How to change a mini-series to series

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To Serve Them All My Days (1980)


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0080298/

Surely this should be a series not a mini-series as it has over 4 episodes of 60 minutes or under duration.

Actually it's 13 episodes of 51 to 54 minutes long.

How do I change it? ... been all the way through submission guides and cannot find it.

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Found it...remove the keyword mini-series.

Saw that in a related conversation only after I'd submitted the post. When I first asked the question here there was no conversation to match my query.

Better late than never I suppose but it would help if this answer was more easily obtained.



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Good God..now I've found many many more (to many to list) that are marked as mini-series when they ain't because they all have more than 4 parts/episodes. Suggest IMDB run a db query and fix it.
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I am not positive about this, but I believe that 'mini-series' is not quite so strictly defined (in spite of what the help files say).  While 13 episodes is probably too many to fit as 'mini-series', I believe that, for example, a 6 episode series might well be considered a mini-series if it had a story arc, rather than separate stories in each episode.

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http://www.imdb.com/help/search?domain=helpdesk_faq&index=1&file=titletypes&ref_=hlp_sr_1

seems pretty explicit and rigid to me.

6 episodes would never be a mini-series no matter what the story is. Only gray area I can see is 3 episodes that have a total running time of under 240 minutes. That doesn't seem to fit anywhere.


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I'm trying to change my TV Movie to TV Series and add episodes.  I don't see anyway to do that and I'm not seeing keywords as an option in the edit functions of my IMDBPro acct.
Anyone know how to make this sort of change?
Thanks
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Keester: I disagree that the guidelines at http://www.imdb.com/help/search?domain=helpdesk_faq&index=1&file=titletypes&ref_=hlp_sr_... are rigid and that 6 episodes would never be a miniseries. The guidelines themselves say, "Please note that these are only broad guidelines: as per our general eligibility rules
we reserve the right to change and adapt our rules as required by
circumstances and may decide to make exceptions for certain special
cases or when we lack sufficient evidence to make a final determination." These are not rigid rules.

If six episodes was too long to be considered a miniseries, then programs such as "Roots" (8 episodes) and "The Winds of War" (7 episodes) would have to be excluded from that category. But they have always been considered miniseries.

I would say that the defining characteristic of a miniseries is that it is intended to be complete within a relatively small number of episodes broadcast within a single year (and often all within a single week), made with no intention to continue the program on an open-ended basis.

Only gray area I can see is 3 episodes that have a total running time of under 240 minutes.
I would classify that as a miniseries if the program was intended to be complete within the three episodes.
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I would say that the defining characteristic of a miniseries is that it
is intended to be complete within a relatively small number of episodes
broadcast within a single year (and often all within a single week),
made with no intention to continue the program on an open-ended basis.

I agree - it is like a long movie, split into instalments, as opposed to a more open-ended series. Of course, this is open to interpretation, but it seems a good rule-of-thumb. I wonder if it'd be worth flagging up on CH to get a tweaking of the guidelines?
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I too would say that a 3 episode series of a running time under 240 minutes should be a mini-series. What I meant by gray area was that it could not be determined from the rules. It did not fit in any category as far as the rules were written.

I don't see "Roots" and "The Winds of War" as mini-series as defined by the rules. They are clearly series (4+ episodes). If they should be classified as mini-series then the rules need a lot more clarification.

P.S. In the case of "Roots" its running time is shown as only 60 minutes where it should be the total running time of all parts as with "Winds Of War": 883 minutes. There does seem so many inaccuracies in this regard.

"Alfonso Bonzo" (1990), "Emlyn's Moon" (1990), "Children of the Stones" (1977) & "I, Claudius" (1976) were until yesterday marked as mini-series. I submitted updates and IMDB have removed the mini-series keyword marking them now as series.  That confirms that there are indeed many incorrectly keyworded and that the rule of 4+ clearly stands.


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I would like to add

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mini_series

into the discussion. Some very interesting definitions, all much more detailed than IMDBs that should perhaps be taken into account should IMDB ever consider redefining or clarifying its present classifications.

Taking the wiki page into account "Roots" would be miniseries, as would "I, Claudius" and perhaps others that IMDB have removed the keyword "mini series" since I updated their status.
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Yep, the Wikipedia page accords with my understanding of the term.