TV Season in Review: Breaks Are Bad, Gore Is Good, a Reality Check and More Lessons Learned

As schedules for the 2013-14 TV season were unveiled this month, it became evident that the networks had gotten at least one message: Oft-interrupted TV seasons do no one any favors. Thus, CBS and Fox are dipping their toes in the water with “limited” series runs. But what other lessons can we learn from the season gone by?

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Did reality-TV’s titans get a much-needed reality check? Will there ever be a happy ending for whatever show airs after Modern Family? Have the Bravermans of Parenthood emerged as NBC’s secret weapon? Does gore score? Can small-screen heroes be super again?

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Here, TVLine tenders 19 takeaways from the 2012-13 season — some of which please us, but also a few that pain us to put to (virtual) paper.

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