Gaiman's American Gods--going more off topic

Bill Edminster bedminst at
Sat Oct 13 12:41:15 EDT 2001

  When I was in elementary school in the 1960s, a full year or season of an
American series ran to 39 episodes and then summer reruns.  Sometimes there
were summer replacements so you never saw a rerun during a full year.  When an
American thinks of a series, it's something that's going to be in the same
time spot for a full year with reruns picking up the slack.  That's weakening
as the networks have stopped defining television.

  Since I want to visit London someday soon, I pick up Time Out, the guide to
what's on in London.  In the TV section, a reviewer was talking about a pilot
that was being shown and he wondered why there wasn't a second one made.  I've
been dying to explain to anyone that if something stays a pilot, it means that
it was never aired and no one saw a reason to try to revamp it.  The summer
replacements in the 1960s were sometimes just left over pilots but that's very

> > > I haven't read Neverwhere, but I thought the series was good and I
> > > mean to read the book at some point and compare! (Was it a
> > > "miniseries"? I thought it had the full 6 episodes.)
> >
> > Six episodes, yes. But bear in mind that our North American brethren
> > and sistren[1] aren't used to the idea of six episodes constituting a
> > full series: American series generally run to at least thirteen
> > episodes.
> Actually, a full year of an American series is 22 episodes. If something
> has only 13 episodes, it either started midseason (like "Buffy," its first
> year) or got cancelled midseason.

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