Errata: Power Rangers Samurai NOT airing on YTV today (Update: But it was supposed to)
Despite having been shown on YTV.com’s schedule Power Rangers Samurai is in fact not airing on YTV today. As of this writing, a new episode of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds is airing on YTV in the 1PM EDT slot (and just had a technical difficulty screen show up…).
There was a bit of writing on the wall for this to happen, as YTV didn’t promote the series at all (other than having a broken section in their video player), and didn’t even set up a show page. I suppose the most damning of all is that yesterday YTV removed the 1PM slot from their schedule entirely. They didn’t replace it with Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds, the slot just didn’t exist. Though, it should be noted that YTV has done that in the past with new series like Beyblade Metal Fusion.
Sorry for any inconvenience this may have made.
A friend notified me that Power Rangers Samurai did in fact show up on YTV’s coming up next title cards today. This implies the show was meant to premiere on YTV at 1PM, but as we know, it didn’t. However, this wasn’t the scheduling, and overlay guys jumping the gun, as the show was meant to air today.
As noted by Ranger Board’s PinkRangerWannabe a Corus Entertainment’s (YTV’s parent company) April Hot Sheets for advertisers blatantly promotes the premiere of Power Rangers Samurai today (April 16) at 1PM.
So what happened?
I honestly don’t know. I don’t think it was YTV getting cold feet over any potential parental complaints (since they’ve aired much more violent programming, as well as that controversy being ages ago), nor do I think they were just lying to us. I guess it could’ve been a technical issue, because as I mentioned earlier, there was an issue with the broadcast of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds. During the show’s first commercial break the YTV technical difficulty image stayed on screen for more than a solid minute. I actually half expected Power Rangers Samurai to be the show coming off of that, but it wasn’t. The channel has been known to do that, famously skipping a good portion of Justice League Unlimited’s finale with an episode of The Shopping Bags, though they’ve always aired the intentioned programming in full at a later date. It should be noted that Zap2it’s listings are stating Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds will be airing for the rest of the month, though often the case is that YTV.com’s schedule (which hasn’t updated to next Saturday as of yet) is the more definitive source.