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You've already stated the fact British shows tend to have fewer episodes than their American counterparts (see here for a great explanation). However, there are a few other things to consider when discussing Sherlock. From a Digital Spy article: "[The format is] very closely held," [PBS Executive] Eaton told Collider. "Steven [Moffat] crafts them, and ...


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There are 52 weeks in a year. American TV series usually go from the end of September to May, about 34-35 weeks. Before the late 1960s, a television season was closer to about 30 episodes in the United States.[Wikipedia] [Version] Most shows go on hiatus over the winter holidays and thanksgiving, due to lower viewership. Events such as the president of ...


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The rules for how the order of credits is produced is very long and convoluted. They also vary from show to show, so for any one "rule of thumb" it's almost guaranteed you can find an exception on the air right now on some channel. The basic guidelines that most shows follow most of the time are drawn from the rules for the various industry guilds. In the ...


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To quote co-creator Steven Moffat (February 2014): We deal with scheduling. I’ve also got to do 'Doctor Who'. I’ve got no choice about that. That’s the day job. Everyone is a little bit busy. ... If we made 'Sherlock' the ordinary way, and did a run of 6 or 12, it would have been over by now. It would have been done because Martin [Freeman] ...


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According to an article from TV Guide, the four quadrants are split according to male or female and old or young. From another site about audience demographics, it appears the the old-young split is made at age 25. Edit: Here's an image I found on a site for independent filmmakers:


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To quote John August (Frankenweenie, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Charlie's Angels...): The highest ranking producer is the showrunner, the man or woman ultimately responsible for the creative direction of the series. Although Showrunner is a function, not a title... ... this person is credited as an Executive Producer. In many cases, he ...


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Man Vs Wild isn't real. If you watch the DVD extras, Bear introduces us to his team. There's a rope expert, a survival food expert, a medical guy etc. The point of the show is to show us how to survive in those situations. And at the beginning of each show there's a disclaimer stating that he is accompanied by a team of experts. He builds his shelters to ...


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As the name suggests, a marathon is the sequential broadcast of a single or a number of related television programs for a long period of time; up to days if it is a TV series with many episodes. The most common reasons for a network to run a TV show marathon are: to celebrate the acquisition of a series, to lead into a highly anticipated episode of a ...


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A marathon is a collection of shows from the television show run one after another, mostly in order of release, such as a full season run together. Bloopers are generally mistakes caught during filming that would tend to be funny (i.e. trips and falls, or really dangerous and bloody accidents, or unfortunate script mispronunciation, especially if it comes ...


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Beside from explaining rules to viewers who are not familiar with that particular sport, I see many advantages: Normally, the commentators are from a bigger broadcasting company, they have the chance to get exclusive information (e.g., when someone was injured they can tell that the doctors was with him/her or he/she arrived at the hospital) They have a ...


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The reason is simple. Money. Something you may have noticed about shows with multiple writers versus ones with one or two writers is that the former have a lot more episodes than the latter. Having a lot of writers means you can write more story material, which translates to more episodes which (usually) translates to more money. Another reason is that ...


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Summarizing from the Wikipedia article on Uniforms of the United States Navy: The USN has three classes of uniform for different uses: Dress (for formal occasions), Service (for daily wear), and Working (for use when other uniform types would be unduly soiled or are otherwise inappropriate). The Working uniforms come in three colour groups, depending on ...


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As FredH mentioned in his comment, in this particular case most of the gaps in NCIS correspond to political pre-emptions. However, even when there aren't these kinds of special things going on, most shows on the big networks have these kind of breaks. The reason is they are trying to make sure that they have shows for as many sweep periods as possible. ...


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The show is set in Indiana, and the title is trying to evoke the idea that this is a fun, "meat and potatoes" family sitcom that represents "middle" America (i.e. it's not New York, it's not California, it's not the South ... just the "Heartland"). Here's a "TV Tropes" link that can really do a better job answering your question than me: Flyover Country I ...


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According to this transcript, the game is called Jeu Militaire, also known as the French Military Game thought it has nothing to do with France or the military. It is a strategy game that works like this: The game is played against the computer with the two players alternating turns. You control the three black pieces while the computer controls the ...


