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Mr. Laz
05-02-2008, 05:37 PM
Posted on Fri, May. 02, 2008 01:10 PM

Once again, favorite TV shows get blown away By AARON BARNHART

The Kansas City Star


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<!-- END /pubsys/production/story/story_assets.comp --> Good news, “Lost” and “Without a Trace” fans. You too, “Smallville,” “Supernatural” and “Ugly Betty” diehards.
Your shows were blown away by Thursday night’s damaging lightning-and-wind storms that raced through the Kansas City area. But you’re getting a do-over. Just set your video recorders for noon Saturday for “Betty” and 10:30 p.m. Saturday for “Lost” (on KMBC-9, of course) and 8 p.m. for “Smallville” followed by “Supernatural” (KCWE). “Trace” watchers can take their time setting the VCR for 11 p.m. Sunday (KCTV-5).


As for the rest of you ... well ... hope you’ve got broadband. You’ll have to visit www.cbs.com (http://www.cbs.com/), www.abc.com (http://www.abc.com/), www.fox.com (http://www.fox.com/) or www.nbc.com (http://www.nbc.com/) — on a computer that wasn’t built before the Iraq war — to see the episodes you missed.
This is my 12th severe storm season in Kansas City, and the pattern has become utterly predictable. We endure weeks of reruns in March and April, eagerly awaiting new episodes. And then finally, when they air, Mother Nature does the samba.
Suddenly, zap! Away goes “CSI” and “30 Rock” and even “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth-Grader?” And whoosh! In come the four horsemen of Doppler radar! (OK, Katie isn’t technically a horseman, but then again, technically I doubt any of them actually rides horses.)
As long as some part of the 15-county area is “in danger” — and, perhaps, as long as the other stations are interrupting their programs — the show must go on.
On Thursday, the weather show aired from 7 p.m. until about 8:20 p.m., then, just when viewers thought it was safe to settle in with their favorite 9 p.m. shows, zap! Another 35-minute interruption.
Now, I will admit that by this point, the stations know how to put on a show. It’s almost as pretty as looking out the window at 2 a.m. and seeing your trees doing the wave with lightning strobes in the background.
And for this severe storm season, two stations are bringing you their splashy radar images in high definition.
I prefer KMBC’s sea-blue background to the angrier colors of KSHB, but KMBC did have a six-month head start in producing HD news.
As for all those shows, by the time you read this, most of them have already re-aired. So your only choice is online, where hits like “Survivor” and “Grey’s Anatomy” were available for next-day viewing.
In addition to the very real damage these storms do due to home and business owners, the stations that pre-empt their most-watched programs of the week to put on exactly the same storm coverage as their rivals have to be wondering what long-term damage this is doing to them.
“I think you could certainly argue that,” said Craig Allison, general manager of KSHB, on Friday. The station’s contract won’t allow it to re-air “30 Rock” or “The Office” in the few time slots it has available, so it had no choice but to put a link on its Web site redirecting viewers to www.nbc.com (http://www.nbc.com/).
“Of course, if you talk to the pundits and experts at NBC (about whether it hurts the local stations), they’ll say not at all,” Allison says. “My guess is the truth is somewhere in between.”
The stations are in a bind. They can’t re-air programs during prime time, because their network contracts generally prohibit them from interrupting network shows to put on other network shows.


The late-night re-airings aren’t necessarily safe. KSHB tried to rebroadcast “ER” early Friday morning, as did KCMO with “CSI,” but they had to bail when more lightning and wind blew in.


The viewers are in a bind. Only 25 percent of households in the U.S. have digital video recorders, and the rest, who have VCRs, never did learn to program them.
And this cycle has gotten so predictable, in fact, that most viewers who are tired of having their shows interrupted have simply given up — at least, if my e-mail and voice mail are any sign.

Guru
05-02-2008, 06:06 PM
But.... they're "saving lives"

evolve27
05-02-2008, 06:20 PM
But.... they're "saving lives"

So do torrents, the downloadable ones that is.

Guru
05-02-2008, 06:23 PM
So do torrents, the downloadable ones that is.
Oh but those are not legal. heh

Actually, those are the ONLY torrents I don't feel are out of bounds. I rarely have to go that route though.

