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Heads up for those that record/Tivo: Scrubs & Will & Grace to run long this week

Old 02-04-02, 04:08 PM
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Heads up for those that record/Tivo: Scrubs & Will & Grace to run long this week


NBC 'Super-sizes' Two Comedies for Sweeps
Tue, Jan 29, 2002 08:16 PM PDT

by Rick Porter
Zap2it.com, TV News

LOS ANGELES (Zap2it.com) - "Scrubs" and "Will & Grace" are going long in their search for sweeps-month viewers.

The two NBC comedies will air "super-sized" episodes during the first week of February, following a path broached by "Friends" last season and several shows this year.

"The producers [of the two shows] were aware that we did this last year ... and they called us," NBC Entertainment president Jeff Zucker tells Zap2it. "Their shows were running over, and they were so good that they were having a difficult time cutting them."

The "Scrubs" episode airing Tuesday, Feb. 5 will run about eight minutes long, with the "Dateline NBC" that follows being shortened accordingly to keep the schedule in its place. Zucker calls it "the most important episode since the pilot. It's a life-changing event for two of the main characters."

NBC's web site says the episode deals with the evolving romantic relationship between J.D. (Zach Braff) and Elliot (Sarah Chalke), who finally displayed their feelings for each other at the end of the Jan. 22 show.

On Thursday, Feb. 7, "Will & Grace" will run four minutes long to accommodate a plot involving guest star Matt Damon. The start times of "Just Shoot Me," "ER" and late local news will move back accordingly.

Zucker says the network's affiliates signed off on the time shift, adding that he considers the episode to be the best in the show's history.

NBC experimented with 40-minute episodes of "Friends" last season as a way of combating CBS' "Survivor: The Australian Outback." Episodes of "Will & Grace" and "Just Shoot Me" got the same treatment, as did the 200th episode of "Frasier" earlier this season.

This season, several shows have extended their running time. The premieres of The WB's "Smallville" and ABC's "Alias" each ran about 69 minutes -- "Alias" did so without commercials. The musical episode of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" also ran several minutes over its usual hour.
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Television would be a lot more interesting if the timeslots weren't so rigid.

A more fluid schedule with flexible timeslots would let shows breathe better. You know, cutting is not always best.
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Thanks for mentioning this... I was going to post a couple of days ago, but forgot.

The annoying thing is that because ER now runs until 11:10 PM, I'm conflicted out of my regular news recording on ReplayTV (I usually grab the ABC news from 11-11:35PM)

I have to switch to the local NBC news for at least that night. Which was probably part of their plan in the first place.
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Much to my surprise, Tivo took into account that the Late Late Show With Craig Kilborn gets interrupted for a 15 minutes PGA Highlights Wrapup on Friday Night.

I have it set to record for Halle Berry

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