TOS On MeTV?

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  1. Jetfire

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  2. gastrof

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    Yes.

    People are watching.
     
  3. Hambone

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    Since the lead-in is Lost In Space, I doubt many are watching. Plus, they edit the episodes down way too much.
     
  4. BillJ

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    This. I tried to watch Where No Man Has Gone Before and it was just butchered.
     
  5. Ronald Held

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    yes I watch despite the poor editing.
     
  6. Balrog

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    I'm watching.
     
  7. retrogradeloop

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    It's the only Star Trek I get at the moment. So, definitely.

    And HEY! I couldn't ask for a better lead-in than "Lost In Space."
     
  8. Lowdarzz

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    I watch the episodes every Saturday despite the poor editing. It's the only show on television beyond repeats of Doctor Who on PBS that I watch these days. Everything else I watch I either own or borrow from the library.
     
  9. jayrath

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    I watch with my girlfriend, a huge TNG fan, when we can. I like seeing her excitement of discovery. But I add my voice to the others above regarding editing. During commercials, I often have to explain what was cut.

    In defense of MeTV, so far as I can tell they present all their other programming uncut. That's one of the joys of the network. I suspect that they're just airing what they were given -- that's what TOSR is.

    All by herself, my girlfriend has noted that cropping of scenes is very evident. I think this is one of the changes they made to accomodate different, modern screen ratios?

    I'm not a big fan of TOSR, but I have to say that, even on a conventional television, the new prints are very crisp, and the colors are more dazzling than ever.
     
  10. Ssosmcin

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    Well, first, Lost in Space remains a cult favorite TV series whatever one's personal opinion of it. And second, with DVRs, does it matter what show is a lead in? If Petticoat Junction was on before Trek, would that hideous program keep people from watching? Nope. People who want to watch Trek on TV will watch it.

    I'm bummed that my local affiliate cuts to Paid Programming for the overnight hours - when the shows I really want to see are suypposed to be run. Mother Frackers.
     
  11. retrogradeloop

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    Well, first-- what's wrong with you people? I LOVE Petticoat Junction. LOVE IT I TELL YOU. And second, agreed: I don't have a DVR, but I do have a remote control. So I don't have to commit to a single station for the entire evening.

    Our first MeTV affiliate was doing that, and also showing different shows after ten at night. The new one shows all the programming, and it's great. Nothing like sitting up with Honey West at 2:00 AM.
     
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    Ohhh Honey West...
    the late Ann Francis in her prime... (sigh)

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    Sorry...y'all can go back to the regularly scheduled thread..
     
  13. Jetfire

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    I try to catch it on MeTV whenever I can. I also try to watch COLUMBO every Sunday night at 8:00 if at all possible. The editing on the MeTV episodes is typical for stations in this day and age(choppy edits and six minutes missing from each episode)but it's the only place I can find TOS at the moment and probably for the forseeable future... unless SyFy or syndicated stations get a new broadcast deal from CBS/Paramount.
     
  15. jayrath

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    Watched with my girlfriend last night, and again I had to explain all the cuts to her. We had just the barest glimpse of Kirk looking at a single medal in his quarters, and she didn't understand at all why he then got so angry in the transporter room, immediately afterward.
     
  16. cooleddie74

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    Syndication and commercial edits suck. They always have. Always will. The lust for more commercial revenue is going to eventually reduce a one-hour television program to barely thirty minutes of actual content. Just because I understand the networks' and local stations' logic in making trims doesn't mean I agree with it.

    I'm just glad I have DVDs and Netflix. TOS is always better uncut.
     
  17. WisTrekFan

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    The alternative to editing a syndicated show for more commercials is to stretch a one hour episode to two hours like WGN does with some shows. I'm not sure which method is better.
     
  18. cooleddie74

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    When the Sci-Fi Channel aired TOS uncut and digitally restored in 1998 and 1999 it ran them in 90-minute time slots to allow for the entire original episode, commentary by Shatner and Nimoy and commercials. It's the only time in my life that a channel whether broadcast or cable has aired uncut TOS in a 90-minute slot. Every other version shown on American television has been a syndicated edit of 43.5 to 46 minutes.

    Unless the G4 network's airings of the show were uncut. I don't get G4 as part of my cable package so I don't know if the network aired uncut TOS or not.
     
  19. gastrof

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    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. :(
     
  20. gastrof

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    Is that what they're running?

    TOSR?