The next time you’re late for work and/or living in filth thanks to binging on a serialized drama, you can blame Netflix.
The Wall Street Journal argues that yes, the company is changing the way TV shows get made. It’s easier to get something adventurous green-lit in the first place, and it’s helping keep ailing shows like The Killing on the air, as well.
No word on what obsessive fans are going to do with the all the extra time they used to devote to elaborate campaigns to keep their struggling faves on the air. (Probably watch more TV.)
Once upon a time, you needed a certain number of episodes to cross over into syndication, and it was easiest to sell episodic shows that could be thrown into the lineup in any old order. Hence your inability to escape the dreck that is Las Vegas. Nowadays, though, there’s always the possibility of Netflix waiting to swoop in and buy the streaming rights. Result: more amenable TV execs.
According to the Journal:
Gary Newman, chairman of Twentieth Century Fox Television, said the studio used to encourage writers for new dramas to keep stories “closed ended” to make them more appealing to the local stations and cable networks that buy repeats. Having Netflix as a potential buyer lessens the risk. Now when the studio sees what it considers a strong serialized drama, like “Crisis,” a political thriller starring Gillian Anderson that is headed to Comcast Corp.’s NBC this fall, “We just lean right into that,” he said.
We’re officially at Peak Lean In.