I suspect this is largely down to the fact that long form TV drama can tackle more complex subjects, explore characters without the need for rapid and massive character change and that HD images and film style production values now rival the aesthetic of feature films.
Settling down with a few episodes of 24 for thrills, Modern Family for chuckles or Mad Men for…well I have no idea what Mad Men actually does, I just find the damn thing so hypnotic… is just a better bet than a movie for me. As far as a guaranteed experience is concerned, American TV beats American movies hands down.
So yes, I am excited at the The Newsroom… Damn, now I am really going to have to work hard to get Aaron Sorkin to the London Screeenwriters’ Festival! Anyone have a way in?
Onwards and upwards
Chris Jones, Film Maker and Author