Fargo-Grand Forks-Moorhead TV viewers will have a rare opportunity for TV viewing on February 4. They will have the opportunity to see the original version of a TV episode, alongside a new version of the same episode.
The new Hawaii Five-0 will be redoing a classic 1973 episode entitled “Hookman.” The new Hawaii Five-0 on CBS airs at 9:00 p.m. central time on KXJB. The original version will be available on Me-TV, which is available in the area on channel 11.2, KVLY. The original version will air at 11:00 a.m. central.
The plot concerns a bank robber named Curt Stoner, who lost his arms during an accident with explosives during a bank robbery. Stoner had since trained himself to operate firearms with his prosthetic limbs. He is taking his vengeance on the police officers who stopped him and on whom he blames his current condition. It is a rare opportunity to compare remake to the original.
Me-TV is a relatively new broadcast service that is owned by Weigel Broadcasting. It is primarily meant to be an option for over the air local broadcasters to take advantage of digital sub channels. Digital sub channels were made possible when congress mandated that all over their air broadcasts be digital. With digital broadcasts, broadcasters can split their programming stream. They can offer different programs on different sub channels. Me-TV is also available on local cable systems and on satellite. Weigel Broadcasting also operates a sister networks. ThisTV primarily shows movies from different eras. It does offer a few classic TV shows.
Me-TV is one of three digital sub channels that offer classic TV. The cable channels Nick at Nite and TV Land largely left classic TV form the 1960s and 1970s. Me-TV offers a variety of TV programs across a few decades. It does, however, largely concentrate on the 1960s and 1970s. The network does, however occasionally dip into the late 1950s.
It’s a good network for fans of black and white TV. IT’s offering run the gamut from sitcoms like I Dream of Jeanie to hour long dramas like Route 66. It does offer some series that are rarely seen elsewhere and have not been seen for a long time. The network also offers more goodies on its website, including some classic animations clips and some other seldom scene programs.
It just so happens in this case that Me-TV can piggyback on current broadcast TV.