The best writing talent in Hollywood is now working for television. In a move that was unthinkable in the 20th century, Oscar-winning film actors are also going across to the small screen—the depth of story facilitates the depth of character. Welcome to the era of Mad Men, House of Cards, and Homeland: the 50-hour epic, spun over five seasons of 12 episodes each. Is this the new Golden Age of Television?
Novelist and screenwriter Vinay Kolhatkar explores why the digital economics of cable, Netflix, and DVDs have facilitated the telling of epics, and what it means for Romanticism.