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“Hour-long” shows that are just back-to-back episodes?

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  • That Don Guy
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    The April 1 and April 8 back-to-back episodes of The Mindy Project were listed as hour-long episodes in pretty much every TV listing, including Fox’s own listings press release.  I understand why this used to be a good thing – back when DVRs only had one tuner and no concept of overlap handling, back-to-back shows couldn’t be recorded unless you manually overrode the automatic show padding (and even then, there were a few seconds skipped between the end of the first episode and the beginning of the second) – but why do the networks still do it?

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    Saying an episode is “hour-long” makes the episodes seem special even though they are regular episodes. Fox tried the strategy on Raising Hope earlier in this season. It does not work well.

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