So what is with the U.S. morning shows all starting a new season Jan 1?

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I've tried for years to figure out when the seasons start and I can't do it. Recently somebody started to add seasons and episodes to them. "Good Morning America" ,the current page I have open to update, Oct 29, 2018 43.310 Oct 30, 2018 44.311 obviously a season typo except for one thing "Good Morning America" runs Monday thru Friday 52 weeks a year, with the exception of major news events on weekends that are covered by the weekday cast, that would be 260 episodes so obviously they are including the weekend shows. I'm assuming this comes for the TV Guide, but it could be their own websites, "Today" used to post full episodes online with the season and episode data attached, one year they were around 250 and I thought they should flip seasons soon, they passed 260, then 265, at 300 I just started randomly checking the episode count somewhere north of 400 they flipped the seasons. In the case of morning shows they don't usually announce a new season, except this year the cancelled "Megyn Kelly Today" did on air, about 2 weeks before the IMDb flipped to season 2. Maybe the powers that be could look at them not having season just air dates for the morning shows? At least the American ones, there is never a break in production, I don't know how they are handled overseas say in Britain as I don't have access. Oh and one more thing can somebody kill the last episode listed of "Megyn Kelly Today" that was a repeat, the final live show was Oct 24, 2018. Thanks.
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Jeorj Euler

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For shows that have no breaks in production, every anniversary of the premier of the show itself should be treated as the start of a new season, but there is not currently a policy or guideline stating so.
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For shows that have no breaks in production, every anniversary of the premier of the show itself should be treated as the start of a new season, but there is not currently a policy or guideline stating so.
Actually, that's not true. From https://help.imdb.com/article/contribution/titles/episode-guidelines/GDF7HR6CCCBKU3CP?ref_=helpsrall# : "For some very long running continuous series that do not use seasons (typically, soap operas, talk shows, and newscasts), episode numbers are all within season 1 (and so your episode number should be in the format of 1.1284 etc)."
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Which is indicative of a mess.
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Hi Jeroj,

Marco is correct here, there shouldn't be multiple seasons for these shows.

Regards,
Will
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Jeorj Euler

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Yes, as the the cited article indicates. I apologize for the misinformation, but this definitely explains part of why title entries for long-running daytime soap operas are such a mess.