So, today, I’m here to promise you that I shall never go into your e-reader, right when you’re in the middle of the book and suck your book away so you can’t finish it for a few weeks.
Oh, you didn’t think I would. Good. I just felt the need to openly promise this, as I wanted to assure you the trend in television hasn’t marched over to books.
What trend? This horrible, awful, crappy “mid-season finale.” At least three TV shows I watch have all declared last week’s episode was the last show before they retired for midseason. (It’s actually four shows if you include the one I decided to give up because it’s not enticing enough for me to come back to in a month or two or three or whenever it decides to return).
This mid-season finale thing irks me to no end. A television season is akin to a book. I should get to see my episodes each week throughout the season until the season is over. I understand that, as a practical matter, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s week are probably not going to have shows because a lot of fans are traveling or with family and not going to sit and watch. But, why take a month or more off in the middle of the season? In this case, absence does not make the heart grow fonder. It leads to irritation, or to a feeling of “out of sight, out of mind.”
Going back to my book analogy, stopping episodes in the middle of the season is like yanking someone’s book away when they get to the midpoint. Why? There’s really no reason for that. I don’t care when the actors start filming or when the network starts airing the episodes. Start in October or November, for all I care. Just keep going once you start. A one- to two-month vacation just lets me decide I want to watch a different show, or decide I can live just fine without your show.