I won't utilize ANY of the other torrents out there.

Ultra Peanut
05-02-2008, 06:37 PM
OH GOD I HATE IT WHEN THEY DON'T SHOW MY TEEVEE

**** INFORMING PEOPLE THAT THEY'RE IN THE PATH OF SEVERE WEATHER I'M MISSING MY STORIES

jjjayb
05-02-2008, 07:25 PM
OH GOD I HATE IT WHEN THEY DON'T SHOW MY TEEVEE

**** INFORMING PEOPLE THAT THEY'RE IN THE PATH OF SEVERE WEATHER I'M MISSING MY STORIES


Ever hear of the boy who cried wolf? The problem isn't when they come on to warn about real danger. The problem is when they come on the air and stay on the air when there is no danger. For every time like last night when there was a real threat, there are 5 more times they come on the air and talk for an hour when there is no damaging winds or tornados. It's gotten to the point that I don't even pay attention to them anymore.

Fruit Ninja
05-02-2008, 07:27 PM
On on the 8th day, yep the following week, god created the internet all equipped with Torrents and the problem was all solved.

Baconeater
05-02-2008, 08:13 PM
People still watch network TV?

Sure-Oz
05-02-2008, 08:15 PM
Katie Horner annoys the **** out of me, "we got an update on that storm about 200 miles away from the metro and south heading northeast at 5mph"

Deberg_1990
05-02-2008, 09:19 PM
and the Networks wonder why they are losing viewers daily??

irishjayhawk
05-03-2008, 12:18 AM
What they really need is a way to opt out. Or, as i thought last night, send the show's signal to the DVR but on screen display the weather. Then you can just flip on the DVR when it's done and boom no more apocalypse now coverage.

Guru
05-03-2008, 12:19 AM
What they really need is a way to opt out. Or, as i thought last night, send the show's signal to the DVR but on screen display the weather. Then you can just flip on the DVR when it's done and boom no more apocalypse now coverage.

They will NEVER allow that.

POND_OF_RED
05-03-2008, 12:29 AM
Shouldn't they just keep that shit on the Weather Channel? I know it's cable, but if you don't have cable or satellite then you really don't have any reason to live through a severe storm anyways.

Guru
05-03-2008, 12:34 AM
Shouldn't they just keep that shit on the Weather Channel? I know it's cable, but if you don't have cable or satellite then you really don't have any reason to live through a severe storm anyways.
Lets update that to cable, satellite or internet bud.

I plan to be OTA only by the end of the summer.

acesn8s
05-03-2008, 12:36 AM
Shouldn't they just keep that shit on the Weather Channel? I know it's cable, but if you don't have cable or satellite then you really don't have any reason to live through a severe storm anyways.
Ouch. That's harsh.

DaneMcCloud
05-03-2008, 12:39 AM
and the Networks wonder why they are losing viewers daily??

It's not because the local station decided to preempt the regular broadcast.

POND_OF_RED
05-03-2008, 12:49 AM
Ouch. That's harsh.

I was being sarcastic. It did really piss me off this afternoon though to fastforward through my recorded episode of the what was supposed to be the office only to see some gay guy pointing at different colors and circling things occasionally. The Office is really the only major network show I look forward to anymore now that reality television has taken over.

Guru
05-03-2008, 12:55 AM
It's not because the local station decided to preempt the regular broadcast.

No, it's not. They are doing their jobs. And are great at OVERDOING it. heh

There are a bunch of variables that create the problem. Mother Nature is the primary one.

acesn8s
05-03-2008, 01:09 AM
No, it's not. They are doing their jobs. And are great at OVERDOING it. heh

There are a bunch of variables that create the problem. Mother Nature is the primary one.
and the "Holy SHIT! There's a cloud in the sky!" crowd.

Guru
05-03-2008, 02:01 AM
and the "Holy SHIT! There's a cloud in the sky!" crowd.

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Mr. Flopnuts
05-03-2008, 02:13 AM
OH GOD I HATE IT WHEN THEY DON'T SHOW MY TEEVEE

**** INFORMING PEOPLE THAT THEY'RE IN THE PATH OF SEVERE WEATHER I'M MISSING MY STORIES

LMAO