers and comedians amongst them. ...more on Wikipedia about "Television comedy"
A television pilot is the first episode of an intended television series. It is usually longer than normal episodes (often twice the normal length) and is intended to get network programming executives, and later the public, interested in the series. However, pilots are rarely fair examples of what a "normal episode" of a series is like, since they usually set the general background and tell the origin story for the series (e.g., if the series is about two angry roommates, the pilot will probably show how they met). ...more on Wikipedia about "Television pilot"
This is a list of television shows featuring older versions of cartoon characters: ...more on Wikipedia about "Television shows featuring older versions of cartoon characters"
A TV Program format is a license to produce and to broadcast a national version of a copyrighted foreign TV program and to use its name. Formats are a major part of the international television market. ...more on Wikipedia about "TV Program format"
Very special episode is an advertising term originally used in American television commercials to describe an episode of a situation comedy or television drama that deals with a serious and/or controversial social issue. Various very special episodes have addressed such topics as interracial marriage, coming out, abortion, sexual abuse, cancer, and the morality of lying. Drug addiction, eating disorders, and cultural views concerning pre-marital sex are recurring themes for American television programs with younger viewers. ...more on Wikipedia about "Very special episode"
The Wasteland Speech was given by Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Newton N. Minow on May 9, 1961: ...more on Wikipedia about "Wasteland Speech"
A watercooler show is a TV show that people talk to each other about in social situations. ...more on Wikipedia about "Watercooler show"
Watershed is a term used in the United Kingdom (as well as Canada) to describe a time in television schedules beyond which it is permissible to show television programmes which have ' adult content'. It is known in the US as "Safe Harbor". Adult content can be generally defined as having at least some nudity, explicit sexual intercourse, graphic violence, strong language, or drug references or use. ...more on Wikipedia about "Watershed (television)"
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