Even in the Age of “Peak TV,” Television Doesn’t Quite Fit Into a Film Festival

This year marked the second Primetime program at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), a showcase of “serial storytelling,” also known as TV. The program included sneak previews of two high-profile series (Transparent and Black Mirror, both premiering episodes from their upcoming third seasons) as well as lesser-known international fare from Eastern Europe, Africa, and Canada.

Primetime is an inevitable if curious byproduct of television’s “artistic renaissance,” as the...

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