TV on DVD: Interview with Shawn Ryan, Creator of 'The Shield' - Complete Series out on DVD Today
Today marks the release of "The Shield: Complete Series" on DVD. This series pushed the boundaries of what could be done on cable television, in terms of content, quality of writing and production, and talent (Academy Award winners galore guested or had long-running storylines). "The Shield" paved the way for current darlings of the critics and viewers like "Damages", "Mad Men", "Breaking Bad", Saving Grace", etc. High quality, aggressive and unapologetic storytelling is not limited to premium cable anymore because of "The Shield".We had a chance to talk to Shawn Ryan, the creator of "The Shield" about these 88 episodes that ran from 2002 to 2008. We also found out about his other projects in addition to being showrunner for "Lie To Me" for FOX. Below are excerpts from our in-depth conversation, to hear more, listen to the entire interview in the player at the end of the post.
LAist: One of the great things about "The Shield" was that each as each episode ended, there didn't feel like there was closure - something else was always about to happend and there were going to be repercussions for what just happened. After the final episode aired (last November) it still feels like there still isn't closure, I think that for fans of the show, Vic Mackey is still out there and stuff is still going to go down.
Shawn Ryan: I think you bring up a decent point. I think that for some characters there is closure, like Shane, but you're right, I think the characters are alive and out there and I'm curious as to what is going on with them.