"By 'last,' I mean it may be the final curtain for 'fall TV' as a concept and a landmark," says James Poniewozik. "The more that streaming becomes the default way people watch, the less that the concepts of time on which TV has operated — seasons, schedules, time slots — will matter. And with those customs will change the very culture of America’s essential medium, even if we can’t yet know exactly how. So many of the ways that we’re used to experiencing TV are artifacts of technology and business. September became TV’s New Year because that was when the new car models came out. TV episodes developed their multi-act structure to make room for commercials. Weekly schedules were set because you had to broadcast shows to everyone at once (a practice we may someday look back upon as a medieval ritual, like baking your bread in the village communal oven)....Now, heading straight toward this solar system are two giant Death Stars made of money...Disney and Apple’s original series are only a tiny chunk of the cosmic shower about to rain down."
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