Air dates and pick-ups for US shows

Digital Spy has some news on when ABC shows are going to air in the US this season, as well as which UK networks are picking up the remaining unwanted stragglers.

Lost is going to start again on October 4th and run for six straight episodes before taking a break until next year. It’ll then run uninterrupted for 16 episodes, starting in February.

This may seem odd, but remember that in the US, networks will usually show a run of new episodes then some repeats then more new episodes then some repeats and so on. Over the last two seasons, Lost has suffered particularly badly under this regime, with big chunks of repeats followed by only the occasional new episode or two before more repeats. This year, ABC wants to ensure that they don’t lose viewers to inertia, not being aware whether a new episode or an old episode is airing, etc. Anyway, the producers claim to be right pleased about it.

Previously unwanted hostage drama The Nine is going to follow Lost, premiering on the 4th October as well. I reviewed this a while back, and it wasn’t that great, I have to say. Digital Spy reports it has been picked up by Five, which now has the free UK TV and DTT rights to the show. This means that, along with Shark, Five will be able to show The Nine on its forthcoming digital channel Five US as well as the main channel.


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    I’m Rob Buckley, a journalist who writes for UK media magazines that most people have never heard of although you might have heard me on the podcast Lockdown Land or Radio 5 Live’s Saturday Edition or Afternoon Edition. I’ve edited Dreamwatch, Sprocket and Cambridge Film Festival Daily; been technical editor for TV producers magazine Televisual; reviewed films for the short-lived newspaper Cambridge Insider; written features for the even shorter-lived newspaper Soho Independent; and was regularly sarcastic about television on the blink-and-you-missed-it “web site for urban hedonists” The Tribe. Since going freelance, I've contributed to the likes of Broadcast, Total Content + Media, Action TV, Off The Telly, Action Network, TV Scoop and The Custard TV.