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Listen closely: why Hollywood has become obsessed with podcasts

Dozens of podcasts are being adapted into TV shows and movies, from true-crime to conversation-style, but will they lose some of their appeal in the process?

The podcast and prestige TV booms have charted similarly ascendant paths in the last several years, so it makes sense that, with both bubbles threatening to burst, the two have melded into one. The result is the podcast-to-television pipeline, with many networks and streaming studios purchasing the rights to audio-based narratives already equipped with compelling stories, conveniently episodic formats, and dedicated fanbases that entertainment executives hope will follow their pods to screen. The pipeline starts flowing apace this month, with the premiere of HBO’s four-episode adaptation of 2 Dope Queens. Meanwhile, hit podcasts like Dirty John, Reply All, Welcome to Night Vale and Homecoming are all in various stages of development.

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