During an interview with ComingSoon about The Terminal List, star Chris Pratt spoke about telling a story through a long-form episodic format compared to through film.
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When asked about balancing the different narrative elements of The Terminal List, Pratt dove into how having an episodic series with the production value of a film is beneficial to storytelling as a whole.
“If you have to take this eight hours and pare it down to an hour and a half with all the story, each of the ancillary characters would be cut down to basically nothing but people who are showing up to puppeteer exposition,” Pratt explained. “That’s sort of the fault of the format of the film. At an hour and a half, maybe two, two and a half hours at its longest, you can’t quite tell the same story in the same way with the same depth of emotion and development of character. So yeah, I really love this. I love the emerging medium of long-form episodic format, but with the production value of a film.”
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The Terminal List is written and executive produced by David DiGilio, who is also serving as the showrunner. It is based on Jack Carr’s novel of the same name.
The series stars Pratt, Constance Wu, Taylor Kitsch, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Riley Keough, Arlo Mertz, Jai Courtney, JD Pardo, Patrick Schwarzenegger, LaMonica Garrett, Stephen Bishop, Sean Gunn, Tyner Rushing, Jared Shaw, Christina Vidal, Nick Chinlund, Matthew Rauch, Warren Kole, and Alexis Louder.