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Reruns are now to be avoided whenever possible — even, sometimes, at CBS.
NBC, FOX and ABC all ordered or renewed multiple series that have no timeslots yet for fall or midseason, and executives at FOX and ABC both talked about their desire to program year-round and avoid long stretches of repeats in December, March and April. ABC will, for instance, split the seasons of many of its serialized dramas so they can run uninterrupted in the fall and late spring, then plug in other shows to bridge the gap in between. FOX is planning the same with "Glee" and its new Greg Kinnear series "Rake," and will also use the revival of "24" as a miniseries to get viewers used to the idea of staying with the network for scripted summer programming. Even CBS is getting in on the act on a limited basis by having "Hostages" run for only 15 episodes in the fall and early winter before giving way to Josh Holloway in "Intelligence." But don't expect the last traditional broadcaster to get too crazy with that sort of thing; CBS scheduling chief Kelly Kahl said, "This works Monday at 10, but most nights of the week, people want to see their shows, and we're gonna give 'em to 'em."