As soon as I turn this pilot back in, I'm going to write up my fascinating chat with John Rogers on the relationship between comics writing and tv writing. Meanwhile, add Damon Lindelof to the ranks of TV writers who also write comics.
They don't do it for the money, thass for sure. But...
"Damon's opening-page splash for his first episode has the Hulk ripping Wolverine in half," he said. "That's fun. You'd never rip anyone in half on a TV show."
I'm still waiting for a series to try a storyline that lasts more than two or three eps, but less than a whole season. With Neil Gaiman and Alan Moore the story lines seem to last 6 to 12 books. Might be fun to do that on TV.
Actually, if you go back into the annals, it's easy to find a show that tried just that.
Bochco's MURDER ONE premiered with Daniel Benzali as the lead, and Stanley Tucci as the bad guy in a season long arc.
But in the second and final season of the show, Benzali ankled, and they replaced him with a pre-Without a Trace Anthony Lapaglia. They also ditched the season long arc and went to three cases that stretched over several episodes each. it's worth checking out. Not always successful, but pretty good nonetheless.
Okay, I really hate the terms episode and season when used concerning comics.
Besides, I don't read any Marvel comics anymore because the stories no longer ring true to the Marvel I remember from the 80s and 90s. I liked Joss Whedon's Xmen at the start, but hated his offtrack characterization of Xavier. I dislike any issues written by JMS and I like the Black Pather series that came before this reimagined one.
Why not stick with Lost and write some good episodes that, I don't know, start to pay off for the viewer. The show is going to peter out just like Alias.
Another idea is to think of these stories as mini-(or Limited) series. 6 or less episodes and the story is told.
I'm actually developing a story to fit this format: 6 hour episodes and goodbye. Perfect for DVD as you can fit in on 2 discs with plenty of room for extras.
The last mini-series I heard of was EMPIRE FALLS on HBO, but of course there's the upcoming Sci-Fi channel's THE TRIANGLE.
Since the comics market is in such a state, I think the idea of a series of graphic novels would be better - wider distribution, higher production value, longer shelf life...
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