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    Can someone please we explain what this new schedule means :?:

    http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/05/once-upon-a-time-scandal-and-more-could-take-long-breaks-on-abc-in-2013-14.html

    When does Season 3 start :?:

    #194635
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    While I don’t know when S3 officially starts, it will be splint into two parts. The first half will run from Sept-Dec, probably airing between 10-12 uninterrupted episodes (or only one interruption). It will then take a 3 month break for the Olympics and typical winter break during which a reality show will air. It sounds like a long break, but it should help the over all ratings. It will then come back in March and run 11-12 uninterrupted episodes until the season finale in May. This is to help with the hiatus issue that caused our ratings to take a beating. As of right now we do not know if the season will be 22 episodes or 24. Matt, my fellow Mod, made this mock up schedule of what S3 could look like:

    301 – September 22nd, 2013
    302 – September 29th, 2013
    303 – October 6th, 2013
    304 – October 13th, 2013
    305 – October 20th, 2013
    306 – October 27th, 2013
    307 – November 3rd, 2013
    308 – November 10th, 2013
    309 – November 24th, 2013
    310 – December 1st, 2013
    311 – December 8th, 2013
    312 – December 15th, 2013
    3 month winter break
    313 – March 9th, 2014
    314 – March 16th, 2014
    315 – March 23rd, 2014
    316 – March 30th, 2014
    317 – April 6th, 2014
    318 – April 13th, 2014
    319 – April 20th, 2014
    320 – April 27th, 2014
    321 – May 4th, 2014
    322 – May 11th, 2014

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    #194636
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    The long hiatus would suck, but honestly, I’d rather that than all the random stops and starts of new eps. A schedule like this with the two blocks of eps should do wonders for the momentum of the storyline and with any luck will keep people watching.

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    @Phee wrote:

    The long hiatus would suck, but honestly, I’d rather that than all the random stops and starts of new eps. A schedule like this with the two blocks of eps should do wonders for the momentum of the storyline and with any luck will keep people watching.

    Yes, and for those three months during winter, we would have 10-12 episodes to theorize about. In the past when we had random breaks it was after only two episodes and we didn’t have a lot to go on. With a long winter break, there is lots of time for rewatching and coming up with new ideas!

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    #194638
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    That stinks in my opinion we are currently waiting 3 months now and wait again for another 2 to 3 months to watch the rest just isn’t going to fly with me and I am sure a lot of fans will agree with me and quit watching. If they would run the reruns in between then I am on board but not this :!:

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    @HappyEndings wrote:

    That stinks in my opinion we are currently waiting 3 months now and wait again for another 2 to 3 months to watch the rest just isn’t going to fly with me and I am sure a lot of fans will agree with me and quit watching. If they would run the reruns in between then I am on board but not this :!:

    Actually a lot of TV shows do this already, like the cable shows and it helps their ratings. They will probably not run reruns, but the ratings took a beating especially this second half because of all the stops and starts. NBC also did it with their show Revolution and it’s doing quite well (as well as any show on NBC does). The biggest complaint people had this season was that it was hard to remember everything when we saw 2 episodes, took a two week break, saw another 2 episodes followed by another break. I know it sounds rough, but you’ll have the Olympics to keep you occupied, not to mention all the stuff here on our boards. Many (many many many) fans have been clamoring for this so I don’t think many people will stop watching, in fact we will probably pick up steam. Try it out before you get upset, I think it will be better than you imagine.

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    #194641
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    You know I started to watch Revolution but for some reason to me I couldn’t figure out the scheduled so I quit watching it. So if this is going to happen to once then I will quit watching it too, this is the one show I looked forward to watching even though Season 2 wasn’t very good and I held out hoping it will improved but maybe I should just jump the ship now besides everyone on Once seems to be leaving, like Red she was like a sister to Snow so we don’t see her or the may characters that made Season 1 great. :cry:

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    As RumplesGirl already brought up, the split-Season model has worked for cable shows for quite some time and it’s worked for a few network shows too. If it means better ratings and avoiding running Once against stuff like the Grammy’s and the Olmypics, then I would gladly have a longer hiatus rather than constant shorter ones. Also, the split-Season model makes it much easier for viewers to know when new episodes are airing. The on and off scheduling confused a lot of people, even with ABC’s promotion. Besides, what’s the point in having Once air new episodes in January and February when it would just get slaughtered as a result of the special programming it would have to compete against? For example, having Once return from its SuperBowl hiatus to directly compete against the Grammy’s just didn’t work that well, and the ratings suffered as a result.

    I should also add that we get a few MORE episodes in the fall than we normally get, which should be about 12 episodes. We only got 7 episodes in the Fall for Season 1 and 9 episodes in the Fall for Season 2.

    #194646
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    You will be surprised as to how many people don’t like this schedule besides me. As for the awards they can put that on a different day or time that is poor scheduling on ABC part the rating suffered because this Season was really bad people hated all the filler episodes etc. As for cable shows I was under the impression that a lot of people have canceled cable because of the shows, price of cable etc. Sorry, I just can get on board like all you young kids on this. :x :

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    @HappyEndings wrote:

    You will be surprised as to how many people don’t like this schedule besides me. As for the awards they can put that on a different day or time that is poor scheduling on ABC part the rating suffered because this Season was really bad people hated all the filler episodes etc. As for cable shows I was under the impression that a lot of people have canceled cable because of the shows, price of cable etc. Sorry, I just can get on board like all you young kids on this. :x :

    Award shows are always on Sunday night. That is just how that works, there is no changing tht. They are also not always on ABC, there are other channels that host them. Same with the major sporting events, the Super Bowl this past year was on CBS, but it will always be on a Sunday. No way OUAT would go up against the Super Bowl. People will be hesitant about the new schedule at first, I’m sure, but I think it’s going to work out. I would much rather have 12 episodes in a row followed by a bigger break, during which time I’ll be watching the Olympics anyway. You have to keep that in mind. 2014 is an Olympic year. Going up against that POWERHOUSE would slaughter us. Just..slaughter. And Matt makes a good point: we’re getting more episodes during the first half and potentially getting more episodes overall, if they do 24 instead of 22.
    And about cable: Is it pricey? Yes. But no, cable has some killer shows that are pulling in pretty big numbers for cable. Mad Men, The Walking Dead (which does super well), Breaking Bad, and of course Game of Thrones which is the golden child of HBO.
    I understand if you’re upset. It’s a long break. But with 2014 being an Olympic year and with all the award shows, this really is the best scenario, because the alternative is getting smashed in the ratings. And besides, if you’re suffering from Once withdraw, that’s what this board is for!

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