History Main / CommercialBreakCliffhanger

5th Feb '16 12:23:38 PM pisoprano
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* In ''Literature/{{Redshirts}}'', the writers of ''The Chronicles of the Intrepid'' have a tendency to have someone say something dramatic before cutting to commercial. What the character says and does once the Narrative lets them go is much more sensible.
28th Jan '16 6:03:18 PM navaash
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* Japanese game shows in general get their own example. Quite often, they will smash cut to commercial in the middle of a game round with no warning, especially if the main game is nearing its conclusion. ** BONUS ROUNDS, on the other hand, are the MOST GUILTY offender. Take ANY Japanese game show with a bonus round where [[OneHitPointWonder any wrong answer ends the game in a loss]]. If it cuts to commercial at any point before the final question, it is a 99% guarantee that the bonus game will be lost after returning from the break. It completely destroys the tension for anyone who recognizes this pattern. One wonders if Japanese TV editors genuinely believe that their ViewersAreMorons.
6th Jan '16 8:24:34 PM Seanette
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* ''Series/CutthroatKitchen'' ''always'' does this in the first two rounds, just as the judge is about to announce who's being eliminated.
3rd Jan '16 11:04:01 AM bwburke94
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Examples are not recent.
** ''Series/MinuteToWinIt'' in particular appears to be making a valiant attempt to top ''Greed'' and ''Series/DealOrNoDeal'' at this. At the end of the most recent show, the contestant had to make a stack of martini glasses and Christmas tree ornaments which would stay standing by itself for 3 seconds for a guaranteed $250,000. She finishes the tower and lets go, and three... two... one--TO BE CONTINUED. Though any GenreSavvy viewer who's watched the show before probably saw that one coming a mile away. Ten bucks says the outcome won't be shown until after at least one commercial break into the next episode.
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** ''Series/MinuteToWinIt'' in particular appears to be making a valiant attempt to top ''Greed'' and ''Series/DealOrNoDeal'' at this. At the end of the most recent show, one episode, the contestant had to make a stack of martini glasses and Christmas tree ornaments which would stay standing by itself for 3 seconds for a guaranteed $250,000. She finishes the tower and lets go, and three... two... one--TO BE CONTINUED. Though any GenreSavvy viewer who's watched the show before probably saw that one coming a mile away. Ten bucks says the outcome won't be shown until after at least one commercial break into the next episode.

* Another game show, ''Series/CashCab'', has done this recently after an answer is locked in.
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* Another game show, ''Series/CashCab'', has done this recently after an answer is locked in.
28th Nov '15 5:09:37 PM nombretomado
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* Done with the season premieres and finales in TheSecretSaturdays.
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* Done with the season premieres and finales in TheSecretSaturdays.''WesternAnimation/TheSecretSaturdays''.
5th Oct '15 6:21:56 AM StFan
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* ''WesternAnimation/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' does this at ''least'' OnceAnEpisode, give or take.
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* ''WesternAnimation/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' does this at ''least'' OnceAnEpisode, OncePerEpisode, give or take.
18th Sep '15 5:18:30 PM Pichu-kun
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'' does this in pretty much every episode. They nearly die or get into some danger only to be fine after the commercial break.
1st Jul '15 10:19:04 AM IncoG5nito
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** Jeff Foxworthy tries to imitate Howie on ''Series/AreYouSmarterThanAFifthGrader'', but he talks so slowly that you can see the commercial coming a mile away. *** It's even worse there because one can easily look up the answer on Wikipedia before Foxworthy even announces the commercial break. *** Its sister show ''Series/DontForgetTheLyrics'' also plays this trope. *** ''Series/{{Duel}}'' played with this a bit one day. The contestants had just given their answers to a question, and then one of them griped that, well, of course now we're going to go to commercial. ({{beat}}) "Just for that..." Cue commercial.
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** * Jeff Foxworthy tries to imitate Howie on ''Series/AreYouSmarterThanAFifthGrader'', but he talks so slowly that you can see the commercial coming a mile away. *** away. It's even worse there because one can easily look up the answer on Wikipedia before Foxworthy even announces the commercial break. *** ** Its sister show ''Series/DontForgetTheLyrics'' also plays this trope. *** * ''Series/{{Duel}}'' played with this a bit one day. The contestants had just given their answers to a question, and then one of them griped that, well, of course now we're going to go to commercial. ({{beat}}) "Just for that..." Cue commercial.commercial. * ''[[Series/{{Boom}} BOOM!]]'' occasionally does this after a contestant cuts a wire, with the voice counting ''"3... 2... 1..."'' before cutting to black.

** ''[[Series/{{Boom}} BOOM!]]'' occasionally does this after a contestant cuts a wire, with the voice counting ''"3... 2... 1..."'' before cutting to black.
1st Jul '15 10:17:48 AM IncoG5nito
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** ''[[Series/{{Boom}} BOOM!]]'' occasionally does this after a contestant cuts a wire, with the voice counting ''"3... 2... 1..."'' before cutting to black.
27th May '15 2:14:52 AM Kid
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* When American shows not made for {{Creator/HBO}} (which doesn't have commercials) are broadcast in countries where the frequency of commercials is lower, or when a show goes out on Creator/TheBBC or is released on DVD, with no commercial breaks at all. This results in dramatic cliffhangers which fade out... then fade back in right away, sometimes [[AdBreakDoubleTake repeating the last line said before the break]] which if you're any bit familiar with the SaturdayMorningCartoon during an age such a thing existed on network TV, this was prevalent to the point of ubiquity. ** Coversely, the BBC as often as not now makes shows with an eye to the export market, and ''deliberately introduces'' Commercial Break Cliffhangers to make the show more palatable to overseas commercial channels (or UK cable channels, as there are some that screen BBC shows with commercials). Which just looks completely jarring and ridiculous when screened for domestic consumption on the BBC.
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* When American shows not made for {{Creator/HBO}} (which doesn't have commercials) are broadcast in countries where the frequency of commercials is lower, or when a show goes out on Creator/TheBBC or is released on DVD, with no commercial breaks at all. This results in dramatic cliffhangers which fade out... then fade back in right away, sometimes [[AdBreakDoubleTake repeating the last line said before the break]] which break]], which, if you're any bit familiar with the SaturdayMorningCartoon during an age such a thing existed on network TV, this was prevalent to the point of ubiquity. ** Coversely, Conversely, the BBC as often as not now makes shows with an eye to the export market, and ''deliberately introduces'' Commercial Break Cliffhangers to make the show more palatable to overseas commercial channels (or UK cable channels, as there are some that screen BBC shows with commercials). Which just looks completely jarring and ridiculous when screened for domestic consumption on the BBC.
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