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TV Guide is the name of a North American weekly magazine about television programming.

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1 Destroyed Jump The Shark Destroyed Jump The Shark site
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2 From "Guide" to "Tabloid" The reason says it all!
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3 Ally McBeal on the cover AGAIN Kickbacks from Fox result in pushed content
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4 Day 1 Sucked from the start.
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1 Killing Jump the Shark was a true boning moment. -- Submitted By: (PokeyJHorse) on May 8, 2016, 1:33 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
2 the TV Guide Channel. Ugh! I can't stand that they've turned into E! tv, then only have two dialogue boxes of what's on. -- Submitted By: (Jp) on September 1, 2012, 4:13 pm - (2 votes) - Login to Vote
3 BigAl...I actually have that one! I saved it all these years. -- Submitted By: (Robert) on September 15, 2010, 9:56 am - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
4 The only time I cared about TV Guide was when South Park was about to reveal who Cartman's dad was (but they instead did that Terrance & Phillip special instead for a lame April Fools' prank) - the cover of TV Guide showed something like Jeopardy where Cartman was the MC and the others were contestants (Kenny was getting shocked by the signal button, no surprise there). Other than that, I haven't bothered with them, and I'm glad I don't have anything to do with them. -- Submitted By: (BigAl) on September 15, 2010, 12:43 am - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
5 When I was a kid we had the Prevue Channel - a computerized listing of shows that played pleasant muzak and occasional movie trailers. About ten years ago TV Guide bought it out, reduced the size of the listings to about half, and started constantly playing these god awful annoying presenters and their tabloid news. To top it off, during award shows they would compress the listings to ONE ROW AT THE BOTTOM OF THE SCREEN. It gets better: they actually took the channel OFF the basic cable package. But wait! If you pay for a cable box or dish, you can browse through program listings at your own pace! Meaning, like the magazine before it, TV Guide has shifted its focus from an informative directory to a tabloid publicizing and glamorizing Hollywood's glamor and scandal. Go you, Hollywood! -- Submitted By: (MeleKalikimaka) on March 25, 2010, 1:56 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
6 TV Guide could have gone in another direction for the redesign. Instead of becoming a gossipy clone of OK magazine, or similar, it could have done more of what it did well before: The in-depth features that made it a good read from the start. TV Guide could have become the LIFE magazine of TV, remaining true to its roots. Printed TV listings are no longer necessary in a medium that is always changing its lineups. It lost a lot of subscribers as a result. -- Submitted By: (Lori9) on December 7, 2009, 11:48 am - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
7 I guess when people go to Satellite TV, and Digital Cable, and have the listings for whatever they want to see with one click of a button, I guess TV Guide had to do what they had to do to reinvent itself, and that was to go gossip. They would of been better off just dying with some dignity. -- Submitted By: (PYLrulz) on December 6, 2009, 9:03 am - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
8 I like bmovies's story on how what was once THE source for TV listings; it's now a complete joke! Thankfully, I use TitanTV and Zap2It for looking up the locals (HD and extra DTV channels; the newspaper doesn't even list those special DTV channels!). Other than that, I'd have to say TV Guide was OVER when they KILLED the "Jump the Shark" site, which was one of my favorite sites ever! Using my trademark rant, "I logged on to Jump The Shark back in February or so, only to find out that the priceless comments have been wiped off the face of the Earth! I am mad! I have been a JTS fan since 2003, and I am shocked to see it disappeared! I even wanted to see a Disney Channel page similar to the Nick page! I want my JTS back!" That being said, I am boycotting TV Guide (except for maybe an electronic TV listing system built-into the TV) until this issue is taken care of! -- Submitted By: (SVN) on November 30, 2009, 6:07 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
9 When they became the bastard stepchild of People and Star magazine with very limited TV listings. -- Submitted By: (TheTruth) on November 1, 2009, 6:49 am - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
10 I was born in 1969. I was dirt poor, and my family and I couldnt afford a luxury such as TV Guide. Yes, to us buying a magazine for the tv schedules was a luxury. Instead, we would use the weekly tv schedule that came free in the Sunday newspaper. In the mid-70s-early 80s, I had a friend whose mother bought the tv guide every week. And when I was over my friends house, I would read their copy of tv guide very thoroughly, every page, because I really liked that magazine. Many is the time I wished I had a subscription or could afford to buy an issue. Then in November 1982, I went to the local grocery store, and they had two issues of tv guide up for sale. It was a Wednesday, but they still had that weeks issue up for sale as well as next weeks issue. I remember the date of the tv guide: It was the Nov. 20-26, 1982 issue with 4 of the cast members of Three's Company on the cover (naturally the other one being Nov. 27-Dec. 3). And I even remember the cover price of the tv guide then: 50 cents. Fortunately, I had the money on me to buy both that weeks and next weeks issue. (I think they had