Some­thing other than your favourite se­ries keep­ing you up at night? We’re solv­ing your TV trou­bles here.

Why does M-Net make us wait for shows like Grey’s Anatomy when they’re al­ready air­ing in the US?

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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 lu­cia@me­

Some­times view­ers need to wait months to see Dr Grey (Ellen Pom­peo) in the new sea­son.

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