Originally Posted by Brian Conrad
I sorta like the show and some of the things it is saying but I think they're stuck in that old series mode of trying to drag a storyline out over 5-6 seasons. Instead they should take a cue from "American Horror Story" which is doing a different theme this season with a few actors from last season. To have a successful broadcast network series these days you have to do better and not fall back on the old shticks.
I would love someone to do one of these high-concept serialized shows over, say, 2 seasons. Announce it up front and stick to your word, no matter how highly rated it is after the second year is done. Give it a 2 year commitment up front (with an option to yank it if it's lousy and completely
tanks). If people knew it had a planned arc that was deliberately plotted out to tell its whole story in exactly 2 seasons, they might be more inclined to commit and stick with it. As it is, these kind of shows scare people into even sampling them for fear it will be canceled out from under them.
I like the 'American Horror Story' concept which is a complete reboot every year, even using some of the same crew of actors like some movie directors. That's inspired.