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Why do TV networks air pilot episodes of a series that has already aired a first episode? A TV pilot is a scripted and filmed “first episode” of an intended series. It is usually used to test the waters of whether or not an idea for a TV show is viable and marketable. Why do they call it a pilot episode? The first episode of many TV series is ...


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In some cases I suspect that it's not simply a case of money. In the past I used to help write 'scripts' for LARP events, which are basically like stories. In that case, having a number of writers was very beneficial. Different people had different ideas on how characters would interact with each other and how the story would pan out. If it's a collaborative ...


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From the wiki page for 555: The phone companies began encouraging the producers of television shows and movies to use the 555 prefix for fictional telephone numbers, roughly during the 1960s. One of the earliest uses of a 555 number can be seen in Panic in Year Zero! (1962), with 555-2106. In the 1942 film: "Eyes in the Night", starring Edward Arnold and ...


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Shows and movies may do this for several reasons: to keep audiences around for longer, production breaks, financial reasons, actors signed on for other projects that interfere with shooting of a season, to ramp up other projects that needed more time, just to name a few. In the case of Breaking Bad, Brian Cranston indicated that they planned to shoot the ...


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For starters, you have most of your facts wrong on those TV shows: Fox did not pick Arrested Development up for its latest season, it was shown exclusively on Netflix. Fox did not pick Prison Break back up after it canceled it, after the 4th season. Fox was not the first-run network for Freaks And Geeks; it was originally aired, then cancelled, by NBC. ...


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It seems to be an amalgamation of agreements between the various guilds: the screen actors guilds, the screen writers guild, and directors guild. These aren't set in stone and there are many different variations to opening credits. Wikipedia has a pretty good article on the subject. Opening Credits on Wikipedia


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I think the most likely reason is writing down notes/topics for making jokes as you supposed. A post on the QI forum suggests the same. Since the format of these shows allows diverting off-topic, any jokes (and interesting facts in the case of QI) that come into their head are fair game. On some shows, notepads may be used for other things. For example, on ...


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One of the earliest, if not the first such announcements was "All in the Family was recorded on tape before a live audience" from 1971. According to Michael Tueth's Laughter In The Living Room (2005), one of the earliest American sitcoms to broadcast live was I Love Lucy (1951 – 1957). For personal reasons, Lucy Ball wanted to produce the programme from ...


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Production teams and writers decide to break up a season or a movie for several reasons: The Material is simply too much for one season or movie, but cannot be converted to another episode/season. The initial cost estimate was for a limited season only, but later they changed it to have more episodes or parts. Sometimes, when the list of episodes is large ...


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I don't believe that there's a standard way as they are not credited as such. Showrunners are always credited as Executive Producers. Additionally, they also usually receive credits as a Creator, Writer, and/or a Director. They are all inevitably writers. Looking up IMDb's crew list for: Mad Men suggests that Matthew Weiner is the showrunner Star Trek: ...


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Because not all viewers have in depth knowledge about the game, its rules, intricacies, strategies and nuances. Commentators also usually know more about the participating teams and players and their histories. So in that way, commentators add an extra level of information for viewers who may not have that information handy but would find it enjoyable. Also, ...


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In Arnold Kane's autobiography, My Meteoric Rise to Obscurity, he fondly remembers his involvement with the production of Make Your own Kind of Music, a one-hour music/variety program that aired in 1971. He says We wrote all the scripts before production started It was only an eight-episode summer-replacement series, but it seems to meet the ...


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Baseball players in 1911, 1912, 1914, 1915, 1916, 1920, 1921, 1927, 1942 The Guide to United States Popular Culture (2001) by Ray Broadus Browne and Pat Browne says: As Linda K. Fuller has noted, "The real story of the success of baseball films is not the batting box, but at the box office. From the beginning, filmmakers were quick to realize the added ...


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It's just you. They sound nothing like one another. Not even close. AFV theme: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6-l_LxppVM La Bamba: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jp6j5HJ-Cok


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It depends on the show in question. First of all, apart from the obvious live programs, TV Shows are filmed well in advance, and usually have at least a half-dozen episodes in some stage of post-production at a time. Dramas that are cancelled in this middle of their production season will definitely have leftover episodes. (This is one reason networks ...



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