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ABC Set to Shake Up Broadcast Model with Shorter Seasons For Scandal, Greys, Once, Revenge and More

By on May 15, 2013

It looks like ABC is finally taking a leaf from the Cable model. During the Network’s 2013/2014 Primetime Schedule announcements yesterday President Paul Lee announced that ABC would pursue smaller more contained season runs for some of its key shows this Fall.

The new show model is set to consist of the usual 22 episodes broken into two seasons of 12 episodes each, with one airing in Fall and the other in Spring.

Those shows potentially affected by the new broadcast model are Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy, Once Upon a Time and Revenge.

The decision may have come too late for Revenge’s Mike Kelley who stepped down as showrunner earlier this month amid creative differences over how the season’s grueling 22 episode run should be structured. Kelly is a known advocate of the shorter Cable style season structure.

Although Lee indicated that the new structure has yet to be set in stone, new fall dramas Resurrection and Betrayal will follow a shorter 12 episode season format.

What do you think? Would you prefer to see your favorite shows broken into two individual seasons (with story arcs and season finales) or do you prefer the current Network model of 24 episodes?


  1. HookFan

    May 15, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    This makes more sense than stupid hiatuses. I think ABC’s had some stupid people at the helm anyway, so maybe they’re waking up to some sense.

  2. starlady227

    May 21, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    I’d rather have it that way. I hate having a show on for 1 wk then off for 2 then back on for 2 and then off for 4. It’s insane. If it wasn’t for my DVR I’d never remember to watch anything.