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Pop Takes Aim at 1980s and ’90s Nostalgia, Pop Culture-Hungry Viewers

9 January 2015 2:34 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The relaunch of TV Guide Network as Pop next week is an effort to tap into the ever-rising tide of pop culture fandemonium that drives so much conversation on social media.

Brad Schwartz, prexy of entertainment and media for Pop, told reporters at the Television Critics Assn. press tour on Friday that the cabler will function as a haven for the super-fan. Pop, set to bow Jan. 14, is launching with the tagline “We’re fans too.”

The focus is on viewers in their late 30s-early 40s who have nostalgia for 1980s and ’90s TV and pop culture.

“We’re building this for what we call the ‘modern grownup,’ ” Schwartz said.

There’s also an effort to capture the different facets of fandom today, from live events to the hyper-connectedness provided by social-media platforms.

“Being a fan today is an entirely different experience” than in decades past, Schwartz noted.

The relaunch »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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A Short History of Pop-Up Video

8 January 2015 2:20 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Thirty years ago this week, Video Hits One began offering the too-old-for-mtv crowd a sensible alternative. That channel would eventually grow into the entity we know today as VH1, and with that name, it would nail that pop culture nostalgia sweet spot with series like Behind the Music, VH1 Storytellers and more. But above all the VH1 hits, it was Pop-Up Video that captured the hearts and minds of a certain kind of media-addled, know-it-all geek. The series first exploded in 1994, and our culture of nostalgia and trivia obsession has only grown stronger in the Internet age. With a hat »

- Drew Mackie, @drewgmackie

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