SciFiChannel's approach stunk.
In one case (and I plainly remember this) they actually came back from a break, ran about one minute of the episode, and then went into another break.
They were cutting in where no breaks were intended, the whole thing was a mess.
People got so disgusted, the ratings dropped terribly.
Right in the middle of the second go-round (this time with Nimoy hosting instead of Shatner) they dropped the "Special Edition" and the following week suddenly we were back to host-free, edited episodes in a one hour timeslot.
Nimoy was ticked royally. He'd filmed his host segments first, and Shatner finally agreed to come on board later. SciFi ran Shatner's version first, and so a huge number of Nimoy's segments never aired.
The "Special Edition" was never seen again.