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This week we're looking at one of the unique ways broadcasters are filling their fall TV schedules since COVID-19 canceled pilot season.
Also: Q&A on evening TV signal dropouts, short cuts including a huge sale on Tablo DVRs, must-see OTA TV, and more.
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NEWS: Broadcasters Getting Creative to Build Fall TV Schedules
The first part of the year is when broadcasters make decisions on which new shows get made into series for the fall TV season. But with Hollywood shut down for the majority of 'pilot season', networks are having to get creative to fill their schedules.
One key tactic: acquiring series that have already run in other countries like the Canadian medical drama Transplant which will air on NBC after debuting last year on the CTV network.
Another Canadian drama, Coroner, has been acquired by the CW. The show will help fill a large void as the network pushed all of its planned fall slate into January, with the exception of Supernatural which still needs to film its final two episodes.
Given how well other Canadian shows — such as Schitt's Creek and Letterkenny — have been received by U.S. audiences, perhaps more shows will get snapped up for rebroadcast over the coming weeks.
For a look at what other broadcast series have been renewed, canceled, or are ending, check out this list from The Wrap.
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Q&A: Why Do I Keep Losing This Antenna TV Channel at Night?
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This week's question comes from Sandy who says, "One channel that I get with my TV antenna comes in great during the day, but gets spotty at night. Is there a reason?"
If one of your Over-the-Air TV channels has excellent reception during the day, but you see video dropouts or even total loss of signal in the evenings, the source of the problem may be your light bulbs.
As Tyler the Antenna Man explains in this video, LED light bulbs are a fairly common source of interference for Over-the-Air TV signals, especially those on the VHF frequency.
The easiest way to test if your light bulbs are causing issues is to turn all your lights off the next time you notice your signal dropping out in the evening. If the signal automatically improves, then you may want to make a trip to the hardware store for replacements.
Look for newer and better quality LED bulbs. These should have better shielding against RF interference and list certifications from the FCC or other government bodies on the packaging.
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SHORT CUTS: Tablo DUAL LITE Mega Sale & More
Most weeks there's more news than we can cram into this email. Thankfully 'short cuts' delivers the cord-cutting news and deals we didn't have room for, including:
WHAT'S ON: Must-See OTA TV
As always, there's lots great TV coming to you FREE with an antenna this week including:
- Crime drama Carter returns for season 2 - May 22nd @ 9:00 p.m. ET on CTV
- Catch the Michael Jordan basketball docuseries The Last Dance - May 23rd @ 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC
- Reality competition The Titan Games returns for season 2 - May 25th @ 8:00 p.m. ET on NBC/Global
- America's Got Talent returns for season 15 - May 26th @ 8:00 p.m. ET on NBC/CityTV
- True crime show Genetic Detective premieres - May 26th @ 10:00 p.m. ET on ABC
- World of Dance returns for season 4 - May 26th @ 10:00 p.m. ET on NBC/CTV
- Comedic sports game show Game On! premieres - May 27th @ 8:00 p.m. ET on CBS/Global
- Season 7 of Agents of SHIELD premieres - May 27th @ 10:00 p.m. ET on ABC
Don't forget to regularly check the TV SHOWS > PREMIERING on your Tablo app to find and set new and old favorites to record!
CANADIAN CORNER: New Version of Muppet Show Coming to Disney+
If you loved The Muppet Show as a youngster, there's a new show coming this summer to Disney+ that you (and your kids) won't want to miss!
Muppets Now premieres July 31st and promises the usual Muppet mayhem and celebrity guest stars!
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