Let me rephrase, is the 22 episode season of TV dead?
As I watched last nights episode of Glee, I was disappointed, the season started out so fantastic, last weeks The Purple Piano Project brought back the Glee I fell in love with. Then came last nights episode, destined to be one of the ones I don’t re-watch when I buy the season on DVD.
You know the one’s I am talking about, filler or sub-plots we don’t care about. Season 3 of Buffy, perhaps the best season of the series gave us Gingerbread, did you watch that one again? Season 4 had more to skip, but I digress, you get the point.
We all have the episodes we skip in a season, most shows could be trimmed down to 13 episodes and still deliver. Would you rather have thirteen episodes shown in a row, or 22 spread out over several months, with long breaks and repeats.
Several stations use this method and I rather like it, of course I am not crazy about the wait for new seasons, sometimes a year, but I would rather have thirteen quality episodes then a crap shoot every week.
A couple of points to consider:
- 3 TV seasons, September to December, January to May and June to August
- Rotate the shows, take the 3 highest rated shows on the network and make one the anchor for each season
- more room for new shows, grab a broader audience
- fewer episodes less money spent
TNT and USA have cornered the summer TV market by following this formula, and it has certainly worked for HBO. I get 10 or 13 episodes that move the action along. I tune in every week because I know with a limited run I won’t be wasting my time.
I am not an expert, but I would swear this is how they do it across the pond, when I rent a BBC show on Netflix, there are only six episodes. When I look it up on IMDB they aren’t filming the next series for 6 more months.
TV executives I am calling on you, think outside the box.
Audience what do you think, less episodes, more quality, and more shows to choose from over a never-ending rotating year-long schedule.
Who is with me?