B5 went through a shaky period with its off-again on-again fifth season due to a change of networks. What I'm asking about, however, is the trend of popular cable programs to adopt irregular and seemingly bizzare scheduling practices. Every few months it seemed like The Sopranos was taking another year off. Later, Battlestar Galactica was just as bad, leaving fans to wonder when they'd ever get to see a new episode again or even what season they were watching.
Do you think that kind of scheduling can hurt a program? I know more than a few people who swore off both of those shows after they started to mess around with the scheduling. I stuck with them, but was tempted to jump ship myself on numerous occasions. It's an extremely aggravating practice that, to me, tells the audience that they don't matter. Do you have any thoughts on the need, or lack thereof, for a consistent and predictable schedule?