• Olivier Joyard
  • Documentary
  • 2011
  • 52 min

It’s the sweetest addiction there is today. The most exciting of all. The addiction to television series.
Millions around the world adore them, more and more since the genre has become culturally desirable. From House M.D. to Mad Men, Dexter to Grey’s Anatomy, Modern Family to Glee, the new Golden Age of series has changed our lives.
How do these labyrinths of fiction grow on us and give us pleasure? What gaps are they filling in our lives and the culture? This is what Serial Addicts is all about.
We are to explore this fresh and unconditional love by looking at both sides of the spector. First, scrutinize the public’s behaviour, but also understand how the addiction is carefully created, mainly in Hollywood.
Meet with fascinating series buffs, ranging from unknown fans of all ages and countries to famous novelists like Bret Easton Ellis and intellectuals. Then, talk to the ones who make it all happen, the writers, actors, studio heads, producers, and ask for their secret recipes… The list speaks for itself: Matthew Weiner (Mad Men), Damon Lindelof (Lost), Terence Winter (Boardwalk Empire), Doug Ellin (Entourage), Kiefer Sutherland (24), Michael Lombardo (HBO), Tim Kring (Heroes), etc.
Reception and fabrication will communicate dynamically to establish the film in more than one field, from pop culture analysis, sociology, to pure observation. The climax being a in depth visit to the sanctuary of a writer’s room, and not any writer’s room: Breaking Bad, headed by its creator Vince Gilligan.
The result is an emotional plunge into the irrational and yet somehow predictable love that we all share for these new « monsters of storytelling ». The last great picture show on earth…

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