Pouring a Cold one for HDNET….

Over the years, there have been channels that have held my interest. I’ll Give you a short list of them:

  • G4TV
  • Spike
  • AMC
  • CBS
  • TNT
  • NFL Network
  • HBO
  • Cinemax
  • Showtime
  • HDNet

The last one held my attentions the most: HDNet

HDNet was the shit – it was the first channel EVER to broadcast in HD. No bullshit. It was the flagship for HDTV. It also offered a variety of Programming that was really good. “Get Out”, “Svetlana”, “Deadline”, “Drinking made easy” and my personal favorite “Art Mann Presents….”

Now even though the network has been around for ages, I had enjoyed it for the past 3 years. I was hesitant to get it, but I ended up doing so, and I was glad I did.

Then, out of the blue, I read this headline over at the Los Angeles Times Website:

“Mark Cuban’s HD Net to become AXS, but big changes will wait”

Oh. Shit. As I Clicked on this article and started reading it, I knew that shit was about to get funkier than a ho turning a trick in an alley on a hot summer’s day (I heard that phrase from someone a long time ago. It seemed right to use it here).

Here is the link to the article: http://articles.latimes.com/2012/jun/29/entertainment/la-et-ct-axs-20120629 – but if you’re the lazy type that can’t click a link (I know you are out there), here is a excerpt:

On Monday, Mark Cuban’s cable channel HD Net will become AXS TV. But for now, the only thing that will change is the name.

AXS — a partnership of Cuban, concert giant AEG, Ryan Seacrest and Creative Artists Agency — is hoping to eventually become the CNN of entertainment and pop culture.

Cuban apparently is in no rush to throw a half-baked product on the air. Although next week the switch will be flipped to turn the channel from HD Net into AXS, new programming isn’t likely to appear for at least a few weeks, and when it does, it will be in small doses.

Fans of HD Net will immediately notice that some shows are gone, including “Girls Gone Wild” and other risqué fare. The channel also will run more concerts.

When AXS does launch its own content, it will be for only several hours once a week. The network’s flagship show, “AXS Live,” will be shot at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles. No on-air talent has been hired to host the program, which will serve as a news show of sorts about what’s happening in the worlds of entertainment, fashion, sports, music and celebrity.

“AXS Live” is looking for on-air reporters in Northern California; Seattle or Portland, Ore.; Texas; Miami; and Nashville to complement its Los Angeles and probable New York correspondents. A job posting on AXS’ website describes the show as “the world’s music and pop culture voice” and says it wants reporters who “take us into the story LIVE, into the music LIVE, into the event LIVE every time, EVERY day.”

Tapped to oversee “AXS Live” is Debra Weeks, a veteran producer who has had stints at the tabloid show “Hard Copy” and was a longtime executive for reality TV producer Bruce Nash. And”Extra”producer Drew Lavey has jumped to “AXS Live.”

Satellite broadcaster Dish Network is set to add the new AXS in 10 million of its 27 million households next week. Dish is giving AXS the spot that was held by AMC, which Dish said it is dropping this weekend because it hasn’t reached a new carriage deal.

Now the good news is that AXS IS going to air original programming, but sadly, there is no ETA as to when that will happen.

And until is does, HDNet is gone, and AXS is a joke. Don’t get me wrong – I DO love some of the concerts AXS offers, and the MMA Fights are always for the win..But, when you are expecting to watch a classic episode of “Get Out”, only to see the movie “Hello Dolly!” instead, you have reached a level of suck that Syfy channel reached. Also, Syfy Sucks rotten dick. But I digress.

So until the Future arrives, I shall Miss HDNet, and ignore AXS TV until it gets it shit together.

Goodbye HDNet. I LOVED “Guys Night in” – those Painted ladies were so fucking sexy. I’ll miss the Unrated versions of “Deadline” and “Get out”, and “Bikini Destinations” was always a joy to watch on matter what time it came on.  I’m gonna crack one open, and pour some out for my HDNet. May it rest in peace.


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