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As Alice and Bob take their Wiki Walk, they find something... new. What could it be?

You'll find that out and more On the Next... I mean, on this very page.

A reveal or plot resolution is set up to be explained in the next episode or following a commercial break, but is then immediately explained. As you probably can guess; this trope is pretty much always Played for Laughs. This effect can also be caused unintentionally in, for instance, a DVD release of a TV show or made-for-TV movie, or in syndication; where the commercials would go, you instead get a Fade to Black that fades right back in to show the characters in exactly the same positions.

Contrast Cliffhanger, To Be Continued. Compare The Reveal, Find Out Next Time.

Due to the trope's nature: beware of unmarked spoilers in the examples!


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    Anime And Manga 
  • One episode of Cromartie High School, two plots to it, one of which was that no one ever cares to know "Hokuto's Lackey"'s name. The other plot was resolved in the next episode. the teaser for the next episode plays with this by informing in advance that Hokuto's Lackey will never be named.
    Narrator: Will anyone learn Hokuto's Lackey's name? What will happen with the Boss Championship? Many questions will be answered in the next episode of Cromartie High School... and many will not. We hope you will join us then.
  • When the Straw Hats meet Brook in One Piece, he explains that the reason he's a skeleton and the reason he has no shadow or reflection are two different things.
    Brook: To be continued.
    Sanji: TELL US NOW!!

  • Light and Dark The Adventures of Dark Yagami: Matt and Yotsuba are struggling for the Death Note when the car crashes. One of them dies instantly while the other escapes with the Death Note, ending with "It was... you'll have to find out later!" The very next paragraph cuts to Blud telling Light that Matt survived and has a Death Note.
  • At the end of one chapter of React Watch Believe Yikes, Yang and Weiss are struck by a Dust compound that is making them horny with an already sexed-up Ruby and Blake offering them relief. The chapter appears to end with offering the readers a choice to let them accept or not, only to have them decline a few line breaks later. Given the sheer number of Yuri Fans RWBY attracts, that was probably the smart decision.
  • In one chapter of This Bites!, when the Straw Hats learn that Merry's keel had cracked and she was going to die, it seemed like it would end on a heartbreaking cliffhanger...right before a Part 2 is shown. While the cliffhanger is something the writer would do, the word count wasn't up to their standards.

    Films — Animated 
  • The Simpsons Movie did this around the start of Act IV, with "To Be Continued" appearing on screen, and then followed by "Immediately" not long after.

     Films — Live-Action 
  • Lampshaded in I Remember Mama. Boarder Jonathan Hyde, an actor with a spellbinding voicenote , reads to the children every night from a collection of classics:
    Mr. Hyde. "Mr. Holmes, they were the footprints of a gigantic hound!" [shuts book] .... To be continued in our next.
    Children. Awwwww!
    Mr. Hyde. If you're interested...
    Children. Oh, yes, Mr. Hyde!
  • Similarly in a variant from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. King Arthur and Bedevere crossing the Bridge of Death to some pulse-pounding adventure music is interrupted by a ten-second "Intermission" title card and some upbeat organ music.

  • Older Than Print: Lampshaded in The Divine Comedy.
    Merely consider, reader, if what I here begin
    went on no farther, how keen would be
    your anguished craving to know more!
    But you shall see for yourself what great desire
    I felt to hear about their state from them
    as soon as they appeared to me.

    Live Action TV 
  • A go-to Running Gag in The Stinger of Arrested Development episodes. They would all be set up with The Narrator saying "on the next Arrested Development..." followed by the resolution of a gag in the current episode, and the next episode having nothing to do with that gag. Particularly noticeable in the episode "The Ocean Walker", where the stinger is the next couple seconds of the same scene, and the next episode is set days later.
  • Before the 2005 revival, Doctor Who was repackaged in the US (and other places too?) as "movies" with a full story - or leastwise four or five episodes - all put together in one presentation, cutting out the opening/closing credits for all but the opening of the first and closing of the last episode. So the cliffhanger of any given episode tends to be resolved immediately.
    • Big Finish audios also tend to end each episode with a cliffhanger, even in releases that only come out as a complete story on CD/download and so there's nothing but the theme music separating the episodes.
  • Heroes Season 3 originally aired with the first two episodes back to back. The first episode ended with "To be continued..." and then "Now!" and then the second episode. Later airings and the DVD release ended the first episode like any other episode.
  • Penn & Teller Tell A Lie: During the "Linen Armor" sequence, they appear to cut to commercial, featuring an American Chopper ad, only for Penn and Teller to interrupt, saying they're in charge here, and they're not going to make you wait 3 minutes to see what happens.
  • The Gift Shop Sketch from That Mitchell and Webb Look consists entirely of Previously On and On the Next segments, meaning that it does a lot of this.
  • The third episode of Parks and Recreation's seventh season ends with Ron and Leslie being Locked in a Room by their friends so they'll resolve their differences. However, it premiered airing together with the next episode, so the end title card was "To be continued immediately".
  • The first episode of the Season 2 finale of Galavant ends with the Jester starting to reference the previous season's cliffhanger, only to cut to black. Fortunately the next episode aired less than 30 seconds afterward or the fans might have gotten mad again.

