603 votesBaron Brain commented
First off, many thanks for your continuing efforts to improve this program. It's definitely appreciated! As is the fact you are finally including TV specials in series listings.
However, I don't understand how the current method for adding such specials can be marked as a "COMPLETED" task.
You've begun by including specials from only four(?) series, and asked us to request additional series to include specials for. No offense intended, but this is a mere drop in an ocean of "special" data. And isn't the current method of addressing specials overcomplicated and time consuming for everyone involved?
The problem you face are the many hundreds of TV series that do have additional "specials" — especially Japanese anime, where most shows have a slew of special episodes content (bonus unaired episodes, OVAs, ONAs, OADs). I myself watch lots of anime, and hoped to be able to check off the specials I've watched (and will watch) – but I've yet to see any anime series lwith listed specials.
TVShow Time obtains series & episode data from thetvdbcom… a database which already lists special episode data, but formatted essentially as a Season 0 entry labeled as "Specials":
° Season 1
° Season 2
° and so forth…
Wouldn't it be possible to write a script automatically parsing any & all "Special" episode data (from the TVDB database), so it's properly formatted into the correct "Season" placement (within TVShow Time's database)? That way, it would add in ALL the listed Specials in the database, and it would always remain updated (just as how series & episodes are regularly updated).
If this isn't possible, I'm sure we'd all appreciate knowing the reasons, considering the information is (seemingly) readily available at hand.
Thanks again for your efforts! I sincerely hope you can find some way of better attaching specials to their proper series & ordering…
Cheers!Baron Brain commented
Including specials as separately entries would be ridiculously time-consuming for the TVShow Time folks.
They should always simply add any Specials exactly as listed under their thetvdb.com entries — just include them for each series as an extra season, but labelled as "Specials".
In other words:
° Season 1
° Season 2
° Season 3
That way we could just check them off as any other normal show season.
Of course, if they could program it to place the specials in their correct season order placements, that would be even better (since the database does have specific tags denoting such placements, along with the dates).
Either way, something really needs to address this deficiency with the program.