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No Horsin’ Around: WNGS is Back

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Just in time for the Breeders’ Cup weekend, “Mr. Ed” is back on local television.

That classic TV show about a talking horse is part of the schedule of WNGS, Channel 67, which returned Wednesday on many Time Warner Cable systems on Channel 5.

 WNGS, which formerly carried the Retro Television Network on Channel 11, quietly returned to cable after a six-month absence in which it was first sold to a religious network and more recently sold to a local buyer.

 WNGS carries old classic TV shows and movies affiliated with THIS, a joint venture between MGM and a Chicago-based broadcasting company.

 THIS TV briefly aired locally on WNGS several months ago after its former owner, Equity Broadcasting, and RTN parted company. RTN now is carried on one of Channel 2’s digital channels. Channel 2 also carries a few classic TV shows at noon weekdays and occasionally in prime time.

 One of the more frequently asked questions by local readers has been what has happened to WNGS?

 Many of the series – including “Mr. Ed” and “The Patty Duke Show” – are in black and white.

 The family-friendly channel also carries an extensive lineup of children’s programs and prime time movies. 

 According to a TWC spokesman, the system must-carry WNGS in areas where it has enough signal strength. The channel is located in Springville.

 * TWC’s Prime Time On Demand feature — which is carried on Channels 705 and 1005 – also has a new wrinkle.  

 The On Demand channel added ABC programs this week. Unfortunately, there are only a handful of ABC’s prime time shows – including “Castle” with Nathan Fillion ,“Cougar Town” with Courteney Cox, “Desperate Housewives” with Eva Longoria and “Private Practice”  with Kate Walsh. And there are only one or two episodes of those shows available.

There are no episodes On Demand of “Grey’s Anatomy” or “Modern Family,” which are two of ABC’s more popular programs.

 However, in a few weeks, more ABC programs should be available when TWC adds Prime Time On Demand HD to its lineup on Channel 705. The standard definition presentation of shows on Prime Time On Demand will be on Channel 1005. PTOD now carries prime programs of every major network but Fox.

 pergament@msn.com

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