It’s always super fun when you come back to your computer after a bath and it refuses to respond to any and all keyboard/trackpad functions, but is responding to your tablet.
I meant horrible. It’s always horrible when that happens.
I didn’t know that, no. That’s really cool though! I like shows that have a set number of seasons in mind (like The Dick Van Dyke Show — Carl Reiner refused to do more than 5 seasons). I also like it when the creators actually get to execute those set season ideas (rrrrgh Green Lantern >:C ).
But, in my opinion, that’s not really a good enough reason to be so sporadic in their airings. I understand some of the reasoning behind it, but not really enough for me to be satisfied by that. Again, it’s kind of like the way that shows for adults do mid-season finales. I know that it’s to string the season out for a longer period of time.
Instead of making it take so long to release 21 episodes, I feel like it would be better for the show just to give it a consistent slot and show it weekly — or bi-weekly, the way the current release dates make it appear. But show it every two weeks, and use the rest of the time to develop and invest in other creative properties that would compliment the feel of Gravity Falls for the opposite time slots.
Also, looking at the Gravity Falls dates just reminded me of the DC Nation hiatus debacle, where the network’s lack of ratings was almost certainly due to them dicking around so much with when Young Justice and Green Lantern were aired. Young Justice even more so, since I don’t even know how many times YJ went on unexpected breaks, and I know they weren’t all for production reasons. :/
I was looking to see when the next episode of Gravity Falls would be out, and it is inexplicably scheduled for the end of June, more than a year since the series premiered.
I know that Gravity Falls might not be the best example, since it was renewed for a second season (yay!), but still. It’s a little ridiculous that it is taking over a year to release 21 episodes. Sporadically.
If you want people to watch your show, you have to make it a habit. You have to show it the same time on a regular schedule — generally once a week!
I don’t mind mid-season breaks. That gives networks the chance to kind of flip-flop their programming and try new things, before resuming the season and continuing to show it on a regular basis.
But how dare a network look at the ratings numbers on children’s cartoons that they aren’t even showing on a regular basis, or with lengthy, unannounced/last minute hiatuses, and say, “Well. We can definitely cancel that — no one’s watching it!”
Because you haven’t even given them the chance.
You can’t expect children, who have far less control of the programs they view (in general), and definitely have a shorter attention span than adults, to remember to watch a show that isn’t part of a regular rotation. Adults have a hard enough time remembering to watch shows they like, let alone kids.
Probably one of the most accurate general statements about children is that they like routine. And they like it a lot. They get confused when their routines are upset, and if it’s upset often enough, they will make a new routine, and exclude the unpredictable element (if possible). Which might be the cartoon show you’re not really doing much to cement into a proper schedule.