A conventional TV series ropes the viewer into watching every week. It becomes ritual, habit.
By releasing an entire year of a show via streaming as Netflix is doing, a viewer can gorge. It some ways it is a better way to watch a series.
But what holds the viewer's interest for the next eleven months?
Instead of lucrative TV spots, production is financed via subscription. HBO succeeded using this Model by producing extraordinary serials which the networks could not air because of language and explicit content. Cable and Sat promote them. It's good business. HBO's line-up appears on the screen every time you turn the set on. Subscription is part of an attractive broad package. HBO shows are stretched out over the year and re-run and continually promoted, all of which help keep the subscriber base happy.
Netflix doesn't have these benefits. They may have to hit several original content homeruns. Their initial effort Lillihammer while excellent stalled after one year. Following lengthy delay it is restarting production without headliner Steve Van Zandt.
"Their initial effort Lillihammer while excellent stalled after one year. Following lengthy delay it is restarting production without headliner Steve Van Zandt"
What #$%$. It didn't stall. Steve Van Zandt didn't drop out of the series. Van Zandt dropped out of his tour with Springsteen to do the second season of Lilyhammer.
From Deadline Hollywood:
"Lilyhammer‘s second season is currently filming in Oslo and Lillehammer, with star and exec producer Steven van Zandt on hand after taking a break from his touring schedule with Bruce Springsteen. For its second outing, the fish-out-of-water dramedy has added Paul Kaye (Game Of Thrones), Erik Madsen (Da Vinci’s Demons), Amy Beth Hayes (Mr Selfridge) and Jakob Oftebro (from foreign-language film Oscar nominee Kon-Tiki). Lilyhammer was a hit when it premiered in Norway in January 2012, drawing record numbers for NRK1, and it was the first original series to launch on Netflix when it bowed via the streaming service in the U.S., Canada and Latin America in February. Season 2 sees van Zandt’s mob fixer Frank Tagliano still in witness protection and juggling fatherhood with running his criminal operation. Added to the mix this season are a group of English soccer hooligans, a bank robbery that threatens to reveal Frank’s identity, and a bloodthirsty new female sheriff. Lilyhammer was developed by Rubicon TV with Red Arrow on international sales. Showrunners are Eilif Skodvin and Anne Bjornstad; producer is Anders Tangen. Lasse Halberg exec produces with van Zandt. Shooting on Season 2 runs through April when van Zandt goes back on tour with Springsteen."