1. Kevin Spacey, Frank Underwood on House of Cards
“Netflix was the only network that didn’t want a pilot… So it had an effect on the creative process in that way, because very often, if you’re forced to do a pilot, you’ve gotta establish all the characters in 45 minutes; you’ve gotta create all these arbitrary cliffhangers. We weren’t obligated to do that. We could just start the story where we wanted it and let it evolve in its own time.”
2. Taylor Schilling, Piper Chapman on Orange Is the New Black
“What Netflix is doing that’s so incredible is they’re giving a creatively free context for storytellers to share their vision. And they’re just creating space without any boundaries… Interesting stories that are authentic, that’s where they get produced.”
6. Danny Zuker, executive producer of Modern Family
“I think we have to push the envelope, personally. I think people are onto the tricks of network storytelling. And I think they want more. Especially if you look at the ratings — Breaking Bad is getting 10 million viewers off network. It’s a big deal. We’ll learn from that … although being network television, they almost never do.”
7. Nathan Darrow, Edward Meechum on House of Cards
“A big thing on this show was they trusted this team of Beau Willimon, David Fincher, and Kevin Spacey. And they bet on them. It wasn’t a situation like, Show us what you have and then we’ll give you something. They went all the way behind the creative energy. I think that has shown results. Networks could maybe learn to trust the folks that are coming up with the stories and making the stories.”
9. Gareth Neame, executive producer of Downton Abbey
“The British model is to make fewer episodes so you’re not rushed into the longevity of a show, from the first meeting talking about what Episode 22, 23 will be like. We don’t go into it that way… And I think that is changing here now … even on network TV.”
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