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Yeah, it is a minor problem, and not something to obsess about...but the length of today's television series seasons drives me insane! You are just beginning to get invested in a show, to like the characters, and to care what happens to them and BAM! the season is over.

The series seasons of my youth were generally 26 episodes. They would run from late August or early September to around March, and then there would be reruns for the summer. If you didn't catch an episode first run, and missed the repeat, you might never see it.

Then the season went to thirteen episodes. There would be a season of one show in the spring and summer, and another in the fall and winter.

Nowdays, there are "seasons" that run six to eight episodes, start at staggered times, and finish whenever the networks feel like it. You barely get interested in the current season, and it is over. On the other hand, an episode will be repeated at least twice a night, and then off and on throughout the week following on the non-traditional networks like USA, TNT, "SyFy" and so on. They claim to be running two seasons a year, but often it is still thirteen episodes split into two groups of episodes run half in the summer and half in the winter.

It is almost enough to make one give up on TV entirely...but unfortunately, the series so affected are often really good in their own right, so you WANT to see more.

Now, this rant does have a caveat. I almost never watch the mainstream networks. The only exception I made last year was for "Castle" -- though that season still fit this pattern.

I wait for things like "Bones", "House", and "NCIS" to hit USA or TNT. Maybe if I watched the shows on their "real" networks, I'd feel differently. Can anyone expound?


Aug. 19th, 2009 12:39 am (UTC)
seasonal sh...tuff...
I hate this, as well. But I see sorta, why it happened.
Broadcast series got shorter, pure and simple, for the sake of economics. Short seasons cost less money to make, and the profits get bigger.
Then the cable companies came in. To put a new series, however long, up against the re-runs of the broadcast channels made sense. And again, shorter seasons mean less expense, and less loss if the series fails.
I, personally, blame the BBC. They are the masters of the short, awesome series.
(and don't get me started on what they did with "Lost" after the first year or so...)
Solutions? Complain, if you think it helps. Start posting fan fic to help us fill the void.
(CROSSOVERS! Castle solves the mysterious death of the two fools on Psych...
Enraged fans throw the writer/producter of "Torchwood: Children of Earth" into an anomaly and the Primeval gang shuts them all down....
House has to figure out why this so-called "Doctor" has two hearts...)
I can go on all night.
I believe I will.
Look for an upcoming blog on Myspace...LOL....
Aug. 19th, 2009 08:38 pm (UTC)
Re: seasonal sh...tuff...
That's a good idea. If I can find time, I just might take you up on that challenge...haven't written any fan fiction in a very long time. :)

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