Style Network viewers enraged over Esquire switch
On Monday, Sept. 23, television viewers who tuned-in to what they thought would be the women-focused Style Network found the exact opposite; the channel had been replaced by Esquire Network with programming directed towards a male audience. Style Network, in its 15th year of broadcasting, ended in the U.S. on September 22 at 2 am ET with a repeat of the season finale of the reality show “Tia & Tamera.”
Style viewers weren’t given much of a heads up about the switch to Esquire, except for a farewell spot that starting running on the network in the middle of last week.
Viewers unaware of the upcoming change haven’t welcomed Esquire Network with open arms, instead, posting comments all over the web including on our own article such as “Beyond Pissed,” “I want my style back,” and “This Suks.” One comment even calls Esquire “the network nobody asked for or wanted!”
The future of most of the shows formerly airing on Style is still uncertain, but some of the shows may move to related networks Bravo, E!, or Oxygen. However, some programming from Style Network still plays on Esquire such as late night reruns of “Sex and the City.”
For now, Style shows such as “Giuliana & Bill,” “Big Rich Texas,” “Tia & Tamera,” “Jerseylicious,” and “Made in Chelsea” remain in a episodic limbo, waiting to find a home on a suitable network.
Esquire Network is owned by NBCUniversal and Esquire Magazine.