The Boys' Eric Kripke Explains Why He Does TV, Not Movies

The Boys’ Eric Kripke Explains Why He Does TV, Not Movies

The Boys' Billy Butcher takes on Homelander.

The boys‘ Billy Butcher takes on Homelander.
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In a recent interview with Variety, The boys‘ showrunner Eric Kripke was very clear: he does televisionnot movies.

“Like a network guy that was supposed to keep you interested for 22 fucking hours a year, I didn’t get the benefit of “Oh just hang in there and don’t worry” he said.Critics will tell you that in episode eight, shit really hits the fan.’ Or someone who says, ‘Well, what I’m really doing is a 10 hour movie.’ Kiss my ass ! No, you are not! Make a TV show. You are in the leisure industry.”

Prior to The boys, Kripke was the best-known for creating the TV show Supernaturalwhich lasted 15 seasons and starred Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki. (Ackles had an impact on the most recent season of The boys like Soldier Boy.) Kripke was a showrunner for Supernatural during its first five seasons, after which it stepped back, citing a desire to work on other projects. He is very vocal about the benefits of streaming vs. television network, and expresses to Variety that he’s glad he made the leap, because he can focus on the story without having to attempt to rewind or rewind storylines throughout. a season. He says the ability to write most of his scripts before the first day of filming…and the fact that all episodes are finished before the air date—puts working for a streaming service miles ahead of any network.

“There are logistical advantages that would be impossible to give up, because you can tell a cohesive play in a way that you just can’t with network TV,” Kripke said. “It’s already aired; you threw it out the door. You are locked up. It happens all the time :wWe’re in the middle of filming Episode 7, and we realize we need a different script. We still have time to go back and shoot it for episode one and put it back together.

The boys seasons 1-3 are currently streaming on Premium Video, with a fourth season on the way.


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