Why do bad things happen to good fans? Whether it’s atrocious art, ridiculous writing or something else entirely – some crimes against fandom cannot go unanswered. When that happens, it’s time to say ”BLAARGH!“
FX does it right. The most recent season of Sons of Anarchy (a typically 1-hour show) had episodes that would run anywhere between an hour fifteen minutes to two hours, depending on how much story they had in a given week. That’s an awesome bonus. A lot of networks these days are just being awful by running some of their more popular shows for an hour and one minute (sometimes an hour and three minutes). There’s content in an additional 15-30 minutes. This one minute is just to f-ck with us because we want to DVR Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Really, this scourge goes deeper than DVR. By running over a minute, we’re forced to miss the opening of any show not on the same network, even if we’re watching live. Most DVRs have a function to start recording early and end late, but few have the ability to start late or end early. They’ve programmed themselves around the safeguards of our beloved machines, the very safeguards meant to ensure we didn’t miss our shows before the networks were actively trying to hurt us as viewers. Sure, decisions have to be made. Not every show is going to make the cut, but we shouldn’t have to plan around a show’s credits in the hopes of recording a show that comes on after it.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. regularly lasts 61 minutes. The Walking Dead will usually run for 63, and the last three minutes is often the only time something actually happens on that show. These are big genre hits. How long before we all have to upgrade our DVRs to fight this nonsense? It’s dirty pool, TV people. This may be the dirtiest of pools. What say you, dear reader? Which of your favorite shows have fallen pretty to the extra minute and how do you deal with it?