Downton Abbey season premeire?

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  1. Jstkiddn

    Jstkiddn Shutity up up up

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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?
     
  2. javabird

    javabird Well-Known Member

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    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.
     
  3. TIVO_GUY_HERE

    TIVO_GUY_HERE I miss the ocean

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    Shows up on TW Dallas
     
  4. NorthAlabama

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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.
     
  5. laria

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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.
     
  6. NorthAlabama

    NorthAlabama tabasco rules

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    that's the reason for the time difference, thanks. ;)
     
  7. dbranco

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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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    TIVO_GUY_HERE

    TIVO_GUY_HERE I miss the ocean

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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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    BrettStah Well-Known Member TCF Club

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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?
     
  10. laria

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    I'm guessing this was a joke, but in case not, mine picked it up ok. :)

    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...y_why_pbs_airs_it_so_much_later_than_itv.html
     
  11. BrettStah

    BrettStah Well-Known Member TCF Club

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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.
     
  12. TIVO_GUY_HERE

    TIVO_GUY_HERE I miss the ocean

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  13. laria

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    Huh, weird. I have my season pass set to "new only" and it is only picking up the Sunday 9pm airings.
     
  14. TIVO_GUY_HERE

    TIVO_GUY_HERE I miss the ocean

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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.
     
  15. dbranco

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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.
     
  16. JohnDG

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    <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.

    jdg
     
  17. sieglinde

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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.
     
  18. megory

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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.
     
  19. laria

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    They are doubling up the first and last again, making it an 8 week season.
     
  20. megory

    megory Advanced TiVoOligan

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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.
     

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