Why movie stars make the transition to TV

I was recently asked to weigh in on why I felt movie stars were making their way to the small screen. After all, there are several instances when TV pokes fun of the divide between the two.

My short answer (although this is a topic that could be debated in novel form), is that right now, TV is better than movies. Long form television shows are pulling in large audiences, captivating viewers with intricate plot lines and in-depth characters.

When people become invested in a TV show, the three hours of entertainment they’d gain from sitting in a movie theater becomes 12-22 hours of time invested in one season of a series. With so many choices–both drama and comedy–TV is slowly making its shift into a new Golden Age. Not to mention the tremendous influence of Netflix.

So, who wouldn’t want to be a part of it? Although some stars transitions are easier than others, making the switch from the big screen to TV seems, for the most part, like a safe career choice.

Note: This is not to say movies aren’t good. There are some really great movies  I would absolutely recommend you spend time watching. My love for the film industry indeed runs deep. If only this blog focused on all screens…

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One thought on “Why movie stars make the transition to TV

  1. I don’t think it has so much to do with the fact that one is better than the other. Both are absolutely great, but I think it has to do with what you said at the end of the post; that it’s a safe career choice. Typically, a job on a television show will last for years. Movies, unless they are a part of a movie series, only last for a few months. Sometimes more than that, but not very often. You have to look for less work when you act in a television show as opposed to a movie.

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