Stupid stupid SyFy

I feel as though I should be recapping a show. Perhaps I should write about Kings last night (though I’m a wee bit trying to con JC into that one, more up his alley). Or catching up on Heroes and writing about last week (it’ll be a double post, methinks, reviewing last week’s and tonight’s episodes just found out it’s a rerun tonight, which gives me plenty of catchup time!).

I could write some stuff about Bones or 30 Rock, since I did catch up on those, but I don’t really know what to say about 30 Rock except that I think we all have our Liz Lemon pyro moments–just without the action. Bones, however, was exceptionally boring to me this week, so why even dwell on it?

So instead, I’m going to tell you a story about a network. And this network had a brand. And a following. And this network’s name was Sci Fi.

It made sense, this Sci Fi Channel, as it normally showed shows that were of the science fiction nature. And sure it branched out, as all wee tykes must do when they grow up.

And just as all wee tykes do when they grow up, they make stupid decisions in their teenage years. The network, which started up in 1992, is reaching the delicate age of 15, and with it, it’s changing its name.

To SyFy.

That’s right. Same name. Different spelling. Apparently, Sci Fi is too limiting to the network, and they want something that can help brand themselves a little better and allow them to expand their programming. You can read all about it here.

Now I’m not saying it’s stupid, but it is. I mean, if you’ve branded yourself in one way and want to change it, it’s a pretty big risk. Add to it the fact that you’re still called the same network name when spoken audibly (pronounced the same way, people), and it’s just dumb.

I don’t know. I always like Sci Fi with it’s reruns of Sliders and Firefly and its bad horror movies on Saturday morning. Horror movies aren’t science fiction, and they still fit in well.

I should probably mention that I don’t think this changes the programming, except that they can expand it, but maybe that’s yet to be seen, and we can’t draw conclusions yet.

But hey, what can you do? What’s your opinion? Are you for the new SyFy? Or do you want SyFy bye-bye?


2 thoughts on “Stupid stupid SyFy

  1. I’ve been trying to come up with a way to say how utterly ridiculous and borderline insulting this is, but io9 did it for me. Hee!

    My contribution to their list would be “The Network that Edits with a Hacksaw to Make Room for their Ridiculous Number of Advertisements.”

  2. I think it’s just plain old stupid that they are changing their name to SyFy. I like it the way it was. Farscape was my first show that I watched on there, I did catch it at the end of the series but still. The Stargate series’ was great and I can’t wait for SGU. I fell in love with Ghost Hunters and I look forward to the weekends when they show horror movies. I’m not going to stop watching it but I’m going to tsk tsk everytime I see that stupid SyFy logo and wonder where saturn is and why that went away.

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