A few people asked me about this - why ABC decided to have such giant hiatus periods this year.
It’s an experiment. They picked three of their heaviest serialized shows: Once Upon a Time, Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal and divided their seasons into mini seasons. Each show aired 10-11 episodes mostly uninterrupted (minus Thanksgiving week where each show was on a break), from September/October premieres through December winter finales.
The shows will come back in late February and early March and then they will air the remaining episodes of their seasons without repeats until the May finales (there will probably be a one week break for each show again for various reasons). The network believes airing them this way will help ratings because people won’t be put off by long stretches of repeats.
Revenge will be doing something similar, but not as harsh. They’ll return in January with three episodes and then they’ll be gone until March when they’ll air their remaining nine.
Is it a good idea? It depends on your perspective. Even though I’m going to miss OUAT desperately, I think this will pay off in the long run and if it does, expect more networks to follow suit. Cable networks like ABC Family and USA have been doing this for a while and it works really well for them.
peter pan, one last time
You hear that? That’s the sound of character development. - Part 2