More 4 "Daily Show" confusion…

So changing the subject away from how great I am for just one minute because frankly it’s all a bit embarrassing, I’m watching the Daily Show on More 4 and suddenly – after a week – it’s gone all Global Edition and I’m crying ‘nooo’ at the screen – even more so when it starts with fragments of the previous week’s programming. WTF! And then three minutes in, pop, Phil Gyford appears dismayed in an IM window: “You watching the Daily Show?
I’ve travelled back in time to last Monday…” Ooooh, More 4. You’re in trouble now… The European metropolitan liberal elite are angry!

Anyway, we can all relax, because apparently – with no flagging or whatsover on the TV – it’s only the Monday episode that’s the Global Edition recap of the previous week. The rest of the week it’s the proper one-day-delayed quality Jon Stewart goodness that we’ve come to love, with none of the partially-digested-for-non-Americans baby brain food that the Monday edition consists of. The online explanation:

“Recorded on weekday evenings before a New York audience, the show will be screened the following night in the UK. Monday’s UK show will feature a round up of the highlights from the previous week, while on Tuesday to Friday nights, the US show from the previous night will be broadcast.”

Quick tip for More 4 controllers – it’s less expensive to tell us first than to deal with all the complaints and queries and confused people ringing up and e-mailing and hanging outside your house burning effigies.

This is so not a proper post. I’m really sorry about the whole thing.

15 replies on “More 4 "Daily Show" confusion…”

The Global Edition is the same version that’s broadcast over the weekend on CNN International. Also, I noticed they’re getting proper tapes now; less of the image blur/fuzzy thing in the bottom-right corner.

I’m fucking glad the UK is finally getting this show! At long last people over here will see that there is a strong vien of opinion in the US that aint fooled by the current adminstration and it’s Neo Con masters. The more people realise that the better it will be for all of us.

I’m sorry. Was this supposed to be even remotely interesting? I don’t mean to be rude but like what the **** are you writing about? Don’t you have anything more interesting to say? Jesus Christ Almighty, aren’t blogs supposed to be of even remote interest? Obviously not.

Wow. Well, you may not have wanted to be rude, but I think you kind of were anyway.
Let me make something clear. I write my site because I enjoy writing it, and because it gives me a platform to engage in conversation with my peers. I do not set out to entertain people, and I have no obligation to you whatsoever to make my site appealing to you. I’m not writing for a mass audience. I don’t want my weblog to make me famous. I’m not making any money out of it – there’s no advertising anywhere. I write for the same reasons I speak, to express my opinions, engage in discussion and respond to things going on in the world.
If you don’t like what I write, or you find it boring, then that’s fine. There are an enormous amount of other sites out there on the internet that you could explore – on every subject imaginable. I’m sure there’s something there that you’ll find exciting. In the meantime, you may find what I wrote dull, but at least I didn’t set out to be rude to anyone, I didn’t try and piss anyone off or ridicule anyone else’s creative work. I have only one example of your writing to examine, and it looks like the same could not be said of you.

Er, couldn’t one have worked out that it’d be the global edition on Mondays only from the facts that:
* they only film episodes Mon-Thu
* due to the fact London is five timezones before NY, the Monday show isn’t recorded until Tuesday’s small hours (and so on)
* More4 want to show something five days a week
* there’s a global edition waiting to fill in the gaps
Admittedly, yes, More4 could (should?) have saved people from having to think about it, but it’s not that hard to work out anyway. Or at least, it doesn’t seem that hard.

Well you’d kind of have to know that they only film Mon-Thu, which isn’t really a well-known fact about em, and it’s not obvious why you’d have a recap show on Mondays (I don’t think they have such a show in the States), so I think you’re being a bit unfair. But yeah – with only a little research it would have become clear, as in fact it did.

Tom, no they don’t have the wrap up show in the US.
The routine in the US is DS at 11PM EST Monday thru Thursday. Friday night is set aside for “Friday Night Stand Up,” which is several hours of old stand up routines. At around 8PM EST, Tuesday thru Friday, Comedy Central reruns the previous night’s episode (basically what you’re getting). The monday night time slot is taken up by some cheesy movie.

The first Colbert Report was quite good. Colbert stays in the Oreilly-spoof mode pretty much the whole time though, I wonder if they can pull that off day after day.
Daily show quality has dipped recently, but it always ebbs and flows. It was smoking just a few months ago. They’ve had a bit of an exodus of fake-journalists, and I wonder if some of the writing team is with Colbert as well.
Oh and Tom, I thought it was pretty clear that ‘Faustino Asprilla’ was trying to be funny.

I’m glad you did the research re: the programme, TC.
The other thing was – how badly edited was it! Good god, it was like watching something an editing stupdent might do as a fist pass.
Still worthwhile seeing that Bush press conference again though. “I listened to the Senators, and one of the things they said was, why not choose someone who has never been a judge?”.

Paul, I wasn’t expecting the Global Edition because I was expecting this week to follow the same format as last week did. i.e. Only 4 episodes.

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