HR: There’s a push among broadcast networks toward close-ended, non-serialized shows - like crime procedurals - the idea being that serialized dramas are increasingly high-risk.
Moore: I think they’ve always been high-risk and networks have always had an aversion to it. Network executives generally live in fear, and their fear is always that (the viewer is) going to be confused. It’s unfortunate because some of the greatest shows have been serialized and featured continuing characters. Audiences of serialized shows tend to become avid and dedicated viewers interested in exploring the show’s universe online and consumers of additional merchandising. I think network executives are somewhat myopic because they go for the easiest answer. “Let's make it tidy and all wrapped-up so the audience doesn't have to remember what happened last week.” The audience is smart. They like catching up on things. They have a wide menu of ways at this point to catch up on shows. It just doesn’t seem like it's the big scary monster a lot of networks would have you believe.
Monday, March 16, 2009
For the Hollywood Reporter, James Hibberd talks to Battlestar Galactica showrunner, Ron Moore, about the series finale (broadcast in America last week) and some the issues facing serial drama in the US.