For the longest time, the television medium has been considered the weak sister of movies. That opinion has started to change in recent years, but the stigma still remains. Any time a big movie star makes his way to television, the move comes with inevitable questions about the state of their career. Furthermore, if a movie star can give a half-decent performance in any credible drama, he/she is instantly a favorite to win every award that exists. As a result, TV is often seen as a stepping stone to movies for young, up-and-comers, or a quick awards grab for some veterans looking to stay relevant in the zeitgeist.
To a certain extent, this stigma still remains. However, the conversation surrounding movie stars coming to television is starting to change. Television gives storytellers the opportunity to tell their story at the pace they want to tell it. Instead of the constraints of a 2 hour movie, writers, showrunners, and actors now have the chance to craft a narrative over 10, 13, or 22 episodes. When you couple that fact with the rise of the cable prestige drama, it’s a wonder more movie stars don’t come to the small screen.