With all the discussion on this Blog of TV circa 1964 of late, one specific favorite show HERE, and a general survey of the landscape HERE, I’m reminded of the long-ago let-down period of “Summer Reruns”.
While shows ARE still repeated these days, the idea of a season of “Summer Reruns” has all but vanished, in our “Give it to me NEW and give it to me NOW!” entertainment intensive age!
|There's so much to watch, we needed a BIGGER SCREEN!|
But, the period of about May, into early September was “Summer Reruns” time for the then-big three TV networks. And, to be perfectly honest, we didn’t watch very many of them. I probably played ball, or sumpthin’. And, of course, read lots of comic books – as THEY only repeated when you WANTED them to!
Indeed, as inconceivable as it sounds now, even a CANCELLED show, would usually carry on until being replaced in September, for the new fall season. For instance, the final broadcast of LOST IN SPACE, in its cancelation year of 1968, was actually a repeat from the PREVIOUS SEASON, because each of the episodes for the current season had already been rerun twice! Imagine that happening today!
But, now we shift to 2014, where looms in October, the Fifth Season premiere of THE WALKING DEAD, coming on October 12th. The folks marketing DVD season sets of THE WALKING DEAD very cleverly release those sets in AUGUST of each year.
|How I spent my LAST August and September!|
Why? So that you can review each episode of such a continuity-heavy series, BEFORE the fall season premiere! Episode by episode, I’ve been doing exactly that for the past month or so with the Fourth Season Blu-ray set – in effect, creating MY OWN “Summer Rerun” season for THE WALKING DEAD.
Only difference between now and 1964 is I paid thirty bucks to voluntarily do something I didn’t much care to do in the old days, when it was free! …Yeah, imagine THAT, too!
Then again, some things MUST be seen more than once!