Saturday, March 11, 2023

Your semiannual Daylight Savings Time reminder

For most of us in the United States, we'll be moving our clocks forward by an hour at bedtime, at least those clocks which don't automatically reset themselves. This always seems to cause problems with people programming TV schedules.

In the case of TCM, it's interesting and fortuitous. I looked at one of the online guides, Titan TV, and it helpfully has an hour early Sunday morning grayed out. However, they have the movie Fiddler on the Roof starting at 12:45 AM and running in a 2:15 slot. Now I know that Fiddler on the Roof runs about three hours (Wikipedia says 179 minutes; IMDb says 181), so it really needs a 3:15 time slot, especially if there's a host intro and outro. In a morbid coincidence, actor Chaim Topol, who plays Tevye, the leading role in the movie, died earlier this week at the age of 87.

Anyhow, following Fiddler on the Roof is Cabaret, which Titan TV says is starting at 4:00 AM and will be in a 3:15 time slot. Cabaret runs 124 minutes so should only need a 2:15 slot. I presume that Fiddler on the Roof runs through the time change (well, except in the Pacific Time Zone) to 5:00 AM, and that Cabaret will run in a 2:15 slot to 7:15 AM, at which point all the schedules will synch up again.

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