Fall TV: Get Details on the Split-Season, Non-Stop Schedules for Grey's, Once, Other ABC Shows

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ABC Split SeasonGet ready for a strong dose of Grey’s Anatomy and more Peter Pan than you find in an 16-oz. peanut butter jar, as ABC uncorks its split-season plan for several dramas.

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As ABC president Paul Lee announced at the Television Critics Assoc. summer press tour, the network has developed split-season plans that will cleave runs in half, serving up each batch on a relatively uninterrupted schedule. Thus far, we have details on how three of the shows will roll out.

GREY’S ANATOMY
Premieres: Thursday, Sept. 26, with 12 episodes in a row*
Returns from Winter Hiatus: Feb. 27, with 12 episodes in a row

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SCANDAL
Premieres: Thursday, Oct. 3 with 10 episodes in a row*
Returns from Winter Hiatus: Feb. 27, with 12 in a row

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ONCE UPON A TIME
Premieres: Sunday, Sept. 29, with 11 in a row* (in large part set in Neverland)
Returns from Winter Hiatus: March 9 (the first Sunday after ABC’s Oscars telecast), with 11 in a row

Also, though exact episode counts were not available:

NASHVILLE
Premieres: Wednesday, Sept. 25, with limited repeats and preemption
Returns from Winter Hiatus: Feb. 26, with limited repeats and preemption (UPDATE: Nashville will air four new episodes across January/February.)

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REVENGE
Premieres: Sunday, Sept. 29, with limited repeats and preemption
Returns from Winter Hiatus: March 9 (the same night that Resurrection replaces another freshman drama, Betrayal, in the Sundays-at-10 slot)

Additionally, the freshman spin-off Once Upon a Time in Wonderland (Thursdays at 8) will be replaced, at least temporarily, by the new reality series The Quest starting Jan. 2.

Among the other midseason hour-longs that will temporarily replace the split-season shows, ABC has on deck Mind Games (starring Steve Zahn and Christian Slater) and Tricia Helfer’s Killer Women.

* Except for, presumably, major holidays (when HUT levels are extremely low) and pre-scheduled events

You wanted fewer repeats and multi-week breaks; now you’ve got ‘em. Do you like ABC’s plan?



Comments (104)

  • Finally! I have said this for years! Have some shows all run non stop or at least limited breaks then take a winter break and come back all new episodes non stop or close to non stop! I hate the one for 4 weeks, off for 3 on for 1 off for 2 etc. That is where shows lose viewers!
    TAKE NOTE NBC, CBS, CW do the same thing!

    Comment by sarah – August 29, 2013 05:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • “You wanted fewer repeats and multi-week breaks” I’m sorry, to whom are you referring – the attention deficit under 18′s or the greedy who cares about viewers Money Hungry Networks? I want 22-25 episodes, all first run, broken only by Thanksgiving, Christmas (not two months of Christmas) and Easter. It amazes me anyone puts up with this. Advertisers beware – you’re the next targets if you keep accepting this nonsense.

    Comment by RobD381 – August 29, 2013 05:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Do the math. The season runs from end of September to mid-May, which is about 34 weeks. If they run 22 episodes non-stop from October 3, the season would be over before the end of February and you’d have to wait 7 months until the new season started. Would you rather they play it like that?

      Comment by Cheyenne – September 2, 2013 01:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • How come Grey’s gets 24 episodes each season and Scandal only gets 22? NO FAIR!!

    Comment by Cheyenne – September 2, 2013 01:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The UK formula of having 6 episodes and you MIGHT get to see more episodes in a year is bad way, bad. i wait until these small episode a season shows are completed and then watch them in a timely fashion, i dont have to wait a year, because who cares in a year, hell evreyone has forgotten already and moved on, Shameless UK just finished and its extremely funny and edgy and i dont have to wait a million days to watch the next episode, next up breaking sad, i mean bad. The Formula kills shows and 100% kills any interest!

    Comment by Asashii – September 23, 2013 01:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Matt
    Do you have any news about the new shows which start mid season, especially Star-Crossed? They still have it on the schedule, right? I have not heard anything in a while

    Comment by Kat – November 19, 2013 12:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It’s just like cable. Which I love. Split seasons make it seem like you’re actually getting more of your show cuz of the 2 mini seasons. As opposed to 1 full season a year.

    Comment by Jared – November 19, 2013 12:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Does this mean OUAT in Wonderland won’t come back at all or just later in the season?

    Comment by Allison – November 19, 2013 12:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So…. I have to wait over 3 months to see the last 3 episondes of Revenge?? OH MY GOD!!! Horrible Idea!!

    Comment by Jessica – December 1, 2013 04:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I think it’s a great idea, but how can series afford to take off the entire February Sweeps Month? As someone who used to work in TV – February, May, and November are THE most important months of the year for setting ad rates. Now you don’t even air your hottest show during that month – how is that possible?

    Comment by guest – December 5, 2013 11:00 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I would just be the happiest if yall would just put Once upon a time all the time without a Hiatus!!! Its like the best tv show abc has ever had!!!!! #panneverfails #OnceUponATime #wickediscoming #oncers #snowing #charmattack #uglyducklings #hookers #captainswan ❤

    Comment by gloria – December 16, 2013 02:32 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This is the most stupid idea ever i want to watch the whole season! so now u will break our heart twice when the season ends and in the middle? it is so annoying cause you’d be so focused and excited then suddenly in the middle of no where it stops airing with no closer for more than 2 months. great planning -_-

    Comment by lolo – December 19, 2013 01:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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