Generally, television shows start strong with 6-10 episodes, have a break over the holidays (re-runs to get everyone caught back up), then another 6-10 episodes, then a short break, then the “Sweeps” which is usually 4-8 strong shows leading up to the season finale.
At least, that’s how I remember it in the past.
What’s happening now is anyone’s guess, but I’m not happy.
What’s with repeated hiatus’s? It’s not just one show (like BONES when Emily Deschanel had a baby in real life and there was an unusually long hiatus in the middle of season seven) but every show. And it’s not just one long hiatus (like RIZZOLI & ISLES which planned two season “halves.”) But a long hiatus, a show or two, a break, another show or two, another break.
I’m tired of it already. Make a schedule and stick to it, okay?
Case in point:
Love this show, it’s one of my favorites. And while I didn’t like the one long hiatus in the middle of Season Two (dark from November 16 to March 8), it was okay because they didn’t miss any other weeks (except I think one …)
But season three? 3 weeks dark in December, 4 weeks dark in February, and because it was the Olympics I kind of gave them a pass … except then right after they get back in March, they have 4 episodes and then skip a week! What’s with that?
They aired 7 episodes weekly, then skipped a week. Aired 2 more, Christmas break for 4 skipped weeks. Aired 4 episodes, skipped 2 weeks. Aired 1 episode, skipped 1 week.
These certainly aren’t the only shows doing this, and it’s mostly Network shows.
I’m REALLY beginning to prefer the short seasons of shows like JUSTIFIED and THE FOLLOWING and AMERICAN HORROR STORY where they air 13-15 episodes in one “season” virtually with no skipped weeks. And even better? The short “mini-seasons” of shows like SHERLOCK and LUTHER where they have 3-4 longer “episodes” which are closer to movie-length. And what about TRUE DETECTIVES? I haven’t seen it so NO SPOILERS. Eight episodes, all hugely acclaimed. I can not WAIT.
Producers: Just come up with a nice schedule format and stick to it. I don’t mind the breaks for the holidays when viewership goes down — I’ve been looking forward to the “mid-season finales” because the writers have really upped their game these last few years. I don’t even mind a short hiatus in Spring before the big sweeps. What I DO hate is a week here, a week off, two weeks here, two weeks off. Any wonder why I don’t watch television and only watch my favorite shows through iTunes or Netflix? Then when I know a break is coming, I can just hold off watching until the next episode is about to air.
Anyone else annoyed by this? Or am I just being petty?