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Old April 2 2014, 05:27 PM   #3016
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Helix isn't coming back until 2015. That is a Game of Thrones level of hiatus.
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Old April 2 2014, 05:32 PM   #3017
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Helix isn't coming back until 2015. That is a Game of Thrones level of hiatus.
It's the same sort of hiatus that a lot of cable shows have, including Syfy's Being Human during its four-season run.
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Old April 2 2014, 06:04 PM   #3018
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Yeah... if a series only makes 13 episodes a year, then naturally it's going to have 9-month gaps between seasons. Unless it does what some cable series do and breaks it into half-seasons of 7 and 6 episodes.
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Old April 2 2014, 08:25 PM   #3019
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I'm not sure which I prefer to honest. I kind of like the idea of a mid-season break with a small cliff hanger, but then again I like 13 weeks of uninterrupted viewing too.

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Old April 2 2014, 11:14 PM   #3020
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I think The Walking Dead's 8 and 8, works great. Two short Seasons.

13 Eps, is OK to split in half, especially if you have the extra Xmas Episode too, but, any less than that (Such as Falling Skies' 1 x 10) I prefer in a single run (Especially, since Falling Skies typically runs that 10 episodes in only 8 Weeks)
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Old April 3 2014, 09:34 AM   #3021
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Sometimes short seasons work better, sometimes they don't; but I really hate the long gaps between mini-seasons.
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Old April 3 2014, 01:50 PM   #3022
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Helix isn't coming back until 2015. That is a Game of Thrones level of hiatus.
It's the same sort of hiatus that a lot of cable shows have, including Syfy's Being Human during its four-season run.
Nothing to see here people, move along. I would go as far to say that this is standard operating procedure for just about EVERY cable show that doesn't split their seasons, which is most of them.
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Old April 3 2014, 02:58 PM   #3023
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Heck, it's not even standard operating procedure (which implies it's optional), it's just arithmetic. A year is always going to be 52 weeks long, so the fewer episodes there are per season, the longer the break between seasons is going to be.
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Old April 3 2014, 03:08 PM   #3024
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Nah, just show your 12 episodes at 1 a month, year round programming sorted.
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Old April 3 2014, 03:42 PM   #3025
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^And then people would complain about having to wait three weeks between new episodes, just like they already do now whenever there's a week off. The problem isn't with the shows, the problem is that people today have no patience and expect instant gratification.
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Old April 3 2014, 04:06 PM   #3026
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I was kidding. Must kill people waiting an entire year between seasons of Netflix shows given the way they dump them all at once.
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Old April 3 2014, 04:31 PM   #3027
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Heck, it's not even standard operating procedure (which implies it's optional), it's just arithmetic. A year is always going to be 52 weeks long, so the fewer episodes there are per season, the longer the break between seasons is going to be.
Well this is based on the assumption that the show will premiere at the same time each year, which doesn't necessarily have to be the case. I suppose if a show is being ambitious technically it could ramp up production so there's simply less time in between seasons. But realistically that's just generally not how the industry works. For starters, it's more expensive. Also programming stability is a good thing. It gives the networks an idea of what their needs are in a calendar year, and it helps with ratings for the viewing audience to be used to certain shows coming back at certain times of year.
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Old April 3 2014, 05:30 PM   #3028
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Well, yeah, theoretically you could have a shorter gap in a given year, but that couldn't be expected every year. It takes time and money to produce a TV season, and a production only gets money allocated to it for so many episodes per year. However much you might be able to shift premiere dates in specific cases, on the average you'd still get only one season per year, so if there's a shorter gap between seasons one year, it has to be paid for by a longer gap the following year.
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Well, yeah, theoretically you could have a shorter gap in a given year, but that couldn't be expected every year. It takes time and money to produce a TV season, and a production only gets money allocated to it for so many episodes per year. However much you might be able to shift premiere dates in specific cases, on the average you'd still get only one season per year, so if there's a shorter gap between seasons one year, it has to be paid for by a longer gap the following year.
Agreed. You do see it now and then, like the first season of HBO's Girls premiered with GoT in the Spring, but the second season had a January debut, followed by another January debut for the third season, so it happens. But like you said, for practical reasons it's really just not how the industry works.
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HBO has set the premiere for The Leftovers for the 15th June. It'll have a 10-episode season.
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