The Boys boss Eric Kripke praises the benefits of streaming over network TV, but doesn’t take credit for content creators who claim to be making “10-hour movies.”
The following article contains spoilers for The Boys season 3 finale, The Instant White-Hot Wild, streaming on Prime Video.
The young Showrunner Eric Kripke has been vocal about new streaming series that stick to a “10-hour movie” format and forgo the individualized pacing that episodic television demands.
Shortly after the season 3 finale, Kripke was asked in an interview with Vulture how he felt about the episodic structure of writing for a series that would be released on a streaming service. Having come from a network TV background with shows like supernatural, revolution and Timeless, Kripke recognized the benefits of streaming and highlighted the flexibility it allows. However, he criticized filmmakers whose lack of network experience influenced the format of their shows.
“It’s the ability to do two things: have most of your scripts written before you shoot a movie day, and then have all the episodes ready before you air them.” Kripke noted, “There are logistical advantages that are impossible can be abandoned because you can tell a coherent piece in a way that you just can’t with network television. It has already aired; They threw it out the door. You are imprisoned.”
He went on to admit this shooting The young isn’t always a linear process: “It happens all the time: we’re in the middle of filming episode seven and we realize we need a different storyline. We still have time to go back and shoot for episode one let it back in.” This gives the production team more opportunity to tweak certain elements of the show before rolling out each episode week-by-week.
While he appreciates this new approach, Kripke says, “The downside to streaming is that a lot of filmmakers working in streaming haven’t necessarily gotten out of this network grind. They’re more comfortable with the idea that they could give you ten hours where nothing happens until the eighth hour.” He expressed his frustration, adding, “Personally, that drives me freaking crazy.”
Reflecting on directors approaching a series like it’s a “10 hour movie,” Kripke emphatically declared, “F**k you! No you are not! Do a TV show. You’re in the entertainment business.”
The young, a series that mercilessly satirizes the superhero genre and critiques the state of the media-obsessed world, has been renewed for a fourth season. The first three seasons are available to stream now on Prime Video.