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*Fox: No Hiatus for Prison Break* 
15th-Nov-2006 06:10 pm
LP: Ned blue
Looks like the boys will be back in January.

NOVEMBER 15, 2006 -
Fox is leaning toward running 22 consecutive episodes first-run of Prison Break this season straight through, choosing not to pull the series at the end of the November sweeps as it did last season, before bringing it back in March, Preston Beckman, executive vp, strategic program planning at Fox said today at the International Radio & Television Society breakfast session.

Last season, Fox pulled the series after the Nov. 28 episode and brought it back in first-run on March 20, airing it through May 22 which was the final week of the season. At the time, Fox got complaints from viewers who wanted to watch the series in consecutive weeks, like Fox airs its drama series 24.

This season, Fox has already aired 11 episodes but will continue running the next 11 originals. "We do have a little break because we will be airing two BCS [college Bowl Championship Series] games and a two-hour 24 premiere in January (in the Prison Break time period)," Beckman said, but it will run straight through after that."

Prison Break, much like other serials, ABC's Lost and Desperate Housewives, and its own 24, do not do well in repeat.

NBC also plans to air its freshman hit serialized drama, Heroes, straight through in originals, after only a short hiatus, beginning Jan. 22, according to Mitch Metcalf, executive vp, program planning and scheduling at NBC. The network has aired eight so far and will air three more in fourth quarter before bringing the series back in all first-run in January.

And ABC, which aired just six episodes of Lost and now has the series on hiatus, will bring it back in February and run the remaining 16 episodes. Jeff Bader, executive vp, ABC Entertainment, the network is hoping to keep viewer interest up during the hiatus by airing clips from the upcoming episodes during telecasts of Daybreak, the drama series that will be airing in the Lost, 9 p.m. Wednesday time period between now and February.

Bader said ABC decided on this strategy over two others--hold back premiering Lost this season until January and running it 22 episodes straight through, or airing the six episodes as it did and then airing Lost repeats until February when the originals return. Of the first option, he said the network was making too many other scheduling moves, like moving Grey's Anatomy to Thursday, and bringing on eight new shows, "plus we weren't sure how Dancing With the Stars would do." So the decision was made to open the season with some original Lost episodes. The second option was not selected, Bader said, "because Lost repeats are like crimes against humanity" when it comes to getting viewers.

CBS will pull its freshman serialized drama hit, Jericho, after its first-run Nov. 29 airing and bring it back in first-run in February also, rather than airing it in repeat during its first-run hiatus. Kelly Kahl, executive vp, programming operations, for CBS, said Jericho will still be available in repeat for viewers online, and said the network will be airing commercials touting the return of the show in February. --with Marc Berman
15th-Nov-2006 11:13 pm (UTC)
Maybe some room opened up on the schedule because of Justice being axed.
15th-Nov-2006 11:17 pm (UTC)
I hate to say it, but I was really looking forward to a little break!
15th-Nov-2006 11:20 pm (UTC)
do you think that means they would keep running things through december (or at least part of december) and then stop for a couple of weeks and pick it back up at the beginning of january? i surely hope so. i'd like to have a few extra episodes before january.
15th-Nov-2006 11:25 pm (UTC)
That's what it sounds like. I'll see if I can find anything else about it at the Fox press site.
15th-Nov-2006 11:39 pm (UTC)
Wait. So, after these next two episodes (12 and 13) is there gonna be a break? Aww man, I was so psyched up about having 24 and Prison Break on at the same time! :(
15th-Nov-2006 11:41 pm (UTC)
This is the only thing I've seen that mentions having no break. Maybe when Fox issues a press release it will be clearer.
15th-Nov-2006 11:42 pm (UTC)
Oh goodness, I hope this is true! I was really dreading a hiatus.
15th-Nov-2006 11:45 pm (UTC)

I was looking forward to the hiatus!

I'm suddenly very exhausted.
15th-Nov-2006 11:52 pm (UTC)
Thanks for posting the news.
I don't mind the break. I'd rather have two blocks of episodes so that I can watch them in consecutive weeks and keep up with everything, rather than have them scattered throughout a season and always be wondering if next week will be new or not. But then again, I don't know how I would handle waiting for March. I'd rather just have a shorter hiatus.

16th-Nov-2006 12:46 am (UTC)
You have a point. The scattering of episodes might be a problem for the views who are not obsessed. (like me) lol
15th-Nov-2006 11:54 pm (UTC)
I'm so confused. And so pissed off about Justice getting cancelled, but that's another rant LoL But yeah... I'm confuzzled. So, aside from the ball games, we're NOT going on hiatus until March? *sigh* Fox makes my head hurt. *shrug* Oh well. My cable company loses Fox at the end of this month, anyway. Guess it's online for me.
16th-Nov-2006 02:39 am (UTC)
How can your cable company lose FOX?!?! That's like a basic channel you can get without cable! Geez.

And, OMG, JUSTICE. I LOVED RON TROTT. Great character. Great show. I HATE FOX. That they keep Standoff and ax Justice is just mindboggling.
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16th-Nov-2006 12:16 am (UTC)
i was hoping for a break but not a long one. but now that i think of it, i LOVE this. yay. no hiatus!
16th-Nov-2006 12:25 am (UTC)
Good move. I have a feeling that if they go on break for a long time, it'll destroy the ratings.
16th-Nov-2006 12:53 am (UTC)
I'm confused!
16th-Nov-2006 12:08 pm (UTC)
You're not the only one!
16th-Nov-2006 01:22 am (UTC)
The news is confusing; but yes, I was expecting a "break" for a couple months. The show has so much going on; but it's a great show:) We'll see what happens when the official news from FOX breaks. At least there'll be a couple weeks; perhaps a month hiatus between all those games, etc.


I just saw that a few of you touched on the points I mentioned. Does that make us likeminded ;)?
16th-Nov-2006 01:28 am (UTC)
Why is this confusing to me?

So what, they'll break til like mid-January then run the next 11 eps straight through? No repeats? WHAT!?
16th-Nov-2006 01:32 am (UTC)
I'll be so happy if this is true. I was dreading the hiatus. I just feel like the show loses steam when you stop in the middle like that.
16th-Nov-2006 02:42 am (UTC)
I'm so darn confused! I pray that PB doesn't run during the Xmas weeks because I won't be in the country. Hopefully, torrents can help me.
16th-Nov-2006 03:00 am (UTC)
Don't worry - I'm from Ukraine and I get new episodes via torrents right after it aired in US.. well, maybe there is a few hours delay.
16th-Nov-2006 03:15 am (UTC)
I'm glad there will be no break.
Don't even wanna hear complains and whinings on that - Pb is too good and too intense to take a 3-month-break.
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