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Format refers to the general shape of the show, rather than the show's Genre. For instance, a Sitcom is in a particular genre. It might be any length from a half-hour up to a miniseries. That's the format.

Format can also refer to the technical aspects of a show or electronic media, or what kind of media it's distributed on - for example, DVDs, Hi-Def, etc.