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13th Jun '17 2:00:43 PM ilovewildkratts1
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* ''Series/OddSquad'' has been the victim of this with Odd Squad Saves the World, which was repeatedly hyped up as an hour-long action-packed movie event by ''Creator/PBSKids'', and the promo for it was styled as such. Fans were disappointed, however, when the "movie event" turned out to just be four 11-minute episodes played back-to-back to make up an hour. What was more, they hyped up the episode "Rise of the Hydraclops" (as well as the other three episodes) as [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt some big event that would end the world,]] when really they were episodes in which the enemy was destroyed with a [[WeaksauceWeakness Weaksauce Weakness]] and never threatened the actual existence of the world, [[TheHerosBirthday the boss had a]] [[SurpriseParty surprise party,]] two agents [[SelfServingMemory duke]] [[RashomonStyle it out]] in an [[{{http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Series/TheXFiles}} X-Files]]-referenced fashion, and an episode [[DancingTheme where dancing is]] [[LaserGuidedKarma the overall key to beating the enemy.]] It garnered about 30 million streams of the show and bumped up the ratings.

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* ''Series/OddSquad'' has been the victim of this with Odd Squad Saves the World, which was repeatedly hyped up as an hour-long action-packed movie event by ''Creator/PBSKids'', and the promo for it was styled as such. Fans were disappointed, however, when the "movie event" turned out to just be four 11-minute episodes played back-to-back to make up an hour. What was more, they hyped up the episode "Rise of the Hydraclops" (as well as the other three episodes) as [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt some big event that would end the world,]] when really they were episodes in which the enemy was destroyed with a [[WeaksauceWeakness Weaksauce Weakness]] and never threatened the actual existence of the world, [[TheHerosBirthday the boss had a]] [[SurpriseParty surprise party,]] two agents [[SelfServingMemory duke]] [[RashomonStyle it out]] in an [[{{http://tvtropes.[[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Series/TheXFiles}} php/Series/TheXFiles X-Files]]-referenced fashion, and an episode [[DancingTheme where dancing is]] [[LaserGuidedKarma the overall key to beating the enemy.]] It garnered about 30 million streams of the show and bumped up the ratings.
13th Jun '17 1:58:54 PM ilovewildkratts1
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* ''Series/OddSquad'' has been the victim of this with Odd Squad Saves the World, which was repeatedly hyped up as an hour-long action-packed movie event by ''Creator/PBSKids'', and the promo for it was styled as such. Fans were disappointed, however, when the "movie event" turned out to just be four 11-minute episodes played back-to-back to make up an hour. What was more, they hyped up the episode "Rise of the Hydraclops" (as well as the other three episodes) as [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt some big event that would end the world,]] when really they were episodes in which the enemy was destroyed with a [[WeaksauceWeakness Weaksauce Weakness]] and never threatened the actual existence of the world, [[TheHerosBirthday the boss had a]] [[SurpriseParty surprise party,]] two agents [[SelfServingMemory duke]] [[RashomonStyle it out]] in an [[{{http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Series/TheXFiles}} X-Files]]-referenced fashion, and an episode [[DancingTheme where dancing is]] [[LaserGuidedKarma the overall key to beating the enemy.]] It garnered about 30 million streams of the show and bumped up the ratings.



* ''Creator/PBS Kids'' has also taken up the slack recently. They broadcast hour-long specials as "movie events", like ''WesternAnimation/WildKratts'' and their Back in Creature Time special, and usually broadcast one once a month using the same term in their promos in order to bring more viewers in. In March 2017, they launched PBS Kids Family Night on their 24/7 channel, a two-hour block that airs a movie event and two half-hour-total episodes every Friday night, designed to get the family gathered together for a good fun movie. However, in the past they have made mock movie events. One notable example is ''Creator/OddSquad'' Saves the World (see the Live-Action TV folder for more on that).

