The Traditional TV Season Slips Away

In the era before cable networks got addicted to original, scripted shows it was easy to know when to look for your favorite programs: Anytime between September and May original episodes would be on the air; from May to August, broadcast networks put out a “Gone Fishin’ ” sign. With the advent of cable that easily understood schedule has been jettisoned —  and so has a predictable programming model that succeeded it.