- Jun 10, 2003
- Real Name
- Josh Steinberg
I think it's great to do a no-filler show. However, if they are only going to do 10 episodes, that should be achievable in a year -- particularly if Nolan has experience producing 22 episodes within the same time period. It makes no sense that it takes twice as long to produce less than half the amount of content.Nolan is a veteran of the 22-episode broadcast grind with "Person of Interest", and that's a show with some truly brilliant hours of television, but also some truly pedestrian hours of television that were clearly just crapped out to fill out the season. With "Westworld", he seems to be going for all killer, no filler and that's what I want.
HBO wants me to make both an emotional and financial commitment to their material (since they not only want me to enjoy watching the show, but also to pay a premium price to do so), but it doesn't seem right that they are unwilling to make any kind of commitment to me in return.
I also think, to quote Nicholas Meyer, that art thrives on limitations. How many of those truly brilliant hours of Person Of Interest came about because they had limited time, and came up with creative ideas to work with what they had on any given day? Some of my very favorite TV shows from a variety of series came about because the showrunners had unrelenting deadlines to meet, and ended up coming up with their best ideas while being backed into a corner. Unlimited budgets, unlimited time, and no deadlines leads to work that, to me, often feels meandering and bloated. Not always, and there are certainly exceptions to that rule, but I think working without any constraints has its downsides too.