8, 3, 8, 3, 8…

No, not cool down timings for my paladin cast sequence (not that I use a macro). Those numbers are about what I measured for show to commercial intervals last night while watching the season premiere of Heroes.

Now, I’ll be honest and say I didn’t have a stop watch. Instead I looked at the clock when the show would start up and then switch to commercial. Several times I counted about eight minutes of show to about three minutes of commercial. I didn’t count the whole way through, but that seemed to be the pattern.


But then I realized that it is a lot like reading a comic book – at least back when I used to read comic books. You’d get a couple of pages of story then a full page of ads for Sea Monkeys, X-Ray Glasses, Spy Kits and other gadgets.

Is that intentional?

The other pattern it seems to follow – at least as far as bouncing around from people grouping to people grouping – is that of a soap opera. Every bit leaves you hanging with some sort of, “Oh mah gawd! I just have to see what happens next!” drama only to slap you in the face by returning from commercial and jumping into another part of the story. It makes you anxious about getting back to the previous part only to get another cliffhanger on this story thread.

On the other end of the spectrum you have House which seemed to have longer parts of show with about as long for commercials as Heroes had. Heck, I think the first part of the show ran for about 20 minutes before they put in a commercial.


The premiere was pretty decent if not a bit slow in parts. It still had moments of funny but for the most part attempted to be a little more serious. I was surprised it ended with him getting out the psychiatric hospital, but I guess they wanted to get him back to the hospital where the bread and butter of the show happens.

He’s drug-free (aside from what was given prescribed to him), seems to be pain-free, ghost-free and seems to be quitting, according to the preview for next week. I’m curious to see where they’re going with all this.


Good TV so far, even if one of the shows is weighed down by advertising. I’m looking forward to The Mentalist tonight where the previews show him quitting (do you sense a trend here?) because they’re taking his team off the Red John trail.