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West Wing is back on CLT, only it’s not CLT anymore

Before I could get a chance to delete CLT from my cable subscription list since it was no longer running The West Wing and there wasn’t anything else worthy of my attention on it, the newly Corus-owned network has rebranded itself “Viva” and has gone from “Canadian Learning Television” to “television for boomer women”.

Apparently boomer women are all about political/legal dramas, which also include Judging Amy and Commander in Chief.

But since I am neither boomer, nor a woman, should I not be allowed to subscribe to this channel?

The West Wing has come back, Mondays to Thursdays at 9pm and 2am. They’re starting it at the beginning of Season 6, which means you’ll be able to see as it re-enacts Barack Obama’s Matthew Santos’s campaign through the Democratic primaries and his narrow victory (sorry if I spoiled it for you) over an old fiscal conservative Republican senator with a wacko Christian running-mate to become the first coloured president of the United States.

(Of course, Santos is latino, not black; he was running to replace a very popular Democratic president; and he beat two opponents through multiple ballots at the convention who were men who had served as vice-president; not to mention the fact that Santos won Texas and his opponent won California)

Where’s Leo?

Corus Entertainment has completed its acquisition of specialty channel Canadian Learning Television (CLT) from CTVglobemedia for $73 million, and has been operating it effective Sept. 1.

I mention this only because on that same day, reruns of The West Wing disappeared from CLT’s schedule, replaced by Judging Amy. I imagine this came as a surprise since The West Wing is still being advertised on CLT’s website, which also still carries CTV branding.

Does Corus not like the idea of a Democratic president and his staff?

Sadly, because CLT was pretty useless for anything else, this will probably mean the end to our relationship. Time for that channel lineup shuffle I’ve been putting off…


I see I’m not the only one to notice an eerie similarity between the 2008 U.S. presidential campaign and the final two seasons of The West Wing (which coincidentally is airing now on CLT).

In the West Wing presidential election, the Republican primary is quickly wrapped up by a western, moderate, security-conscious old senator who has to struggle with the fact that he’s losing the support of the religious conservative right. The Democratic primary, meanwhile, drags on for months, with an inside-the-beltway establishment front-runner being unexpectedly eclipsed by an inexperienced lawmaker with modest roots, trying to break the colour barrier and avoid being characterized solely by his race.

(via TV Feeds My Family)