Netflix’s New Mini-Seasons Steal an Old Trick From Broadcast TV – Slate

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But the site has broadened its programming priorities considerably since, so it makes sense that Netflix would start experimenting with its scheduling practices, too. Its fall-then-spring plans for Sabrina, for example, seem to take inspiration from an old broadcast practice, where networks aired reruns of fall episodes in the winter before a batch of new spring installments. Given Sabrina’s first 10 installments wrapped up their main storyline, with the half-human, half-supernatural protagonist forging her own path between the mortal-populated suburbs where her friends reside and the magic-driven underworld that is her birthright to join, it seems more than likely that the upcoming chapters were initially meant to be the show’s second season. Netflix officially calls those episodes “Season 1, Part 2, ” but Sabrina’s fast-tracked re-emergence suggests it’s rethinking a scheduling model that increasingly feels outdated. Prestige cable networks like FX and HBO have been playing with the time between seasons for years, though usually in the opposite direction. .

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