...in the case of the BTM that ran before the official debut of Driven instead of after, that was a two-hour difference, not the required three hours between east/west coast listings.
True, but not everyone lives on the east or west coast.
The central and mountain time zone folks can experience 1-2 hour differences, and there are even some pockets of the country where DST still isn't in use, so a difference of less than 3 hours could be possible. Plus, there are more than just the four time zones in the continental USA. Alaska has its own time zone, as does Hawaii, so I'm not sure how/when viewers in those states see stuff on their cable systems. The Aleutian islands (near Alaska, for the geographically challenged) even have a time zone of their own, but there aren't any major cities like Anchorage or Honolulu there, so that particular time zone might be irrelevant if they don't get cable.
Having lived in several US time zones myself (tho' not at the same time, LOL), I missed a lot of programs till I just started calling the cable company when in doubt. Because even the local TV Guide can lead you astray, if you're in a metro area and your cable system gets a different feed than the one(s) submitting info to TV Guide. Nowadays we can use the internet to get local listings, which is cool. Go Yahoo!
As for Driven
itself, it had some interesting audio and video clips and pictures. Joel Miller had some of the most interesting insights during BTM, and this special as well. It was nice hearing the points of view of several people who just know Al as a person, rather than just those who worked with him, as most interviews do. This could prove to be an interesting VH-1 series, if it continues in this vein...........