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Old 12-29-2013, 05:04 PM   #1
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Downton Abbey is supposed to be starting up again on Jan. 5, but it's not showing up in my guide. It shows a special on Highclere Castle at 7:00, but at 8:00 instead of Masterpiece Classic, my guide is showing Doc Martin. Anyone else?
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Old 12-29-2013, 09:04 PM   #2
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Downton Abbey is supposed to be starting up again on Jan. 5, but it's not showing up in my guide. It shows a special on Highclere Castle at 7:00, but at 8:00 instead of Masterpiece Classic, my guide is showing Doc Martin. Anyone else?
My guide shows Masterpiece Classic, the last episode of Downton season 3 at 7:00 pm (2 hrs), and the first episode of Downton Season 4 at 9:00 pm (2 hrs).

I have Comcast/Seattle area.
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Old 12-29-2013, 09:44 PM   #3
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Old 12-29-2013, 11:12 PM   #4
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we have a 2 hour premier of downton (masterpiece classic) in the guide from 8-10 (cdt), and highclere from 7-8.

according to pbs, sherlock (masterpiece mystery) is supposed to directly follow downton, but our market has a documentery on the tower of london, with sherlock starting at 11:30 (1:30 after downton ends).

apt (alabama public television) controls all the pbs stations in the state, the scheduling, too. they air different programming at wierd times, but mostly do a good job during prime time. they might disagree with sherlock airing so early, it can be graphic at times.
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Old 12-30-2013, 04:21 PM   #5
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Masterpiece Classic was in my guide for 1/5 (NHPTV).

Masterpiece Mystery! should be a repeat on 1/5... Sherlock new eps aren't starting until 1/19.
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Old 12-30-2013, 11:06 PM   #6
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Sherlock new eps aren't starting until 1/19.
that's the reason for the time difference, thanks.
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Old 12-31-2013, 04:33 AM   #7
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I have a SP for Masterpiece Classic ("New Only") and it failed to pick up the first [new] episode of Downton Abbey. I had to select it manually. Very strange!
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Old 01-03-2014, 09:25 AM   #8
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Yes, it won't pick it up as "New" since it's already aired across the pond
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Old 01-03-2014, 09:50 AM   #9
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What benefit is it to air so long after they air in the UK, I wonder? The entire season plus the 90 minute Christmas episode has already aired in the UK, but PBS is just about to start with episode 1 of the latest season?
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Old 01-03-2014, 10:11 AM   #10
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Yes, it won't pick it up as "New" since it's already aired across the pond
I'm guessing this was a joke, but in case not, mine picked it up ok.

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What benefit is it to air so long after they air in the UK, I wonder? The entire season plus the 90 minute Christmas episode has already aired in the UK, but PBS is just about to start with episode 1 of the latest season?
Mostly, PBS doesn't want to air it against a full fall network schedule. They also need to edit it to fit the PBS broadcast window.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/..._than_itv.html
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Old 01-03-2014, 10:26 AM   #11
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Thanks for that link! The interviewer asked good questions. I don't necessarily think all of the answers made tons of sense. If you have to give local stations a known break, just take a break and then resume with the show - no need to have the show trimmed down content-wise.
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Old 01-03-2014, 10:37 AM   #12
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[quote=laria;9955310]I'm guessing this was a joke, but in case not, mine picked it up ok.


Well maybe worded it wrong, it will pick it up as new, but mine also picked up the repeats
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Well maybe worded it wrong, it will pick it up as new, but mine also picked up the repeats
Huh, weird. I have my season pass set to "new only" and it is only picking up the Sunday 9pm airings.
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Old 01-03-2014, 10:42 AM   #14
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That link was funny, they are talking about trimming and editing the show for time, then at the end of the interview it says

This interview has been condensed and edited.
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Old 01-04-2014, 03:31 AM   #15
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What benefit is it to air so long after they air in the UK, I wonder? The entire season plus the 90 minute Christmas episode has already aired in the UK, but PBS is just about to start with episode 1 of the latest season?
In this week's TV Guide, the same question was posed. This was their answer:

"The delay between the UK airings in the fall and the American premiere in January helps generate interest in the show and proves to be a ratings boon, according to PBS president Paula Kerger."

