SuzyBatt wrote:I think it's really great that they can take time to do other things. The problem is the TV show format. You have a season, then a break, then another season, and that's just the way it always has been.
The ideal situation would be for the guys to go off and do all sort of fun and creative other projects, then come back to the TV show two years later without missing a beat. Do you think HBO would let them do that?
The thing is, the Conchords have never really conformed to the industry way of doing things. So I doubt they really worry about doing so now.
I always try to remember that the Conchords, while known in the US as a TV show act first, was originally a live comedy/music act and they toured, played fesitvals etc long before the BBC radio show and HBO came along. The TV show has always been secondary in my mind, even though its what has gotten them more attention in certain parts of the world.
Its a vehicle for the Conchords talents, but its also a drain on them IMHO. This second season has seen a lot of people saying the songs are not as strong in many respects. The wealth of material built up over a number of seasons touring a new live act (02/03/04) gave them some great songs that had time to develop and become the classics people know today.
I am not really desparate to see a 3rd season or more of a TV show tbh. I don't think creatively they can keep coming up with stories for more seasons as well as material. I think for themselves they need a break. If there are no more seasons after this one, its not a biggie in my book. I can understand it upsetting those who have known them from their TV show first, but it really does not define the Conchords nor is it the be all and end all of who and what they are as performers. They are so much more than a TV show and if they are no longer confined and pigeonholed like that it'd work for me
Also here in the UK TV does not work like it does in the US. We don't have long long seasons of shows (22 episodes a season with a mid season break? wtf is that all about) or cancel a show mid season. We tend to do much shorter runs of drama and comedy shows, usually 6-8 episodes, at most 12. And also have longer breaks in between often. Dr Who is a prime example of this. Season ended, then we got a Christmas special just gone, 4 one offs to be aired over the year, another Christmas special and then a new season with a new Doctor.
I again like that our TV is not set in stone and has the ability to be flexible and inventive in its programming. Alas the US market is far more commercially and ratings driven by networks than it is here. Very cutthroat over there.