An ensemble cast is made up of cast members in which the principal actors and performers are assigned roughly equal amounts of importance and screen time in a dramatic production.[1] This is in contrast to films which develop and focus on certain main characters more so than others. This kind of casting became more popular in television series because it allows flexibility for writers to focus on different characters in different episodes. In addition, the departure of players is less disruptive to the premise than it would be if the star of a production with a regularly structured cast were to leave the series.

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  1. Steven Withrow, Alexander Danner (2007). Character design for graphic novels. Focal Press/Rotovision. p. 112. Retrieved 2009-09-05. 
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