American television has broken another of its own records with a whopping 532 scripted titles produced in 2019.
Including dramas, comedies and limited series that’s up 7% year-on-year and eclipses 495 titles in 2018.
The annual tally is compiled by FX, but CEO John Landgraf -who coined the term Peak TV some years ago- has previously warned that more is not necessarily better.
“There is too much story. There is too much story,” Landgraf said in 2018. That leads to the “inability to surprise the public, to offer something that seems really new, really new.”
He has also announced that his research team will no longer be compiling the list.
“Given that the streaming wars are now at hand, that total will increase substantially this year, which to me is just bananas,” he said.
He added it was “a crazy race to keep such a huge conveyor of content running.”
It’s also an impossibility for critics (I hear you!).
Matt Roush, a senior critic for TV Guide Magazine, said, “Every week is, ‘Oh my God!’ Everyday is an ‘Oh my god!’ It’s an embarrassment of riches, but also a calamity of overkill.”
Source: NY Times