A lengthy hiatus such as the one NBC's "Revolution" is enduring might lead some viewers to surmise that the network has decided to quietly cancel the series.
However, executive producer J.J. Abrams cited the cable-television season model as being more beneficial to a serialized drama such as "Revolution," just as it was for his series "Lost." He said, “When we were doing Lost, they ended up changing the schedule to eliminate the constant [breaks]” caused by initially airing across the entire September – May TV schedule, where repeats and several breaks are needed. “It just helped enormously. When this idea came up I was enormously relieved.”
Series creator Eric Kripke also claims that the break has given him a chance to reflect on what the first part of the premiere season did right and what they could do better.
"I felt like we could pick up the pace of the stunning revelations," Kripke said. "The pace of the shocking surprises were a little too slow ... and we really wanted to have a second [half] that was bigger, better, more exciting and more revelations -- at the same time maintaining the format... Making it more shocking more often."
Viewers shouldn't be wary that that the showrunner is going to throw everything at the viewer in the first season. Kripke assures reporters that he has season-long arcs mapped out for at least three seasons, much in the same vein as his cult series "Supernatural" on The CW.
Kripke noted that the show left off at a "natural break point between the first half and the second half. We launch this new storyline. They found the brother, the revolution against Monroe really begins. The second half really lives as its own continuous piece.”
"We start to deliver officially on the promise of the title and the revolution begins," Kripke teased. "Can this family ... stick together in the face of these overwhelming odds and overwhelming dangers? Can you maintain your soul when you're a warrior?"
Intrigued? Well, you're in for a bit of a wait, dear reader, as "Revolution" won't return to NBC until March 25th.