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Lost vs Highlander - John C. Kirk
Apr. 1st, 2007
11:52 pm -
Lost vs Highlander
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April 2nd, 2007 02:49 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure whether it's specifically an American problem, but it does depend on what your goal is. For instance, most soap operas seem to be intended to run indefinitely; how many years have "Eastenders" and "Coronation Street" been going for? By contrast, "Babylon 5" was a US series which was always intended to fit into 5 years.
At the same time, there is a risk of setting up a finite story that never gets finished because the series doesn't get renewed. I'm thinking in particular of "Dark Skies" - the idea was that it would run over 5 years, where each year would cover one decade (starting in the 60s), and eventually the episodes would catch up with the present day (of their screening). However, it was cancelled after season 1, so that plan never came to fruition.