Are you a big fan of T.V. shows? Do you have any favorites? Have you ever thought that premium channels like HBO and Showtime seem to have the better programs or wondered why they typically run 12 episodes a season instead of 24? What is it about the content of shows like Dexter, True Blood and many others? What really makes them so successful? Not everyone is lucky enough to be able to watch these shows at home, they have to wait until they’re released on disc.
There are a few reasons for some of these answers. Appeal really plays a huge part in all of this. Premium content isn’t accessible to everyone. If you want to watch these shows, you need to dish out monthly subscriptions to your local cable company. For people without access, they might see ads plastered over all the city or see rave reviews all over the Internet. That in itself makes you want to watch the show. You ask around seeing who has the channel so you watch it at their house. If not that, then you go out and purchase the season when it’s released, or obtain it by other means. Another key factor is that the show usually runs around 12 episodes, which means it’s running for three months unlike the usual 7-9 months. Exclusivity is key.
The other major factor is the fact that it is paid content. There is a bigger budget for shows and more time allotted for writing and creating individual episodes, sets and everything in between. More time and more money equal a much better result. An episode of Boardwalk Empire for example has a budget of $5 million an episode and typically takes 15 days to shoot. These figures are double of a typical television drama. Also, unlike normal programming, the T.V. rating system doesn’t matter. Characters are open to discuss about any topic, language is no longer an issue and sex and nudity is more welcome than ever. Who doesn’t like a show where all things go?
Do you have a favourite show? Are you excited for show this fall?