If Peak TV is dead, the age of TV movies are on the way to save it. At least that’s what Hollywood hopes.
Once the cheesy brainchild of low budget TV channels like Lifetime and Hallmark, many Franchises and IP are getting into the TV movie business. Popular TV shows don’t want to be cancelled let alone, ever end these days. This is true of cult favorites Downton Abbey, and Timeless. The first two TV movies that should be coming out next year.
AMC is the first major TV Channel to green light multiple TV movies based on their incredibly popular TV Universes. They have plans for a trilogy based on The Walking Dead’s Rick Grimes, as well as a Breaking Bad movie that’s said to be based on Jesse. HBO will no doubt want to capitalize on this. Game of Thrones has unlimited movie potentials and so does Westworld.
So with this, will more TV channels get into the mix? The TV movie is already a murky thing on streaming services. Some projects start with a feature length movie and then don’t go anywhere. Some movies go off and live on as animated specials or they air on Netflix as special send offs to fans. Disney will no doubt have their own original movies released directly onto their streaming service.
It goes without saying that with the new crop of hunters on Supernatural, they can retire the Sam and Dean characters pretty easily. Keeping them for movies every couple of years in the far future wouldn’t be out of the question. Better Call Saul could easily tie into the Breaking Bad movie as well. CBSAA could do some movies with new Star Trek IP. With reboots and sequel TV series not doing as well in the ratings as some execs would like to dream, perhaps TV movies are the way to go in the future.