Do they have to do stuff like this 8 months before the season starts?

UPDATE: Though the season will not start until January 2009, the producers of the show have conceded that there has been too much time between seasons and are producing a 2 hour television movie that will air some time in the Winter of 2008 that will take the viewer from the last minutes of the last season to the first minutes of the new season. It takes place in the year and a half between seasons.