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When did seasons get cut down?; Ie, from 29 to 24, etc?
Topic Started: Jan 20 2008, 12:27 PM (400 Views)
Ridge
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I was just wondering... not sure if anyone knows the answer (or if it is just the obvious $$ reason) but many of the shows used to run for 27-30 episode long seasons but all the new shows just run to like 24 (even succesful ones like Desperate Housewives, LOST, etc.) Was there a reason for this? When did it happen?
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Rising production cost caused networks to trim show orders. However, they were still able to make ad money off of re-runs. Another stances is that longer seasons equal less quality. Plus, many actors and production members want to do outside projects.

Also, In the 50s and 60s, many shows had seasons with 26 to 40 episodes. Hourlong shows used to run longer too....50 mintutes with only 10 minutes of commericals, vrs. 44/40 minutes today;

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AllMyShadows


It's weird. "The Donna Reed Show" ran for eight seasons (1958-1966) and produced 275 episodes. "Cheers" ran for eleven seasons (1982-1993) and produced 275 episodes, too.

And in the true golden age of primetime soap in the 1980s and 1990s, it wasn't uncommon for some of those shows to put out between 27-32 episodes a season. Hell, the last season of "Melrose Place" was 34 episodes long.

The worst part of it now is that we have these gigantic gaps between episodes, and by the time the show comes back, you forgot what happened in the last episode.
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AllMyShadows
Jan 20 2008, 08:55 PM
It's weird. "The Donna Reed Show" ran for eight seasons (1958-1966) and produced 275 episodes. "Cheers" ran for eleven seasons (1982-1993) and produced 275 episodes, too.

And in the true golden age of primetime soap in the 1980s and 1990s, it wasn't uncommon for some of those shows to put out between 27-32 episodes a season. Hell, the last season of "Melrose Place" was 34 episodes long.

The worst part of it now is that we have these gigantic gaps between episodes, and by the time the show comes back, you forgot what happened in the last episode.

Yeah, those breaks that you guys have are ridiculous! Thankfully we never get those during a season...
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