Believe it or not the broadcast networks still adhere to the ancient tradition of the “television season,” which begins in September and largely ends in May when most of their best shows conclude. Once upon a time that led to three months of dreaded summer reruns, another concept that seems almost quaint in the era of year-round viewing on cable and streaming services. Of course, the networks now fill much of their summer schedules with high-energy original programming, which serves the dual purpose of not having them go totally dark all summer and gives them robust platforms with which to promote their fall schedules in general and their new shows in particular.
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