by Alex Pickell/Staff Writer
It’s the most horrible part of the new year: the days are colder, the teachers are more frigid than ever, and one is faced with the period of the wretched TV slump. What is one to do during these harrowing months of no new episodes of their favorite shows? Is it madness? Is it torture? Or is it some kind of joke? Television viewers have been faced with this baffling problem for generations, and it is time to act now.
The hiatus, which is another word for an extended gap between seasons or episodes in a series, is widely used by large networks in order to keep people interested in their shows. Hiatuses commonly occur during the winter months, from December to February, with shows starting up again in March. Because there aren’t enough episodes in most seasons of a show to go year-round, they have to be spaced out.