NBC repeats on Sci-Fi? Reliable?

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  1. DreadPirateRob

    DreadPirateRob Seriously?

    Nov 11, 2002


    So I have a 3-way conflict for both Chuck and Bionic Woman. For now, both are relegated to the den DTivo, which is fine and all, but I note that both premieres are set to repeat on Sci-Fi Channel later in the week. So I have to know - is this consistent - i.e. can I simply set up a SP for the Sci-Fi reshowings and not have to worry about my conflict? Or will these replays simply stop showing up one day. Anyone have any prior experience with this?
  2. WinBear

    WinBear Konner Kringle

    Aug 24, 2000
    A friend of mine used the SciFi version of Heroes for his Season Pass last year. If I recall, he said that the guide data was less reliable on Sci Fi than on NBC. I think he missed one or two episodes because of that. This is all second-hand, so take this with a grain of salt.
  3. Bill Reeves

    Bill Reeves Lurker

    Jul 17, 2002
    San Carlos, CA
    They did it with Heroes last year, and it was pretty reliable. There was a rumor that the "repurposing" was going to stop halfway through the season, but it did not -- apparently NBC and SciFi came to an agreement and allowed it to continue.

    Based on this, I'm setting up my season pass for "Chuck" to be the SciFi showing.

    A good web site to keep track of where you can track down SF genre shows is www.sftv.org -- I got on their mailing list some time back, and once a month or so, the guy sends out the latest update, which I use to set things up on my Tivo. If the "repurposing" agreement was going to end, this site would send out that info in advance, so you would be able to re-program your Tivo based on that information.
  4. jsmeeker

    jsmeeker Notable Member TCF Club

    Apr 2, 2001
    Hopefully. I am relying on SciFi this year for Bionic Woman (using an ARWL by title for it)
  5. sieglinde

    sieglinde Active Member

    Aug 11, 2002
    Sebastopol, CA


    I got over half of my Heroes from SciFi and they were in order and recorded fine. I figure at least for a while Bionic Woman will work the same but decided to take advantage of it because I watch too much TV as it is. :)
  6. jimborst

    jimborst Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Aug 30, 2001
    IA USA
    Since I had a conflict, my DVR found Chuck on saturday on my NBC channel. That way I can get it in HD.
  7. Bierboy

    Bierboy Seasoned gas passer

    Jun 12, 2004
    Fishers, IN
    TiVo found Chuck on three networks for me -- NBC, SciFi and USA. I believe they're all owned by the same company.
  8. smallwonder

    smallwonder Age quod agis

    Jun 13, 2001
    MD, USA
    I watched Heroes via SciFi last season. IIRC, there was only one discrepancy but in checking Bionic Woman's listing, it looks worse.

    The episode titles listed for NBC on my Directivo are completely different than the ones listed for SciFi:

    NBC: Second Chances (9/26), Paradise Lost (10/3)

    SciFi: Bionic Woman (9/28), Birds (10/5)

    Are these supposed to be the same episodes or is SciFi skipping around? :confused:
  9. gastrof

    gastrof Hubcaps r in fashion

    Oct 31, 2003
    Potato and pen.
    SciFi's run of HEROES last year was NOT reliable.

    They pulled it more than once, and when starting to run it again skipped episodes.

    Eventually they ran them all, but you had to wait for marathons. Even the final huge marathon at the end of the season was run totally out of order, and skipped episodes.

    Don't depend totally on any SciFi runs to catch NBC shows, at least not if you want to see them in any order that makes sense.
  10. gastrof

    gastrof Hubcaps r in fashion

    Oct 31, 2003
    Potato and pen.
    "Traditional" networks like NBC don't run two showings of their programs per week, as you might find on cable or with syndicated shows.

    The NBC Saturday showing of CHUCK is likely something special they're doing because it's the start of the season. Don't expect it to keep running each episode twice a week.
  11. gastrof

    gastrof Hubcaps r in fashion

    Oct 31, 2003
    Potato and pen.

    The search engine on scifi.com's "schedulebot" page shows only one episode of CHUCK set to air, most likely the pilot.

    Don't hold your breath for any others. HEROES isn't coming back to SciFi. Bionic Woman seems to be the NBC "adoption" SciFi's doing this year, and they seem to run only one NBC show at a time (and even then it's iffy...see above).
  12. gchance

    gchance 4 8 15 16 23 42

    Dec 6, 2002
    Olivehurst, CA
    Don't rely on Sci-Fi's re-airing. I got screwed and missed quite a few episodes because of it. At least Heroes was better than Surface. Surface, they missed probably 1/3 to 1/2 of the episodes and never had a complete marathon.

    It beats missing it completely though. This season I'm a bit more prepared, got a 2nd Dish receiver with a PVR. :)

  13. RoundBoy

    RoundBoy New Member

    Feb 10, 2005
    I wish NBC would just do what SCI FI does.. all the shows on at 'prime time' 8pm-10pm' are
    rerun again 11pm-1am ..

    Last season the second run of 'atlantis' saved me from a conflict. I mean, does NBC really *need* a magic wok infomercial at 1am ? Why not just reshow the episode? They did it for all the pilot episodes... why not all season.
  14. newsposter

    newsposter Poster of News

    Aug 18, 2002
    SE PA
    i wish L/O was showing on NBC after it does on usa..SD sucks
  15. DougF

    DougF Well-Known Member

    Mar 18, 2003
    North Dakota
    That's the one I was going to mention.
  16. TAsunder

    TAsunder Debates Ghee vs Gi

    Aug 6, 2003
    Madison, WI
    Don't count on it. I tried that on and off of the past couple of years and usually got burned. I've got a 3 way conflict too, and prison break has gotten the ax as a result, because I'm too lazy to set up an SP on my S1 tivo in the other room. Prison Break isn't worth that effort.
  17. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give 'em Hell, Devils

    Apr 16, 2003
    Methinks someone has no idea how the business of network TV works.
  18. RoundBoy

    RoundBoy New Member

    Feb 10, 2005

    Oh, I do.. I'm just stating how I would 'like' it to work

    its not that far fetched, as they seem to be embracing the digital world.
  19. Ruth

    Ruth Well-Known Member

    Jul 31, 2001
    Bummer, I was hoping to catch Bionic Woman on Sci-Fi also.

    Thanks for the heads-up that this isn't the greatest plan. Hopefully I can make it work.
  20. gastrof

    gastrof Hubcaps r in fashion

    Oct 31, 2003
    Potato and pen.

    NBC doesn't run "magic wok" infomercials at 1am. That's likely your local channel.

    NBC has programming running all night long. After the 11 o'clock break for the news, as of 11:35 the next three hours are taken up by The Tonight Show, Conan O'Brian, and Last Call With Carson Daly. Then there's their televised poker games....yeah....I know....followed by a half hour for local stations to do their own thing, and then a repeat of Conan followed by early morning NBC news, leading up to the Today Show.

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