Why was The Young Pope removed?
Since Paolo Sorrentino's The Young Pope (2016) is a limited series and TMDb allows miniseries to be added to their movie section, I added it on TMDb and it showed up here on Letterboxd. So far, so good.
But as you may know, TMDb is revising their categorization of miniseries and on August 20 all of them will be moved to their TV section. The TMDb moderator Lineker told me, "There will very likely be a solution in place before August 20 where certain TV-entries can be imported to LB from the TV-section... LB are aware of what's coming and they are thinking about how to go ahead with this."
In the meantime, somehow The Young Pope entry in the TMDb movie section was removed. Lineker apologized, "Sorry about that. It seems some moderators may already have started the deletions or it was a simple mistake." But according to the same response, that is not directly the reason it disappeared from Letterboxd. Lineker said, "Entries are only removed from Letterboxd if someone reports them to them (or if the entry is set to video:true or adult:true). So it seems somebody must have contacted them about that entry."
So now I ask Letterboxd: Why was The Young Pope (2016) removed?
It’s been renewed for a second season (http://www.imdb.com/news/ni60382882/) so does not qualify as a miniseries any longer.
thanks. I found it
I'm unsure of the route to take when finding these type of mini series.
As a Scorsese completest I was hoping that this miniseries could be added to Letterboxd:
Sure, email me whenever. Thank you for your consideration.
Thanks for your thoughtful response, Cormac. We’ll return The Young Pope to the site while we consider options more improving this. The August 20 TMDb changes are going to mean some further work for us anyway. Would you be open to being emailed to discuss such matters further?
You link to a link of a Hollywood Reporter article which includes the quotation: "'We are of course hoping to do it," said Sky Italia chief of content Andrea Scrosati, 'but nothing is signed yet.'"
So your basic assertion is false. I realize creator Paolo Sorrentino has said he is working on scripts for a new series, but that is not the same as a second season pickup of a TV show. The Young Pope was conceived and produced as a limited series. (I live in the US and it seemed in all its promotional materials HBO went out of its way to label it a limited series.) It is not like the necessary actors have options on their contracts that can just be picked up. Negotiations for production will have to begin anew, and as your link says, "Nothing is signed yet."
[The following link to a renewal tracker currently says The Young Pope has not been renewed: http://tvseriesfinale.com/tv-show/cancelled-or-renewed-status-of-cable-streaming-tv-shows-s-z/]
But beyond whether there will be a follow-up series, there is another conceptual issue at play here as to what a limited series, or a miniseries, is. Miniseries are included on Letterboxd I presume because they are like long TV movies. If movies can have sequels, surely miniseries can too. Indeed, that a miniseries would be successful and lead to a sequel would be nothing new.
Roots (1977) was so successful it was followed by Roots: The Next Generations (1979).
Lonesome Dove (1989) spawned first a sequel not considered canon, Return to Lonesome Dove (1993), and then three sequels that are considered canon: Streets of Laredo (1995), Dead Man's Walk (1996), and Comanche Moon (2008).
A more recent example I can think of is Jane Campion's Top of the Lake (2013), which like The Young Pope was conceived and produced as a one-off limited series. Nevertheless another season of it has been made, called Top of the Lake: China Girl (2017), and is about to premiere in its entirety at Cannes. There is not yet a Letterboxd page for China Girl. I suggest there should be.
Other recent HBO mini-series could be having this problem soon too: The Night Of (2016) and Big Little Lies (2017) have proved popular and the writers behind them have expressed contemplations of further seasons. Louis CK has even mentioned there could be more Horace and Pete (2016).
If any of these series were to be followed by other series, I do not believe Letterboxd should retcon the original miniseries into something it was not: a returning serial TV show, the kind that have open storylines and production contracts for multiple seasons, which kind certainly don't have a place in Letterboxd's model. But limited series sure do, and shouldn't lose that place because they were successful. The Young Pope as a limited series was a major cinematic event of 2016, one that Letterboxd should want to mark and keep marked.