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* ''Creator/PBS Kids'' ''Creator/PBSKids'' has also taken up the slack recently. They broadcast hour-long specials as "movie events", like ''WesternAnimation/WildKratts'' and their Back in Creature Time special, and usually broadcast one once a month using the same term in their promos in order to bring more viewers in. In March 2017, they launched PBS Kids Family Night on their 24/7 channel, a two-hour block that airs a movie event and two half-hour-total episodes every Friday night, designed to get the family gathered together for a good fun movie. However, in the past they have made mock movie events. One notable example is ''Creator/OddSquad'' Saves the World (see the Live-Action TV folder for more on that).
13th Jun '17 1:50:56 PM ilovewildkratts1
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** ''Creator/PBS Kids'' has also taken up the slack recently. They broadcast hour-long specials as "movie events", like ''WesternAnimation/WildKratts'' and their Back in Creature Time special, and usually broadcast one once a month using the same term in their promos in order to bring more viewers in. In March 2017, they launched PBS Kids Family Night on their 24/7 channel, a two-hour block that airs a movie event and two half-hour-total episodes every Friday night, designed to get the family gathered together for a good fun movie. However, in the past they have made mock movie events. One notable example is ''Creator/OddSquad'' Saves the World (see the Live-Action TV folder for more on that).

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** * ''Creator/PBS Kids'' has also taken up the slack recently. They broadcast hour-long specials as "movie events", like ''WesternAnimation/WildKratts'' and their Back in Creature Time special, and usually broadcast one once a month using the same term in their promos in order to bring more viewers in. In March 2017, they launched PBS Kids Family Night on their 24/7 channel, a two-hour block that airs a movie event and two half-hour-total episodes every Friday night, designed to get the family gathered together for a good fun movie. However, in the past they have made mock movie events. One notable example is ''Creator/OddSquad'' Saves the World (see the Live-Action TV folder for more on that).
13th Jun '17 1:49:09 PM ilovewildkratts1
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** ''Creator/PBS Kids'' has also taken up the slack recently. They broadcast hour-long specials as "movie events", like ''WesternAnimation/WildKratts'' and their Back in Creature Time special, and usually broadcast one once a month using the same term in their promos in order to bring more viewers in. In March 2017, they launched PBS Kids Family Night on their 24/7 channel, a two-hour block that airs a movie event and two half-hour-total episodes every Friday night, designed to get the family gathered together for a good fun movie. However, in the past they have made mock movie events. One notable example is ''Creator/OddSquad'' Saves the World (see the Live-Action TV folder for more on that).
20th Apr '17 8:55:12 AM CosmicFerret
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** The short-lived ''Series/LawAndOrderLA'' did this ''twice'' in their only season: first adding TerranceHoward as a the lead on a second "Order" team, then later dropping Skeet Ulrich, moving Alfred Molina into his slot (and into the show's top billing) and bringing in Alana de la Garza from [[LawAndOrder The Mothership]] to take Molina's place. It didn't work.

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** The short-lived ''Series/LawAndOrderLA'' did this ''twice'' in their only season: first adding TerranceHoward as a the lead on a second "Order" team, then later dropping Skeet Ulrich, moving Alfred Molina into his slot (and into the show's top billing) and bringing in Alana de la Garza from [[LawAndOrder [[Series/LawAndOrder The Mothership]] to take Molina's place. It didn't work.
25th Feb '17 12:59:01 PM mimitchi33
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* An example crossing this trope over with PreviewPiggybacking: During the commercial breaks of the 90th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, as well as during one commercial break of ''Film/{{Hairspray}} Live!'', trailers for the season finale of ''Series/TheVoice'' were shown claiming that viewers could catch a sneak peak of the then-upcoming [[Creator/IlluminationEntertainment Illumination]] film ''WesternAnimation/{{Sing}}'' during it. The ads turned out to be a lie, since the preview shown during the episode had no new clips in it, comprised entirely of footage and that had been shown in previous trailers, with slight alterations.

