cold open

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cold open

In television and film, a scene that precedes the opening credits or title sequence. I'm surprised that show had a cold open this week—they usually just jump right into the credits. Saturday Night Live is known for having a cold open every week.
See also: cold, open
References in classic literature ?
They turned into no house at Shepperton, as the weary boy had expected; but still kept walking on, in mud and darkness, through gloomy lanes and over cold open wastes, until they came within sight of the lights of a town at no great distance.
"The Office" was notable for its cold opens, and in this one, Dwight tests his colleague's fire safety skills by setting a trash can ablaze.
While Alec Baldwin's best Trump skits came during cold opens, "People's Court" sketch was one of the best of the season.
Because the majority of the content is storyline-based, WWE relies on promo material, dramatic packages and cold opens to catch viewers up and explain theplots.
Last, but not least, Cold opens with a keyboard drone and basic beat before ushering in the sort of gorgeous guitar melody more associated with another Joe.