Monday, April 22, 2024

Award Winner “The Bear” Shooting a Regular TV Season of Episodes Which Will Count as Two on Streaming


Much is being made of this news:

Yes, chef! “The Bear,” which has won a lot of awards, is shooting a regular TV season in Chicago.

FX/Hulu says “The Bear” — starring Jeremy Allen White, Ayo Edebiri, and Ebon Moss Bacharach — is putting together season 3 and 4 back to back. Ooooh — that’s never been done before.

Actually, “The Bear” runs 8 to 10 episodes per season, probably the former. A regular TV season is about 22 episodes. So 16 episodes isn’t even a whole season.

Instead of running them all at once, the streamer will show them over a two year period, drawing them out until the meal is overcooked. My guess is there will be a fifth season to wrap it all up. By then, the cast will have already moved on to new things. That will be in 2026.

They say season 3 will get back to the kitchen, where all the drama was in season 1. But you know, the Christmas episode of season 2 is going to sweep the Emmys this fall, the one with Jamie Lee Curtis as the mom. I’m sure we’ll be seeing her in future episodes.

PS I’m hoping we learn more about Oliver Platt’s character as the show’s focus widens.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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