There's another couple of paragraphs to their answer, but I don't want to infringe on any copyrights here. The rest basically backs up that quote with some ratings numbers showing that what she said is accurate.
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Old 01-04-2014, 08:29 AM   #16
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In this week's TV Guide, the same question was posed. This was their answer:

"The delay between the UK airings in the fall and the American premiere in January helps generate interest in the show and proves to be a ratings boon, according to PBS president Paula Kerger."

There's another couple of paragraphs to their answer, but I don't want to infringe on any copyrights here. The rest basically backs up that quote with some ratings numbers showing that what she said is accurate.
<snicker> Like same day broadcasts of Dr. Who has really hurt its popularity. I'm guessing they don't want to pay a higher fee.

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Old 01-06-2014, 09:11 AM   #17
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Since there is this thing called the internet, there must be a danger of spoilers creeping over the pond to the New World.
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Old 01-07-2014, 08:47 AM   #18
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Oddly, my TiVos pick up the Downton episodes as new. And we have two PBSs in my market, but Doc Martin, sadly, is on the channel I don't get.

First night was episodes 1&2. I'd rather they stretched out the whole series at 1 hour per week. Last year, I think they doubled up the first two and the last two making for a frustratingly short 6-week season and I think they'll do it again this year. I wish it were 12-20 episodes, but, oh well!

I've read all the spoilers, but I still want to see the shows.
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I'd rather they stretched out the whole series at 1 hour per week. Last year, I think they doubled up the first two and the last two making for a frustratingly short 6-week season and I think they'll do it again this year.
They are doubling up the first and last again, making it an 8 week season.
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Old 01-08-2014, 07:21 PM   #20
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They are doubling up the first and last again, making it an 8 week season.
LOL. My math says:
8 shows 2 in beginning (one week)

4 in the middle (each a separate week)

2 at the end (one week)

Equals 6 week season. Or did I miss something? I've only read of 8 episodes.
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There was a ~90 minute Christmas episode.
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LOL. My math says:
8 shows 2 in beginning (one week)

4 in the middle (each a separate week)

2 at the end (one week)

Equals 6 week season. Or did I miss something? I've only read of 8 episodes.
You are missing that the first and last eps were actually long. I had just looked at the PBS schedule before my post and assumed they were doubled. The first and last were long at 69 min, 6 at 49 min, and the 92 min Christmas ep.

The schedule on PBS.org has 8 eps, 8 weeks listed: Jan 5, 12, 19, 26 and Feb 2, 9, 16, 23. I am not sure how the editing works out since the first PBS ep was clearly a lot longer than 69 min.
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You sure are right and I'm wrong. Season felt terribly short again. But the dates match! I guess I'm just getting old and time flies!

Sigh. Too soon over! (und too late schmart)
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Old 02-24-2014, 01:33 PM   #24
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not over soon enough for me. This season was by far the worse of the series.
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Old 02-24-2014, 09:11 PM   #25
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At least nobody died...
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not over soon enough for me. This season was by far the worse of the series.
Interesting. I was thinking it keeps getting better every season.
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Well this thread isn't the place to discuss it, but it sucked.
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Old 02-25-2014, 01:46 PM   #28
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i'm torn over the season 4 finale - should i be disappointed there was no single cliffhanger, generally settled within 10-15 minutes into next season's premier? not really. it left me feeling kind of "blah" - ok, but no crescendo to a climactic scene that makes me curious and wanting more, waiting for next season. right back to where i started, torn.

i enjoyed shirley macclaine's re-appearance, and the addition of paul giamatti's character. several loose ends were neatly tied, others left dangling, so there's a lot to look forward next season:
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the reference to "brownshirts" involved with michael's disappearance, edith arranging her child to be close, she and tom settling into their places in the family, mary and charles inching closer together, molesley blocking thomas' snooping...
i will trust the writer's won't disappoint for long...if they do, it's off to syndication after next season's finale.
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