Saturday, March 10, 2012

Daylight Savings Time

Tonight is the night that most of us in the US and Canada set our clocks one hour forward; this tends to cause chaos with television schedules. Indeed, the printable monthly schedule TCM puts out has just such a problem. TCM is showing The Razor's Edge at 8:00 tonight as part of a night of movies featuring Clifton Webb. The monthly schedule lists all five, but lists them at the wrong time. Mister Scoutmaster is listed as an 87 minute movie beginning overnight at 12:30 AM ET. This would take it right up to the point where the clocks go from 2:00 AM to 3:00 AM, at least in the Eastern time zone. The next movie is listed as beginning at 3:15 AM ET. But TCM in printing the monthly schedule, went wrong at this point: they list that movie as being in a half-hour time slot, followed by a movie at 3:45 AM and, to kick off the next morning, Kings Row at 6:00 AM.

In fact, the 3:15 AM movie (following a short after Mister Scoutmaster) is Sitting Pretty, and being 84 minutes, should fit into a 90-minute slot. This means the next movie should begin at 4:45 AM, and that movie, Boy on a Dolphin does in fact start at 4:45. Now, obviously, this means that it's going to run over into the 135-minute time slot that Kings Row was supposed to occupy. So there's going to be another short at approximately 6:40 AM, followed by One-Way Passage at 7:00 AM, a movie that fits into a 75-minute time slot and allows TCM to get back on schedule at 8:15 AM.

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