Article written by

6 Responses

Page 1 of 1
  1. James
    James at |

    You forgot the grand-daddy of the shows, and genres, and stylistic issues you mention here – Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek – he was hiring writers like Robert Bloch, Norman Spinrad, Harlan Ellison and Theodore Sturgeon to give the show that extra something, to bring fresh perspectives to a classic monster-of-the-week show.

    It’s been a standard device for quite a while now to mix up MOTW episodes with longer story arc (‘serial drama’ or ‘mytharc’) eps – Chris Carter’s X Files (which has spawned two movies and a comic series, not to mention a Ken and Barbie edition) is a good example.
    Then there’s the movie-become-soap-opera (I’m looking at you, Star Wars, but more Battlestar Galactica – I’m sure there are others, but I can’t think of them at the moment), and the curious comic/TV series hybrid that is Heroes – a foot solidly in both camps (not sure where its other foot is…)

    I think the producers of all these shows/spinoffs/merch don’t really concern themselves with the suitability of the medium – they just know that in general the more outlets they have the more money they can make from different market segments. Which employs more actual content creators, and hopefully hones their talents to make something great and new of their own (if it doesn’t mire them in corporate-minded crap and break their spirits.)

  2. Kathy Rose
    Kathy Rose at |

    Are you remembering that Dickens’ stories started out serialised in newspapers? I think others did, too, but can’t call any to mind just now.

  3. James
    James at |

    I just remembered another movie that famously made it into TV serialisation – Buffy!

Comments are closed.


%d bloggers like this: