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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Heroes, Dollhouse, and Chuck: how short seasons are saving sci fi TV

Shortened seasons allow for lower production costs, greater freedom for actors to be involved in other projects, and most importantly a tight focus for the writers.


  1. At first I disagreed with this article. 12 crappy episodes of Heroes instead of 20 still leaves you with crappy episodes of Heroes. But isn't this what they do with shows on cable? 'Tru Blood' and 'Burn Notice' off the top of my head. Maybe learning from the cable channels is a step in the right direction.

    In Treatment would be sort of an exception. They have more episodes, but if you break it down by the individual it's actually shorter.

    Then again what do I know.

  2. I don't like this trend towards shorter seasons. Anybody remember when tv series had 39 episode seasons? How about 26 or 22. Pretty soon, probably by next year the standard will be 13.
    In Britain, they have 6 episode seasons.

    At that point your basically making a really long movie. Personally, I like the episodic nature of television it allows for scenes where the characters just interact, it allows the writers to take chances, (Do you think there would have been a musical episode of Buffy if the season were only 13 eps long?), and it gives me something to watch when I'm bored.


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