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* An example crossing this trope over with PreviewPiggybacking: During the commercial breaks of the 90th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, as well as during one commercial break of ''Film/{{Hairspray}} Live!'', trailers for the season finale of ''Series/TheVoice'' were shown claiming that viewers could catch a sneak peak of the then-upcoming [[Creator/IlluminationEntertainment Illumination]] film ''WesternAnimation/{{Sing}}'' during it. The ads turned out to be a lie, since the preview shown during the episode had no new clips in it, being comprised entirely of footage and that had been shown in previous trailers, trailers with slight alterations.
25th Feb '17 12:58:11 PM mimitchi33
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* An example crossing this trope over with PreviewPiggybacking: During the commercial breaks of the 90th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, as well as during one commercial break of ''Musical/Hairspray Live!'', trailers for the season finale of ''Series/TheVoice'' were shown claiming that viewers could catch a sneak peak of the then-upcoming Creator/IlluminationEntertainment
film ''WesternAnimation/{{Sing}}'' during it. The ads turned out to be a lie, since the preview shown during the episode had no new clips in it, comprised entirely of footage and that had been shown in previous trailers, with slight alterations.

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* An example crossing this trope over with PreviewPiggybacking: During the commercial breaks of the 90th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, as well as during one commercial break of ''Musical/Hairspray ''Film/{{Hairspray}} Live!'', trailers for the season finale of ''Series/TheVoice'' were shown claiming that viewers could catch a sneak peak of the then-upcoming Creator/IlluminationEntertainment
[[Creator/IlluminationEntertainment Illumination]] film ''WesternAnimation/{{Sing}}'' during it. The ads turned out to be a lie, since the preview shown during the episode had no new clips in it, comprised entirely of footage and that had been shown in previous trailers, with slight alterations.
25th Feb '17 12:56:15 PM mimitchi33
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An example crossing this trope over with PreviewPiggybacking: During the commercial breaks of the 90th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, as well as during one commercial break of ''Musical/Hairspray Live!'', trailers for the season finale of ''Series/TheVoice'' were shown claiming that viewers could catch a sneak peak of the then-upcoming Creator/IlluminationEntertainment

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* An example crossing this trope over with PreviewPiggybacking: During the commercial breaks of the 90th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, as well as during one commercial break of ''Musical/Hairspray Live!'', trailers for the season finale of ''Series/TheVoice'' were shown claiming that viewers could catch a sneak peak of the then-upcoming Creator/IlluminationEntertainment
25th Feb '17 12:55:33 PM mimitchi33
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An example crossing this trope over with PreviewPiggybacking: During the commercial breaks of the 90th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, as well as during one commercial break of ''Musical/Hairspray Live!'', trailers for the season finale of ''Series/TheVoice'' were shown claiming that viewers could catch a sneak peak of the then-upcoming Creator/IlluminationEntertainment
film ''WesternAnimation/{{Sing}}'' during it. The ads turned out to be a lie, since the preview shown during the episode had no new clips in it, comprised entirely of footage and that had been shown in previous trailers, with slight alterations.
21st Feb '17 12:27:54 PM mimitchi33
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** There was also the 200th episode, "Goodbye, Krabby Patty?", which was advertised like it was the finale of the series. Even rival children's channels thought it was going to be like this, [[NoHoperRepeat scheduling marathons of their shows]] against the episode. However, this was not the case, as the problem in the episode was resolved rather quickly. Fans of the show considered it pretty good and said it was the best episode of the show that was a ratings stunt. The fact Jon Hamm of appeared in it and played a similar role to his one on ''Series/MadMen'' probably helped.

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** There was also the 200th episode, "Goodbye, Krabby Patty?", which was advertised like it was the finale of the series. Even rival children's channels thought it was going to be like this, [[NoHoperRepeat scheduling marathons of their shows]] against the episode. However, this was not the case, as the problem in the episode was resolved rather quickly. Fans of the show considered it pretty good and said it was the best episode of the any TV show that was done as a ratings stunt. The fact that Jon Hamm of appeared in it and [[InkSuitActor played a similar role role]] to his one on ''Series/MadMen'' probably helped.
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