At 6 a.m. today, the Sci Fi Channel officially became Syfy, and if fans commenting on its site are to be believed, science-fiction lovers everywhere went into a self-satisfied state of mourning, convinced that the corporate makeover of their fringe fantasyland was at last complete. As one fan wrote, "NBC is what happened to Sci Fi."
In the 1980s and 1990s, U.S. television executives mined stand-up comedy for show concepts. More recently, they've turned to European reality shows (Big Brother, Pop Idol) to fill their schedules. Could comic books be the next source of inspiration?
"That was more or less made-up stupid drivel," says General Electric Chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt about a story in Wednesday's New York Post, which speculates that he is considering a sale of NBC Universal.