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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.
2nd May '16 9:59:59 AM JadeEyes1
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* Bravo is notoriously bad for doing this with their reality TV shows. Misleading episode descriptions, cut n' paste editing, mismatched dialogue--they've used every trick in the book.

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* Bravo is notoriously bad for doing this with their reality TV shows. Misleading episode descriptions, cut n' paste editing, mismatched dialogue--they've audio --they've used every trick in the book.
2nd Apr '16 11:23:22 AM nombretomado
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* ''{{Eastenders}}'' during the early 00s featured a number of intentionally misleading trailers. For example, one suggested that Saskia would kill club owner Steve; when the actual episode rolled around, the exact opposite happened. Much later, after Matthew was framed by Steve for Saskia's murder, a specially filmed trailer suggested that Matthew would get his revenge by setting up explosive death traps -- in reality, his actual revenge plan was slightly less violent.

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* ''{{Eastenders}}'' ''Series/EastEnders'' during the early 00s featured a number of intentionally misleading trailers. For example, one suggested that Saskia would kill club owner Steve; when the actual episode rolled around, the exact opposite happened. Much later, after Matthew was framed by Steve for Saskia's murder, a specially filmed trailer suggested that Matthew would get his revenge by setting up explosive death traps -- in reality, his actual revenge plan was slightly less violent.
28th Mar '16 5:49:03 AM DalekExterminer
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* ''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.
19th Mar '16 1:46:56 PM nombretomado
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* ''TheBigBangTheory'':

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* The early 2000's show ''Series/BirdsOfPrey'' on TheWB kept employing this trope week after week to the point where ''it actually played a large part in causing the show's demise'' in the eyes of many critics, in retrospect. To elaborate, the show centered around the full-grown daughter of Franchise/{{Batman}} and ComicBook/{{Catwoman}} fighting crime alongside ComicBook/BlackCanary and the former ComicBook/{{Batgirl}}, TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture...or today (the show was kinda vague about it), with guidance from [[{{BattleButler}} Alfred]], while a manipulative HarleyQuinn hid in plain sight, and plotted to avenge TheJoker by getting back at the Bat-Family. Cool...except that the show kept promising "Next week...*cut to silhouetted images of Batman or a Batarang on a wall*" and promising that Batman would be returning to Gotham, with much hype and fanfare...and then every week it'd turn out that the trailer had just lied. The show employed this sooo much, and so shamelessly, that viewers en masse got sick and tired of being lied to every week, and the vast majority stopped watching by midseason. The ratings got so abysmal that the show was suddenly yanked off the air without warning (not that anyone was watching by that point), though TheWB ''did'' air the already-filmed season finale as the GrandFinale a few months later.

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* The early 2000's show ''Series/BirdsOfPrey'' on TheWB kept employing this trope week after week to the point where ''it actually played a large part in causing the show's demise'' in the eyes of many critics, in retrospect. To elaborate, the show centered around the full-grown daughter of Franchise/{{Batman}} and ComicBook/{{Catwoman}} fighting crime alongside ComicBook/BlackCanary and the former ComicBook/{{Batgirl}}, TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture...or today (the show was kinda vague about it), with guidance from [[{{BattleButler}} [[BattleButler Alfred]], while a manipulative HarleyQuinn hid in plain sight, and plotted to avenge TheJoker by getting back at the Bat-Family. Cool...except that the show kept promising "Next week...*cut to silhouetted images of Batman or a Batarang on a wall*" and promising that Batman would be returning to Gotham, with much hype and fanfare...and then every week it'd turn out that the trailer had just lied. The show employed this sooo much, and so shamelessly, that viewers en masse got sick and tired of being lied to every week, and the vast majority stopped watching by midseason. The ratings got so abysmal that the show was suddenly yanked off the air without warning (not that anyone was watching by that point), though TheWB ''did'' air the already-filmed season finale as the GrandFinale a few months later.
19th Mar '16 7:36:56 AM Hossmeister
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5th Mar '16 7:47:36 AM Morgenthaler
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* 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 ''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.

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* 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 ''ThePacific'' ''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.
5th Feb '16 4:06:51 PM jormis29
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* 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 ''{{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).

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* 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 ''{{Undeclared}}'' ''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).
24th Jan '16 10:31:41 AM hyphz
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* The UK advertisement for the final episode of ''LostGirl'' actually showed a clip from "Death Doesn't Become Him", an episode from Series 2 (of 5).. and in that clip, the main character is possessed.
17th Jan '16 10:31:12 AM nombretomado
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* ''LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'': One trailer used a shot of Olivia looking surprised with a shot of Elliot and Dani about to kiss, adding up to sexual tension at its max. In the actual episode, Olivia never saw the kiss, which was just an [[AccidentalKiss accidental quickie]] after the two had a few drinks. The trailer made more fans {{squee}} than the episode.

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* ''LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'': ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'': One trailer used a shot of Olivia looking surprised with a shot of Elliot and Dani about to kiss, adding up to sexual tension at its max. In the actual episode, Olivia never saw the kiss, which was just an [[AccidentalKiss accidental quickie]] after the two had a few drinks. The trailer made more fans {{squee}} than the episode.
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