Archie 13 Apr 2009 I hope I'm able to find this spring's season finales, given all the odd things going on lately. I wonder if all of these shows are being... http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/ScrewedByTheNetwork Odd things just this last week: Tuesday 1. Fringe, after an inexplicable months-long disappearance in the middle of winter, reappears on CTV. It had been carried by the A channel. Why did it completely disappear (no reruns, no nothing) for weeks? That is not normal. Why did it jump networks? That is not normal. 2. The first ad break in Fringe was missing. (This seems to be a chronic problem with Fringe and some other shows, notably Dr. Who.) 3. L&O:SVU. Normal time and channel, but where the hell was Olivia Benson? 4. Instead of the various CTV channels having the same sequence of shows during their (time-shifted due to time zones) prime-times, some had the order Access Hollywood, American Idol, Fringe, SVU, Lloyd Robertson, News and others had the order eTalk, Access Hollywood, SVU, Idol, Fringe, Lloyd Robertson. 11. If you went to take a leak when ads came on, you probably missed a minute of show, it came back that quickly. Wednesday: 6. CSI:NY was a rerun. Isn't it normally new episodes during April, with the run-up to the season finales and rating sweeps? 7. Lost was on at nine, but the previous episode wasn't reran at eight. Almost every week since the new season began, they've done at least one of: not rerun the previous episode before the new one; not rerun it on Saturday; or ran the new episode at an oddball time. Once it was even on at seven. SEVEN! People often don't even check what's on until after eight. The constant shuffling of Lost around prime time (and even BEFORE prime time) is surely an attempt to make it ScrewedByTheNetwork. 8. Law and Order (original series) was missing. Friday: 9. Clone Wars was missing. 10. During an airing of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi late at night, an ad break was clocked at over five whole minutes. Break durations were highly variable, with others being only the normal three minutes long. Saturday: 11. Clone Wars (second chance to see) was missing. And since it was also missing on Friday, you had no chance to see it whatsoever this week. 12. Lost (repeat of Wednesday's ep) was missing. Undisturbed this last week: 1. CSI (original series). On normally on Thursday, and in keeping with the time of year, a new ep. 2. Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. At its normal time, and likewise the second-chance airing later in the week. Not found at all: 1. L&O (original) (not counting syndication of old seasons, which can be found in various places; no current-season eps found, that is, eps with Lupo and Bernard). 2. Clone Wars. 3. Dr. Who. (MIA for months now. Again; this has happened before. In just the past year.) Moved: 1. Fringe. Other network shenanigans: 1. Access Hollywood, American Idol, Fringe, Lloyd Robertson (inconsistent local times among different CTV affiliates on Tuesday). 2. eTalk, news (on Tuesday, present on some CTV affiliates but absent on others). 3. Fringe, SVU (actual airtime inconsistent with published, official schedule by in excess of 120 seconds). 4. Fringe (missing ad breaks; chronic pattern with Fringe and Dr. Who, notable for continuing even when Fringe moved from A-Channel, which is prone to abnormal ad break patterns in all shows). 5. SVU, Lost (abnormally short ad breaks; with Lost, part of chronic pattern on A-Channel). 6. SW:ROTJ (abnormally long ad breaks). 7. Lost, ROTJ (substantially variable-duration ad breaks; with Lost, part of chronic pattern on A-Channel). 8. Lost (no second or third chance airings this week). Shenanigans only attributable to show's producer: 1. SVU: a main character MIA. Arguably, THE main character. Shenanigans that might conceivably be due to either network or producer: 1. No new episode of CSI:NY. 2. No new episode of Clone Wars (absence of even a rerun is a network shenanigan however). 3. No new episode of L&O (original series) (absence of even a rerun is a network shenanigan however). 4. No new episode of Dr. Who (absence of even a rerun is a network shenanigan however).