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In North America
North America is a continent wholly within the Northern Hemisphere and almost wholly within the Western Hemisphere. It is also considered a northern subcontinent of the Americas...
, a season premiere
is the first episode of a new season of a given television show. It often airs in September or October, after several months of rerun
A rerun or repeat is a re-airing of an episode of a radio or television broadcast. The invention of the rerun is generally credited to Desi Arnaz. There are two types of reruns—those that occur during a hiatus, and those that occur when a program is syndicated. Reruns can also be, as the...
Evaluating the changes
A season premiere often allows viewers an opportunity to evaluate the changes to a given show and determine if he/she wants to continue to watch the show.
The outcome is often mixed. Sometimes, fans like what they see and a show may gain new fans. However, other loyal viewers may see these actions as ruining what made them fans of the show in the first place (or, at the very least, changing the original premise of the show) and thus opine the show has "jumped the shark
Jumping the shark is an idiom used to describe the moment in the evolution of a television show when it begins a decline in quality that is beyond recovery....