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December 15, 1989 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
It's not scheduled to debut until April 1. But HA! The TV Comedy Network already seems like a bad joke. A rival of HBO's month-old Comedy Channel, the 24-hour HA! is a creation of MTV Networks, which also operates cable's rock-music channel MTV. Whereas MTV began life in 1981 as an innovator that energized the music business by weaving rock videos into the fabric of television, however, HA! is beginning life as a renovator. A renovator of network sitcoms.
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December 15, 1989 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
It's not scheduled to debut until April 1. But HA! The TV Comedy Network already seems like a bad joke. A rival of HBO's month-old Comedy Channel, the 24-hour HA! is a creation of MTV Networks, which also operates cable's rock-music channel MTV. Whereas MTV began life in 1981 as an innovator that energized the music business by weaving rock videos into the fabric of television, however, HA! is beginning life as a renovator. A renovator of network sitcoms.
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May 19, 1989 | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
MTV Networks announced plans Thursday to launch a new basic cable television channel exclusively featuring comedy programming. The new channel, in development for the past 18 months, will be called "HA" TV Comedy Network. In addition to producing original programming, "HA" TV Comedy Network will acquire shows and movies from existing television and film libraries and will have access to comedy programs distributed by its parent company, Viacom. Launch date is early 1990. Cable giants HBO and Ted Turner also are planning comedy channels.
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May 18, 1989 | From Times wire services
MTV Networks, the cable television unit of Viacom Inc., said today that it will launch a 24-hour all-comedy cable network early next year. The new service, to be known as HA TV Comedy Network, will be offered to subscribers as part of the basic cable package and will feature original comedy movies and situation comedies as well as existing movies and reruns of television shows. MTV's announcement comes two days after rival Home Box Office said it will launch a 24-hour comedy channel later this year.
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September 6, 1990 | BETH KLEID, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Mason on HA!: "HA! The TV Comedy Network" has signed Jackie Mason to host a one-man talk show to air in December. The Monday-through-Friday half-hour show "Just Jackie" will be taped in front of a studio audience from the Ed Sullivan Theatre in New York, the network announced Wednesday. The comedian-philosopher will hold discussions on current topics and interact with the audience.
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September 29, 1989 | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Fred Silverman, the only person to serve as program director for all three major networks, has been signed by MTV Networks as programming consultant for "HA! The TV Comedy Network," it was announced Thursday by Tom Freston, chairman and chief executive officer of MTV Network. In his 25-year career, Silverman, 52, brought to television such programs as "All in the Family," "Mary Tyler Moore," "MASH," "Hill Street Blues," "Real People," "David Letterman," "Soap," "Laverne and Shirley" and "Taxi."
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December 5, 1989 | From Times Staff and wire service reports
MTV Networks, which owns cable TV's Nickelodeon and a new all-comedy channel that will start next year, said today it has bought rights to 15 former network shows, including the acclaimed "Mary Tyler Moore Show." Thirteen of the shows are situation comedies going to MTV's "Ha! The TV Comedy Network" channel. Another series headed there is "TV Bloopers and Practical Jokes," which was on NBC for three years.
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July 10, 1989 | JAY SHARBUTT, Times Staff Writer
In what may prove to be the Humorfight at the OK Corral, two cable-TV companies here are preparing to launch 24-hour-a-day comedy channels. While both conceivably could survive, many industry executives predict that only one of them will get the last laugh. The battle pits two of the cable industry's most successful program suppliers against one another. In one corner: Home Box Office and its Comedy Channel, which is scheduled to be launched this fall.
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November 8, 1990 | DIANE HAITHMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With multiple nominations for its blood-guts-and-humor horror show "Tales From the Crypt" and its R-rated comedy series "Dream On," Home Box Office led the field with 100 of the 361 nominations announced Wednesday for the 12th annual ACE Awards for cable-TV excellence. In distant second were Showtime and TNT, with 31 nominations each.
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