HeySteve
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2019-08-23T16:00:39Z
If you get your TV over the air with an antenna, there is a good chance one of the channels you get is MeTV. Starting September 30, “The Flintstones” will be airing at 6pm.

https://metv.com/shows/the-flintstones 
nickramer
2019-08-24T03:57:54Z
That's good to hear (although, the show may or may not be shown time-compressed). You think we could get Looney Tunes next?
HeySteve
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2019-08-24T11:20:26Z
I think we would have to wait and see if “The Flintstones” gets a complete run on the network. With just 2 episodes shown on weeknights, it would take about 4 months to air the entire series. If the show airs in its entirety for 3 cycles, I believe that MeTV would then look into adding more animated programming to their lineup, but for some reason I don’t think they would add “Looney Tunes”. A show like “The Flintstones” fits in the MeTV schedule as it is considered a classic sitcom and it can be surrounded by other classic sitcoms like “The Andy Griffith Show” and “Gilligan’s Island”. I just don’t think “Looney Tunes” fits the mold for the type of programming that MeTV would air. Hopefully I’m wrong. We’ll just have to wait and see.
nickramer
2019-08-24T13:19:00Z
Originally Posted by: HeySteve 

I think we would have to wait and see if “The Flintstones” gets a complete run on the network. With just 2 episodes shown on weeknights, it would take about 4 months to air the entire series. If the show airs in its entirety for 3 cycles, I believe that MeTV would then look into adding more animated programming to their lineup, but for some reason I don’t think they would add “Looney Tunes”. A show like “The Flintstones” fits in the MeTV schedule as it is considered a classic sitcom and it can be surrounded by other classic sitcoms like “The Andy Griffith Show” and “Gilligan’s Island”. I just don’t think “Looney Tunes” fits the mold for the type of programming that MeTV would air. Hopefully I’m wrong. We’ll just have to wait and see.



They could air the shorts on Saturday mornings.
Lee B
2019-08-25T21:12:46Z
They seem to be pretty excited about it over there at MeTV...aside from a bunch of stuff on their website, I've seen multiple promos on their air the last couple of days.

Along with a short promo that ran during a commercial break, they even ran a keyable animation of Fred bowling at the bottom of the screen during another show.

It seems like this is the first time the Flintstones will be airing on a network besides Cartoon Network or Boomerang in quite a few years.
HeySteve
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2019-10-01T23:15:06Z
Well, yesterday “The Flintstones” premiered on MeTV, and the schedule shows that in addition to the back-to-back episodes airing on weeknights, there will also be a 2-hour block on Sunday mornings from 10-12. However, looking at the schedule on Sunday morning, it looks like they are skipping over episode 14, which is “The Prowler”. I think I know the obvious reason why, but I don’t recall this episode ever being skipped over back in the day when Cartoon Network and Boomerang we’re still airing “The Flintstones”.
ToonStar95
2019-10-01T23:51:03Z
Originally Posted by: HeySteve 

Well, yesterday “The Flintstones” premiered on MeTV, and the schedule shows that in addition to the back-to-back episodes airing on weeknights, there will also be a 2-hour block on Sunday mornings from 10-12. However, looking at the schedule on Sunday morning, it looks like they are skipping over episode 14, which is “The Prowler”. I think I know the obvious reason why, but I don’t recall this episode ever being skipped over back in the day when Cartoon Network and Boomerang we’re still airing “The Flintstones”.



Perhaps it's because of the racially-insensitive judo instructor ("What does 'et-a-cetera' mean in Japanese? Sucker?").
HeySteve
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2019-10-02T00:18:39Z
Originally Posted by: ToonStar95 

Originally Posted by: HeySteve 

Well, yesterday “The Flintstones” premiered on MeTV, and the schedule shows that in addition to the back-to-back episodes airing on weeknights, there will also be a 2-hour block on Sunday mornings from 10-12. However, looking at the schedule on Sunday morning, it looks like they are skipping over episode 14, which is “The Prowler”. I think I know the obvious reason why, but I don’t recall this episode ever being skipped over back in the day when Cartoon Network and Boomerang we’re still airing “The Flintstones”.



Perhaps it's because of the racially-insensitive judo instructor ("What does 'et-a-cetera' mean in Japanese? Sucker?").



No doubt about it that would be the reason why. But, this is the first instance in which I recall that episode being skipped over in the rotation. At least this episode is available on many other outlets including both physical and digital media.
Lee B
2019-10-02T04:36:50Z
I did notice on Monday that "The Flintstone Flyer" was edited for time.

The very beginning of the episode was missing, where Fred goes to the front door to get the paper, has some back and forth with Wilma about it, then gets hit by the heavy stone paper after the paperboy throws it. The MeTV episode pickes up where Fred is already in his hammock reading the paper, talks about the rock market, etc.

There was also a fairy clunky edit a few minutes later, where the first scene of Barney working on the copter was cut. Fred is giving Barney grief about the backyard golf related stuff, then instead of showing Fred going back to his hammock, where he's disturbed by the noise Barney is making hammering the copter, the episode hard cuts to Fred already walking thru his yard and "over the fence" to see what Barney is doing. So it went from Fred holding Barney and threatening to punch him, to him walking back to Barney's yard to see what the noise was. It was the awkwardness of that second edit that got my attention and made me pull the DVD.

There may have been other edits, but I have no idea. It does seem that MeTV is pulling a few minutes out of the episodes.
nickramer
2019-10-02T19:50:48Z
I somehow expected them to do that. I wish they didn't have long commercial breaks.
HeySteve
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2019-10-02T20:16:30Z
It is a shame that there is no grandfather clause when it comes to how much time advertisers can take out of a broadcast. There should be exceptions for programs that originally aired when commercials only took up 5 minutes of a half hour broadcast. Since the current regulations are 8 minutes of commercials in a half hour broadcast, networks will either make edits or time-compress their broadcasts so that they will fit in the time required for advertisements.