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Weigel relaunches Decades as “Catchy Comedy”

(Image courtesy Weigel Broadcasting, Graphic by The Desk)
(Image courtesy Weigel Broadcasting, Graphic by The Desk)

Weigel Broadcasting has relaunched its history-oriented classic television channel Decades TV as “Catchy Comedy,” a new comedy broadcast network that offers re-runs of sitcoms.

The channel officially took over the slot vacated by Decades TV at 7 a.m. Eastern Time following a marathon of “The Mod Squad,” a crime drama series that originally aired on ABC in the 1970s. The first show aired on Catchy Comedy was “Full House,” another classic ABC program.

In February, a Weigel executive said the decision to relaunch Decades TV as a comedy channel came after realizing the network primarily competed with its female-strong broadcaster, Start TV.

Rather than competing, Weigel decided to carve out Start TV as a drama-oriented network while rebranding Decades as a comedy channel — hence, “Catchy Comedy.”

Shows that will air on Catchy Comedy include “All in the Family,” “Mama’s Family,” “Full House,” “I Love Lucy,” “Night Court,” “Cheers,” and “Taxi,” among others.

Streaming services Philo and Frndly TV are expected to continue carrying Catchy Comedy from launch. Both carry the rest of the Weigel lineup, including Start TV, Me TV and Heroes & Icons (Frndly TV also offers Movies!, a joint venture between Weigel and Fox Television Stations).

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