There re­ally are no more tra­di­tional TV sea­sons

The Morning Call - - GO GUIDE - By Rich Helden­fels

even short-run shows that defy that logic.

And for view­ers who sim­ply want to keep track of their fa­vorite shows, this can be a mess. You watch four episodes, and your show dis­ap­pears for a year or more. Or you’re caught up in a se­ri­al­ized drama when sud­denly there’s a “mid­sea­son fi­nale” or a “win­ter fi­nale” fol­lowed by weeks and weeks of hia­tus or a re­place­ment show you don’t like as much — and then you miss when the show fi­nally re­turns. You ac­cord­ingly have to be ever more vig­i­lant with your TV list­ings and in­for­ma­tion, or you end up ask­ing me ques­tions like some that fol­low here.

Q: I have not seen any pre­views for “Crim­i­nal Minds” or “Last Man Stand­ing” this year. Will they be com­ing back, per­haps later this sea­son?

A: “Crim­i­nal Minds” and “Last Man Stand­ing” will both be back later in the cur­rent sea­son, on CBS and Fox re­spec­tively. “Last Man Stand­ing” should re­turn in Jan­uary. I do not have an air date for “Crim­i­nal Minds.” Its com­ing sea­son will be the 15th and fi­nal one.

Q: We both en­joy “In­stinct” and won­der/ hope it will be start­ing a new sea­son soon.

A: It won’t. CBS de­cided not to re­new the de­tec­tive show star­ring Alan Cum­ming after two sea­sons.

Write to Rich Helden­fels, P.O. Box 417, Mo­gadore, OH 44260, or bren­fels @gmail.com. Let­ters may be edited. In­di­vid­ual replies are not guar­an­teed.

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British se­ries “Sher­lock,” star­ring Bene­dict Cum­ber­batch, had only three episodes each sea­son.

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