Random question and I've never really noticed it before. I watched 24 but only started watching late so caught up most of it on box set and watched the final two series when they were on TV. I noticed in the lasty series that there was a break of a couple (maybe as many as four) weeks break in the middle but nothing more. I'd not noticed it on any other shows but this year i've noticed that Ringer, Modern family, Pan Am and at least one other show have stopped for at least two months. I think it might be as simple as historically US programmes have been shown a long time after they first air in the US so we get the whole season from start to finish without a break. So my question - have they always had a break of a couple of months in the middle? If so why?