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Why does M-Net make us wait for shows like Grey’s Anatomy when they’re already airing in the US?
Channels plan their schedules months in advance – that’s how we are able to give you these special Quarterly Preview editions of the magazine, because we have access to what shows are expected in the next three months. Because contract talks can take a while to sort out, channels fill their schedules with shows that are confirmed at the time, hoping that they can slot in others in the near future. But there’s another reason that channels sometimes make fans wait for shows like awardwinning medical drama Grey’s Anatomy (2005-current) – there are numerous production breaks in the US that affect broadcasting. This can be anything from political rallies to sport events and special broadcasts. By airing the show later in SA, M-Net can make sure that its schedule isn’t affected by the breaks (often one week at a time) and that fans get the season without interruptions. It’s also not that easy to find a random one-off filler show… – Lucia, the editor. • You can also SMS your burning questions on 35982 or email me firstname.lastname@example.org
Sometimes viewers need to wait months to see Dr Grey (Ellen Pompeo) in the new season.