NBC Universal will celebrate the new year by cancelling an entire network-- Trio
, one of the few channels that evoke the more enjoyable days of early cable programming, will be unplugged
at the end of 2005. The next day, however, it will come back to life as an internet-only offering. Unlike CBS and NBC, which actually think people will spend money
to watch their crap on-line, Trio appears to be ad-supported. (The upcoming web-only Warner Brothers channel
, which will start showing dozens of old series for free, will have commercials that can't be skipped.) No word on which of Trio's programs will be carried over to the new net-channel, but let's hope they find a way to keep running Johnny Staccato
with John Cassavetes on their series "Brilliant But Cancelled."