As the TV landscape continues to be impacted by rise of serial and other factors that influence the way our favorite shows are viewed, ABC has now announced its split-season plans for the upcoming months.
As previously mentioned, one of the core ideas behind splitting seasons into shorter batches of episodes is to deliver relatively uninterrupted runs, thus hopefully reducing one of serial’s biggest killers – the Lowatus – therefore making the world an all-round better place.
Here’s what ABC has revealed so far (courtesy TVLine):
Premieres: Thursday, Sept. 26, with 12 episodes in a row*
Returns from Winter Hiatus: Feb. 27, with 12 episodes in a row
Premieres: Thursday, Oct. 3 with 10 episodes in a row*
Returns from Winter Hiatus: Feb. 27, with 12 in a row
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
Premieres: Wednesday, Sept. 25, with limited repeats and preemption
Returns from Winter Hiatus: Feb. 26, with limited repeats and preemption
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)
As you can see, Once will air 11 episodes in a row, which as previously stated, will focus on the Peter Pan/Neverland arc, essentially allowing the writers to approach Season 3 as two seasons.
In addition, Once spin-off Once Upon A Time In Wonderland, (Thursdays at 8pm) will be temporarily replaced by reality show The Quest from Jan 2.
More details as they arrive.