Had a thought this morning which has been intriguing me. We’ve been watching Westworld and really enjoying it - the quality of the writing, the extremely high production values (seriously, how many sets??), and the A-list level of some of the cast (Hopkins, Newton). What struck me is that this is just another excellent series, and there are so many to choose from at the moment, we’ve really never had it so good.
So I got to thinking that as we’re in a TV renaissance at the moment, where did it start? I remember 24 starting, and the idea of a genuine movie star being in it was revolutionary (Kiefer Sutherland … although hardly at his peak), and the first time that moving into television wasn’t practically career suicide for a movie star.
But what came next? Was it Lost that cemented the return on investment for massive budget television? And was True Detective the first instance when an A-list movie actor (Matthew McConaughey, riding high off Magic Mike, Lincoln Lawyer and Dallas Buyers Club) signed onto a TV show at the height of their movie career? Am trying to think of another actor in a show that’s quite that A-listy, but failing.
Which are the key markers on the road to now, where we have such wealth of excellent TV with no signs of flagging?
And finally, I imagined a potential future where you have actors entirely CGI, but motion captured by the actors themselves - the CGI allowing the actors to be placed into VR situations where you can move around the room and watch the acting from any angle, walking in between an argument or seeing a firefight from inside the room, but able to move around the scene at will.
Exciting times for telly. Any thoughts?