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Global TV Airs SAG Awards Late, Shows Debbie Travis Reality Show, American Dad First

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Jennifer Lawrence, left, and Bradley Cooper appear on stage at the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Sunday Jan. 27, 2013. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
Jennifer Lawrence, left, and Bradley Cooper appear on stage at the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Sunday Jan. 27, 2013. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)

TORONTO - Canadian TV viewers who wanted to watch the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday night got a dose of design guru Debbie Travis instead.

Global TV had been scheduled to air the guild awards, but broadcast "Debbie Travis: From the Ground Up" in its place — much to the consternation of would-be award watchers.

Many soon took to Twitter asking why the SAG Awards weren't on.

"Is this a breaking CRTC decisioni to suggest Canadians would rather watch Debbie Travis than the SAG Awards? Global? Anyone? Hello? Awards?" tweeted CBC personality Jian Ghomeshi.

Global tweeted that it was a "technical issue" that would be fixed as soon as possible, but more than half an hour into the show, the problem still hadn't been fixed.

The 19th annual guild awards were expected to help clarify the acting race for the Academy Awards.

The guild's individual acting winners often get the same prizes at the Oscars.

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