TV Exec responsible for The Boys & The Last of Us “examine” time between seasons for hit shows

Katherine Pope, the president of Sony Pictures TV Studios who has overseen hits like The boys, The last of usAnd Cobra Kai, says in a new interview that she is not happy with the amount of time it takes to make seasons of prestigious TV series. Pope said that waiting two years between seasons is not only frustrating for fans, but also causes logistical problems, as production and exhibition stores have to spend a lot more time and money on marketing, as casual viewers have more or less forgotten about the shows in the intervening years.

Pope says she also thinks the long delays between seasons are bad for creators looking to tell multi-season arcs. But how exactly to fix it without compromising on quality isn’t something she has an easy answer to.

“What I’ve been tasking myself and the teams with this year is to examine time — someone called it slippage — the way these shows can be as much as two years between seasons,” Pope told Deadline. “They can take 16 months to two years for the entire production cycle for a season, and we’re talking about eight to 10 episodes. These shows are big, some of them gigantic, they might as well be blockbuster movies every episode, but at the same time it’s it’s not great for the fans to have such a long gap in between it’s a pain because the platforms have to re-market a show two years after the previous season came out and it’s not great for us as producers to have these shows that we can’t repeat in a compressed timeline.”

“I also don’t think it’s good for creators because they end up spending so much time on each season,” Pope added. “It’s all about making sure we protect the show, and for the creator, it’s their time and effort and their ability to tell the stories over multiple seasons, which is the art and beauty of TV, it’s a novel of the characters’ stories. When we lose that, we start to lose an important fundamental part of our medium. So that’s something we’re focusing on, trying to put a little more production and timeline pressure into the whole process, just to make sure to make sure these shows go to the fans as quickly as possible.”

Pope, who was promoted in her position last summer, is stepping down at an interesting, challenging time. While the end of several long-running Sony Pictures Television series (including Cobra Kai, The blacklistAnd Foreigner) seems to give her a lot of creative control over the direction Sony will take in the coming years, but she’s also taking on those responsibilities in the midst of an industry-wide slowdown, with streamers looking to cut costs.

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