Wednesday, February 11, 2009

American Idol Strikes Again: A new pre-emption

Well, get ready to grumble! Our next Bones is 2/19, but after that...the scheduled episode for the 26th has been pre-empted by American Idol.

So it will run:

2/12 - no Bones
2/19 - "The Princess in the Pear"
2/26 - no Bones
3/5 - no Bones
3/12 - Bones returns, supposedly for a very long, uninterrupted run

34 comments:

cat said...

ya know...february's supposed to be a sweeeps month.

i find it hard to believe people out there would rather watch talentless morons make idiots of themselves on "idol" than watch Bones...

if we wanted to look at idiots, we'd all be over on youtube.

Leanne said...

LOL, cat.
I have to say seriously, though, that the level that AI takes over Fox is bordering on insane. There are other shows that do VERY well that are still around, folks!!

Louise said...

Well, AI is being shifted because of the President's address on the 24th, so OF COURSE it must be shown on Thursday instead {eyeroll}

I get that they need to get AI to a certain point before the live shows, but seriously - do they always have to take it out on Bones?

Anonymous said...

I understand FOX could have done a better job scheduling them so we'd have at least two weeks in a row with new episodes, but no matter what, we'd get these pre-empts anyway.

A scripted television series typically has 22 eps and there are about 35 weeks to air them. These change a bit if a show starts on the early end of Sept. (like Bones) but its around 35-38 weeks from Sept-May. That means there are 13 weeks of rerun/preemption. It all just depends on how FOX schedules them. Like 3 new ones, 2 reruns, 4 new ones, 3 reruns...

And though I don't like AI, we'd get the rerun/preemption anyway at some point. And AI is FOX's top show so from their standpoint, its a business thing; the big moneymaker.

And I'm pretty sure we're that starting March 12, we get 11 new eps in a row!! Thank god they are making up for only airing 2 post-strike eps last year. 26 eps in total!

BonzGirl said...

NO NO NO NOOOOOOOOO! *tears out hair in despair*

Angelator said...

I am starting to hate American Idol.

Anonymous said...

Thank goodness for TNT (which I have on at the moment). At least I can get a nightly Bones fix while waiting for new eps.

Personally, I like the way they handle 24 or the way USA deals with Monk and Psych. Have a shorter season in number of weeks and never have pre-emptions. It would mean longer spells between seasons, but would mean less annoyance during the season.

Anonymous said...

Nooooooooooo!!I am really starting to hate American Idol.I hope the ratings don't start going down beacuse of this.

Dani said...

well after 2 weeks away Hero got nearly 11 million viewers.. perhaps pre-empting hasnt been so bad... *dont shoot me*

I too love EVERY episode of Bones but people seem to be sticking with things and numbers are increasing each week...

As long as fox promotes the heck out of bones like they did for Hero ep then all should be well for numbers...

*secretly cries over pre-empting*

pfenix-goddess said...

AI is just TIRED at this point. There's nothing to it anymore; there's no real talent, because once the judges stop actually JUDGING it's a popularity contest (see Sanjaya). And FOX consitantly screws us over on good shows because of it.

Now, BONES is getting shafted even though it DOMINATED Thursday's slot, and Dollhouse got moved to the second part of the Friday-night death slot. I'm getting really friggin' tired of network TV -- all they do is shoot down the GOOD shows, y'know, with character development and PLOT, and bring back the stupid contest shows that SUCK. Ugh!

Dani said...

you know here in Western Australia, they are still showing the end of Season 2...

Until it went on Hiatus in the states in the middle of season 4, channel 7 was showing the eps only a week or two behind the states...

all i can say is thank god for the internet for keeping us up to date with episodes, free and legal episodes i might add..!!

Anonymous said...

Now i have watched idol for the past 4 years but now i am really pissed off
please join me in writing to fox

Anonymous said...

dani,at least you guys in australia got to watch s4 episodes only one or two weeks after the states.here in greece they bring the seasons only after they've aired all of the epis in the US, so we won't get to see s4 before this june(and that's the most optimistic senario),at least on public networks(i don't have cable).i mean we were lucky enough to get s1-s3 with no delaying in between but now it's over-and,what's more,the guy at the videoclub tells me it's not certain yet whether they'll bring us s3 dvd or not! so thank god there's the net and legal sites where i can watch the epis without having to download them..
jenny

Anonymous said...