  • The Weezer song "Buddy Holly" has a break in the middle. So, the music video, framed as a Happy Days episode, has a "To Be Continued" card turn up on the break, briefly cutting to the show's title card with Ron Howard's voice saying "Stay tuned for more Happy Days..." before resuming.


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    Web Original 
  • Arfenhouse the movie has a scene where the animation stops and the words "to be continued..." are displayed on the screen. After a short pause, the words disappear and the animation resumes.
  • The 13th episode of Dragon Ball Z Abridged ends with this, as the narrator talks about the appearance of Frieza and his lieutenants, Zarbon and Dodoria.
    Narrator: [Dramatic music stars playing] A new evil has revealed its face. Who are these mysterious enemies? And do Gohan and Krillin stand a chance? The answer to these questions will be revealed... [Music swells] right now! [Closeup of each villain] Zarbon, Dodoria, Frieza, and oh my, no.
    Krillin: Wait, wh- [closing credits]
  • Parodied in the low-budget stop-motion animation short, Attack of the Zombie Cupcakes, in which the introductory comic leads into this phrase.
  • Also parodied in the The Nostalgia Critic's review of Captain America (1990), to the tune of the the '60s Batman show tune
    How will Captain America get out of this one???? Will he turn the White House into rubble? Or will he escape to have his American ass beaten once more???? Tune in next time... which is... Right now!
  • The Strong Bad Email "Cliffhangers" does this a lot, with Strong Bad calling up "cliffhangers" (That had not been seen in any of the shorts before that email) and showing the resolutions right after the cliffhanging "To be continued". Best example would probably be the one with Srong Bad as Space Captainface.
    Narrator: Will Cap and Strap make it out of this one? Tune in next time to-
    Strong Bad: Yeah, no. Just cut to the resolution.
    Narrator: Okay!
  • The Atop the Fourth Wall episode for One More Day was in two parts, with the first ending with "To Be Continued...Right Now!"

    Western Animation 
  • The South Park episode "Professor Chaos" teased at several questions, "Will Professor Chaos's newest scheme work?", "Who will be the boys' new friend be?", and "Which character will die and never be seen again?". None were going to be answered, until the narrator closes the episode by reminds the viewer of the questions, before saying "You'll find out... Right now! No, Tweek, Ms. Choksondik."
  • The Simpsons:
    • "The Simpsons Spin-Off Showcase" had this: "Chief Wiggum, P.I. will return... right now!"
    • The "Treehouse of Horror XXVII" story "Dry Hard", which spoofed The Hunger Games, had title cards for "End of Part I", "Part II", "End of Part II", and "Part III", in reference to how The Hunger Games had split The Hunger Games: Mockingjay into two parts.
  • Used to a low extreme fairly often on WordGirl. The narrator adds drama to the climax of the episode with "Will WordGirl make her way out of (this situation) and defeat (villain)??" But most of the time, everything concludes right then.
  • The 1960s Spider-Man cartoon was made to be shown a few minutes at a time. When it was repackaged as a full half-hour program this ended up happening.
  • The Powerpuff Girls: "I See a Funny Cartoon in Your Future", patterned like an episode of Rocky and Bullwinkle, has the girls in a Literal Cliffhanger with the announcer entreating us to not miss the next episode to see what happens. After an ersatz commercial with the Mayor and Miss Bellum, the episode continues.
  • Frisky Dingo: One episode ends with a Literal Cliffhanger while the assorted cast bunches together at the edge of a cliff, while reporter Grace Ryan dangles off it. The episode ends, but then:
    Narrator: Next time, on Frisky Dingo...
    Killface: Oh my god, she fell.
  • A late 40s Mighty Mouse cartoon, close to its conclusion, starts to iris out over a presumed cliffhanger. As the narrator entreats us to join the proceedings next week, the iris stops, the frame freezes, and the narrator says "Gosh, we can't wait till next week, Show us what happens now. Won't you?" The iris opens back up and the cartoon resumes to its resolution.
  • Every episode of Batfink has the heroes—Batfink and Karate in a dire strait with the scene frozen as the narrator intones what they can do to save themselves. The action resumes afterwards and justice is served.
  • The Bugs Bunny cartoon "Hare Trigger" ends with a spoof of Film Serial Cliffhangers, as Bugs is Bound and Gagged and suspended over a bridge, as Yosemite Sam cuts the rope.
    Narrator: Is this the end of Bugs Bunny? Will our hero be dashed to bits on the jagged rocks below?
    Bugs: [walks onscreen dragging a tied-up Sam] Is he doomed to utter destruction? Will he be rendered non compos mentis? Eh, he don't know me very well, do he?

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