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.

  • mmogaddict

    You forgot option 5.

    “Revolution will be brought back early because Deception will crash and burn due to it’s premise/primary star not being a popular combination for the majority of Nielsen households.”

  • NJ Viewer

    Putting TV shows on hiatus has to be the stupidest idea the major networks ever came up with. People just lose interest if they can’t follow it continuously. Just show the freakin’ program from beginning to end (with an occasional week off for specials), then show another new program after that.

  • SJ

    It’s gonna die. Which is a shame, because it’s the only new show on the big four that can call itself a hit (a “time slot hit”, but still…).

  • I disconcur

    It’s really simple. Audiences are used to broadcast shows getting cancelled mid-run, which never happens on cable. So when broadcast shows take these long hiatuses in the middle of a season, it creates an association in the audience’s mind with this canceling behavior. Even if only subconsciously, the viewer feels like the show has been canceled, and they start the mental process of accepting it. When the show comes back, they’re much less invested in it than they have been, because that’s how the brain works.

    I really don’t understand why this isn’t widely acknowledged and accommodated for.

  • MB

    Not the least interested in “Deception.”

  • groove365

    Four months is a long time for people to find something else to watch in that time slot.
    Hardcore fans will come back but I think they will lose a significant number of viewers.

  • PhoenixRose360

    Personally I think this show was a little too close to things that could possibly happen, and why let the public in on that?

  • Casey

    My initial thought was that’s messed up, but if a lot are watching the Voice first – I don’t – then I can see this working. For me, new eps are automatically recorded, so I’ll watch them a day or so after they air, no matter what.

    As for networks treating SF shows poorly, I can see that, but they also Kept Fringe on, despite middling ratings and Lost got to finish up, even though it’s ratings were falling.

  • Amy

    On the cable channels like AMC, they do marathons to refresh your memories before starting up some new episodes. NBC won’t do that and the show will definitely suffer from a long hiatus.

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