'The Boys' showrunner slams TV series that aims to be 10-hour movies

‘The Boys’ showrunner slams TV series that aims to be 10-hour movies

How many times have you heard a TV showrunner or actor describe their show as a 6-10 hour movie? That’s how Anthony Mackie introduced “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” (it sounds like a “six or eight hour movie,” he said), while Ewan McGregor described “Obi- Wan Kenobi” as “a great movie” that “just happens to be split into these episodes. Well, ‘The Boys’ showrunner Eric Kripke says enough is enough. Speaking to Vulture, Kripke expressed frustration with the that streaming series are designed as elongated films and not as episodic TV shows.

“The downside of streaming is that a lot of filmmakers who work in streaming haven’t necessarily come out of that network grind,” Kripke said. “They’re more comfortable with the idea that they could give you 10 o’clock, where nothing happens until the eighth hour. It drives me crazy, personally.

Kripke continued, “As a network guy who had to keep people interested for 22 fucking hours a year, I didn’t have the benefit of, ‘Oh, hang in there and don’t worry. Critics will tell you that starting with episode eight, shit really hits the fan. Or anyone 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 entertainment business.

Before he found streaming success with “The Boys,” Kripke rose to prominence as the creator of the long-running TV series “Supernatural.” The showrunner didn’t abandon episodic storytelling when he made the jump to Prime Video with “The Boys.” Now that he’s gone streaming, Kripke says he’ll never go back to streaming.

“I never see going back to the network. It’s the ability to do two things: have most of your scripts written before you shoot a movie day, and then finish all the episodes before you air them,” Kripke said. “There are logistical advantages that would be impossible to give up, because you can tell a cohesive play in a way that you simply cannot with network television. It’s already aired; you threw it out the door. You are locked up. It happens all the time: we’re in the middle of filming episode seven, 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” recently concluded its third season and has already been renewed for season 4.

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