TV’s Revenge: A Love Story

It just got serious

This’ll hurt more than the debate between Hillary and Trump that just happened, but here’s the truth: movies are getting owned by TV.

I know this is what people were saying back in the early 90’s, actually, I wouldn’t know cause I’m not that old. But what I do know is there are so many shows on now-a-days that are getting a lot more attention than movies.

Think of House of Cards, Sherlock, Game of Thrones, or Breaking Bad. You’ve probably heard of these before, if you haven’t already watched them through twice over. There’s some good reasons why we like to watch these shows. A good show can capture your attention and imagination and make you want to go back for more.

They see me streaming, they hatin’

There’s this little obscure company I’d like to introduce to you. It’s called Netflix (nêt-flikz), and apparently its popularity is growing. Jokes aside, we’ve all heard/used Netflix at one time or another.

Other than Apple, Disney, or Walmart, it would be the company I’d guess is powerful enough to take over the world. Well, them and Google. Streaming services are supes popular in the world of today.

While movies can be streamed as well, they don’t get released onto streaming services as fast as shows do. When we go to HBO or Netflix to get our daily fix of goodness, we usually go to binge-watch our favourite shows. I know I use Netflix to watch the latest episodes of Sherlock before I have to wait another year. And while I’m waiting for Sherlock I love me some good Star Wars: The Clone Wars, even though I’ve seen it multiple times already.

One of the things I like most about shows is that most are usually shorter than movies which is nice for those of us who don’t want to commit so much time to something but want to catch up with our favourite heroes.

Or our favourite anti-heroes

Where there’s honey, there’s bees

It doesn’t take a sleuth to figure it out. Jobs that pay well (most of the time) get more applicants. Same goes with TV shows. As an actor, a dream of mine is to be able to make a steady living through my art. The closest thing to this dream is working on a TV show where I can continue with the story. It’s not often like that with movies.

We see companies like Marvel getting wise with continuing storylines. Most movies don’t follow suit though. You get to work on a project for a few months and hope that it does well. Once it’s over, you find yourself in need of new job.

TV shows help solve this dilemma. Shows offer the opportunity to have a steady pay-check and more job stability. Some shows can go for a pretty long time too.

Long gone are the days of uncertainty in the artistic workplace! Here are the days of lasting pay.

We want to be a part of the journey

The TV format gives more time to develop the story and characters than movies do. With this extended time of development, we are given more time to become invested in the characters and story.

This is one of the reasons I like shows so much. I feel I’m able to walk alongside these characters and the challenges they face. I cry when they die, I laugh when they overcome their fears and opponents. I felt this way while watching The Office; seeing the characters Jim and Pam create their relationship was so real, because I felt I was walking alongside their journey, able to see it grow and take shape.

I wanted to see what happened next. The show hooked me and had me invested almost right away. I became attached deeply, because unlike movies, shows like The Office can go on for years.

Sometimes we grow up as our characters do. Some movie sagas do this as well, but shows consistently capture this. Nothing is as fun as getting to watch how our favourite heroes develop and grow.

Or in Jon Snow’s case, “watch” how they die

Long gone are the days of uncertainty in the artistic workplace! Here are the days of lasting pay.

We like to have our shows on demand and in quick bites. Not saying that our attention spans are low, but they’re low. I mean, come on, Vines exist. Shows are also great for those who work in the industry, they provide good steady jobs to cast and crew alike. Who doesn’t like to tune back into their favourite TV shows to see what’s happened next?! Not me, that’s who.

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  • Keaton is an actor and writer who works with the Initiative Production Company in Brisbane, Australia. Native to Alaska, he enjoys staring at the stars while contemplating the meaning of life.

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