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Background: MTM Television Stations Inc. was formed in 1986 after the acquisition of the Citymedia-owned independent stations by MTM Enterprises as a group of television stations located within the United States, which are owned-and-operated by the MTM Broadcasting Company, a division of Argosy Media Inc. Until 1989, they syndicated television programs; they formed Cairo/MTM Distribution Group to perform this function later on.


1st Logo (1986?-198?)

Logo: An in-credit logo which says "PRODUCED AT MTM TELEVISION STATIONS NEW YORK" with the MTM logo below that and next to it is "WMTM 5". Below that is copyright info: "(C) (YEAR) MTM Television Stations, Inc. All Rights Reserved".

FX/SFX: The credit scrolling.

Music/Sounds: The closing theme to the program.

Availability: Extinct. It appeared on old episodes of Sports Plus on the MTM station WMTM in New York.

Scare Factor: None.


2nd Logo (April 3-July 1988)

Nickname: "The Plaque"

Logo: On a marble background with a small square on each corner, we see the words "MTM Television Stations" in gold lettering which is set in the Friz Quadrata typeface with "MTM Television" above and "Stations" below. There is a shining wipe effect.

FX/SFX: The shining wipe effect.

Music/Sounds: The end-title theme of Argosy Network's Triple Dare.

Availability: Very rare. Was only seen on early episodes of Triple Dare on Argosy Network and of course, MTM. It has been spotted on one episode so far of the said show on Argosy Retro.

Scare Factor: None.


3rd Logo (September 12, 1988-March 10, 1989)

Nickname: "MTM Kitten"

Logo: On a black background, we see an orange kitten in a gold wreath. Below the wreath is the text "MTM" in orange.

Trivia:

  • This was based off the animation of the logo used for the Don't Let MTM Weekend Pass You By promos used from 1987-1988.
  • This would also be used for the MTM O&O network ID from 1989-1991.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: The end-title theme of Losers Weepers or none.

Availability: Extinct. It was last seen on syndicated episodes of Losers Weepers, but is removed from Argosy Retro reruns.

Scare Factor: None.


4th Logo (1988-1993)


Nicknames: "MTM-in-the-Box", "The MTM Plaque", "The Stone MTM TV Plaque"

Logo: On an indigo/black gradient background, we see a silver square with three lines below turning up at an angle, while the MTS logo, consisting of a marble rectangle with a line dividing it into a box and a shorter rectangle; the box holding the 1987-1993 MTM Network logo (which is basically the 3rd MTM Television Stations logo), and the rectangle holding the text "MTM Television Stations" in large gold lettering in the same font as the 1st logo, slowly falls onto the square. A transparent rectangle sweeps over the silver square from right to left just before the MTM logo lands on the center.

Early Variant: On this variant, the MTM logo slides in from the right, wiping in the company name. Here, the text is black, there are no lines at the bottom, there is no rectangular box surrounding the logo, the background of the logo is brighter, and the color scheme in the MTM logo is different (a blue box, silver wreath, yellow "MTM" text and calico kitten).

FX/SFX: The zooming, the rotating, etc. Very nice CGI, which holds up to even today's standards. It's also quite reminiscent of work created by Animation By Design and David John Shires.

Music/Sounds: A rather dramatic synth sounder with a "clang" at the end (like in the Nabas "Gold Plate" logo) or the end theme of the show. There is also a silent version (as in the early version).

Music/Sounds Variant: On The George Bush Show, the closing theme is heard over it, but the logo theme and "clang" can still be heard faintly.

Availability: Rare. It was seen on episodes of the syndicated versions of the Argosy Network game shows Triple Dare and Losers Weepers, but this logo is removed on Argosy Retro reruns. Also seen on many (but not all) episodes of the first 3 seasons of Police, the super short-lived soap opera Groups, the short-lived talk show The George Bush Show, and the news series Not Just Events.

Scare Factor: None to low for the normal variant. The music may catch some off guard. None to minimal for the silent variant or with the closing theme.


5th Logo (1992-2013)

Nicknames: "MTSP", "MTSP Underwater", "The Swirling Smoke"

Logo: Against a blue-black background, we see the letters:

M∙T∙S∙P

textured and in white with slow-trailing smoke effects swirling around from behind the letters. Below that, the words:

M T M
TELEVISION STATIONS PRODUCTIONS

(also in white)

are shown. A rippling effect is given to the lower text, making the entire logo appear as if it is underwater.

Variant: On later episodes of Police, the ripples appeared to be less apparent.

FX/SFX: The CGI rippling. Not as sharp as its predecessor.

Cheesy Factor: The logo looks and sounds extremely low-budget.

Music/Sounds:

  • When the logo was originally released, it featured the voice of a child (girl) saying "Why?" in a rather unemphatic manner over a medium applause by two people. This aural variant lasted less than 2 years.
  • Future airings of this logo either had no audio, or the closing theme of the show.

Availability: Still seen at the end of Police episodes from the era, although some earlier episodes may not have it. This was also seen at the end of the first 1995 pilot for Space Warped, a planned MTM series from Ellen Peck and Paul Lopez, creators of various Argosy animated series (the second pilot was intended for KittenMation and did not have the logo).

Scare Factor:

  • Medium for the original version. The atmosphere & appearance of the letters "MTSP" are creepy, and the rippling may catch some off guard, mainly due to a striking resemblance to the original MTM Lab logo. Also, the "why?" and clapping feel very uncanny.
  • Low to medium for the silent version. Even without any audio, it's still creepy looking, though it's not as weird as the previous version.

The End of MTSP: The company became dormant in 2013 after MTM cancelled Police. Upon its move to Argosy Men, Argosy Media assumed control of the series.

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