TNT preempted a Star Wars marathon for playoff baseball, and people got upset.

Sports events sometimes run longer than scheduled or wind up on alternate channels, and that can lead to some funny complaints from viewers expecting to see something else. We’ve seen this before with things like college basketball running into golf or college football games being sent to Fox Business Network, but a particularly humorous one happened Monday with TNT. Turner’s plan was to show both National League Division Series games back to back on TBS, with Braves-Cardinals starting at 3 p.m. ET and Dodgers-Nationals beginning at 6:40 p.m. ET. However, Braves-Cardinals ran long, with the Cardinals eventually winning 5-4 in the 10th inning at around 7:15 p.m. Eastern.

You’d think that wouldn’t be a huge problem, as Turner has another high-distribution channel in TNT, and they were able to start Dodgers-Nationals there (including the pre-game show). But that led to a lot of complaints from those who were expecting to watch other programming on TNT at that point; a marathon of the original Star Wars trilogy, including 1977’s A New Hope (on the West Coast feed) and 1983’s Return of the Jedi (on the East Coast Feed). Here are some of those complaints:

But this then escalated further, with people then tweeting “spoilers” (for A New Hope and Return of the Jedi, movies that are 42 and 36 years old respectively) at those complaining:

And the circle of complaining really became complete with this person who was upset that the Star Wars marathon interrupted their Supernatural reruns:

So whatever you show, someone will be mad at you. But we’re going to venture that the audience for live postseason baseball is somewhat higher than for reruns of a 36-year-old movie, so this was probably a smart overall move by Turner.

With Braves-Cardinals now over, Dodgers-Nationals is now airing on TBS, and Return of the Jedi is airing on TNT’s East Coast feed. A New Hope has wrapped up on the West Coast feed, which is now airing The Empire Strikes Back. This concludes your regular programming update on basic cable airings of four-decade-old movies.

[Photo from Dave McGrath on Twitter; hat tip to Joe Wright for finding this]

About Andrew Bucholtz

Andrew Bucholtz has been covering sports media for Awful Announcing since 2012. He is also a staff writer for The Comeback. His previous work includes time at Yahoo! Sports Canada and Black Press.