Everyone has been talking about television’s latest “golden age,” but according to one network boss appearing at the Television Critics Association summer press tour, it may be too much of a good thing.
The AP reports that Showtime Networks President David Nevins told the gathered reporters: “There may be too much good TV.” The executive added, however: “There’s never enough great TV. And we’re trying hard to make great TV.”
Nevins appeared to be daunted by the sheer volume of programming on the market today, along with the growing number of programmers.
“I long ago lost the ability to keep track of every scripted TV series, as I know you do, even though we all do this for a living,” he said. “But this year, I finally lost track of the ability to keep track of every programmer who is in the scripted programming business.”
His comments came on the heels of a presentation by FX Networks chief John Landgraf earlier in the press tour in which Landgraf forecast that the number of scripted series on the air will exceed 400 this year.
At the previous TCA press tour six months ago, Landgraf was already making similar points, the AP notes, quoting him saying at that time: “The amount of competition is just literally insane.”
“Now he’s predicting a course correction in the next year or two — a reversal of the escalating numbers of shows as well as the networks that provide them,” the report notes.