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lilikoi's avatar

Is anyone else hating ABC for their irratic programming?

Asked by lilikoi (10079points) March 28th, 2010

I can’t count on any of their shows to actually air as scheduled any more. Sometimes it is a week between new episodes, other times it is three weeks. Why are they doing this? Is this some kind of new network fad? I don’t recall this happening before.

I already didn’t like them much because they refuse to support Linux in their online video player, and because they keep cutting shows (Eli Stone, Men in Trees, Pushing Daisies, Dirty Sexy Money, Samantha Who?, Cashmere Mafia), and now this?!

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Brian1946's avatar

Not now.

However, just about all I ever watch on ABC is basketball, the news, and Jeopardy; I’ve never encountered any scheduling FU’s with those shows.

The show scheduled for now (Extreme Combover: Home Edition), is the one that’s airing.

Perhaps your affiliated station or your viewing guide is what’s blowing it.

lilikoi's avatar

No, here is an example of what I’m talking about:

The next time Brothers & Sisters airs is apparently April 11. It is supposed to air every Sunday. The last time it aired was 3/14. That means there is a month long gap between episodes. The second to last ep aired on 2/28, which is a two-week gap.

This unpredictability is seen throughout pretty much all the shows I watch on that network – Ugly Betty, Desperate Housewives, Private Practice, Grey’s Anatomy…you just never know if there will be a show on or not anymore.

Brian1946's avatar


Okay, I think I know what you’re talking about now.

According to this, the 2010 production schedule for B&S itself seems be erratic.

rpm_pseud0name's avatar

Right now I am hating them for canceling Scrubs. But then Wednesday rolls around & I like them again for Modern Family & Cougar Town.

lilikoi's avatar

I love Modern Family! But again, erratic airing schedule…

UScitizen's avatar

My TV has two very special modes that solve this problem. The first is a channel selector. The second is a power off mode. Either will solve this problem.

PandoraBoxx's avatar

The weird thing about television programs is that they are designed to sell products for the advertisers who pay to run their commercials on certain time slots. What happens is that people like a show, and stop watching it, figuring they will watch the whole season when it comes out on DVD, without commercial interruption. So really great shows, like the ones you mention, appear to have little or no viewership, in the face of programs like Dancing with the Stars, and reality crap that people watch instead of the better programs. As a result, the station can’t afford to air the episodes of the better programming because they have no sponsorship.

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