Sunday, November 25, 2012

David Simon on Treme, the CIA and Why TV Isn't Journalism | Underwire | Wired.com

David Simon on Treme, the CIA and Why TV Isn't Journalism | Underwire | Wired.com

Simon: I think it’s more of the world of “books”/”no books.” I think very few people are looking to long-form prose for their storytelling anymore in America. The numbers are saying that. You sell 100,000 hardbacks in America and you have a New York Times bestseller. Those are incredibly small numbers when you compare them to the television audience or a film audience, especially a television audience. I have the absurd misfortune/great fortune — it goes both ways — of working in this mass medium of television where my numbers are appalling — if you get half a million viewers or 600,000 viewers on Sunday night you’re not doing well, you get a couple million for the week you’re not doing well. But by standards of prose narrative, that’s huge.

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