Feb. 26th, 2017

meganbmoore: (covert affairs: gimme tv)
Since I started watching kdramas as they air over the last couple of years (after roughly a decade of typically waiting the 2-3 months until they finished airing) and trying to watch cdramas as they aired or fairly close to it, I’ve gotten more used to their airing schedules and narrative structures than to US airing schedules.

Korea? Two 55-70 minute episodes on back-to-back nights each week, episodes are skipped only in the case of something huge, or if the shooting schedule gets too tight. Resolves all major plotlines with rare exceptions.

China? EVERYTHING is prefilmed so no danger of hiatuses due to filming, and episodes are only delayed in case of something major. Depending on the series and channel, anywhere from 3-20 episodes (but usually a slightly-more-reasonable 4-10) that are 30-45 minutes long drop each week until the series is over. Resolves all major plotlines with rare exceptions. Bingewatching was the norm long before Netflix streaming was a twinkle in anyone’s eye.

US? One 25-50 minute episode a week. When we feel like it. Expect us to take 9 months to air 20-24 episodes. With rare exceptions, don’t expect us to air more than 3-4 subsequent weeks. Month long hiatuses whenever we can. You'll probably escape this if our seasons are only 10 or so episodes, so there is that. We resolve nothing unless we can introduce something else to keep unresolved for a while more often than not. Hope we get another season so you can closure and answers, because we LOVE cliffhangers.

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