Uncommon Sense with Charlamagne tha God is an eight-episode, half-hour comedy talk show hosted by Charlamagne, a nationally syndicated radio host and MTV2 favorite ("Guy Code," "Charlamagne and Friends"). Each week, Charlamagne is joined by a panel of comedians, curating the loudest social media topics of the week with an uncommon spin.
Type: Talk Show
Runtime: 30 minutes
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MTV2 (formerly M2) is an American digital cable and satellite television channel owned by Viacom Global Entertainment Group, a unit of the Viacom Media Networks division of Viacom. The channel was initially broadcast over-the-air in selected markets, where the former all-request music channel known as The Box was broadcast (which was acquired by MTV Networks in 2001 for the sole purpose of conversion to MTV2). The channel launched initially as a constant, commercial-free music videos, once the original MTV had started to change its direction to reality television and serial documentaries. During the 2000s, the focus changed as well on MTV2; music video programming has been moved gradually away from MTV and MTV2 to sibling networks. In February 2015, approximately 79,416,000 American households (68.2% of households with television) received MTV2.
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During M2's first year, music videos were programmed to run on a 24-hour basis without repeating, leading to ecstatic reports of marathon viewing sessions at college campuses across the country. However, once it became clear M2's market growth was being thwarted by the major cable companies' obstinance, the network was forced to take difficult but necessary cost-cutting measures. The most obvious change—and the most upsetting to viewers—was the decision to end M2's popular 24-hour “no repeat” policy. In its place, daily programming was curtailed to an 8-hour block that was then repeated three times a day: from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., 2 p.m. to 10 p.m., and finally from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., after which a new 8-hour block of programming would start the cycle again. Predictably, this new format was as disappointing and frustrating to M2 fans as it was to the network itself. At its launch, M2 had three VJs: Jancee Dunn, Matt Pinfield and Kris Kosach, each of whom appeared on-screen 3-5 times per hour over the course of their individual 4-6 hour host segments. To many long-time MTV viewers, Pinfield was well known for hosting the seminal MTV show 120 Minutes, while Kosach and Dunn were new to MTV Networks. Dunn, in particular, while a respected writer/editor at Rolling Stone magazine, was so new to television that she was visibly, almost painfully uncomfortable in front of the camera; however, her natural shyness and awkward (though often funny) delivery—which conveyed her very real disbelief that she was actually on television—endeared her to viewers. Pinfield eventually left to host other shows on MTV, while Kosach moved on to TechTV; Dunn, ever popular, remained at the channel through 2001. In the beginning, M2's programmers were given full, unrestricted access to MTV's entire video library, as well as exclusive “first use” of videos from new bands, and were told to treat M2 like an independent or college radio station. This unprecedented mandate gave programmers the freedom to showcase obscure and/or emerging artists, as well as the chance to air seldom- or never-seen older videos languishing in the vaults. Much thought and effort went into how videos were programmed, very often with specific, though not always obvious themes that explored connections between musicians/bands, genres of music, years/eras, song titles, etc.; or connections between the videos themselves, e.g. the director (such as Michel Gondry or Spike Jonze), common themes, visual effects, etc. Programming blocks were sometimes filled with a band or singer's entire video collection shown in chronological order (such as Smashing Pumpkins Videography), and M2 would often invite musicians to hand-pick blocks of their favorite videos, then appear on air as a “guest VJ” to introduce and explain their choices (which would eventually be known as Artist Collections). M2's early programmers were quick to take creative advantage of the MTV parent company's hands-off approach, resulting in playful or ironic programming decisions that underscored the upstart channel's early free-wheeling, subversive attitude and proudly “bratty” self-image; for example, on January 1, 1999, M2 played the music video “1999” by Prince for 24 hours straight. Due to its programmers' acumen, M2 quickly gained favor with music insiders, and as its popularity and reputation grew within the music industry, it became common for musicians and record labels to request that their new videos premiere exclusively on M2 rather than MTV. In addition, record companies often asked to have new artists appear on the channel in taped segments with the VJs because M2 viewers were considered tastemakers and early-adopters. Even an act as huge (and seemingly incongruous with M2) as the Spice Girls made their first American TV appearance on M2, as did their video for “Wannabe,” which was a number-one hit worldwide. At the time of their appearance on M2, the Spice Girls were already a huge hit in the UK (and thus were expected to be in the United States), but they were relatively unknown to U.S. audiences, so the hope was that being seen first on M2 would give the group an ironic edge that might help expand their appeal beyond the obvious bubble-gum set (in addition, Pinfeild was a fan of them).
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