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We TV (stylized as WE tv) is an American pay television channel that is owned by AMC Networks. The network is oriented mainly towards lifestyle and entertainment programming, primarily targeting women. "WE" was formerly used as an abbreviation of "Women's Entertainment", although this was downplayed in a 2014 rebranding in order to focus more upon "shared experiences".

We TV
We TV logo 2014.svg
LaunchedSeptember 1, 1997 (1997-09-01)
Owned byAMC Networks
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to letterboxed 480i for the SDTV feed)
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Broadcast areaNationwide
HeadquartersNew York City
Formerly calledRomance Classics (1997–2000)
WE: Women's Entertainment
(2000–2006)
Sister channel(s)AMC
BBC America
IFC
Sundance TV
Websitewww.wetv.com
Availability
Satellite
DirecTVChannel 260
Dish NetworkChannel 128
Cable
Available on most cable providersChannel slots vary on each system
IPTV
AT&T U-verseChannel 372 (SD)
Channel 1372 (HD)
Verizon FiOSChannel 149 (SD)
Channel 649
Streaming media
Sling TVInternet Protocol television
PlayStation VueInternet Protocol television
YouTube TVInternet Protocol television
PhiloInternet Protocol television

As of February 2015, approximately 85.2 million American households (73.2% of households with television) received We TV.[1] In March 2015, Dish TV's Sling TV announced it would soon begin making AMC Networks channels available to cord cutters, including AMC, BBC America, IFC, Sundance TV, and We TV.[2][3][4]

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HistoryEdit

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.[5]

Format change as We TV (2001–2014)Edit

This format was abandoned on January 1, 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.[6] 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).[7] Other popular shows on the network included Secret Lives of Women, The Locator and Amazing Cakes.

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 network's new show lineup, We TV also gave the network a new logo and marketing tagline: "Life As WE Know It".[8] 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".[9] Kendra On Top premiered on June 5, 2012.[10]

Rebranding (2014–present)Edit

In June 2014, the network unveiled a new logo, dropping the "Women's Entertainment" tagline. Network president Marc Juris explained that while the network was to remain "a leading destination for women on television and online", the goal of the new branding was to broaden the focus on the word "we" as representing shared experiences, describing it as "a powerful and universal theme which drives connection, conversation, collaboration and community".[11] As part of the rebranding, the network also announced its first original scripted series, The Divide, which was originally pitched for sister network AMC, and was canceled after its first season.[12][13]

Current programmingEdit

Future programmingEdit

Former programmingEdit

ScriptedEdit

UnscriptedEdit

AcquiredEdit

ScriptedEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Seidman, Robert (February 22, 2015). "List of how many homes each cable network is in as of February 2015". TV by the Numbers. Zap2it. Retrieved March 14, 2015.
  2. ^ Newman, Jared (March 4, 2015). "Sling TV bulks up base package with AMC and IFC". TechHive.
  3. ^ Newman, Jared (January 30, 2015). "Sling TV brings back the linear video element that other cord-cutting services lack, but could use some polish and a few more features". TechHive.
  4. ^ Paul, Ian Paul (February 9, 2015). "Sling TV's web-based live television opens to all cord cutters, adds AMC to lineup".
  5. ^ "Can Cable Figure Out Women? / Romance Classics tries a name change". SFGate. Retrieved 2017-10-11.
  6. ^ WE tv at Rainbow Media
  7. ^ "Sarah Haskins in Target Women: Wedding Shows". Retrieved November 6, 2012.
  8. ^ "WE tv Announces Pair of Original Series for 2011". Retrieved November 6, 2012.
  9. ^ Oldenburg, Ann (March 21, 2012). "Kendra lands new WE reality show, 'Kendra On Top'". USA Today. Retrieved July 5, 2013.
  10. ^ 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.
  11. ^ "WE tv Rebrands With New Logo, Graphics". Multichannel News. Retrieved 23 May 2017.
  12. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "WE TV Rebrands, Drops Women From Name, Unveils New Logo, Graphics". Deadline. Retrieved 3 August 2014.
  13. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "WE TV Officially Greenlights LaGravenese/ Goldwyn Drama As First Scripted Series, Sets 3 Scripted Projects In Development". Deadline. Retrieved 7 August 2013.
  14. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (March 28, 2013). "WE TV Renews 'Bridezillas' & 'David Tutera', Orders 'Bridezillas' Spinoff Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 29, 2013.
  15. ^ "WE tv Announces New Series: "Growing Up Hip Hop: New York," Coming This Summer with Cast including Ja Rule, Irv Gotti, Fat Joe, Flavor Flav's Daughter and More!". The Futon Critic. April 11, 2019.
  16. ^ Marechal, AJ (October 22, 2012). "WeTV orders 'Obsessed With the Dress'". Variety. Retrieved April 11, 2013.
  17. ^ 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.
  18. ^ 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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