Cable nets featuring more retro TV in works

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Just what we all need: More reuns of Three’s Company!

Garth Ancier, the founding programmer of Fox and The WB, is pitching pay-TV operators about carrying four channels that will only air shows from the ’60s, ’70s, ’80s and ’90s.

Variety reports that Ancier’s newly formed Zeus Media Partners hopes to launch retro channels in the second quarter of 2014. He says he got the idea from Sirius XM, which groups channels by decade. Imagine another classic TV network that only airs Lassie, Flipper and The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis! (Okay, maybe not those shows — but you should be getting the idea).

Ancier’s company is talking to several studios, including 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros. and Carsey Werner, about licensing old shows. Zeus plans to air the classic shows in high definition — unlike the standard definition of free, digital terrestrial channels like Me TV, which also airs classic shows.

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