Wondering what was the use of that digital converter box the government made you buy last year? You might get some use out of it starting Jan. 1, when a new digital-only network sets up shop. Antenna TV goes on the air at midnight on New Years Day with a 28-hour Three Stooges marathon, followed by a 26-hour Benny Hill marathon.
If you have any eyeballs or IQ points left after that, it switches to a vintage TV schedule -- and I mean vintage. The George Burns And Gracie Allen Show (1950-58). The Adventures Of Wild Bill Hickock (1951-58). The Adventures Of Rin Tin Tin (1954-59). Dennis The Menace (1959-63), The Farmer's Daughter, with the dumbfoundingly beautiful Inger Stevens (1963-66). Then for you young folks, there's The Monkees (1966-68) and The Partridge Family (1973-74). Oh, Monkees anthropologists might like to get a look at Circus Boy (1956-58), an adventure show about a 12-year-old boy named Corky, traveling with a circus at the turn of the 20th century. Corky was played by a young actor named Mickey Braddock. Real name: Micky Dolenz.
You won't be able to find Antenna TV on cable or satellite -- at least not for now. It's launching on the digital signals of Tribune Broadcasting stations in 17 U.S. markets. In South Florida, you'll find it on WSFL's 39.3 channel.