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Background: After the Orion Pictures Company acquired Filmways in 1982, it formed its own television division as "Orion Television" (also known as "Orion Pictures Television") and took over Filmways Television in 1983 and began to produce and syndicate various TV shows and movies. As a result of Orion's long-running financial troubles, its television division was closed in spring 1990, although Orion continued to retain ownership of all its television output up to the time of the bankruptcy. After 14 years of being dormant, Orion Television returned in 2013. All of Orion TV's library is now owned by MGM.
1st Logo (1982-1996)
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Nicknames: "The Constellation", "Starry Sky", "Orion in Space"
Logo: Same as the movie logo of the era, but we start at the animation where the letter "O" starts flashing. The forming of "ORION" is the same, then "TELEVISION" (in white, similar font to ORION, in caps) appears below, just as wide as the "RION" segment of the above text.
Variants: •The font and color for "TELEVISION" may vary. • This logo sometimes appears without the additional "TELEVISION" text. • Some syndicated shows were ID'ed as a presentation of "ORION TELEVISION SYNDICATION". Some of them had the logo superimposed over the closing credits. Others would have the phrase "PRESENTS" below in the beginning of any program. • A later variation (circa 1990) ID'ed the company as "ORION TELEVISION ENTERTAINMENT" (This version has been sighted on the 1989 TV movie Passport to Terror, Parker Kane, Homeless,and the 1990 unsold game show pilot Gambit). • There is also a short version of the 1981 logo with the registered trademark symbol. • There is also a superimposed variant of the "TELEVISION" variant used mainly on TV movies. • On early-to-mid 80s prints of classic Filmways shows, such as TV Land reruns of Green Acres, it starts out with the "O" flashing, then the rest of the movie's animation. The same would be for its movie version with "An" above and "PICTURES RELEASE" below. • There is also a variant with a blue background for the early version. •On the beginning of the 1984 TV movie A Matter of Sex, the logo was used as an opening title, reading "ORION TELEVISION PRESENTS".
• A variant that shows the logo (with "TELEVISION SYNDICATION" below) in blue and at the bottom left of the screen was spotted. •On the first season of the short-lived animated series Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures, there's an in-credit text that reads as "Produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions, Inc. in association with Orion Television Entertainment and Nelson Entertainment" with a copyright stamp to Orion Television Entertainment and Nelson Films, Inc. below. •On the second season of the short-lived animated series Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures, there's an in-credit text that reads as "Produced by DiC Enterprises, Inc. in association with Orion Television Entertainment and Nelson 1991, Inc.". •On the pilot of the live-action series Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures, there is an in-credit text that reads as: "ORION TELEVISION ENTERTAINMENT and NELSON ENTERTAINMENT".
FX/SFX: The flashing of the "O", the rest of the logo appearing and the line being drawn on it. In other cases, it's still.
Music/Sounds: An abridged and re-arranged version of the Orion Pictures fanfare, the ending theme of the show, or none. At least one episode of Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures used the final part of the movie fanfare.
Availability: Rare. It was seen on the 1988 TV movie The Murder of Mary Phagan and is retained on airings of this film on This TV, the 1986 version of Hollywood Squares and the 1987 version of High Rollers, and the version with only the "Orion" text is seen on reruns of The Best of Saturday Night Live (half-hour edit-downs of SNL's 1975-79 episodes). Cagney and Lacey reruns shown a decade ago on TNN usually had this logo (with the "TELEVISION" text and also plastering the 1981 Filmways Television logo on those reruns.) but onsome episodes from the pre-nationally expanded Me-TV reruns from 2007, this logo was plastered with the 5th MGM Television logo. The short movie logo was last seen on Green Acres on TV Land. The superimposed variant was seen on the short-lived 1983 game show Just Men! and the TV movie Babes in Toyland. The Orion Television Syndication logos are extinct and were last seen on the 1980s versions of Hollywood Squares and High Rollers.
Scare Factor: Low.
2nd Logo (September 7, 1998-February 3, 1999)
Nicknames: "CGI Constellation", "CGI Starry Sky", "The Constellation II", "Starry Sky II", "Orion in Space II"
Orion Television (1998)Logo: This is basically the 2nd half of the 1996 Orion Pictures logo starting with the "RION" wipe effect.
FX/SFX: The 2nd half of the 1996 Orion Pictures logo.
Music/Sounds: See above, but the logo theme would finish playing over the Summit Media Group logo.
Availability: Extremely rare. It's seen on RoboCop: Alpha Commando.
Scare Factor: None.
3rd Logo (September 23, 2013- )
Nicknames: "CGI Constellation II", "CGI Starry Sky II", "The Blue Laser Light", "The Constellation III", "Starry Sky III", "Orion in Space III"
Logo: On a space background, there are two flying stars with one flying in from the upper left and the other on the lower right. The stars from the 1981 OrionOrion TV (2013, high-res) Pictures logo is seen as it swirls to create the letter "O" as the flying stars swirl in to meet the circling stars and form a platinum letter "O" with a blue laser light effect. The blue light brightens and flies over to the right to form "RION" also appearing in platinum, as each letter wipes in with the laser one-by-one as the laser light disappears on the letter "N". The "ORION" logo suddenly zooms in and has a shining wipe effect as the word "TELEVISION" with a small Trademark (TM) symbol in subscript beside it fades in underneath and zoom in.
FX/SFX: The flying stars, the stars forming the letter "O", the laser effect forming the name, the logo zooming in.
Cheesy Factor: The final result looks cheap.
Music/Sounds: Whooshing sounds followed by a quiet synth theme and another whooshing sound while the theme plays.
Availability: Currently seen on Paternity Court in syndication.
Scare Factor: None. The theme is peaceful.