A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from November 05, 2019
Already Been Canceled (ABC nickname)

The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) began in 1943 and is headquartered on Manhattan’s Upper West Side (near Lincoln Center). ABC had a 1990s reputation for poorly developing any successful shows and was called “Already Been Canceled” (or “Already Been Cancelled"). “Already Been Cancelled” was posted on the newsgroup rec.toys.misc on April 25, 1996. The nickname is still used.

Other ABC nicknames include “All Bullshit Channel,” “Almost Broadcasting Company,” “Alphabet Network” and “Awful Broadcasting Company.”


Wikipedia: American Broadcasting Company
The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) is an American commercial broadcast radio and television networks that is a subsidiary of the Disney Media Networks division of The Walt Disney Company. The network is headquartered in Burbank, California, on Riverside Drive, directly across the street from Walt Disney Studios and adjacent to the Roy E. Disney Animation Building. The network’s secondary offices, and headquarters of its news division, is in New York City, New York, at their broadcast center at 77 West 66th Street in the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

Since 2007, when ABC Radio (also known as Cumulus Media Networks) was sold to Citadel Broadcasting, ABC has reduced its broadcasting operations almost exclusively to television. The fifth-oldest major broadcasting network in the world and the youngest of the Big Three television networks, ABC is nicknamed “The Alphabet Network”, as its initialism also represents the first three letters of the English alphabet, in order.

Google Groups: rec.toys.misc
Tomart’s #30 - Iron Man
John Gersten
4/25/96
*Very* unfortunately, I believe these are ABC figures—“Already Been Cancelled.” And what a pity....

Google Groups: alt.tv.lois-n-clark
Are there any more l&C…
Helen Mariano
9/3/97
I heard thatthat r gonna try to make 100 eps but the 4th is the last!! ABC (Already been cancelled) said jokingly that they will pick up L&C as a mid season replacement!!

Google Groups: rec.arts.tv
What does ABC mean?
ti...@enteract.bottblock.com
3/21/99
Tom Betz said…
> More like Already Been Cancelled.

ABC = Already Been Cancelled
CBS = Cancelled By Sunday
NBC = ‘Nother Broadcast Cancellation
FOX = Following Our X-Files?
WB = What Broadcasting?  (seeing as how they’re limited, IIRC)
UPN = Undecided Programming Network (courtesy of the Chi Tribune, I think)

Google Groups: alt.adoption
PLease Help 20/20 Boycott
The All-Powerful One
1/7/00
(...)
>I don’t watch ABC

Already Been Canceled

Awful Broadcasting Company

Always Broadcasting Crap

18 June 2000, Asbury Park (NJ) Press, “ABC=Already Been Canceled: Smith” by Mark Voger, pg. E6:
Going in, Kevin Smith knew his “Clerks” animated series wouldn’t get picked up by ABC. About the only consolation the filmmaker had was that the world would at least get to see the six finished episodes.

Then ABC TV canceled the series after two episodes.

Newspapers.com
12 April 2002, Daily News (New York, NY), pg. 139, cols. 1-2:
“AFP: American Fighter Pilot” was grounded by CBS, so fans of the show (and there weren’t many of you) will tune to this time slot for “AFP” and find it’s “ABC”—Already Been Canceled.

Newspapers.com
28 September 2002, The Daily Journal (Vineland, NJ), pg. B1, left masthead:
ABC or ‘already been canceled?’
Looks like CBS and NBC are emerging at the head of the class in early ratings test.

Twitter
AllMediaReviews
@AllMediaReviews
On the other hand,
@SamanthaWho? is getting usurped by that Bob Saget p.o.s show. Cuz @UglyBetty is back. ABC = Already Been Cancelled
1:23 PM · Apr 27, 2009·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Karen Depp
@KDepp
Replying to @momsprissy
@momsprissy better than that -boycott advertisers (czars in a pocket) and ABC (Already Been Canceled)
10:45 AM · Jun 24, 2009·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Maya Reddy
@mayareddy
ABC: Already Been Cancelled. I miss Defying Gravity :(
3:17 AM · Dec 21, 2009·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Harvey Koshell VIII
@Koshell
Its still very difficult for me to invest in @ABCNetwork shows. Cause everytime I do they cancel it. ABC = Already Been Canceled #TVShows #ABC #SummerTV
8:02 PM · Jun 21, 2019·Оwly

Twitter
Birdie
@GatorGirl4God
I know it’s been said before but all that little ABC logo stands for on the new shows is Already Been Cancelled.
@ABCNetwork @ABC_Publicity
#WhiskeyCavalier deserved better.
Oh and Wednesdays will ALWAYS be #WhiskeyWednesday💗
We miss our spies!😎
11:33 PM · Oct 2, 2019·Twitter for Android

Posted by Barry Popik
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