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MIKEBENNIDICT

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Why Was This.
« on: May 21, 2015, 03:37:05 PM »
Perhaps this was discussed but how come MRN's seasonal debuts start in February as opposed to Sept?


Usually through the years, certainly this is the case with commercial shows the start time for the TV season are in Sept. though mid-season debuts do occur. Often when a show get axed in the middle.

I know MRN hasn't been the only case. Sesame Street debuted in No. of 1969 and that was its debuted for many years down the road and the original ZOOM show debuted in January of 1972.

In fact all of the seasons in the later series also debuted in January.
 

MIKEBENNIDICT

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Re: Why Was This.
« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2015, 06:23:38 PM »
When I posted this I totally forgot I asked this previously.

Anyway I thought of something else to ask.


How come between 5th and 7th season we see episodes copyrighted


1972-1973  1973-1974  1974-1975 instead of one year?

Since each new season back then started in February and I figure they probably began taping sometime the previous year but then the previous episodes just had one year on them.






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Re: Why Was This.
« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2015, 10:40:18 AM »
Not sure why the pre-79 season premieres were in February rather than September.  But back then, I'm not sure that PBS had seasons starting in September, since none of the PBS kids shows that I know of started in September.

Also, note that when they started having printed schedules in 1984, the printed schedules were from September to August (except for the first one from January to August 1984).

What is interesting is that 1971 was when most of our holidays were moved to Mondays, including Presidents Day, and the 1971 - 76 season premieres were all on Presidents Day.  I assume that was intentional.  Interestingly, the 1968 season began on what would have been Presidents Day, but it hadn't been moved to a Monday yet.  The 1969 and 1970 seasons both started 51 weeks later, probably since one week (probably 1-5) didn't reair.

What I often wondered was how the post-75 debut dates were selected.  Some of them followed a pattern, but others seem totally random.

Maybe somebody here (such as Tim) can ask FCI whether or not anybody remembers why the pre-79 season premiers were in February rather than September.  I doubt anybody would remember at this point, but it's worth a try.

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Re: Why Was This.
« Reply #3 on: September 05, 2015, 12:24:45 PM »
I also notice many of the episodes released in early 1972 have  1971 copyright dates on them.


How come?

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Re: Why Was This.
« Reply #4 on: September 05, 2015, 09:06:33 PM »
I also notice many of the episodes released in early 1972 have  1971 copyright dates on them.


How come?

I'm guessing they were shot in 1971.  Superheroes has a 1979 copyright date, even though its first airing was in 1980.  I often wondered if Superheroes was originally intended to air in 1979, perhaps in October.  I even wonder if Superheroes was intended as a replacement for 1036-1040.  Does anybody know if it aired in October of 1980, 1981, or 1982, or if its first October airing was in 1983?

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Re: Why Was This.
« Reply #5 on: September 10, 2015, 09:29:50 PM »
I'm guessing the dual copyrights may have been to cover elements from the original taping as well as anything that may have had to be added or altered in post-production.  I am curious about the ones with copyright dates after the original airing (such as 1973 series shows with an extra 1974 date), or strings of consecutive shows that may alternate between a 1972-73, 1972 or 1973-74 copyright.

I'm thinking this was unique to the 1973 and 1974 seasons; from what I've read, taping some of the Make Believe segments had to be scheduled around the individual performers' availability, and by 1971 they were shooting blocks of segments for different episodes all in one session to accommodate people's schedules.

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Re: Why Was This.
« Reply #6 on: January 20, 2016, 11:18:51 AM »
I'm guessing the dual copyrights may have been to cover elements from the original taping as well as anything that may have had to be added or altered in post-production.  I am curious about the ones with copyright dates after the original airing (such as 1973 series shows with an extra 1974 date), or strings of consecutive shows that may alternate between a 1972-73, 1972 or 1973-74 copyright.

I'm thinking this was unique to the 1973 and 1974 seasons; from what I've read, taping some of the Make Believe segments had to be scheduled around the individual performers' availability, and by 1971 they were shooting blocks of segments for different episodes all in one session to accommodate people's schedules.

Could that have been when Betty moved to Colorado or New York?