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Why is Alaska Daily not returning in February 2023?

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Alaska Daily was supposed to return at the end of February 2023. Now the return has been delayed, but why? What is ABC doing?

ABC has decided to delay the return of Alaska Daily. It was supposed to be back on Thursday, Feb. 23 along with Station 19 and Grey’s Anatomy. The other two TGIT shows are still coming back on the original date, but we have to wait an extra week for the Hilary Swank drama.

That’s right; we now won’t get any episodes of the Alaska-set drama in February 2023. The show’s return date is pushed back by a week, with it now returning on Thursday, March 2.

This is disappointing, but there is a good reason for it. In fact, it’s a reason I can certainly get behind.

Alaska Daily will get a straight run of episodes

There are just five episodes left of the season, and TVLine reports that the decision to push the show back a week is strategic. It’s to make sure there isn’t a break in the schedule, so we have five episodes back-to-back with the finale airing on Thursday, March 30.

Yes, this is something I’m happy about. There’s nothing worst than a random week off just as you’re getting into the current storyline. Even with streaming, it leads to losing track of the story. And we know the on-off schedule in the last few years on various networks has not been good for the TV shows.

We’re still waiting to see what ABC will do about the series. There isn’t a second season just yet, and it’s not all that clear if the storyline was set up to continue after this. After all, Hilary Swank’s character, Eileen Fitzgerald, has been focused on one case from the start. There are other characters who have their own individual stories to write, though. This is where we could see the show continuing if ABC thinks the ratings are good enough.

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What do you think of Alaska Daily’s delayed return? What do you think of the show as a whole? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Alaska Daily* will now return on Thursday, March 2 at 10/9c on ABC in the U.S. and on CTV in Canada.