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Old 10-06-2014, 05:18 PM   #1
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Local stations skipping episodes?

How common is it for local stations to skip showing episodes of programs altogether?

My local CBS station isn't showing Scorpion tonight due to a political debate. It's not delayed, it's just not being shown at all.
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Old 10-06-2014, 06:02 PM   #2
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How common is it for local stations to skip showing episodes of programs altogether?

My local CBS station isn't showing Scorpion tonight due to a political debate. It's not delayed, it's just not being shown at all.
It's rare but it does happen. Typically it's for a sporting event or a news special. Much of the time they will have an independent station in the market run the preempted programming if they aren't showing it on delay.
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Old 10-06-2014, 06:15 PM   #3
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here they generally air the pre-empted show at 2 or 3am, but since they rarely update the guide in time for tivo to catch the change, it's still missed. that, or they update the guide with a time that's a few minutes off, so the ending of the show is still missed.

if you don't have vod, you can catch it on cbs.com:
http://www.cbs.com/shows/scorpion/video/

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Old 10-06-2014, 06:32 PM   #4
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I've seen where the station will play the episode, just on a completely different day/time.

For example, the local ABC affiliate has the local rights to carry Monday Night Football when the Packers play. When they do, it preempts Monday evening programming. They'll usually show "Dancing" around 1 am Tuesday morning, and "Castle" will air Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. or so.
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Old 10-06-2014, 07:52 PM   #5
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The station's website has a listings page where you can search for programs, the next listed showing on 10/13.
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Old 10-06-2014, 07:53 PM   #6
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Our locals rerun the eps early the next moring. Usually they announce rerun times on their websites.
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Old 10-06-2014, 09:24 PM   #7
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How common is it for local stations to skip showing episodes of programs altogether?

My local CBS station isn't showing Scorpion tonight due to a political debate. It's not delayed, it's just not being shown at all.
I suggest you complain TO THE STATION, and to CBS itself.

Also, you may be able to watch it on On Demand, or at worst, cbs.com
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Old 10-07-2014, 06:32 AM   #8
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My local stations usually air the episodes on the weekend if they get pre-empted for any reason. Get yourself a bittorrent client and you won't have to worry about it.
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Old 10-07-2014, 09:47 AM   #9
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I suggest you complain TO THE STATION, and to CBS itself.
This - and start with CBS. I'm sure they would be quite interested in the fact that one of its affiliates skipped an episode and the CBS-supplied commercials that went with it for "local" programming.
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Old 10-07-2014, 11:00 AM   #10
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How common is it for local stations to skip showing episodes of programs altogether?

My local CBS station isn't showing Scorpion tonight due to a political debate. It's not delayed, it's just not being shown at all.
Are you talking about KCCI? If so, they ran a bunch of commercials saying it would be aired at 2:07 the next morning. The anchors even mentioned it during the 10 o'clock news after they covered the debate.
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Old 10-07-2014, 01:52 PM   #11
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This - and start with CBS. I'm sure they would be quite interested in the fact that one of its affiliates skipped an episode and the CBS-supplied commercials that went with it for "local" programming.
The station would have already cleared the preemption with CBS. They get a few each year.
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Old 10-07-2014, 03:00 PM   #12
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When I was trying to get waivers for distant networks from DirecTV years ago, my NBC affiliate told me that NBC allotted them x hours per year to pre-empt network programming in favor of local interest broadcasts or something to that effect. I believe that they told me they were rerunning most of it during overnight hours as a courtesy to their viewers and were not required to.
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Old 10-07-2014, 06:41 PM   #13
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CBS has always been the worst offender in my area. Sure, they run all sorts of banners in a few shows, running up to what will be skipped/delayed. Sometimes, I don't see the banners, until too late, due to (my) view-time-shifting often being over 24 hours later.

They have gotten better at insuring if the missed episode gets moved forward a week or days later, but the guide data led to recording of some stupid political matter, or a news item, the delayed showing gets treated as new, even though it would used to be treated as a repeat, requiring being vigilant to manually schedule it to record the second guide slot assigned later. That used to make so so angry...
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They have gotten better at insuring if the missed episode gets moved forward a week or days later, but the guide data led to recording of some stupid political matter, or a news item, the delayed showing gets treated as new, even though it would used to be treated as a repeat, requiring being vigilant to manually schedule it to record the second guide slot assigned later. That used to make so so angry...
Even if they are allowed to preempt, as others said, I STILL suggest complaining...

and I don't even mean write a (paper) letter. I have complained online to our local ABC affiliate.. and while I don't 100% know for sure it helped, there are far fewer Jeopardy! preemptions the past few years.. When they're preempted for something, they often air at ~9PM the same night.. and usually roughly in the right time slot.. (so yeah, I admit I sometimes add extra padding just to make sure.)

I've definitely had the guide data for CBS preemptions locally be correct for re-schedulings more often than they're incorrect.
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For example, the local ABC affiliate has the local rights to carry Monday Night Football when the Packers play. When they do, it preempts Monday evening programming. They'll usually show "Dancing" around 1 am Tuesday morning, and "Castle" will air Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. or so.
Here they always seem to air Castle at 1:37am the next day (i.e. a few hours after it should have aired)... only I never learn and I always set up the recording for when it says it's going to be on and don't add padding, but they start airing it at like 1:00 or 1:30 even though the guide data says 1:37.
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Are you talking about KCCI? If so, they ran a bunch of commercials saying it would be aired at 2:07 the next morning. The anchors even mentioned it during the 10 o'clock news after they covered the debate.
I'm curious if this is the affiliate the OP was complaining about.

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The station's website has a listings page where you can search for programs, the next listed showing on 10/13.
I wouldn't ever rely on that. I'll bet that many affiliate websites just automatically populate their schedule from the network data, and don't update it to reflect the minor changes they may make.
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Old 10-09-2014, 02:10 AM   #17
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Are you talking about KCCI? If so, they ran a bunch of commercials saying it would be aired at 2:07 the next morning. The anchors even mentioned it during the 10 o'clock news after they covered the debate.
Yeah, I saw the ads saying it would be on at 2:07, but when I checked the guide to verify my recording, it wasn't there. The next night it was in my list and had recorded at 2:07. So either I totally missed it, or the guide hadn't updated yet when I looked.
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