How cheap can that leading subscription entertainment service be?
Their new show, which isn’t that great, takes place in two cities.
One expensive to film in, the other cheap to film in.
Most of the interior scenes that take place in the expensive city are actually filmed in the cheaper city on the other side of the world. If you look closely, you can see that the supposed American sets don’t look quite right–the brands and sizes of the appliances in kitchen scenes, products in the back, the furniture, etc.
Then, of course, is the fact that they don’t have to pay pesky union fees and can hire locally sourced guest actors who don’t always fit quite in with the standards of the network’s other shows (although one or two guest actors do shine).
The result is a very disjointed viewing experience with a bizarre mix of actors.
Maniac Is the Most Netflix-y Netflix Show Yet. In a Bad Way
Maniac might just drive you mad. Netflix’s new 10-part sci-fi drama—starring Emma Stone and Jonah Hill, and directed by True Detective shepherd Cary Joji Fukunaga—seems like the sort of cancel-all-plans event upon which the streaming service prides itself. Instead, it demonstrates what happens when Netflix’s prestige- and pedigree-obsessed creative strategy overrides all functionality. This isn’t a TV show. It’s a pricey, claptrappy, long-form Iowa Writers’ Workshop application. And it’s all filtered through the lens of somebody who seems to have watched every Kubrick movie a half-dozen times, without ever laughing once. Maybe you’ll be able to get through the whole thing. By episode six, I was on the ice-blue line of insanity.- Source