New Yorker TV critic Emily Nussbaum: ‘Social watching just sounds like wishful thinking.’

When the technology becomes available people will use it. 24 was also a fascinating show. I have a bunch of problems with it, but it was a huge breakthrough. Network drama was historically focused on the procedural format — any individual hour could be distributed in any order. You didn’t need to follow the whole story — you couldn’t collect them and then watch them all in order until DVD’s came out. And because there wasn’t an online fan base you couldn’t have a group of people who were engaged in a complex story.