Not without my network

Pig_cableThe Wall Street Journal (subscription required) this morning outlines the battle between Lifetime Television network and EchoStar’s Dish Network, which dropped the melodrama momma from its lineup after she demanded higher fees. I imagine the Original Movie-style smackdown went a bit like this:

Lifetime: Don’t you see what you’re doing to us!

Dish Network: What I’m doing, what about what you’re doing to the EchoStar family! MTV is already pushing us further and further away, and poor Nickelodeon thinks it’s his fault. This is over. Get out.

Lifetime: Noooooooooooooo!

And although Lifetime took out an ad in The New York Times  accusing EchoStar of not valuing women,EchoStar has replaced the network with not one, but two female-skewing nets, WE and Oxygen. Oh EchoStar, who’s the pig now?

—Posted by Deanna Zammit