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November 04 2013

Titles for Agents of SHIELD episodes 1.09 and 1.10 and broadcast schedule through the end of year.

The very title "Repairs" makes me wonder what is going to happen in the episode prior.
Was there an official release by ABC mentioning the December episodes? Often the further out eps are educated guesses by the futoncritic...
What do the astericks mean?
They were spot on with the switch between "The Hub" and "The Well", so I'm thinking they're right on December as well. Probably ABC sends early schedules to some sites.
5 episodes - then a rerun
4 episodes - then a rerun
1 episode - then a rerun

I know this is the way US network t.v. is done but my god it's a painful way to watch a show. No wonder network ratings are so abysmal. Will they ever get with the times and change things up?
The traditional tv season runs from September-October to April-May, meaning 35-40 weeks of programming to fill. A traditional tv show has 22 episodes per season. I don't think they can do much about it except running repeats during holiday weeks and mostly December and January. Otherwise they should be producing one 22-episodes series and one 13-episode series for each timeslot, and really, that's not feasible for any network right now.

[ edited by Perseo on 2013-11-05 09:06 ]
Kaan, the only way to air straight through would be to delay the show into about February. Complicated though because you end to having to pick up more episodes before you've started airing, which is a waste of money if the show had bombed.
I agree with what Gossi and Perseo said. To which I would add the following: as long as we have live sporting events and holidays some repeats are just flat out inevitable. For example the last 2 1/2 weeks of December and the first week (maybe 2 weeks) of January are always going to be lousy for scripted TV. But it could always be worse. Fortunately as a Tuesday show we won't feel much of an impact from March Madness but if we were on Thursday I'll bet we would see reruns when the tournament was on opposite of us.

So some reruns are unavoidable. That being said if we got rid of May Sweeps* there would be no need to stretch out the season for those extra 6-7 weeks (imnsho, ymmv). Seasons would end the 1st week or so in April** and life would be rosy! :)

* May Sweeps is a relic of the days when the season ran 30 or 39
weeks and we needed 3 measuring periods. Those days are long past
but we are still stuck with the 3rd sweeps period (Nov & Feb are
the other 2).

**assuming a 22 episode season
I wonder what the significance is of the Girl in the Flower Dress being repeated. I'm guessing that kicks off the season long plot arc of something or other.
I wonder what the significance is of the Girl in the Flower Dress being repeated. I'm guessing that kicks off the season long plot arc of something or other.

The only repeats so far are the pilot (twice) and Girl in the Flower Dress, which leads me to think the importance rests with Octopus. Or Centipede. Or Millipede. Whatever they're called.
All shows in the US tend to take a hiatus around holidays because viewership will be lower during those times. With Netflix getting into original programming, the "traditional" season isn't as relevant. Netflix can release programming in the summer, when you have the off-season shows. I remember that in the past, you would get the traditional season of September/October to April/May, then you'd get reruns until September. Now cable networks are premiering TV shows during the summer specifically so people can skip from one original show to another. This is why you don't get reruns anymore. If you missed an episode, you can catch it online but it won't air four times again before the next new one.
Is the 7/8 swap in order to give people more time to see Thor? And if so, should we as non-casual viewers wait and watch them in the reverse order? Does anyone know anything about this? I despise network-eporder-interference... I don't remember seeing a post about this, but I'm definitely about to go check...
DreamRose311, I imagine that is the case. Thor 2 will be released November 8, and even if most people see it that weekend, some people will not be able to until mid-week or the next weekend, even though Monday, November 11 is a holiday.
The 107 and 108 in the listing are production numbers, we don't know if the broadcast sequence has always been intended to be this or otherwise. In this case, I think it was a Marvel decision to capitalize on Thor's success at the movies, not network interference.
One other reason for reruns is production time. It takes 6 to 8 weeks to create a show, from writing to finished cut with music. Obviously they will have multiple shows overlapping in development, but the real gating factor is 8 days of primary photography, not including weekends. A show will start a season with a few finished episodes ready to go, but there's no way they can stay ahead of air times without a few gaps here and there. Sporting events fill some gaps, but others will require reruns.
I think it's good that broadcast TV networks are more and more adopting the cable model of shorter seasons and limited runs (see: Hannibal, Dracula, Sleepy Hollow, The Following etc.). Ideally, it means a thicker and better mapped out plot, less or none filler episodes and a bigger chance to shoot/air all episodes as well as to give the show some feeling of closure in case it doesn't get renewed.

I loved the 22 episode model with Buffy or Angel, I still like it with some shows even today (e. g. Supernatural), but in general, I think that it is becoming somewhat outdated, tiresome and counter-productive.

[ edited by Anuris on 2013-11-05 17:52 ]
The shorter seasons also mean less risk and financial investment. If it's a hit, great, give it another season. If it isn't, you've only spent the money on a handful of episodes.

I also like the trend of giving shows guaranteed orders. For instance, ordering a full 13-episode set of Hannibal. That ensured that Bryan Fuller could map out his plot and see it through. That said, he ended the first season of Hannibal in a way that didn't provide any resolution and they didn't know whether they would be renewed.

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