stopped using staples to hold the pages together by then) I debated with myself whether or not to actually purchase that weeks issue since it was Wednesday (Nov. 24), close to the end of the week, but I wound up buying it in addition to next weeks issue. That would be my first time in buying TV Guide. From then on I was a regular buyer of tv guide. Every week I would buy it from the local grocery store, or newsstand, take it home, go to my bedroom, lay on my bed and go through the tv guide. And I would devour it. Every single page. I really loved the format of the tv guide back then. It would be about a year or two before I bought a subscription and have it mailed to me every week. The reason why I waited so long to buy a subscription had to do with the cost. It would be that long before I had enough money in one place to afford a subscription. And when it was mailed to me, I'd go through the same routine: I'd grab my tv guide, go to my bedroom, lie down on my bed, and go through it page by page, completely enjoying every page. I really enjoyed their fall preview issue, their thickest issue of the year. I also enjoyed saving that issue, and a year or two down the road reading it over again to be reminded which shows hit and which shows flopped. Though as a kid, from 1983-1987, my feelings about the fall preview issue was half and half. As much as I enjoyed reading it, from 1983-1987 I was still in school and I hated school with a BIG passion. The Fall Preview issue was a stark reminder that the new and long school year was here. That my summer vacation was really over and it was the beginning of a dreaded 10 months of what I hated the most: school. It also brings me a memory of how cable tv was growing by leaps and bounds through the years. But I couldnt afford cable tv at the time (I wouldnt get cable tv until 1996). As a result, there came less and less good stuff to watch on the free broadcast channels. As cable tv grew, it would snatch up the rights to all the movies and classic tv shows I used to watch and enjoy for free on free television. The tv guide reflected this change as I saw in the tv guide the cable channels growing in number and adding more and more classic tv shows and movies while my choices in local free tv was shrinking. Eventually, whenever I got my latest issue of tv guide in the mail, I would avoid reading what was airing on cable (it was torture to know about all the good stuff that I was missing), and stick to reading what was on the local free channels. As a result of this, it didnt take me as long to go through the tv guide as it used to. I stopped buying tv guide when they changed their format to what it is now. I used to think that I'd NEVER stop buying tv guide. Its a crying shame what they did to what was once such a great magazine. -- Submitted By: (bmovies) on September 5, 2009, 9:26 am - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
11 Long before it bought out the JTS site, and long before it became a tabloid, TV Guide was, believe it or not, a magazine of some substance. My grandmother used to save TV Guides occasionally, from the late 60s up until about 1990. When I last looked through the collection, I was stunned at how different the content was back in that era. There were articles about TV shows and actors to be sure, but you also had articles about the industry itself, and even articles pertaining to world news. One cover from 1981 had an illustrated - yes, illustrated - portrait of Prince Charles and Princess Diana to commemorate their wedding. They actually had (gasp!) covers with people over the age of 40 on them! And of course, they had detailed local listings, and lots of them. But all of that has changed now. With the new magazine size came not only fewer listings but pointless tabloid fluff. You now have covers with headlines like "The Ten Sexiest Celebrities" and "Who looked sluttiest on this week's Dancing With The Stars?". I don't know if all of this is a consequence of the failing magazine industry, or perhaps just the dumbing down of America, all I know is that I want no part of TV Guide anymore (unless maybe there ends up being a toilet paper shortage in the near future). -- Submitted By: (Strenikstund) on September 3, 2009, 10:54 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
12 2008 was not so great in the fan perspective: TV Guide podcast canceled, Michael Ausiello left, Message boards gone "temporarily", Matt Roush left (the website), The ruin JTS, Great year TV Guide thanks a lot! -- Submitted By: (kitchenbreak) on June 12, 2009, 5:29 pm - (2 votes) - Login to Vote
13 A couple of reasons they boned the fish. 1 - Going from their classic design with in-depth 24/7 local listings & nice articles about television shows and TV stars to a US Weekly-Lite gossip rag with barebones one-size-fits-all-tv-markets listings. 2 - Killing "the original". All they did was buy the name, redirect the URL & scraped the rest. -- Submitted By: (Jon_Dohnson) on May 12, 2009, 2:31 pm - (2 votes) - Login to Vote
14 I never really bought TV Guide magazine, but when they went from the small pocket-sized magazine to the big glossy magazine...BONE! -- Submitted By: (Robert) on May 5, 2009, 11:41 am - (2 votes) - Login to Vote
15 I think they boned even before their infamous takeover. Something got lost when they went from their classic palm-sized booklet to magazine size and they had far more emphasis on gossipy stuff and less on actual listings (which used to be WHY we'd buy the magazine in the first place)! -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on May 5, 2009, 9:49 am - (2 votes) - Login to Vote
16 They jumped, er, boned the fish when they took the Jump The Shark site and deleted every single good thing on it for no reason at all. -- Submitted By: (Spooky) on April 24, 2009, 1:41 pm - (2 votes) - Login to Vote

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