TV briefs: NeNe Leakes, ‘Seinfeld’ reruns sped up, Rachel Stockman

Jerry Seinfeld will be doing his signature comedy at the Fox Theatre Feb. 6, 2015. CREDIT: Getty Images

Jerry Seinfeld gets “sped up” on TBS to squeeze in more ads. CREDIT: Getty Images

By RODNEY HO/ rho@ajc.com, originally filed Thursday, December 31, 2015

It’s well known that radio stations will speed up talk shows such as Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity (primarily by shortening pauses) so they can squeeze in more ads or other content like news or traffic. Apparently, Atlanta-based TBS does the same thing with repeats of “Seinfeld.”

Someone below synced up the first few minutes of a regular “Seinfeld” episode on Hulu with a TBS version and almost immediately, you can see how the timing shifts. Obviously, to the naked eye, the changes aren’t so obvious that a viewer would notice – which is the point.

Apparently, it’s sped up enough to fit in two more minutes of ads per episode. This appears to be standard practice on many networks.

Already, older reruns are typically chopped because they are far longer than current run times. (The video below gives an example from “Everybody Loves Raymond.” Typically, shows now run about 21 minutes and 30 seconds. Back in the 1970s, it was more like 24 minutes.

And one thing that is noticeable to anybody who watches: show theme song openers are almost always trimmed down. The video reveals that TBS’s “Friends” opener is 26 seconds shorter than the original one that aired on NBC and Netflix.

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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 15: NeNe Leakes attends the 2014 NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Upfronts at The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on May 15, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY – MAY 15: NeNe Leakes attends the 2014 NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Upfronts at The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on May 15, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)

NeNe Leakes will join Carson Daly for his NBC New Year’s special tonight, along with Andy Cohen. Although NeNe is no longer a cast member of “Real Housewive of Atlanta,” NBCUniversal loves her to pieces. And given her Broadway ties, she will be in New York City tonight.

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Rachel Stockman worked for Channel 2 Action News for three years. CREDIT: WSB-TV

Rachel Stockman worked for Channel 2 Action News for three years. CREDIT: WSB-TV

Rachel Stockman, a reporter at Channel 2 Action News since 2012, told viewers on air earlier this week that she’s leaving for a new digital venture, where she’ll be a senior editor. Her last day was Monday.

WSB-TV and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution are both part of Cox Media Group.

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gwillia3
gwillia3

I would add that current day programs are not as enjoyable, owing to the increased advertising, and the absence of theme music, etc.