TV’s Presence at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con

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Over this past weekend, San Diego Comic-Con thrilled fans of comics, cinema and television with celebrity panels and encounters.

Last year, we reflected upon the prominence of TV at this popular annual event.

This year, approximately 17 new trailers for upcoming television shows and seasons were released at Comic-Con, whetting the appetites of the viewers in attendance.

And during various discussions and interviews, many had interesting remarks on the state of TV today.

“Like, who knew, dude? TV,” director Kevin Smith told Deadline, when asked about his recent involvement in shows like “The Flash.” “Like, if you just last long enough in this business, man, somewhere, someone will figure out a use for you. Lately, that use for me, because I’ve been making all these weird movies that only I like and stuff, so they figured out a more mainstream use for me, and that’s kind of in the egalitarian society of television, man — where suddenly, you can tell a much longer story.”

Smith is hoping for an even deeper foray into television with a series based on his popular 1990s movie “Mallrats.”

At the panel for Netflix’s upcoming Marvel series “Luke Cage,” showrunner Cheo Coker revealed his thoughts on the production process, as well as binge-viewing.

“I wanted the 13 episodes to feel almost like an album,” Coker said. “Binge watching is the only thing [anymore] where you sit down and there’s a rhythm to everything that’s connected.”

The episode titles for “Luke Cage” are references to well-known hip-hop tracks.

Citing the theme of music in the show, Coker mused that in a former era, consumers would purchase a new album and immediately play through every song, which in a way, is how binge-viewing television works today.

“When a Prince record came out, or some big record came out in the old days, we shut down everything and listened to it. The only time we do that now is binge-watching,” said Coker.

Considering the overwhelming part TV has to play at this convention, one can’t help but wonder if this aspect will eventually be spun off into its own gathering.

Author: Brian Cameron


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