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The Boys Showrunner Talks Differences Between Streaming and Making Movies

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Once upon a time, the only way to watch things was via cable TV and going to the movie theater. Then the internet changed things and we got YouTube and other video sites, then, we got streaming services like Netflix, Disney+, Hulu, HBO Max, and so on. These services got us great shows like Stranger Things, The Boys, Loki, and so on.

But if you were to ask the showrunner for The Boys, Eric Kripke, what he feels about certain people saying that making a streaming show is like making an “8-hour movie”, well…he would tell you off:

“Look, I love streaming. I can’t see ever going back to network. It’s the ability to do two things: have most of your scripts written before you shoot a day of film, and then have all the episodes finished before you turn them over to air,” Kripke told the site. “There are logistical benefits that would be impossible to give up because you can tell a coherent piece in a way you simply cannot with network TV. It’s already aired; you threw it out the door. You’re locked in. It happens all the time: We’re in the middle of filming episode seven, and we realize there’s a different story line we need. We still have time to go back and shoot it for episode one and drop it back in.”

“The downside of streaming is that a lot of filmmakers who work in streaming didn’t necessarily come out of that network grind. They’re more comfortable with the idea that they could give you ten hours where nothing happens until the eighth hour. That drives me fucking nuts, personally. As a network guy who had to get you people interested for 22 fucking hours a year, I didn’t get the benefit of, “Oh, just hang in there and don’t worry. The critics will tell you that by episode eight, shit really hits the fan.” Or anyone who says, “Well, what I’m really making is a ten-hour movie.” Fuck you! No you’re not! Make a TV show. You’re in the entertainment business.”¬†The Boys¬†Showrunner added.

Strong words, but you can tell he’s passionate about this, and making a streaming show is indeed making the show in a different mindset. So keep that in mind going forward, ok?