I'm pretty new to BONES and I'm rather annoyed with the preemption. I only watch AI during the first auditions and the last couple of weeks when the idiots have been wheedled away. And I'd happily watch something else. Argh.

Java

Nano said...

this is so friggin annoying. I mean Bones does have increases in viewers everytime an episode palys, but still its soooo annoying. I want some Bones!!

Nano said...

this is so friggin annoying. I mean Bones does have increases in viewers almost everytime an episode plays, but still its soooo annoying. I want some Bones!!

ashley said...

i started hated AI a couple of weeks ago...
now, its the worst show!
i cannot take all of this preemption!
this is driving me insane!
and there are other shows that FOX could preempt... but nooo, lets do bones... EVERY TIME!

CupcakeBean said...

I actually emailed AskFox over the weekend, asking why they keep moving Bones and pre-empting it. I have yet to hear back from anybody. If I ever do, I'll let you all know what excuse they have!

Dani said...

you know if American Idol is such a ratings machine.. why not put it in the timeslot behind Bones?!

Anonymous said...

totally agree with u dani!!! Cause im Aussie too and stupid channel sevel is airing season two!!!!....and im so disappointed with all the pre empts!! HATE AI! LOVE BONES.....

Shep said...

WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY???
This is just f******* annoying!
*cries*

Pascale said...

It's hard to wait for a year or even longer before a new season is aired on French tv, but at least we can watch the episodes in a row -and most often it is 2, 3 or sometimes 4 episodes each time (ok, including reruns)-.
I don't watch tv much, and it's the first time ever I watch a show "live", it is nearly harder since it happens so often that there are no new episodes for several weeks.
I understand that there are more weeks than episodes, but why does it always have to be Bones that Fox postpones...

Shep said...

FOX seems to have a hatred for anything good - they showed the Firefly episodes out of order, didn't air three of them, then cancelled it!

Louise said...

Maybe American Idol should be the next Bones serial killer ...

The only good thing is that it does spread the season out more - feels like Bones is 'on' for longer.

cassette45 said...

NOOOOOOOO!!!! Damn. Not cool! I'm dying for next wk already, and now I learn we're gonna be preempted a million times over? It's like Fox hates Bones. Why!

ali said...

very, very annoying and frustrating.
but...
if it doesn't change the total number of new episodes we get
&
the ratings for bones stay high,
then there is no long term damage. just annoying.

Anonymous said...

gah...i hate this....

N2seeleybooth said...

I think we should boycott Fox or get hart to switch to USA network

Bok Choy said...

At this rate, we may as well wait till they roll out S4's dvd box set!!! Grrrr...

I'm glad I have all of you to commiserate with over these long and painful gaps. I've taken to watching eps from the previous seasons as a band-aid.

On the bright side, spring will be doubly welcome because it'll also be bringing more Bones. *EXTRA LONG SIGH*

katjem said...

Dani - Greetings from South Australia. Have you heard when Channel 7 will resume showing Season 4? My guess is June/July after the current seasons of Grey's Anatomy, Desperate Housewives, etc, but I would love to know something definite.

Here Channel 7 has shown all eps up to and including Crank in the Shaft. At the moment they are repeating eps from the beginning, in order, on Sunday 9.30 pm. Two Bodies is being shown this week. Does WA have a different schedule?

Pauline said...

This is absolutely ridiculous! This is actually starting to make me mad. UGH!

Dani said...

hey... im a little confused and hoping someone can explain something to me...

Its a friday night, ive had a couple of drinks and i am rewatching the fire in the ice ep, Hodgins has just said 'at least we know where the tooth faerie winters'... can anyone tell me what it is that he has in that basket thingy?

is it a bunch of teeth?!

Anonymous said...

Yes i reckon so Danin haha!

Dani said...

well then Anon, can i be the first to say... EWWIES!!!

hehehe

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