As hinted by ABC Pres Paul Lee during the summer’s Television Critics Association, ABC hopes to have solved the problem of interrupted TV show airings. The network’s solution? ABC will now air select shows in a non-stop, split season schedule format. In short, shows will air near half of a season uninterrupted, take a brief hiatus and return mid-winter for the remainder of the season to play out, rerun-free.
We have details on how ABC plans to handle hit shows “Once Upon a Time,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” and “Scandal,” but we know the network plans to give similar treatments to “Nashville” and “Revenge.”
Starting with its premiere on Sept 26, “Grey’s” will air uninterrupted fresh episodes with 12 in a row. The show will return from its winter hiatus on Feb 27 with another 12 episodes in a row. “Scandal” will premiere Oct 3 and air 10 episodes in a row before its hiatus. It will also return on Feb 27 with 12 straight episodes. “Once” kicks off Sept 29 and will air 11 uninterrupted episodes. The show will then take a hiatus and return March 9 with another 11 uninterrupted episodes.
As for “Nashville” & “Revenge,” exact number of episodes is unknown, but we do know they will receive similar treatment. “Nashville” will return from winter hiatus on Feb 26, with “Revenge” returning March 9. It is likely midseason hour long dramas will bridge the gap between halves of a season.