TIFF LONG TAKE Ep. 15: Has Prestige TV Become Boring?
And what does "cinematic" mean when applied to television, anyway?
We constantly hear from fans and critics that we're living in a "golden age of television". But are A-List stars, esteemed filmmakers, and massive budgets really leading to better TV? To find out Rob and Geoff sit down with writer and critic Eric Thurm (Esquire, GQ, The A.V. Club).
Eric does his best to define "Prestige TV" (3:35), wonders if critics and audiences have an unfair bias towards shows on traditional networks (7:10), and discusses why giving TV creators total creative freedom might not be the recipe for success (11:35).
He also explains why calling a TV show "cinematic" shouldn't be considered a compliment (14:50), why the most interesting television makers show a healthy disrespect for the medium (19:05), and why the next "golden age" wont be reached mimicking shows like The Sopranos, The Wire, and Mad Men (28:00).
Like the show? There are some really easy actions you can take to help us out: