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Do you watch the previews for next week's episode?

Old 10-16-05, 03:10 AM
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Do you watch the previews for next week's episode?

On most one-hour shows, at the end of each episode, they show previews for next week's episode.

The 30-45 seconds of information they hand out can run the gamut from
...Alerting you to an appearance by a special guest star
...To simply pitching the premise of the next story
...To completely ruining important plot twists and/or "surprises".

I never watch the previews for next week's episode of any show,
And when people talk about the previews in the forums, I consider it spoiling.

Do you watch the previews for next week's episode?
Old 10-16-05, 03:18 AM
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Sure, I watch some of them. Some by accident, some by choice.

Shows like "24" or "Prison Break" have previews that should probably be avoided at all costs, but there are other shows that I don't care if I know or don't know what the topic will be for next week's episode.

I don't openly discuss next week's previews, though. There are others that can't help blabbing about previews in the current week's discussion thread, and they do need to be reminded of their carelessness given the rules of this area.
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Originally Posted by Count Dooku
The 30-45 seconds of information they hand out can run the gamut from
...Alerting you to an appearance by a special guest star
...To simply pitching the premise of the next story
...To completely ruining important plot twists and/or "surprises".
You forgot the most annoying one- completely misleading you into thinking some major event will happen, or that things will happen one way but it doesn't.

Lost's "Everything's going to change" promo is a recent example of this. The West Wing has also been showing promos about how a certain plot point will be wrapped up for 3 or 4 weeks now and it never happens (they say it will definitely be happening on this week's episode but I don't think I should believe them anymore).

Despite all these reasons, I still watch the promos. I'm weak. I want a taste of what's to come, of what to look forward to.
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I went for sometimes. There are shows that are fun regardless if you know the major points (Gilmore Girls, Everwood, OC), then there are shows that the major points ruin the show (24, Lost, Smallville).

And TScott as soon as I saw you add the 4th bit TWW is the exact thing I thought of. But really I didn't care that theyve been leaving it out. Anything in the actual WW of TWW is boring at this point.
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It depends which show it is.

Originally Posted by Patman
I don't openly discuss next week's previews, though. There are others that can't help blabbing about previews in the current week's discussion thread, and they do need to be reminded of their carelessness given the rules of this area.
Well said and I agree 100% with it.

An example of the above can be found on the Lost threads. People need to be aware that they must use spoiler tags when discussing about the previews. Just common courtesy.
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Yes, I watch them.
To me they are part of that episode.Until such time as something gets spoiled for me (which has never happened before), i will continue to watch them.
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Originally Posted by Maxflier
Yes, I watch them.
To me they are part of that episode.Until such time as something gets spoiled for me (which has never happened before), i will continue to watch them.

Yes, I feel exactly the same way!
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Of course! I had to see a preview to think the show was good initially. Shows like Prison Break don't ruin anything, you pretty much know what's going to happen anyway.

I haven't watched 24 since Season 2, but if I did, I'd watch the previews. Until they show a clip of hour 23 with Jack Bauer dying and the world ending, it's no spoiler.
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Always, unless the DVR cuts them off.
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I watch them all the time. Don't care about minor spoilers. Or hell even major ones that much for TV shows. I just don't get into them as much I do movies.
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I always do.
Old 10-16-05, 12:43 PM
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Originally Posted by Red Dog
Always, unless the DVR cuts them off.
Same here, but I have started to program my DVR to run over on the shows that I would like to see the previews of the next episode
Old 10-16-05, 01:06 PM
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Yes--they're like movie trailers, and I think most people here would admit to watching movie trailers.
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I always do. The wife gets mad sometimes when TiVo misses the end of them.
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I've noticed that besides showing what happens, they also indicate if there will be a new one next week. No preview most of the time means rerun. Preview=new ep.
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Yep, I always watch them.
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Yes I do,
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Originally Posted by IDrinkMolson
I always do. The wife gets mad sometimes when TiVo misses the end of them.
My wife is exactly the same way.
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I avoid them at all costs. Except for Arrested Development.
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Except for shows on FOX, I do.
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Yup. I like seeing what's on tap for the next episode, and it doesn't ruin anything. Just like movie trailers, as was mentioned.
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Originally Posted by fumanstan
Yup. I like seeing what's on tap for the next episode, and it doesn't ruin anything. Just like movie trailers, as was mentioned.
I don't watch movie trailers, either, unless I already know the story (remake, read the book, etc.). Many trailers are much worse than previews. If they don't spoil plot points, they give away the best jokes/sequences of movies.
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I knew this topic felt too familiar.

http://www.dvdtalk.com/forum/showthr...light=trailers
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Sometimes I do, sometimes I don't.

For dramas, especially those with ongoing storylines, never.

For comedies and reality shows, sure. Doesn't matter since storyline isn't important. "The Apprentice" wins the prize for the most consistantly misleading previews, by the way.

As for those who say they have never been spoiled by a preview, all I can do is and guess that you are watching very different shows than me.

Also, I would like to add that there are some in this forum who watch previews, and need to be more considerate towards those of us who do not.
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I don't, but that's not because I don't want "spoilers" but because I forget they are on, and they usually air after more commercials. If I catch a preview, it's because I forgot to change the channel because I got up to do something else, like go to the bathroom, or I want to see the show that's on after it. But I don't specifically try to watch the previews and I don't try to miss them either.

As for thsoe of you who consider them spoilers, I am rather confused how they could ever be seen as such. Do they sometimes reveal images you might consider spoilers? Maybe, but usually they make it appear as if something else is happening. I don't see how revealing who the special guest star or some minor plot points (which you could read in any TV guide listing) could be considered a spoiler.

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