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22 minutes ago, dragonflies said:

Great article about why it took so long for ER to get on a streaming service. The people who run HULU were afraid the series wouldn't do well given how serialized it, but it's surpassed expectations!!!

 

https://www.vox.com/culture/2018/2/21/17018078/er-hulu-streaming-great-show

That’s a good piece. I agree that the strength of the show was its ensemble. But it was also how alive and kinetic it felt while allowing us to form deep, strong bonds with individual characters. Very few shows have pulled this off very well either before or since. But that statistic of 5,000 subscribers watching the entire 330 episodes (8 hours a day) in a month is kinda alarming lol.

 

 

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28 minutes ago, dragonflies said:

Great article about why it took so long for ER to get on a streaming service. The people who run HULU were afraid the series wouldn't do well given how serialized it, but it's surpassed expectations!!!

 

https://www.vox.com/culture/2018/2/21/17018078/er-hulu-streaming-great-show

 

A good read.

 

I thought it a little ridiculous that serialization was a concern, considering how today's shows are so continuous. Even more troubling that they thought the volume of episodes was too much. If they think 331 episodes may prevent viewers from starting the show, then our old soaps with tens of thousands of episodes stand no chance! But, what they've seen is what I have been saying all along: Give viewers something GOOD and addictive to binge, and having tons of episodes available is a PLUS!

 

I loved the reasons given why the show is so beloved -- ensemble, great characters, action, energy -- but also that they pointed out it's low-concept. There is no lead character that's secretly a mass murderer, or a nurse that can fly, or anything.

 

In the end, ER was always about that hospital and that's why the revolving cast more or less worked.

 

9 minutes ago, dragonflies said:

Haaa I'm one of them. I literally stream it for hours after I get home from work

 

I did a double-take the other day when you said you'd reached season 8 and yet had started watching, like, 2 days ago!

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39 minutes ago, dragonflies said:

Great article about why it took so long for ER to get on a streaming service. The people who run HULU were afraid the series wouldn't do well given how serialized it, but it's surpassed expectations!!!

 

https://www.vox.com/culture/2018/2/21/17018078/er-hulu-streaming-great-show

 

Do the people that run HULU live under a rock?  serialized shows do better on platforms like Netflix/Hulu because of the binging potential.  DVD sales for serialized/soap type shows were higher then for procedurals as well.

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