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Why is "Scrubs" editted on Comedy Central?

Old 11-08-06, 11:58 AM
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Why is "Scrubs" editted on Comedy Central?

Not for language mind you, but for time allottment? I noticed in a recent episode that the beginning before the credits was truncated vs. the DVD version. Don't remember the ep. title, but it was when Turk and Carla came back from their honeymoon and Turk saw JD in the hospital window and then they did the "window miss each other gag" (DVD). TV version just showed them passing each other in the hospital.

I'm not sure why they would do that when an ep. without commercials is only 21 minutes.
Old 11-08-06, 12:04 PM
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To show more commercials. It's very common when a show goes to syndication, or is repeated on cable.
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They're airing more commercials. It happens all the time on cable. Sometimes, it even leads to bizarre decisions about splitting up scenes to add a whole extra break. I think that was a big complaint against A&E with shows like LA Law.
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This always happens with MASH too, except I think when it is on the hallmark channel.
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You usually lose 2-3 minutes when watching syndicated episodes.
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That sucks because some of the funniest bits could be omitted. That opening scene was one of them. I thought the airings would ruin the DVD's, but now I don't think so.
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Originally Posted by ShaunoftheDead
That sucks because some of the funniest bits could be omitted. That opening scene was one of them. I thought the airings would ruin the DVD's, but now I don't think so.
Want to see a real butchering? Compare the syndicated Simpsons to some of the DVD episodes... whoa.
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I just think it's amazing that a show already regularly clocking in at under 21 minutes is further edited for syndication. How much lower can this go?
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I just think it's amazing that a show already regularly clocking in at under 21 minutes is further edited for syndication. How much lower can this go?
My guess would be 15/15.
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Originally Posted by Jimmy James
My guess would be 15/15.
God, I hope not, but you're probably right.
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I was watching Hogan's Heroes on DVD a while ago and was struck by the runtime difference compared to a modern sitcom. 32 episodes a year, 26-27 minutes per episode. Modern 22 ep, 22 minute shows have less than 60% of the total runtime per season.
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Just imagine how much those Supersized episodes are edited then....considering they are around 25-26 minutes long.
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Originally Posted by ENDContra
Just imagine how much those Supersized episodes are edited then....considering they are around 25-26 minutes long.
Yeah, I was just thinking that. S2's "His Story" runs almost 28 minutes of course it only aired that full length the first time.
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Originally Posted by Jimmy James
They're airing more commercials. It happens all the time on cable. Sometimes, it even leads to bizarre decisions about splitting up scenes to add a whole extra break. I think that was a big complaint against A&E with shows like LA Law.
When SciFi first started showing Star Trek TOS a few years back, they put commercial breaks in the most horrific places.

One of the things I wish shows would get rid of is long title sequences. Just show the title, then have the credits over the first few minutes of the show. BSG would definitely benefit from this extra bit of time.
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Because cable subscribers have already consented to being fucked in the ass any way possible.

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