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Over the past few years, TV had quickly become a hub for exciting new stories, with major players from the film world transitioning over to the small screen. This includes The Social Network director David Fincher, who recently produced and directed Mindhunters on Netflix, in addition to his work developing House of Cards. Mindhunters is a crime drama that revolves around two members of the FBI's infant Behavioral Science Unit in the late 1970s. In typical Fincher style, the series is a slow burn that mostly revolves around dialogue heavy scenes and relatable characters. And its for this reason that series lead Jonathan Groff (Looking, Glee) thinks that it wouldn't fit in a conventional network or cable TV network.
CinemaBlend's Conner Schwerdtfeger spoke to the cast of Mindhunter at Netflix's recent press junket. It's here where Jonathan Groff revealed why Netflix is the perfect home for the series, saying:
Jonathan Groff certainly seems to be singing Netflix's praises, especially the control given to directors. This has been a common part of the conversation revolving around Netlix's original programming. The streaming service produces a ton of content, and is free from the logistical restraints that come with traditional TV. With no advertisers needed and the shows void of commercial breaks, directors can use their time more liberally. And for Mindhunters, its allowing the audience and characters to find themselves organically.
Holt McCallany is the other series lead, and spoke to the difference between Mindhunters and network TV as well. Specifically, that the pacing can be slowed and scenes can be longer and more exploratory.
This is another perk of streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon. Because acts don't need to be cut in order to facilitate advertising, moments don't need to be as rushed. Mindhunters is mostly made up of longer scenes, especially when it comes down to Holden and Bill's interviews with various psychopaths.
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