Story Television Network Coming to WLWT-TV Subchannels in March

A new twist is coming to reality TV at the end of March.

Instead of dating shows, song-and-dance or survival contests, or so-called unscripted restaurant rehabilitation shows, Story Television Network’s new programming will feature shows that document real-life reality.

Weigel Broadcasting Co. — the Chicago company that gave us MeTV, filled with sitcoms and nostalgic dramas — will be giving broadcast premieres for Biography, Modern Marvels, The Men Who Built America and other non-fiction cable shows.

WLWT-TV will add a third subchannel in late March to carry Story Television on channel 5.4, said Branden Frantz, president and CEO of WLWT-TV. WLWT-TV broadcasts MeTV on channel 5.2 and Shop LC on channel 5.3.

“At this point, we plan to launch on March 21 or March 28,” says Frantz.

Chicago media reporter Roger Feder reports that Story Television will air “historical, factual programming” from A&E, History Channel and other cable networks.

“Each day, Story Television programming will focus on a particular theme, including the military, technology and innovation, world events, American history, modern achievements, unexplained phenomena, and biographical tributes” , said Feder.

Other titles acquired for the startup include World War II in HD and Humanity: the story of us all. The name Story “is directly derived from the word ‘story,’ and Weigel will play it in the shows’ taglines,” Variety explains.

From 1987 to 2006, A&E’s nightly Biography series has featured a wide variety of artists, musicians, musicians, writers, athletes, and political leaders. Hour-long shows aired on Judy Garland, Elizabeth Taylor, Tom Hanks, Lena Horne, Nat King Cole, Jackie Robinson, Muhammad Ali, Ernest Hemingway, Princess Diana, Howard Hughes, Rosa Parks, John McCain, Nancy Reagan , Jimi Hendrix, Marvin Gaye, Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Jonathan Winters, Gandhi, Nostradamus, Attila the Hun and many more.

the Biography The profiles were so popular on A&E from 1987 to 2006 that they moved to their own Biography channel (now FYI) from 2006 to 2012. Biography hosts over the years have included Peter Graves, Harry Smith and Jack Perkins.

The show returned in 2017 as periodic specials and miniseries on John Gotti, Vladimir Putin, Tupac Shakur, Mike Tyson, Ozzy Osbourne, Kiss, Garth Brooks, Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Farrah Fawcett, Chris Farley, Jeff Dunham, Jeff Foxworthy, David Cassidy, John F. Kennedy Jr., Elizabeth Smart and wrestlers “Macho Man” Randy Savage, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, Booker T, Shawn Michaels and l ‘Ultimate Warrior.

MeTV broadcasts M*A*S*H, The Andy Griffith Show, Leave It To Beaver, The Brady Bunch, Saved By The Bell, Monk, Matlock, Perry Mason, The Waltons, In The Heat Of The Night, The Addams Family, Hogan’s Heroes, Green Acres, The Twilight Zone, Gunsmoke and other westerns.

Shop LC, which specializes in selling jewelry from a studio in Austin, Texas, was formerly known as Jewelry Channel and Liquidation Channel.

Weigel also owns the digital networks Decades, Movies!, Heroes & Icons and Start TV.

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