How Will a Four-Month Hiatus Impact 'Revolution' - Poll?

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October 31st, 2012

Buried within NBC's lengthy mid-season schedule announcement was the news that Revolution will take about a four-month hiatus, from its last fall original on November 26 to its spring return March 25, 2013. The new drama Deception will air in the Monday 10pm time period starting on January 7.

The question is whether the long break will hurt the show. Much longer hiatuses have become standard for hit cable dramas, with the breaks whetting viewers appetites and allowing new viewers to discover (and marathon) the show via online streaming. But broadcast television is still a different beast. Big breaks did no favors for the ill-fated genre shows Flash Forward and The Event. Make your prediction about Revolution's fate, then explain your reasoning in the comments.

  • Ray32

    Damn HTML. That was to read,

    ” Message : COMMUNITY is booked on Thursday 2/7 thru 5/16. ”

  • Tyler

    I think it’ll drop but I don’t think it’ll plummet and get cancelled. It’ll probably drop just like all shows do in the spring, but it still have The Voice as a lead in and I really don’t think it’s anything to worry about.

  • Daw Johnson

    The hiatus is different in this case because it’s being done to keep Revolution paired with The Voice.

    This is a far better scenario for the show than running it behind The Biggest Loser.

  • John

    The downside risks of a hiatus seem pretty clear. What is the upside? Why do networks do this? What are they hoping to accomplish?

  • Kevin

    It won’t matter how REVOLUTION would fare once the show returns March 25th. Hate to wonder if this is going to break the serialized curse.

  • BxActor

    Hurt it for sure

  • Jeff

    How many shows with some momentum must die in one season for networks to learn this is not effective? HORRIBLE IDEA. It’s much better to do three 6 to 8 week cycles, separated by a month or so. Here’s what I would do:

    Late Sept-Nov, mid-Jan-Feb, April-May. For a show like Revolution, they could add a few shows to make it 24, and pop a few extra shows in December too.

    I will be watching still, but how many will tune-out? Probably too many.

  • bluejays

    @John. Clearly NBC don’t think Revolution can fly without the massive The Voice lead in. So they’ve probably quite carefully added up the pros and cons and decided a long break is less risky than it airing without a huge lead in. What that says about their overall belief in the strength of the show doesn’t seem too flattering.

    Then again, from their point of view, they’ve had show after show cancelled on Mondays very early on. They’ve had shows start out well and then drop big time (Smash) and this is the first show they’ve had that’s worked after The Voice. They probably daren’t do anything else than give it that break and let it come back when it has a big, compatible lead in.

  • Ultima

    What is the upside? Why do networks do this?

    The Voice gets 4s; The Biggest Loser gets 2s?

  • Ultima


    Also, there’s a reasonable possibility that Revolution couldn’t produce all 22 episodes by mid-March and NBC does want a second drama in that timeslot (as opposed to stretching a repeat filled Revolution season over 36 weeks).

  • Hubert R.

    I went for the last one; Revolution will drop a lot, not only because of hiatus, but because it will air in SPRING. Spring numbers are always weaker than the fall ones, so The Voice will drop as well.

  • Barbarossa

    Yeah bad experience with previous hiatus worry me. Especially with Flashforward, where it was actually better after the hiatus but the early episodes and long break killed it.

  • badman

    the event had crappy ratings before the hiatus..!

  • Benjamin

    I swear to God, science fiction is like the Rodney Dangerfield of broadcast TV. It gets no respect at all. Why science fiction content creators even bother with broadcast TV is beyond my understanding.

  • chrisss

    Whatever it does, will certainly do better than it would if had The Biggest Loser as a lead in and started airing repeats between new episodes.

  • Ultima

    How many shows with some momentum must die in one season for networks to learn this is not effective? HORRIBLE IDEA. It’s much better to do three 6 to 8 week cycles, separated by a month or so.

    People complain about that all the time when the CW does it.

    People complain when the networks stretch a 22 episode season over 36 weeks with preemptions and repeats.

    People complain when the networks air a show with little interruption in two long runs with a huge hiatus.

    People complain when the networks hold a show for midseason just so that they can run it without interruptions.

    Shockingly, apparently, the networks find both successes and failures with all of these formats.

  • Jon23812

    It won’t make a difference, because The Voice will still air before it.

  • Lisa

    I would say it seems to work for the Walking Dead, but Revolution ain’t no Walking Dead. I don’t understand this move at all.

  • chrisss

    I really should proof read before I post…

  • cra

    The show is dead if it is off for three months. People will assume it is cancelled and will lose track of the plot line. Flashforward and V were both destroyed by long hiatus. As for cable shows although many have continuing subplot line they usually are stan alone episodes and the audience looks at each string of episodes as a season so they are prepared to wait for each miniseason.

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