Mid-Season Hiatus: Economics or Trend
I found myself completely annoyed (and with some extra time on my hands) when I heard the latest of my favorite shows, The Walking Dead was going on a mid-season hiatus. On a 13 episode season? Why in the world would they need to take a mid-season hiatus?
This got me thinking, is this whole thing a trend or are they truly ruled by economics?
With a brand new show in its first season, quite often the network will only order the front-end or first few episodes to see how a show does before sinking money into an entire season. So it is understandable that a mid-season hiatus will happen. That was the case with the first season of Pretty Little Liars last year. However, after the show has been on for a couple of seasons and has been established and popular, as is the case of The Vampire Diaries, I really don’t understand the point.
In the event that this is a trend, it really must end. Shows work to build up their momentum and when they pause to take a break, they lose that momentum. Then they have to build it up again from the middle to the end.
I would probably be beside myself if shows like True Blood or Sons of Anarchy paused mid-season. Each of those shows averages 12-13 episodes per season. They are action-packed, intense and I love every moment of them building toward an epic finale!
Interestingly enough, the way The Walking Dead left off it was felt as though it was taking a pause, catching its breath and figuring out what is next. By comparison, The Vampire Diaries threw everything and the kitchen sink at us before they went on a break.
Perhaps this new trend is a way for shows to extend their seasons. Instead of just having them run from September – December for example, they run it from September to November. Then they end it on a cliff-hanger so you will be thinking about it in the month of December and they bring it back in January until March. This way the show is on your mind for seven to eight months of the year instead of five months.
If that is the case then it is a really cheap ploy. If a show is good enough, it will stand on its own and people will think about and talk about it until it comes back. That has been the case with True Blood, every season. The same thing is now happening with Game of Thrones. And if they aren’t talking thinking and talking about it until it comes back, then maybe it shouldn’t come back.
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