Again, my criteria is a bit inconsistent, but there’s a give-and-take with delivery method and budget. People had 9-5 jobs on Star Trek and there was a lot of money behind this. It could very well be on TV and if CBS weren’t so intent on their streaming service it would be. The streaming service puts it “near the fence” for me because I can’t just turn on my TV to watch it. I need to make sure I have the app, which isn’t on every set top box, and most people will just watch it either on their phones or desktop.
Now, that gets messy because YouTube has a TV app, but by and large TV shows aren’t on YouTube. And now that cable has basically undone the time restraints of TV (22 mins / 45 mins) you can’t use that anymore either.
But mainly, I look at its budget and distribution and kind of go from there. Shows like Star Trek aren’t necessarily TV but they aren’t webseries either.
Ideally, I would consider it webseries because it would shatter the preconceived notion that webseries = vlog style, no money, on YouTube maybe. And if it were a webseries maybe more money could trickle in. Hashtag hope machine.