If you want to gain a better understanding of how much linear television (programmed in rigid timeslots, with commercial interruptions) has changed, look no further than WandaVision on Disney+:
- Varying episode length. From less than 30 minutes to over 40 minutes in the series finale. Varying episode length is now a common trend along with shorter season orders. There is no standard, predictive pattern or formula.
- Hybrid tone. The series shifts from quippy sitcom jokes into deeper, darker, existential territory, magic spells, and downright tragedy.
- Custom release pattern. Disney+ made the first two episodes available right out of the gate, followed by a week-to-week release ...