Expert Witness: How do you turn a suspense thriller into one of TV’s most playful procedurals?

In entertainment, an awful lot of stuff happens behind closed doors, from canceling TV shows to organizing music festival lineups. While the public sees the end product on TVs, movie screens, paper, or radio dials, they don’t see what it took to get there. In Expert Witness, The A.V. Club talks to industry insiders about the actual business of entertainment in hopes of shedding some light on how the pop-culture sausage gets made.

The logic behind the currently dominant trend of adapting movies into TV series is clear: Leveraging existing intellectual property is smart business. But the actual creative process of turning a film into an ongoing series is often murky, with many shows never seeing the light of day, and those that make it struggling to become a sustainable series while retaining what made the film successful. One bright spot for the trend, however, has been CBS …

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