Billy Burke in Revolution.
The postapocalyptic drama, which recently was picked up for a full 22 episodes, will be off the air in December, January, February, and most of March, returning from its lengthy siesta on March 25.
The tenth episode, penciled in for Nov. 26, will probably be the last of the fall run, but the exact arrangement of the episodes may still be fluid.
Unlike the hiatus a year ago for Awake, which was presented as a pause to allow the creators to fully map out the show's complex plot (and which was interpreted as a sign of the show's creative turbulence), there's no indication at all that Eric Kripke and the folks at Revolution need a rethink.
The scheduling seems to smack more of a desire at the peacock network to have a winter season as well as a spring season, much like its NBCU cousin Syfy. At least five NBC series are debuting in early January, including 1600 Penn and The Biggest Loser, and Community fans are celebrating that show's return, finally announced as Feb. 7.
The consensus about Revolution is that it's sort of a hit; that might make pulling it from the February ratings sweeps questionable. But as much as it's doing better than expected, it's still not a ratings blockbuster and the suits might not think it's a strong enough contender at its current level of progress. But spring season that starts the last week of March allows enough time for Revolution to steadily build an audience and be a useful performer in the May sweeps instead.
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