OUT OF SIGHT, OUT OF MIND
An extended hiatus (…or two) and willy-nilly scheduling can wreak havoc on a show’s momentum and thus its ratings — and, worst case, leave viewers to dwell on a subpar installment for too long. But has this lesson truly been learned by everyone? CBS is airing its new Hostages thriller for 15 straight episodes, period, then turning the time slot over to a second new series. ABC, meanwhile, had the brill notion to use its Wonderland-based spin-off to fill Once Upon a Time‘s annual wintertime hiatus… but abandoned the idea by instead scheduling the offshoot for fall. That makes us Grumpy.