We take the challenge of producing and airing television for granted. Shit often happens and to be honest, it’s kind of a miracle it doesn’t happen even more often.
Today we got a bit of a taste of all the things that can go wrong, but rarely do as Highly Questionable aired today out of order on ESPN (video at the end). It seems today’s episode was edited together incorrectly and thus the second half of the episode aired for about 12 minutes before the first half starts completes the half hour episode. For some it wasn’t that noticeable, but many did chime in on the awkwardness.
Damn they cut @HQonESPN to 15 minutes.
— Willie Lloyd II (@ThompsonTryant) February 16, 2021
— John Burke (@BurkeTime) February 16, 2021
Holy Cow! The show came on somewhere in the middle, ended then came back at the beginning. Must be the weather.
— Hugh Beattie (@oldschoolhugh) February 16, 2021
Today’s @HQonESPN was directed by Quentin Tarantino.
— Chris Corcoran (@corcoran1973) February 16, 2021
It is bad enough that @HQonESPN had Junior Golic on yesterday. But why is today's show like a Tarintino movie? It ran the middle, end, the the beginning!
— Brian C. Lorio (@bclorio) February 16, 2021
— Paul Merca (@paulmerca70601) February 16, 2021
So… @HQonESPN is just over at 2:42 now?
— W⭕rld's Greatest Chad (@chaddychoo) February 16, 2021
Sarah Spain commented on the mishap by saying a power outage may have been the culprit.
Uh oh….. there was a power outage in DC during taping! Wonder what happened?! ?? https://t.co/uM4Wa17ECl
— Sarah Spain (@SarahSpain) February 16, 2021
Here is what it looked like. The show opens with the following clip. No intros or salutations.
12 minutes in the show does a pretty standard sign off. At that point in time, you could have surmised that the episode was cut down to just 15 minutes.
But then upon coming back from commercial break, the show restarts from its intended beginning which has the usual show opening introductions and dove into their first topic.
We complete the circle in time as Highly Questionable ends the episode teasing the topics that the show opened wth 25 minutes earlier. After this clip, the show never returned instead airing about 4 minutes of commercial before The Jump started.
I’ll admit I was half watching and didn’t catch it immediately. I’m sure other people are in that boat. That said, it’s a pretty awkward yet interesting production error. At least you got the whole show, albeit sticked together out of order.
Power outage from a once a year storm. All remote panelists and production because a once in a century pandemic. Things happen, especially with the extra level of difficulty factoring in those circumstances. It certainly was odd but for me it was more of an entertaining reminder of how hard it is to produce television more than any type of legitimate nuisance.