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Why are some tv shows almost never in reruns?ex LOST.FRINGE,SLIDERS,F TROOP?

3 Answers

  • 2 months ago

    Couple reasons.

    For one thing, popularity.  Lost and Fringe both ended in unsatisfying ways that their own fan bases kind of cringed at.  Sliders faded badly through it's run...didn't it switch networks at one point?  F Troop is so old I'll be most people don't even know what it was.  

    For a second, another answerer mentioned that serialized storylines like Lost (and to a lesser extent Fringe) don't really work well in serialization.  People aren't tuning in at 6pm EST to watch every episode every day for the most part.  Streaming is better for this.

    For a third, the 100 episode rule.  This is an unwritten (and not ALWAYS followed) rule that says that you need 100 episode to get a syndication deal.  This is because it allows syndicators to show the program everyday, 5 days a week, every week of the year with less chance of it repeating and getting old.

    For a fourth, know your audience.  Most people watching syndicated shows are probably not interested in the heavy mysteries Abrams likes to lay down (by the way, now that the mysteries are known, it ruins the shows a little), and such.  Most syndicated shows are lighter in content.  Lighthearted family sitcoms and the like. 

    No one of these is a death sentence, and each show would be evaluated on it's own merits.  Not every show ends up in syndication.

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Serialized programming generally doesn't perform well in syndication.  They often have to cut more of the show to fit in more commercials, which can be tough, and viewers prefer episodic programming like CSI where they can only watch occasionally and not have to pay attention.  Serialized programming works better on streaming platforms, where viewers can binge the show.

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  • 2 months ago

    The owners of such shows probably are demanding too much for the rights of smaller networks to rebroadcast them.

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