Why are cable seasons so short
Posted 22 June 2009 - 01:06 PM
A normal TV show has 22-26 episodes and lasts pretty well from mid-late Sept until the end of May. I don't understand why cable TV shows are so much shorter. Burn Notice, which I love, is only going to be 16 episodes (like season 2) in this 3rd year. From what I have read here there will be 9 episodes this summer then a long break until January and then 7 more. That is a lot of months with no Burn Notice and I don't understand why cable stations do that instead of filling up the year the way regular TV does with a series.
I have other cable series that I watch and enjoy and they do the same short thing. Any thoughts, explanations?
Posted 22 June 2009 - 05:11 PM
Posted 22 June 2009 - 08:25 PM
Posted 22 June 2009 - 09:16 PM
"Covert operatives and diplomats from all over the world mingling in Miami.
Michael has this weekend circled on his calendar every year."
Posted 22 June 2009 - 09:39 PM
Here's a summary of the points from the article:
-Shorter seasons often allow the creative teams to make better shows as well because they can lavish more time on individual episodes.
- Shorter production schedules lure bigger stars. A 13-episode season allows A-list talent like Saving Grace's Hunter, Damages' Close and Weeds' Mary-Louise Parker to maintain their feature and stage careers.
-While the networks have lined their June to September schedules with sub-par reality shows and myriad reruns, their cable competitors take advantage of the relatively clutter-free period by airing scripted originals (think USA's Burn Notice) to great success.
-In addition to the scheduling flexibility that abbreviated seasons allow, writers and actors alike benefit from a greater creative license to delve into deeper and often morally ambiguous territory.
-in addition to cable's dual revenue streams (advertising dollars and subscription fees) as opposed to broadcast's singular ad-supported model, cable has far fewer programming hours to fill and less fare to promote.
Posted 23 June 2009 - 01:38 PM