In early October, NBC gave Revolution a full season order. It was presumed that the network had ordered nine additional episodes, bringing the season total to 22 installments. Not so.
Before it went on hiatus, 10 episodes of Revolution had aired. At the TCA Winter Press Tour, NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt mentioned that there were 10 episodes left in the season. It was later confirmed that NBC has indeed ordered just 20 episodes.
Regarding the long hiatus, the choice to split up the season is similar to how some cable dramas have been handling their seasons. ABC found that Lost didn’t repeat well and frustrated viewers because the reruns interrupted the flow of the story. Executive producer JJ Abrams said scheduling Lost without repeats “helped tremendously. When this came up for [Revolution], I was tremendously relieved. It’s the best thing for the viewers.”
The move also assures that Revolution will continue to have the benefit of the network’s strongest lead-in, The Voice. Both shows return on Monday, March 25th and all episodes are expected to air before June.
What do you think? Do you agree with NBC’s scheduling choice? How about their episode order?