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19th Sep '16 3:58:48 PM BKelly95
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* NBC promoted ''Better Late Than Never'' (both the series itself and the individual episode) with a shot of the veteran entertainers visiting the border between UsefulNotes/SouthKorea and UsefulNotes/NorthKorea. Their guide, Jeff, tries to take a selfie and accidentally drops his smartphone on the North Korea side of the border and causes a minor international incident. This scene plays out as advertised, but afterwards Jeff reveals that he was never going to take four entertainment legends to the most contested border in the world and the whole thing took place on a movie set as a joke.


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** Summaries of the series finale claimed that Allison and Joe would become increasingly pulled apart by the responsibilities of their new jobs. In reality, they're separated when [[spoiler: Joe dies in a plane crash]].
2nd Sep '16 11:38:48 AM Silverblade2
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* In a broad sense, trailers and promotional photos are often taken from pilot episodes and dress rehearsals, a point at which not everything has been finalized even though a series may be picked up for a full series. The set may be different, there may be different actors and some of the plot lines or segments seen in a promotional trailer may air only in a preview commercial promoting the show itself, and never seen by viewers in any episode aired.
* Bravo is notoriously bad for doing this with their reality TV shows. Misleading episode descriptions, cut n' paste editing, mismatched audio --they've used every trick in the book.
* Website/{{Cracked}} .com has this trope listed as #1 of the "5 Cheap Tricks TV Shows Use To Keep You Watching" found [[http://www.cracked.com/article_16593_p2.html here]].
* Just about everything Judd Apatow's involved with. The trailer for ''FreaksAndGeeks'' pushed it as an uplifting high school drama with scenes like Lindsay telling Nick that he "just needs to work hard and believe in himself" if he wants to be a good drummer (never mind that the corresponding episode ''completely'' subverted that). Meanwhile, the trailer for ''Series/{{Undeclared}}'' made it seem like a televised ''AmericanPie'' set in a university environment. While, more recently, the trailer for ''Series/{{Girls}}'' made it sound like a Generation-Y manifesto (like the F&G example, this was done by taking a line from the show's main character ''completely'' out of context and neglecting its later subversion).
* Nowadays, "OnTheNext" TV trailers will often include footage and plot points that don't actually appear for several weeks yet. This is {{egregious}} in ''Series/PrisonBreak''-style shows with heavy continuity, as it can give the impression of the story progressing more quickly than it really does. ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' is a major offender here; for example, it incorporated material from the entire first season into the trailer for the second episode.
** ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' is a worse offender. There have been several trailers that have cut one line of dialog into clips from several seasons past. The trailer for the seventh season finale was entirely a clip of Lex Luthor looking at the Fortress of Solitude. Not only was this teased two weeks previous, it was cut entirely from the episode it was shot for. Ironically, when a recent episode decided to reveal the adaptation of the Superman Suite, many fans believed they were being played (due to the show's "No Tights, No Flights" rule which is the whole reason why it took eight seasons to make something remotely close to Superman's tights).
** Nearly every show nowadays does this after the season premiere and the voiceover usually explicitly says "This season on..." whichever show you happen to be watching.
* In its early days, Sky One used to have a single set of clips for an entire series which they played every week, regardless of which episode was to be shown at the advertised time. The result being of course that the episode usually had nothing to do with the clips you saw in the ad.
* Verizon [=FiOS=] show descriptions are repeat offenders. Take March 2010 for instance: all of Creator/TomHanks' appearances on talk shows during the month were described as "WesternAnimation/ToyStory3's Tom Hanks" even though he was doing PR for ''Series/ThePacific'' while ''Toy Story 3'' wouldn't arrive until June and never got mentioned. Clearly, [=FiOS=]' info writers know what their viewers ''really'' like to watch.
* History Channel does this a lot in recent years. Their most regarded shows, ''Series/PawnStars'' and ''Series/AmericanRestoration'', do this for their opening previews. They mix and match scenes and voice overs to make up events that never happen in the show. For example making something seem to be a fake in ''Series/PawnStars'' or breaking something in ''Series/AmericanRestoration''.
* Australian television ''always'' markets shows like ''The World's Worst Drivers'' as if they're comedies, when almost all take the form of overly tense ''When Animals Attack''-style shows.
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!!General Examples
[[folder:General examples]]
* In a broad sense, trailers and promotional photos are often taken from pilot episodes and dress rehearsals, a point at which not everything has been finalized even though a series may be picked up for a full series. The set may be different, there may be different actors and some of the plot lines or segments seen in a promotional trailer may air only in a preview commercial promoting the show itself, and never seen by viewers in any episode aired.
* Bravo is notoriously bad for doing this with their reality TV shows. Misleading episode descriptions, cut n' paste editing, mismatched audio --they've used every trick in the book.
* Website/{{Cracked}} .com has this trope listed as #1 of the "5 Cheap Tricks TV Shows Use To Keep You Watching" found [[http://www.cracked.com/article_16593_p2.html here]].
* Just about everything Judd Apatow's involved with. The trailer for ''FreaksAndGeeks'' pushed it as an uplifting high school drama with scenes like Lindsay telling Nick that he "just needs to work hard and believe in himself" if he wants to be a good drummer (never mind that the corresponding episode ''completely'' subverted that). Meanwhile, the trailer for ''Series/{{Undeclared}}'' made it seem like a televised ''AmericanPie'' set in a university environment. While, more recently, the trailer for ''Series/{{Girls}}'' made it sound like a Generation-Y manifesto (like the F&G example, this was done by taking a line from the show's main character ''completely'' out of context and neglecting its later subversion).
* Nowadays, "OnTheNext" TV trailers will often include footage and plot points that don't actually appear for several weeks yet. This is {{egregious}} in ''Series/PrisonBreak''-style shows with heavy continuity, as it can give the impression of the story progressing more quickly than it really does. ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' is a major offender here; for example, it incorporated material from the entire first season into the trailer for the second episode.
** ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' is a worse offender. There have been several trailers that have cut one line of dialog into clips from several seasons past. The trailer for the seventh season finale was entirely a clip of Lex Luthor looking at the Fortress of Solitude. Not only was this teased two weeks previous, it was cut entirely from the episode it was shot for. Ironically, when a recent episode decided to reveal the adaptation of the Superman Suite, many fans believed they were being played (due to the show's "No Tights, No Flights" rule which is the whole reason why it took eight seasons to make something remotely close to Superman's tights).
** Nearly every show nowadays does this after the season premiere and the voiceover usually explicitly says "This season on..." whichever show you happen to be watching.
* In its early days, Sky One used to have a single set of clips for an entire series which they played every week, regardless of which episode was to be shown at the advertised time. The result being of course that the episode usually had nothing to do with the clips you saw in the ad.
* Verizon [=FiOS=] show descriptions are repeat offenders. Take March 2010 for instance: all of Creator/TomHanks' appearances on talk shows during the month were described as "WesternAnimation/ToyStory3's Tom Hanks" even though he was doing PR for ''Series/ThePacific'' while ''Toy Story 3'' wouldn't arrive until June and never got mentioned. Clearly, [=FiOS=]' info writers know what their viewers ''really'' like to watch.
* History Channel does this a lot in recent years. Their most regarded shows, ''Series/PawnStars'' and ''Series/AmericanRestoration'', do this for their opening previews. They mix and match scenes and voice overs to make up events that never happen in the show. For example making something seem to be a fake in ''Series/PawnStars'' or breaking something in ''Series/AmericanRestoration''.
* Australian television ''always'' markets shows like ''The World's Worst Drivers'' as if they're comedies, when almost all take the form of overly tense ''When Animals Attack''-style shows.
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16th Aug '16 10:44:43 AM NOYB
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* The trailer for Season 2 of ''Series/{{Defiance}}'' made it look like Nolan and Stahma were kissing. In truth, she just gave him a chaste peck for saving her life from a car bomb.
7th Jul '16 12:34:35 PM Sapphirea2
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** The trailer for Season 9 prominently featured the shot of Creator/MaisieWilliams removing her Knightmare mask in "The Woman Who Lived", with the Doctor knowingly exclaiming "You!", and Maisie calmly responding "What took you so long, old man?" Since the trailer was shown before anyone knew ''anything'' about Maisie Williams' character, that scene understandably gave fans the impression that she would be playing a character from the Doctor's past, fueling speculation that Romana or Susan Foreman would be returning to the show. The trailer left out the fact that "The Woman Who Lived" is ''not'' the character's introduction. The Doctor acts like he knows her because he first meets her in "The Girl Who Died", the episode right before "The Woman Who Lived".

