It’s been 12 years since The Nashville Network morphed into The National Network (and later into the dude-centric Spike), effectively pulling the plug on our fair city’s two-decade experiment in using cable as a cultural ambassador. Jim Owens Entertainment, which in 2008 effectively revived the original TNN’s popular Music City Tonight program by producing a new eponymous show with its hosts, Crook and Chase, has purchased the rights to the network’s name and insignia, and is set to relaunch next Thursday, Nov 1.
Their partner in the venture, Luken Communications, has remained tight-lipped about network affiliation, and there has been no word yet on where to find the programming. Rejoice, you who long for the days when your ability boot, scoot and/or boogie was a more essential element of country fandom than, say, whether or not she thinks your tractor’s sexy: From the network’s Twitter feed, it appears as though some of the new TNN’s airtime will be devoted to reruns of classic programming. The schedule will also feature some new programming, including the televised version of The Rick and Bubba Morning Show and Robin Shea’s Southern Fried Fitness.