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Why can't one find Harry's Law to watch online?

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by Marc, Apr 17, 2012.

  1. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give em Hell, Devils

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    Viewers who watch every episode of a show are the exception, not the rule. I've read in various places that network research shows that the average viewer only watches one out of every 3-4 episodes. So networks aren't really all that interested in letting viewers "catch up," since they don't really expect people to watch every episode, anyway. This is why networks love procedural dramas that start and end in the same hour, and why they hate serials where the story continues from episode to episode.
     
  2. efilippi

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    Ah, I don't have a cable box so maybe I should get one. I just use Tivo with a cable card and that doesn't have any ondemand. Thanks.

    As for CBS.com having the last thee eps, that is currently true but it is not a normal thing. I have often looked there and found only one full ep, an older one, and a dozen clips. If they are getting better, I applaud.
     
  3. mattack

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    The funny thing is, I mostly want to watch things in order, even for sitcoms that have virtually no continuing thread! (I lost a bunch of "Rules of Engagement" episodes, and am grudgingly watching the new ones anyway.. though in this case, there was some plot development, since one character got married at least at one point.)

    Also, I think the network's complaints are actually valid, especially regarding reruns. "Having" to watch a new hourlong show every day to keep up would be a bit much for most people. (Yeah, I don't watch hacked up reruns either, but of course the business model depends on it.)
     
  4. sieglinde

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    After obtaining the magical Tivo device. I want to watch them in order and all of them. Right now I have a Mark and Molly I am waiting to show up again because I missed it and that show doesn't really have an arc. Neither does Harry's Law.
     
  5. Marc

    Marc Active Member TCF Club

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    Harry's Law doesn't have a full season arc, but there are story lines that cross multiple episodes. Having continuity makes subsequent episodes easier to follow.
     
  6. Jesda

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    Harry's Law has quickly become "Boston Legal: Cincinnati"
     
  7. lew

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    CBS has figured out how to schedule. Air Sundays' schedule, in it's entirety, after sports ends. Pad an hour and you're, almost always, good to go. Years ago CBS would run an abbreviated 60 minutes. They'd go with one or two segments so the rest of the night would run ontime. The current approach works better for CBS.

    DVR customers, who fast forward through most commercials, aren't really an audience networks should want to cater to.

    People who drop cable generally watch TV programs OTA, not streaming.
     
  8. omnibus

    omnibus cowboy, yee-ha

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    Is that a bad thing? Especially with the new blond Penelope (Justine L.) hot as a firecracker.
     
  9. BradJW

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    I was just about to post "that's not a bad thing". Harry's law got off to a very rough start in season 2 but the last few days I watched 8-10 episodes to get caught up. It's been quirky, funny and really good. I at first hated th robot and hated Tommy Jefferson but now I like pretty much everything about it. I hope it returns next year.
     
  10. Jesda

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    As long as it doesn't get too preachy and sticks to being funny and effervescent, I'll continue to enjoy it.

    BL got bogged down in David E Kelly's politics and they turned Shatner's character into a buffoon. I hope they don't do that with Harry or Tommy Jefferson.


    The cinematography and even the transition music is all BL-style. They just need a snazzy theme song and a closing balcony scene.
     
  11. BradJW

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    Tommy Jefferson started out as a giant buffoon. They've toned him down quite a bit - he's actually likable now.
     
  12. Jesda

    Jesda CAPTAIN AWESOME

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    That's true, though he also started out as an antagonist.
     
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  14. Marc

    Marc Active Member TCF Club

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    This wouldn't have happened if they'd have let me watch it online! :p
     
  15. BradJW

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    Yeah. I'd catch up on recorded episodes every month or so.

    I have a feeling the same thing will happen to L&O SVU.
     
  17. mattack

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    ..and argh, I actually missed the VERY beginning of last night's episode. I was manually rescheduling shows (decided to record first hour of Survivor in analog due to conflicts), and had forgotten to schedule Harry's Law.. (Tivos don't add new shows in when you cancel shows for a while... except the times I don't want it to, like adding some HD show found via ARWL that nukes tons of my shows!) Manually started it recording when it was in the first minute.. when they got hit by the car.. Hopefully I didn't miss much useful, when I get around to watching this episode. I'm several back..
     
  18. omnibus

    omnibus cowboy, yee-ha

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    IMHO, one of the best eps. Two parallel stories. The victim of that car crash at the start is in grave need of a transfusion of blood. His brother is prevented from donating blood because he's gay.

    The second arc involves the brother and father of a rape/murder who take a courtroom hostage with handguns protesting the not-guilty verdict for the perpetrator.
     
  19. randyb359

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    All that happened before that was them talking in the car.
     

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