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** The trailer for Season 9 prominently featured the shot of Creator/MaisieWilliams removing her Knightmare mask in "The Woman Who Lived", with the Doctor knowingly exclaiming "You!", and Maisie calmly responding "What took you so long, old man?" Since the trailer was shown before anyone knew ''anything'' about Maisie Williams' character, that scene understandably gave fans the impression that she would be playing a character from the Doctor's past, fueling speculation that Romana or Susan Foreman would be returning to the show. The trailer left out the fact that "The Woman Who Lived" is ''not'' the character's introduction. The Doctor acts like he knows her because he first meets her in "The Girl Who Died", the episode right before "The Woman Who Lived".Lived"; for those who are curious, she is a Viking girl [[spoiler: whom he saves from the grave in a way that makes her functionally immortal, and who from there must take The Slow Path]].
27th May '16 7:27:42 AM RippenFan33
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** The promo for "the Flaming Spittoon Acquisition" had the narrator say something like "sorry [[PortmanteauCoupleName Shamy]] fans" and showed a scene of Sheldon chastising Amy in the comic book store, then had him in Penny's apartment saying "how about you and me go on a date" implying he wanted to get together with her. While he does ask her out in the episode [[spoiler: it was never serious and part of a plan to make Amy jealous; indeed, the episode ends with Sheldon & Amy solidifying their relationship in their own unique way.]]
19th May '16 8:06:13 PM nombretomado
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* ''In the Blitzgiving episode of MyNameIsEarl'': Most trailers will always show footage from the flashback scenes, giving you the impression the show is just about an idiot doing stupid things.

