By Annie Barrett
Updated May 21, 2010 at 04:06 PM EDT

Dish Network’s contract with The Weather Channel was supposed to expire at midnight, based on reports. But it’s still on the air! Dish had planned to replace TWC with an alternative service called Weather Cast. “There are no movies, no wake-up shows and no stories about storms,” Dish said in a news release. “Further, because its program schedule is all forecasting, it means that the Weather Cast has more time to focus on local weather.” Apparently the two parties are still in negotiations.

I wanted to get in some QT with TWC in case suddenly goes away in the next few days, so I’ve been dutifully watching “Day Planner” on channel 1912 in New York for about 17 minutes. I haven’t deliberately turned on The Weather Channel since I was in high school, but I’m having a pretty good time! One of the anchorwomen is named “Betty Davis.” And how else would I have learned about Fine Particulates? I’d never investigate Fine Particulates on You can never be too careful.

Does anyone ever watch The Weather Channel anymore? Would you watch if it didn’t air nighttime movies and original shows like Storm Chasers, Florida Fog, and (!?!) Lightning Mom?

Earlier: The Weather Channel to show movies? Hail no!

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