Ouch! The Hollywood Reporter just issued a slap in the face to webisodes and poor Tom Hanks was on the front line for his recent release of “Electric City,” a 20-episode story arc of 5-minute adventures.
Shortened, online releases of scripted entertainment in lieu of television endeavors has been experimented with for several years. No project as of yet has been able to stick. Blame it on the fact that it’s hard to get invested in something that lasts only 5 minutes at a time. You could also blame it on bad writing, but perhaps it’s something more.
For all of the advancements in technology, there’s something to be said about sitting down on the couch with friends or family to watch your favorite television show. Sure, the Internet has changed the way people do business, the way they communicate, the way they get their news. But there are some pastimes and rituals that cannot be replaced with a computer. If the lack of success in the online “webisode” industry is any indication, then if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it. Just ask Tom Hanks.