Yes, you read the title right – this one is a double feature!
I’ll be on my way to Chicago for this year’s final Stargate convention, which will be both fun and bittersweet. It’s the convention that introduced me not only Con Life, but fandom in general. While there were some great times (2012, 2013, and 2015 – OMG, 2015 was legendary) (and a few I’d rather not discuss…like certain aspects of the 2014 convention), I’ll be walking away from the experience with friends and the chance to have met lots of actors.
That will be a (huge) blog post for a whole other day!
As I will be travelling this week, I could easily have scrapped this week’s Throwback/Flashback, but in reality, I hate being idle. I also don’t like my blog to be idle. I know life happens, but I like maintaining my blog no matter what. And if a double feature is warranted, then so be it!
This week’s Throwback/Flashback double feature goes back to 1992, and revisits the days of The Family Channel, a network your local cable provider may have provided to you at some point between 1988 and 1998, when it became Fox Family Channel on August 15, 1998 (at 12 pm EST, to be exact – yes I looked this up).
The network started life as Christian Broadcasting Network Family Channel (yes, that channel you used to see televangelists on in the 1980s and 1990s when you were home on summer vacation, channel surfing), which in itself was a rebranding of CBN (established in 1981). CBN was dropped from the name of the network, it just became “The Family Channel,” and CBN is what you know CBN as now…that network with the televangelists you used to see in the 1980s and 1990s. While channel surfing.
The network later became ABC Family (rebranded on November 10, 2001). The network (as of January 2016) exists as Freeform, which is still the same concept that ABC Family had begun to take in the last few years. I have had this channel through every identity it has taken, but the original, to me, will always be The Family Channel, which I had on my cable provider beginning around 1994.
An ex-boyfriend from years ago let me borrow some of his tapes, and much of that acquiring/borrowing resulted in many of the commercials you’ve seen on Throwback Thursday and Flashback Friday over the last year. And while some of these commercials will look familiar to you from previous episodes, many you will not have seen yet. And that’s the real treat of this post.
That and the sheer size of it pretty much made a double feature week inevitable.
Presented herein, a collection of commercials, promos, and bumpers from a spring 1992 taping of Roots: The Next Generations on the (original) Family Channel, complete with the catchy slogan they used back in those days.
You’ll see that, and a whole lot of other fun stuff within!
So click play, the family network is fine!
Oh, and over on You Tube…way too many videos from The Family Channel. Guess who will be spending time in the You Tube Bunny Hole after they get home from vacation?
There’s a reason I took an extra day off from work afterwards, and it has nothing to do with laundry. Ok, I have laundry, but You Tube will be there too!
The network itself has shifted away from total family friendly stuff, and gears itself more toward teenagers and not-so-family audiences, and it may have changed names a few times in its life, but there will always be that time it was simply The Family Channel.
You’ve come a long way from your pure, Christian roots, The Family Channel. And you’re not necessarily “The Positive Place” anymore.
Oh yes indeed!
Throwback Thursday and Flashback Friday will return next week. I’m not sure if I’m going to do a double feature again, or two separate days on a theme, but I’ll figure that out.
Meanwhile, enjoy the rest of your week, oh yes indeed!