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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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I'm not an expert on the topic, but regarding the two former (and one recent) German countries I can refer you to two famous TV shows, the West-German Tatort (Crime Scene) and the East-German Polizeiruf 110 (Police call 110), which are comparable quite well. The answer is mostly based on both Wikipedia sites, since I don't have too much experience with them ...


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Jinni is the way to go, and is the future! (See movie genome info.) Wikipedia was mentioned, but what was not mentioned is that they have a few stellar consolidation pages to do searches from. This list of lists page is invaluable, as just one example. IMDB was mentioned, but what was not mentioned is the unbelievably great Keyword search function. ...


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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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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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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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Google Search I think people should be trained/ advised to use Google search. But seriously, just type "movie/TV Show similar to XYZ" in Google Search. It will give you many link resources. Then see what you would like in different results. e.g. TV shows similar to Friends


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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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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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There can be numerous reasons. You have to remember that media like TV shows and film have to cover stories in a far more restricted timeframe than print media can. This means they can't dwell on story lines or certain characters for too long. This May result in shallower character development, characters being dropped, added, or altered. You may also have ...


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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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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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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 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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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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As has been pointed out, "order" is simply being used to indicate the channel has requested or plans to make the series being referenced. "Fox has ordered a full season of Gotham after test audiences provide glowing feedback for the first episode." Basically, this is indicating that Fox only produced at least the pilot episode and maybe a few others, ...


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IMDb Advanced usage In addition to the Keywords mentioned in the main index answer, there are several more advanced ways to locate similar films and TV shows on IMDb which are hidden away in menus: User Lists On IMDb, users can create lists of titles which appear on IMDb, then apply tags to their list to help you find them. Advanced Search The new ...


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From Nielson.com (retrieved Dec 2012): How We Do It Panels Electronic metering technology is at the heart of the Nielsen ratings process. Our tools capture not only what channel is being watched, but also who is watching and when, including “time-shifted” viewing. Nielsen’s TV families represent a cross-section of representative ...


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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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It's more interesting for the viewers to watch a personality, than to see people press buttons. Interacting with the host builds rapport between contestant and host, which makes the host someone the viewers can trust, and when that happens, it's easier to sell the advertisers products.


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There are four episodes according to Wikipedia. And six episodes according to Google's sidebar: S1, Ep6 We Are Gentlemen Nov 4, 2013 S1, Ep5 We Are Wingmen Oct 28, 2013 S1, Ep4 We Are Learning to Swim Oct 21, 2013 S1, Ep3 We Are One Night Stands Oct 14, 2013 S1, Ep2 We are Dognappers Oct 07, 2013 S1, Ep1 Pilot ...


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From the Wikipedia entry for the Bodyswap episode: This was the first episode to be recorded without the live studio audience. Technical difficulties of the actors playing other characters meant that the scenes would have to have been done twice. Instead the voices were dubbed over the scenes in post-production and trying to match up with lip movements ...


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Answer in progress Police Procedural and Crime Drama in Soviet Union and Russia Contemporary Setting One of the most popular police procedurals of the Soviet era was Следствие ведут ЗнаТоКи or Investigation Held by ZnaToKi (ZnaToKi is a word play where it is an acronym consisting of first syllables of the last names of the heroes, and the word itself ...


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You might be interested to read the work of Jennifer Ryan Tishler, a professor of Russian at Dartmouth. Below is an excerpt from her article Menty and the Petersburg Myth: TV Cops in Russia’s ‘Crime Capital’ (menty is slang for cops; the show in Russian is called Ulitsy razbitykh fonarei which means Streets of Broken Streetlights). Her article also ...


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There is always a gap to bridge when adapting a book/comic/graphic novel into a TV show. A graphic novel is not addressing the same audience as the TV show. There is even a difference between the ways such literary works are adapted for Movies and TV shows. Given the episodic release format for the shows spanning over different seasons, the makers try to ...


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"The Flintstones", a show which co-creator William Hanna admitted was influenced by the Jackie Gleason vehicle "The Honeymooners", ran in its original form for 6 seasons in Primetime from 1960 to 1966. The show so closely resembled "The Honeymooners" that Jackie Gleason once threatened to sue the studio, and then later retracted because he did not want to ...


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There are many different types of TV pilots. You can find your answer in this wikipedia entry Also, many networks never air certain series in their entirety. This can be for a variety of reasons, such as a controversial topic or extremely low ratings.



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