The Hub was a cable network jointly owned by Hasbro and Discovery Communications. It launched on October 10, 2010, replacing the Discovery Kids channel. Margaret Loesch served as The Hub's president and CEO.
For San Diego Comic-Con in 2010, The Hub and The Jim Henson Company organized a small Fraggle Rock exhibit at the "The Hub TV Experience" located inside the San Diego Marriott. Karen Prell and Red Fraggle appeared at the exhibit on July 24, 2010 to promote Fraggle Rock's upcoming run on the network, with four sing-alongs of "Fraggle Rock Rock", alternating with four autograph sessions throughout the day.
The Hub also had an official Fraggle Rock webpage. A noticeable goof (at least to fans) was the fact that Junior Gorg's page did not depict Junior, but Gunge (although the picture was later replaced).
Other Henson-related broadcasts on The Hub included:
- Muppet Treasure Island
- The Muppets Take Manhattan
- Muppets from Space
- The Muppet Christmas Carol (the latter four all aired as a Thanksgiving marathon on Nov. 27, 2010)
- The Christmas Toy
- Good Boy!
- Five Children and It
- The Great Muppet Caper
- The Witches
On June 1, 2012, The Hub discontinued airing Fraggle Rock regularly, although its page on The Hub's website was still accessible. To coincide with the show's 30th anniversary, on April 21, 2013 the channel aired "The Fraggle Rock-A-Thon", a three-hour marathon of Fraggle Rock episodes. Red (Karen Prell) and Gobo (John Tartaglia) appeared in new promotional spots for the marathon. Fraggle Rock episodes briefly returned to The Hub during June of 2013 and later aired on Sunday and Monday mornings at 5:00 AM EST for the remainder of the channel's run.
The channel was briefly renamed the Hub Network in the fall of 2013. In September 2014, it was announced that Hasbro would alter its partnership with Discovery Communications, and as a result, the Hub Network was replaced by Discovery Family on October 13th. However, Fraggle Rock was still available on Discovery Family's on demand service until 2015.
San Diego Comic-Con 2010
The Hub should not be confused with The HUB, the former name of HIP, or Henson Independent Properties, (a third-party licensing division of The Jim Henson Company).
- ↑ "The Hub Heads into Advertiser Upfront with Wave of New Program Announcements". Discovery Communications press release, May 17, 2010.
- ↑ The Hub Network: April 2013 Highlights
- ↑ Henson Company Facebook post