There really are no more traditional TV seasons
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.
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British series “Sherlock,” starring Benedict Cumberbatch, had only three episodes each season.