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Star Wars on Television : Idents, Bumpers, Commercials, Promos, Trailers, Station IDs, Adverts, Breaks, ???? Thread
As kids of the home recording generation, many people grew up watching the saga through a Beta or VHS recording from their local public or pay-tv broadcast. And for many the HBO, CBS or other local station logo, jingle or montage are as crucial to the Star Wars experience as the 20th Century Fox Logo. Please use this thread to dredge up all those local tv networks which played the Star Wars movies at one time.
The first 20-25 years of the Star Wars saga on television did not fair well in the ratings. Blame it on shotty programming (Holiday Special) or the over saturation of the marketplace.
In the US with each of the Original Trilogy films, there was a process of premiering on a pay system, then cable, finally public airwaves. In the dead period between the end of the OT and the SE, the films could be watched on a wide variety of channels. Later on the Prequel Trilogy films would by-pass pay and cable systems and premiere on Fox's own network.
Don't have a clue how it worked in the rest of the world. Please enlighten.
The phun of these could be listening to all the announcers and the copy they were asked to read. Graphicly, some stations incorporate the movies into these short presentations others just montage the movie, and some just dump their logo on top. Depending on how big they thought the ratings would be, each channel has a different set of pieces. A full commercial which aired before the broadcasts, a short 2 second indent which aired between breaks, a 10-15 second bumper at the top of the hour, each channel has done it differently.
Great Article which partially inspired this thread:
Television Obscurities >> Star Wars on Network Television
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Beginning of a list of airing or SW Events which could have had broadcasted indents, bumpers, commercials, promos, trailers, station ids, adverts, breaks, you name it:
1977.09.16 - ABC The Making of Star Wars
1978.11.17 - CBS Holiday Special
1982.09.25 - ON-TV
1983 - HBO (winter)
1983.10.05 - Japanese Broadcast Premiere?
1984.02.16 - CBS (with 22 minute making of)
1984.11.25 - ABC Ewok Adventure
1985.01 - Z Channel : ESB Premiere
1985.09.07 - ABC Ewoks and Droids Adventure Hour Saturday Morning
1985.11.24 - ABC Ewoks: THe Battle for Endor
1986.07.07 - ABC Droids 'The Great Heep' 8pm Broadcast
1986.11.01 - Ice Capades, Inc. "The Ewoks and the Magic Sunberries" commercials airs during Ewoks "The Season Scepter"
1987.xx.xx - Hello Kitty's Furry Tale Theater - 'Cat Wars' spoof
1987.11.22 - NBC ESB Premiere
1989.03.19 - NBC RotJ Premiere
1991.02.22 - NBC ESB
1992.xx.xx - Kureyon Shin-chan - spoof
1993.xx.xx - George Lucas Super Live Adventure
1996 - Sci-fi Widescreen, Billy Dee Williams hosted
1997 - Sci-fi Widescreen, Carrie Fisher hosted
1998.11.14 - Pinky and the Brain - Star Warners
1999.xx.xx - WPIX 11 NYC
2001.11.25 - Fox TPM Premiere
2005.03.22 - Cartoon Network Clone Wars Season 1 (CTV : Canada, Sky Movies HD)
2005.05.22 - Fox AotC Premiere
2005.12.06 - Cartoon Network Clone Wars Season 2
2007.01.01 - Sky Movies HD - All 6 Premiere
2007.xx.xx - HBO Star Wars in HDTV (SKY : UK, German, Cinemax, Premiere HD)
2007.05.xx - 30th Anniversary of Star Wars
2007.06.17 - Cartoon Network Robot Chicken Star Wars
2007.09.23 - Fox Family Guy 'Blue Harvest'
2008.04.04 - Spike TPM Premiere
2008.04.05 - Spike AotC Premiere
2008.04.06 - Spike RotS Premiere
2008.04.11 - Spike ANH Premiere
2008.04.12 - Spike ESB Premiere
2008.04.13 - Spike RotJ Premiere
2008.08.15 - G4 Star Wars Celebration Japan
2008.10.03 - Cartoon Network The Clone Wars Premiere
2008.11.16 - Cartoon Network Robot Chicken Star Wars Episode II
2009.07.25 - G4 The 2009 Star Wars Spectacular
2009.12.22 - Fox Family Guy 'Something, Something, Something, Dark Side'
2009.12.23 - Cartoon Network Robot Chicken Star Wars 2.5
2010.05.22 - Spike 30th Anniversary Empire Strikes Back broadcast in Times Square MTV JumboTron
2010.xx.xx - Cartoon Network Robot Chicken Star Wars Episode III