The boundaries between the streaming world and the networks are becoming just a tad more porous. The WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes prompted Paramount+ to share “Yellowstone,” “SEAL Team,” and a pair of episodes of the “Frasier” reboot with corporate cousin CBS.
Now comes news that ABC is going to air the first season of “Only Murders in the Building,” which streams on its corporate cousin Hulu. The strikes are over, but new network shows and seasons won’t be back until, in many cases, February, leaving plenty of schedule gaps in January. On Jan. 2, 9, and 16 at 9 p.m., the first season of “Only Murders” — starring Steve Martin, Martin Short, and Selena Gomez — will air in two-hour blocks of three episodes each.
It’s a small victory for those who continue to resist streaming services a decade into the streaming revolution. I do still regularly hear from readers who don’t want to pay for good TV series.
The streaming-network connection is also potentially beneficial to the streaming services. It’s possible that, after watching “Frasier” on CBS or “Only Murders” on ABC, some viewers might be drawn to subscribe.