With the golden age of television delivering shows that have the stars and production values of major motion pictures, we’ve already seen episodic narratives being given lavish airings on the big screen. For the most part, this has taken place at film festivals, with programmers acknowledging the shifting tide of storytelling by making space for TV shows. But it bears remembering that it was only a couple of years ago that HBO treated 7000 fans to an advanced screening of the season premiere of “Game Of Thrones” season four at the Cushman & Wakefield Theater at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. And according to Showtime CEO David Nevins, the network is already fielding inquires about screening David Lynch‘s upcoming new season of “Twin Peaks” that go beyond the living room.
“You’re going to continue to see the blurring of movies and television,” he told Bloomberg about the future of TV. “You’re going to see television shows produced primarily for television that’s going to play in theaters for an occasional out-of-home collective experience. I’m already feeling interest. People are coming to us, ‘You want to premiere this? You want to show four episodes?’ So I guarantee you when we put ‘Twin Peaks’ out, people are gonna want to put that in theaters. So I see those lines blurring.”
But just what that rollout plan will be is yet to be determined, particularly since Lynch is still in the midst of making the show. But one thing you won’t be able to do is binge the whole season at once. Nevins is still sticking with the traditional network model, though he is open to playing with it a bit.
“When we put ‘Twin Peaks’ out, maybe it’ll be fun not to do just one a week, but to do it in a different way. Who knows. [That’s] something I’ll talk about with David Lynch. There’s all sorts of possibilities, but the idea of just throwing it out, having a week or two weeks of buzz, and then having it die down, I don’t think that makes sense for us,” he explained.
There’s no doubt that “Twin Peaks” is going to be an event, and Nevins is clearly looking at ways to capitalize on that excitement in way that makes sense both for the network and Lynch. Thoughts? Let us know below. [via Welcome To Twin Peaks]