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Mon Sep 25, 2017 2:07 pm

Plex DVR is reporting the next episode as "S36E01 - North Korea's Deadly Dictator" I don't know if they are adding numbering like they did with NOVA or what but I thought I would let you know.
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Wed Sep 27, 2017 5:11 am

DannyDroid wrote:Bump.

I found out "Syria Undercover" (30mins) and "The Regime" (30mins) aired as one episode (60 mins).

28. Syria Undercover
29. The Regime
30. A Perfect Terrorist


28. Syria Undercover / The Regime
39. A Perfect Terrorist
Heres the intro I found online that should hopefully clear up what I mean;
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Wed Dec 06, 2017 1:06 pm

Tron77 wrote:Also look at this: ... )_episodes

See Season 28, it does list the original broadcast of Vaccine War and then "continuation" of season 28" in Season 33's fourth episode.

If you look at this ... 8680&lid=7 again you will notice that it is missing March broadcast.
@Tron77 I'm trying to understand these "updated" Frontline episodes. Are they expected to be entered into database as two (or more) separate episodes, or just one entry?

Example - recent airing of American Patriot on 12/5/2017 indicated "This is an updated program that originally aired May 16, 2017." currently has this episode as Season 2017, Episode 12 with air date of 5/16/2017. The online PBS version at is the updated version and indicates Season 35, Episode 10.

I also just went thru a renumbering of NOVA episodes, so also have to ask about the difference in Season numbers between TheTVdb and
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Wed Jan 24, 2018 12:58 pm

bump - "This is an updated version"

The episode broadcast on 1/16/2018 (in Austin, TX) was "Rape On the Night Shift", which was originally broadcast on 6/23/2015.

This creates multiple versions of the same episode. If you have your dvr set to record new episodes only, I don't believe this will even be recorded. WMC (my dvr) indicates an original air date of 6/23/2015. Next, even if it is recorded you need to have another version of this episode or just replace the old one. I'm still struggling with how to handle this with Plex.

Anyone have any comments or ideas?

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Sat Feb 03, 2018 4:55 pm

This is what plex is picking up for the next episodes. Which completely blows up the current numbering by year. I don't know you guys want to handle that. Possible to have two entries? one by year and another by seasons?
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Sat Feb 03, 2018 5:04 pm

Tv guide is also listing them by season now. ... es/191522/
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Mon Aug 13, 2018 8:30 pm

Year versus Season. The site for this show also now lists new episodes as Season, not calendar year. They just aired the first episode of Season 37. When will TheTVDB catch up with this? I need to do my own conversion so that it makes sense with my Plex playback.
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Tue Aug 14, 2018 7:23 pm

You know about a year ago we renumbered NOVA based on an email from PBS:


Isnt this essentially the same thing? I think it might be time to see if we can get a similar email about frontline. I agree it frustrating. However, PBS is also being inconsistent. They listed at S37E1 the seperated at the border episode, but yet they list the new 2 part iran episode (airing after seperated) as S36 E14/15. I don't understand it.

Can we start by getting consensus on season vs. calendar year, and potentially reach out to PBS (anyone have the contact info?)
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Sun Sep 09, 2018 9:41 am

Potential Frontline Cleanup:

I don't see any evidence 2011x05 "A Daughter's Death" - about a dad investigating his daughter's supposed suicide - ever aired. See ... _Frontline (recording from the broadcast that night is a rerun of a 2006 episode). Also see this PBS page - . Wikipedia (though not a great source) also does not list this episode: ... )_episodes
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Fri Sep 21, 2018 5:01 am

It did not air. I contacted the WGBH archivist and had this confirmed. I made a series change request post but it was moved to the backlog.