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* ''In the Blitzgiving episode of MyNameIsEarl'': ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'': Most trailers will always show footage from the flashback scenes, giving you the impression the show is just about an idiot doing stupid things.
19th May '16 8:05:50 PM nombretomado
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* BBC's ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' show wasn't much better. One trailer had Merlin dramatically reveal to the court that he was a wizard. In the actual episode, no one believed him and the scene had no impact on the plot.

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* BBC's ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' ''Series/{{Merlin|2008}}'' show wasn't much better. One trailer had Merlin dramatically reveal to the court that he was a wizard. In the actual episode, no one believed him and the scene had no impact on the plot.



* ''MyNameIsEarl'': Most trailers will always show footage from the flashback scenes, giving you the impression the show is just about an idiot doing stupid things.

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* ''MyNameIsEarl'': ''In the Blitzgiving episode of MyNameIsEarl'': Most trailers will always show footage from the flashback scenes, giving you the impression the show is just about an idiot doing stupid things.
8th May '16 9:26:23 PM nombretomado
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* ''HellsKitchen'': A trailer for one episode of Season 4 did a rather spectacular version of this. The trailer showed that one chef sliced off a portion of his thumb, the team couldn't find it, and mentioned that two professional critics were attending that night's service - with the narrator all but saying that the severed portion of finger would end up on a critic's plate. As it turned out, the finger incident happened in the first part of the show, and was already resolved by the time dinner service rolled around - there was never any risk involved.

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* ''HellsKitchen'': ''Series/HellsKitchen'':
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A trailer for one episode of Season 4 did a rather spectacular version of this. The trailer showed that one chef sliced off a portion of his thumb, the team couldn't find it, and mentioned that two professional critics were attending that night's service - with the narrator all but saying that the severed portion of finger would end up on a critic's plate. As it turned out, the finger incident happened in the first part of the show, and was already resolved by the time dinner service rolled around - there was never any risk involved.



* Late in ''HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys''' run the trailers practically guaranteed that a particular episode was the finale of the series. Turns out Hercules ''did'' retire...for about five seconds.
* ''HomeImprovement'' during its last few seasons was notoriously misleading with its advertisements. In the season 6 premier, Jill catches her her oldest son, Brad, in a compromising position with his girlfriend Angela. The advert for the episode shows the pair getting caught in the act and Jill asking, "What if Angela gets pregnant?", followed immediately by a glimpse of Brad's serious expression -- and a ''shocked'' look from his mother (heavily implying that a TeenPregnancy plot is about to unfold.) The reality? [[spoiler: Brad and Angela never actually have sex in the first place, Jill's statement about pregnancy is actually spoken to her husband (to convince him to have "the talk" with Brad), and her "shocked reaction" is in response to Brad yelling at her and storming out of the room.]] Not that you'd know it, of course.

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* Late in ''HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys''' ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys''' run the trailers practically guaranteed that a particular episode was the finale of the series. Turns out Hercules ''did'' retire...for about five seconds.
* ''HomeImprovement'' ''Series/HomeImprovement'' during its last few seasons was notoriously misleading with its advertisements. In the season 6 premier, Jill catches her her oldest son, Brad, in a compromising position with his girlfriend Angela. The advert for the episode shows the pair getting caught in the act and Jill asking, "What if Angela gets pregnant?", followed immediately by a glimpse of Brad's serious expression -- and a ''shocked'' look from his mother (heavily implying that a TeenPregnancy plot is about to unfold.) The reality? [[spoiler: Brad and Angela never actually have sex in the first place, Jill's statement about pregnancy is actually spoken to her husband (to convince him to have "the talk" with Brad), and her "shocked reaction" is in response to Brad yelling at her and storming out of the room.]] Not that you'd know it, of course.
7th May '16 1:29:10 PM nombretomado
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* ''GameOfThrones''': Trailers and promotional material for Season 4 heavily featured King Joffrey Baratheon. Joffrey died in Episode 2 (out of ten). Several scenes in the trailer referring to "the king" or Cersei Lannister referring to her son were revealed to be really about Joffrey's younger brother and successor, Tommen.

