It’s the biggest cliches of the TV season. You hear it in almost every interview with a showrunner or a star (particularly movie stars who have moved to TV) hyping their new show:
"This show is like a movie every week."
Or the popular variations:
"We’re doing little movies."
"The entire season is like a 22-episode movie."
"We’re bringing feature film production values, feature film writing, and feature film acting to the TV screen every week."
I wonder how many times we’ll hear it this season ( I’ve already read it in four interviews today, hence the rant). Just once, I’d like to hear them say "We’re doing a really good TV series." What’s so damn impressive about comparing TV to movies? The fact is, what’s on TV these days is a hell of a lot better than what’s in theatres. I’d like to see the cliche turn… and to start hearing feature directors and stars saying:
"This movie is like an entire season of a TV series crammed into 97 minutes."