I'm an avid watcher of PBS' "Masterpiece" series, especially "Masterpiece Mystery." When I saw that KUED was going to be showing some "Inspector Lewis" mysteries on Sunday nights in July, I went online to learn if they were new episodes or reruns. They're new, but I also learned something that upsets me.
In order to fit the episodes into a 90-minute time slot and include commercials for sponsors, Alan Cumming's introduction and plugs for upcoming shows, PBS cuts 10 minutes out of the 89-minute British episodes. What?! This makes me so mad. PBS did this with "Downton Abbey," too.
It's 9:30 p.m. on Sunday night! What does it matter if "Rick Steves' Europe" starts a bit later and not on the half hour? Turner Classic Movies doesn't cut its features to fit its time slots it finds interesting archival film to fill the gap. Surely, PBS can be even more creative.
I guess I'm going to start watching the British shows on DVD or online. Damn PBS!
I don't like reading Readers' Digest condensed books, and I don't want PBS Digest, either.