How many times have you heard a TV showrunner or actor refer to his or her series as a 6-10 hour movie? For example, Anthony Mackie billed The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (it feels like a “six or eight hour movie,” he said), while Ewan McGregor described Obi-Wan Kenobi as “a big movie.” the “just is randomly divided into these episodes. Well, The Boys showrunner Eric Kripke says enough is enough. Speaking to Vulture, Kripke expressed frustration that streaming series are designed as extended films rather than episodic television.

“The downside to streaming is that a lot of filmmakers who work in streaming haven’t necessarily gotten out of this network grind,” Kripke said. “They’re more comfortable with the idea that they could give you 10 periods where nothing happens until the eighth period. It drives me insane personally.”

Kripke continued, “As a network guy who had to pique your people’s interest 22 f***ing 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 in episode eight the shit really hits the fan. Or someone who says, “Well, what I really do is make a 10-hour movie.” Fuck you! No, you are not! Do a TV show. They are in the entertainment industry.”

Before streaming success with The Boys, Kripke rose to fame as the creator of the long-running TV series Supernatural. The showrunner didn’t give up episodic storytelling when he made the jump to Prime Video with The Boys. Now that he’s streamed, Kripke says he’ll never air again.

“I can’t imagine ever going back to the network. It’s the ability to do two things: have most of your scripts written before you shoot a day of movies, and then have all the episodes ready before you air them,” Kripke said. “There are logistical advantages that are impossible to do without, because you can tell a coherent story in a way that network TV just can’t. It has already aired; You threw it out the door. you are imprisoned 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 it for episode one and throw it back in.”

The Boys recently wrapped its third season and has already been renewed for season four.

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