Remember way back, say 4 – 5 months ago? Back in a time of happy, when Daphne was still alive and we were waiting on bated breath for the final episodes of Battlestar! To find out who the final cylon was. When episodes flowed a plenty in a symphony of consecutive airings playing out their melodies on our heart strings!
Yeah, well welcome to 2009. All that’s over. The CW and even NBC were really on the ball during the first half of this season (or volume, what have you) airing their episodes back to back. Building and keeping a great momentum and consistency casual watchers could really sink their teeth into. I praised TNT for nudging these kinds of schedules along. Pressing boundaries of ‘season’ and ‘sweeps’. TNT forges on with their successes while the rest have decided to flounder around and screw things up. We’ve seen break after break in these shows and I know I was not the only person expecting a whole lot more to be new on TV last night than there was. Even Monday nights have been hit or miss for what will be new.
I understand stretching a season and these occasional one or two week breaks are much better than some years of Smallville where we’d go for a whole month before the story would continue but it’s been proven now, it works in their favor to quit jerking us around. The concept of volumes as opposed to seasons works for me if you’re willing to air them all in one go. I’m tired of having to surf the channels to find something to watch on a night that I set aside specifically for certain shows and if the networks feel they really need to take those breaks then they need to do a better job of publicizing when we should be looking for the next episode.
My arch enemy Tim Kring spoke about the downfall of ‘appointment television’, I agree but I don’t think it’s dead. People make a point to watch when you make something they care about. Quit making them have to keep a day book to follow you and maybe you’ll give people a chance to show you that they’re still there.