Grey's Anatomy: Only One More Rerun
Grey's Anatomy: Only One More Rerun
Grey's Anatomy has another repeat tonight, angering fans across the nation.  There really aren't many worse feelings than thinking a new episode of your favorite show is going to air, only to realize that it's a repeat.  This happened far more often before the days of digital cable and Tivo, but everyone still falls victim to this false hope every so often.

So, what can you do about it?  What will quench your unquenchable thirst for a brand new Grey's Anatomy?  Realistically, nothing much.  If you're expecting a new episode and get a repeat, it's a punch in the stomach.  But, it's even worse when you find out that not only is it a repeat this week, but it's on hiatus for an extended period of time.  Thankfully, for Grey's Anatomy fans, this isn't the case.  The show will be back with a new episode next week.

There are different schools of thought regarding how best to schedule a show over the course of a season.  There are a lot of new ideas being practiced these days by shows like Lost and 24, who air episodes in long, solid blocks with absolutely no breaks in between.  There are no repeats.  This appeases fans, especially for serial dramas.  The problem, however, is that the network has to fill that show's time slot for the rest of the year.  The network's can try and take advantage of this by producing a whole new show for the timeslot while the original one is away.  FOX does this with 24 and American Idol, ABC did this with Lost this past season. 

So, why not use the block scheduling method for a show like Grey's Anatomy?  Isn't it the best option for viewers and doesn't it allow ABC to create more programming to put in the Grey's slot while it's on hiatus?  The reason Grey's keeps to the old-style is simple: it saves the network money.  The reruns for Grey's Anatomy get better ratings than most shows on TV.  For a show as preposterously popular as Grey's, you want to maximize its exposure, and put it on the air as much as humanly possible.

So, don't fret.  Watch the repeat.  Wait a week.  It will all work out in the end.

-Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV Senior Writer