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* ''GameOfThrones''': ''Series/GameOfThrones''': Trailers and promotional material for Season 4 heavily featured King Joffrey Baratheon. Joffrey died in Episode 2 (out of ten). Several scenes in the trailer referring to "the king" or Cersei Lannister referring to her son were revealed to be really about Joffrey's younger brother and successor, Tommen.



* ''GilmoreGirls'': A season four episode featuring Rory and Paris on Spring Break had a promo from {{Creator/TheWB}} which almost asserted that they would become a couple during a SweepsWeekLesbianKiss scene and managed to get a ''New York Post'' writer to write a hilarious and badly-researched article dissecting said promo and getting most of the sexualities of the characters all wrong. In reality the kiss was PlayedForLaughs (Paris just wanted to experience Spring Break at its most heightened absurdity, and Rory stumbled around confused after it happened).

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* ''GilmoreGirls'': ''Series/GilmoreGirls'': A season four episode featuring Rory and Paris on Spring Break had a promo from {{Creator/TheWB}} Creator/TheWB which almost asserted that they would become a couple during a SweepsWeekLesbianKiss scene and managed to get a ''New York Post'' writer to write a hilarious and badly-researched article dissecting said promo and getting most of the sexualities of the characters all wrong. In reality the kiss was PlayedForLaughs (Paris just wanted to experience Spring Break at its most heightened absurdity, and Rory stumbled around confused after it happened).



* ''Gotham'': A Season 1 episode trailer made it look like Bruce finding the future Batcave would be a major plot point. In reality, that scene probably lasted less than a minute, and was at the very end of the episode.
* ''GreysAnatomy'': In the trailer for the fifth season opener, Nurse Rose told Dr. [=McDreamy=] that "I'm carrying your child." In the actual episode, [[spoiler: she immediately follows those words with an admission that she was only kidding.]]

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* ''Gotham'': ''Series/{{Gotham}}'': A Season 1 episode trailer made it look like Bruce finding the future Batcave would be a major plot point. In reality, that scene probably lasted less than a minute, and was at the very end of the episode.
* ''GreysAnatomy'': ''Series/GreysAnatomy'': In the trailer for the fifth season opener, Nurse Rose told Dr. [=McDreamy=] that "I'm carrying your child." In the actual episode, [[spoiler: she immediately follows those words with an admission that she was only kidding.]]
3rd May '16 12:50:38 PM TVRulezAgain
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* ''{{Victorious}}'' did this multiple times during its run.
** One year, Nickelodeon aired promos for "Crush Week" starring Music/JustinBieber and the ''Victorious'' girls. One of the new episodes to premiere that week was "The Wood". The promos hinted the possibility of Tori and Beck becoming "more than friends" (read: a couple), showing a scene of her calling Beck on her phone, expressing love and offering to tickle his tummy. Almost immediately, fans of the Beck and Jade pairing that is currently present on the show raged and bashed the thought of said idea. Then, when the episode aired, it had next to nothing to do with love or pairings. It was a fusion of two clips-one with Tori calling her aunt about their puppy, another with Beck ordering a pizza. This made Jade think Tori was hitting on Beck, causing them to [[HilarityEnsues ensue hilarity]]. Thus, the Beck/Jade shippers got worked up for nothing.
*** Although at least that was what actually happened in the episode itself, with a reality show cutting those two conversations together in-universe, it wasn't created by the promo department.

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* ''{{Victorious}}'' ''Series/{{Victorious}}'' did this multiple times during its run.
** One year, Nickelodeon aired promos for "Crush Week" starring Music/JustinBieber and the ''Victorious'' girls. One of the new episodes to premiere that week was "The Wood". The promos hinted the possibility of Tori and Beck becoming "more than friends" (read: a couple), showing a scene of her calling Beck on her phone, expressing love and offering to tickle his tummy. Almost immediately, fans of the Beck and Jade pairing that is currently present on the show raged and bashed the thought of said idea. Then, when the episode aired, it had next to nothing to do with love or pairings. It was a fusion of two clips-one with Tori calling her aunt about their puppy, another with Beck ordering a pizza. This made Jade think Tori was hitting on Beck, causing them to [[HilarityEnsues ensue hilarity]]. Thus, the Beck/Jade shippers got worked up for nothing.
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nothing. Although at least that was what actually happened in the episode itself, with a reality show cutting those two conversations together in-universe, it wasn't created by the promo department.
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