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The Times spoke with the overseers of several top dramas about the
challenges of producing television in the Twitter age.
Photo: Credit: Monica Almeida/The New York Times
The New York Times recently gathered the men and women who steer six of the best dramas on television — from the broadcast and cable networks, and the upstart Netflix — to talk about the challenges of making TV in the Twitter age. At the fitting location here of the Writers Guild of America, West, Shonda Rhimes (SCANDAL and GREY'S ANATOMY), Carlton Cuse (BATES MOTEL and previously LOST), Robert and Michelle King (THE GOOD WIFE), Terence Winter (BOARDWALK EMPIRE), Scott Buck (DEXTER) and Beau Willimon (HOUSE OF CARDS) shared their views on writing themselves into and out of jams, the broadcast-cable divide and the possible end of episodes and seasons as we know them.
Carlton Cuse: "Certainly the change in the way people watch TV has allowed for heavily serialized storytelling, which was an anathema to broadcast networks a few years ago, because they thought if somebody fell out of an episode, then they would never get them back. But now there’s so many ways for people to watch shows that they recognized that serialized storytelling actually hooks an audience, and they’re not as afraid about people missing stuff because they have so many ways of getting caught up."
Shonda Rhimes: "I’m going to do 46 hours of television this year, and that seems particularly painful all the time. I would love to live in a world in which we could do 13 episodes of each show. I have to be honest, I think the shows would be better for it. There’s a period of time in which somewhere in the storytelling, a few of the episodes are just filler. They can be interesting, and they can be lovely, but they don’t move our story forward."
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