did you know...that in France when they play a TV show they usually play 2 or 3 episodes back to back or if it is a French TV show they will run for 2-3 hours.
I asked F why this they did this...and he said that French people (like himself) are used to watching one program in the evening...it used to be a movie but now with so many American TV shows making it over here they just play the 2-3 hours worth all at once.
Also, he explained that there are less commercials to take up 1/3 -1/2 of a program. So say for instance a "Friends" episode which in the US is 30 mins is only 15 mins here! So I guess it makes sense.
Commercials are not every 5 mins for 2-3 mins like in the US. They are usually at the end of a program (if it is a short program) for 5 mins or so...or if it is a longer program once in the middle and then again at the end of the program for 5 mins each.