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Why 2012 was the year of the half-hour TV show, from theavc:



Looking at TV in terms of half-hour chunks of real estate allows the viewer to see just how much space there is, how the gamut of worthwhile TV half-hours runs all the way from the ultra-traditional (but still fun) antics of The Big Bang Theory to whatever Louis C.K. has dreamed up that week on Louie. Think about those polar opposites and all the points—good and bad—in between, then think about how little experimentation there is anymore in TV hourlongs, which have largely ossified into a collection of case-of-the-week procedurals and serious cable dramas, give or take a Parenthood or American Horror Story.  Don’t get me wrong: I love many of these hourlongs, but they increasingly seem a little timid in their own success.

Looking at TV in terms of half-hour chunks of real estate allows the viewer to see just how much space there is, how the gamut of worthwhile TV half-hours runs all the way from the ultra-traditional (but still fun) antics of The Big Bang Theory to whatever Louis C.K. has dreamed up that week on Louie. Think about those polar opposites and all the points—good and bad—in between, then think about how little experimentation there is anymore in TV hourlongs, which have largely ossified into a collection of case-of-the-week procedurals and serious cable dramas, give or take a Parenthood or American Horror Story.  Don’t get me wrong: I love many of these hourlongs, but they increasingly seem a little timid in their own success.

Reblogged from theavc