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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?

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wcholmans
Sep. 7th, 2009 09:14 pm (UTC)
Simplistic answer, I suppose
I'm thinking that it all may be symptomatic.

"We, the people". seems to have changed to, "We, the sheep". We've come to expect to be shorn.

I'll bet you can't believe that when you were a toddler, there was a banker in Baytown who explained that, "If I had to charge my customers a service charge for patronizing my bank, I'd get out of the banking business."

Somehow the concept of "a rising tide raises all ships" does not work for society. The 'bottom line' has become an object of worship. When GBW said, 'a strong economy attracts capital', I heard, rightly or wrongly, 'attracting capital is the purpose of a strong economy'.

So, what I'm trying to imply by all this disjointed discourse, is that business of all kinds seems to have been turned around to be directed primarily toward getting investor cash by offering greater rewards, and it's probably doomed to escalate.

Willie C

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