A weird story comes out of today’s Variety — after last year’s $1 (you read it right, $1) buyout of TV Guide by OpenGate, some strange changes have been made in the name of cost-cutting.
In this case, eliminating the listings for MTV and the CW in the magazine.
Scott Crystal has apparently explained the cutoff to the Philadelphia Inquirer by saying, “there are now hundreds of channels on television and we can only accommodate approximately 70 in our primetime grids.” But considering small channels like Planet Green and QVC are still on the books, it seems weird that a Viacom staple like MTV would get cut.
Perhaps the strangest part of all this? TV Guide, despite not running a listing for the CW, still has a big story on Smallville in this week’s issue. Despite genre offerings like Smallville and Supernatural, it may be that TV Guide thinks that the CW’s days are numbered…