Retro Television coupled with Retro Toys? I’d call that a merchandising win! Follow along with me on this adventure into the possibilities of a TV Network if it were populated by programs and movies directly connected in some way or another with the Mego Corporation.
Quick DTV Lesson: When the feds mandated that all television stations in the country swap from analog to digital video transmissions they sweetened the pie by allowing each of those stations to have an initial 4 sub-channels with the potential to add more on the cheap.
In a perfect world where you have clear reception the standard three television stations in a market virtually became twelve stations overnight. Sounds like Cable and satellite could have a problem with that many free options for folks, with the exception of one thing: CONTENT.
The problem now is that you have 4 stations to fill with 24 hours of programming 7 days a week. Thankfully many new television networks popped up such as: MeTV, Antenna TV, and Cozi. While different but the same each provide a wonderful and wide variety of classic television shows. Here is where I think Marty Abrams starting his own Retro- TV network is a totally fantastic idea. In essence he’s already done it.
Mego fans are well aware of the foresight and ingenuity that Mr. Abrams had when it came to marketing. For more direct references and examples of that fact let me point you toward the greatest place on the cyber planet: The Mego Museum and it’s most impressive library.
A visit through the galleries and you can easily see why I think Marty would be great at putting together a classic television network folks would love. Sure a lot of these shows are airing again thanks to the aforementioned channels but imagine a 24 hour a day Mego Toys inspired channel: Let’s Play with a schedule….
Of the schedule above I think my most favorite parts come from the Sunday morning blocks tied around Mego’s Western Heroes, Pirates, Knights and Robin Hood. Also using the Mad Monsters as a basis for a regular Midnight Monster Movie slot seemed only fitting. I actually want to tune in to this TV station and chill out for a week.
Hopefully in the near future I’ll put together those infomercials you see on the schedule to bring this network to life so to speak. In the meantime somebody get Marty Abrams on the horn and see if he wants to get in the TV business.
Now, Go Play!
UPDATE: Perhaps this is getting out of hand but I had to play a little more… below is what you could come to expect from Mego-TV on a Monday. I used full episodes where possible but the short stuff otherwise…