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Gregg Araki always wanted to make a TV show, but he knew it wasn’t going to be easy.
“This show is really my dream show,” he said of his Starz series “Now Apocalypse.” “It’s something I’ve wanted for a long time.”
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“Now Apocalypse,” a half-hour comedy about four young friends trying to navigate love, sex, and fame in Los Angeles, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January before debuting on Starz in March. It aired weekly on the premium cable platform through early May, but all 10 episodes were released March 22 via the network’s streaming and VOD services.
“The thing about TV that’s interesting to me is the immediacy and scope of it,” said Araki, who appeared at the IndieWire Consider This FYC Brunch earlier this month. “It was kind of mind-blowing that the show was being beamed all across the world at the same time. I’m so used to indie movies where you’re in a theater for a couple weeks then later it comes out on DVD or streaming — it just takes years and years and years for a movie to get out, whereas TV just kind of blasts out all at once.”
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Unlike some other filmmakers who made the leap from movies to serialized storytelling, the “Nowhere” and “White Bird in a Blizzard” director didn’t take the responsibility lightly. He helmed 11 episodes of six different TV shows to prepare for “Now Apocalypse,” which he wrote and directed in its entirety.
“When you direct somebody else’s show, you’re on it for a few weeks, you turn it in for an edit, and that takes like a week, and then you’re basically done and walk away from it,” Araki said. “So when I was directing other people’s [series], I was really learning about showrunning and how a TV show is made....
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