137th Gebirg wrote:
^^^ That came from all that half-season nonsense that seemed to be prevalent during that time. IIRC, Sopranos was one of the first to do that. Thankfully, we don't see as much of that anymore.
That must be because you don't watch SyFy Channel (Or much else on TV). They have always shown their 20 episode Series broken in half, 10 episodes at a time. Farscape did it, STargates did it, and the CUrrent Series still do it.
Walking Dead also showed S2 in 2 halves last year, and Doctor Who has been broken up last Series and this.
CW does the same thing. It's actually very common nowadays for a show to go on hiatus before Christmas and not start up again until late January or later. It's true SyFy Channel is more extreme in having a half year seperating the two parts, rather than only 2 or 3 months, but, it is common to split seasons nowadays
CW doesn't do what you are referring. All network shows take a break during the Christmas holiday. Stopping anywhere between End of November mid Dec and restarting anywhere between mid to end of January. HUt levels (homes watching tv) drops dramatically for the bulk of tv, minus football during the week of Thanksgiving, it doesn't really recover until mid January. Network series are two costly to waste in a period where ad rates will plummet. Its also why you don't see network fare for scripted shows during the summer, it isn't financially viable.
Now cable, which isn't beholden to produce 6 2 to three hour nights of original programming, can focus their expenses, air the same episode multiple times, and focus their marketing to actually have some success in these normally slow periods. It also doesn't hurt that cost are almost always cheaper for Cable series then Network. As the guild minimums for all trade groups (actors, writers, directors, stage hands, art department, ect are all lower then what networks are required to pay.
They are talking about shows having a season order, that would get produced during one tv season year (typically September 20th to end of May the next year). What cable has done is to cut production cost (as its costly to restart production for each season, more so then the cost of normally filming an episode), by filming two seasons that would be shown in two different tv seasons and writing and producing them in the span of what would normally be one year.
The CW like the other networks film a full slate of episodes (whatever that order might be typically between 13-22 episodes) and then broadcast them in one tv season. At most some shows that have some delaying behind the scenes issues might start normally and then be hold, or shows that start normal but fall to perform might be held to burn off during the next summer (or Christmas break), but thats about it.
Here's a new example, Teen Wolf was able to qualify for a reduction in taxes, but only if they filmed at least 20 episodes in one season. So, to save money they are filming and writing those twenty episodes and they will most likely (though it hasn't been decided yet) air them over two tv seasons, in its case probably two summer runs. It will be a substantial savings.