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d leconte <[log in to unmask]>
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Wed, 1 Mar 1995 12:58:24 CST
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To my knowledge, and I'm certainly not a professional in the field (just a
few internships here and there), if the show is picked up for a full
season then the required number is 22 or 24. Big hits get renewels on
multiple season basis.  Reasoning being if it was a big hit one season,
it's most likely to be a big hit for several more seasons.  The network
would want to secure that hit to be on their, and not on a competing
network.  Because, what could happen, is that the next season the studio
that produced the show might want to renegotiate a price for its hit show, and
take it up for bidding against other networks. So actually the trends
that you see in ordering by the networks from the studios is either very
long commitments on HIT SHOWs, or hardly any commitment on unknown shows
or mediocrely performing shows.  The usual number here is probably 6 to
at maximum 12 shows.
        As far as Dateline NBC, since it's a network-produced show they
have more flexibility with scheduling it.  They are the producers.
I Hope this was of some help to you
Dominik Leconte
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Bowling Green State University
On Fri, 17 Feb 1995, Matt McAllister wrote:
> ----------------------------Original message----------------------------
> Hi everybody!
> Here's a question a colleague of mine asked, and I told him I'd pass it
> along to Screen-Lers.
> My understanding is that when a new prime TV sitcom is picked up for a full
> season the network typically orders 20 episodes for the year.  How many
> episodes does the network order for a mondo-hit show, like Roseanne or
> Seinfeld?  Is it the same number, a higher number or a lesser number?  How
> about for a news magazine show like Dateline NBC?
> Thanks!
> Matt McAllister
> Department of Communication Studies, Virginia Tech
> Blacksburg, VA  24061-0311  e-mail: [log in to unmask]  ph: 703-231-9830