September 16th, 2006
|12:24 am - Question re: SciFi Channel & SG-1|
Season 10 is definitely not over, and yet SciFi is advertising next week's episode as the "season finale."
Do they mean "last episode before taking a break to make room for Doctor Who on Friday nights"?
Current Mood: confused
They did it last year, too. It's more of a half-season cliff-hanger, usually, but the advertising department clearly has no other idea how else to advertise that hey! you won't be getting any new eps for months!
...Or maybe they're thinking "season" in this context more as "the autumn chunk of episodes" as opposed to "the spring chunk of episodes"? =)
|Date:||September 16th, 2006 04:11 pm (UTC)|| |
SciFi = stupid.
It's more of a half-season cliff-hanger, usually, but the advertising department clearly has no other idea how else to advertise that hey! you won't be getting any new eps for months!
Yeah, okay, that's what I figured. But geez, there actually are ways to advertise that: USA just put together a spot saying: "Oh no! Psych is closing up shop!...for now. Watch for more adventures in January."
SciFi needs a lesson from them.
|Date:||September 16th, 2006 09:24 am (UTC)|| |
Uh, it is SciFi Channel. You want intelligence from those pushing the buttons you'd best go elsewhere.
This actually sounds like the same stunt they pulled with Farscape. They announced the cancellation late, then tried to convince everyone (including themselves, I truly believe) that the second half of season four - airing months and months later - was the promised season five.
I deal with that channel the easy way - I don't watch.
|Date:||September 16th, 2006 04:13 pm (UTC)|| |
You want intelligence from those pushing the buttons you'd best go elsewhere.
Heh. Ain't *that* the truth. I just kind of hoped they'd learned something in the past few years.... Oh well.
And if they actually try that Farscape stunt...well, the SG-1 fans already hate SciFi, so it probably won't matter much. *shakes head*
|Date:||September 16th, 2006 01:31 pm (UTC)|| |
I don't know about these things, but it sounds like it's akin to Monk on USA which has two shorter seasons in a year, one starting in January and one starting in the summer sometime. Maybe that's just how some basic cable channels do their seasons.
|Date:||September 16th, 2006 04:15 pm (UTC)|| |
I think you're right, that's what they're doing...but even USA doesn't call those sections 2 different seasons, usually.
SciFi's just being phenomenally silly once more, I guess. Heh.
IIRC, I noticed that Sci-Fi treated S2 of BSG as two seasons on the DVDs: BSG 2.0 and BSG 2.5. Likely its a tactic to compete against the broadcast networks.
Yeah, they always seem to do that for the mid-season finale. I don't know why.
|Date:||September 18th, 2006 06:25 pm (UTC)|| |
*eyeroll* Stupid SciFi.
Not that any of this still holds true, but it's my experience that broadcast networks divide their seasons into halves, with the first half airing, then recycling (often during the holiday season), then the second half airing in time for sweeps.
Cable networks counter that, starting their new seasons when the broadcast networks are airing re-runs.
Why SciFi advertises the 2nd half of a season as a "new season" . . . well . . . that I cannot tell you.