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Scrappylive

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« on: 02-01-2012 21:47 »

If you watch the DVD commentaries for Season 6B (Volume 6), you will notice they were all recorded in late summer 2010. that means they were watching completed episodes a year before they aired. Does anyone know why this is? I'm not sure what their agreement with Fox/Comedy Central is, but wouldn't it be highly beneficial to take that extra year to focus on writing better dialogue and plot points?

Thoughts???
DannyJC13

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« Reply #1 on: 02-01-2012 21:50 »
« Last Edit on: 02-01-2012 21:52 »

Season 6 is made up of 26 episodes, which is a little too many to show in one year. So they split them up. Halved. First 13 one year next 13 the next. Old news.

(Also, they made all 26 pre-2010...)
Solid Gold Bender

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« Reply #2 on: 02-01-2012 22:13 »

Just like Danny said, Volume 6 is simply part 2 of the 6th production season. It was all made consistently in 2010...
cyber_turnip

Urban Legend
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« Reply #3 on: 02-01-2012 23:33 »
« Last Edit on: 02-01-2012 23:34 »

It's actually very common for commentaries to be recorded prior to a show airing or a film being released, too. Which is sort of a shame because they never get to weigh in on the fan reaction in those commentaries. But yes, it's fairly standard practice if the product is finished in time and in this case, it was because of reasons Danny gave.

Except that they didn't make all of them pre-2010. They were still working on 6B during 2010 - only applying the finishing touches, but working on them none the less.
UnrealLegend

Space Pope
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« Reply #4 on: 02-01-2012 23:34 »

I'd prefer it if the broadcast seasons were longer, but 26 is quite a fair bit. Then again, 13 is quite small... :/
Solid Gold Bender

Urban Legend
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« Reply #5 on: 02-01-2012 23:38 »

15-22 would quite excellent. Can you believe how great it would be just to have a few more weeks? That would rock! big grin
Scrappylive

Professor
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« Reply #6 on: 02-01-2012 23:46 »

It's actually very common for commentaries to be recorded prior to a show airing or a film being released, too. Which is sort of a shame because they never get to weigh in on the fan reaction in those commentaries. But yes, it's fairly standard practice if the product is finished in time and in this case, it was because of reasons Danny gave.

Ahh... I supposed I was spoiled by the majority of Volumes 1-4 and about half of Volume 5. If the world revolved around me, they wouldn't do the commentary for an episode until after it airs.
UnrealLegend

Space Pope
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« Reply #7 on: 02-01-2012 23:49 »

Some of the 6A commentaries were recorded after the airing. I remember them noting that the clownitis joke in PI wasn't very acclaimed, and Claudia Katz mentioned something about someone hating TDK before they had seen it or something.

I'd much rather the commentaries be done after they air to be honest. It's cool hearing their reflection on the public response.
Scrappylive

Professor
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« Reply #8 on: 02-01-2012 23:57 »

Yeah, me too. I wonder if it would be feasible for them to complete the episode and everything on their regular schedule but wait to do the commentaries until after they air.
Fnord
Starship Captain
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« Reply #9 on: 03-26-2012 08:42 »

I hear that they're going to do the Season 7 commentaries before they write the episodes.

Okay, sarcasm aside. I didn't like the commentaries for season 6; they had everyone who was even remotely involved with the episode, all of their relatives, and half their in-laws in there. Ten minutes to introduce everyone.

Okay, sarcasm really aside. Some of the off-topic stories are great, but I'd rather hear about the actual episode. And maybe waiting until we PEELers comment on them might raise questions that the production team could answer for us.

Just a thought.
Beanoz4

Liquid Emperor
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« Reply #10 on: 03-26-2012 08:44 »

Before they write the episodes? How's that going to work?!  laff
DotheBartman

Liquid Emperor
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« Reply #11 on: 04-06-2012 12:05 »

I assume a lot of this is budgetary...they could take an extra long time to make each episode, but that would mean paying people for a lot more days of work, and that would probably exceed their budget by a fair amount. And a lot of that would amount to paying people for sitting around and waiting for the work to actually come in (for instance, making animators sit around for long periods waiting for the next script). So it makes more sense to produce episodes on the normal schedule, even if that means half of them don't air until they've already been done a while.
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