The fall season has yet to premiere, but already the top broadcast networks have parted ways with showrunners on four high-profile shows, Elizabeth Wagmeister reports in Variety.
NBC’s “Chicago Med,” Fox’s “The Grinder” and two shows on ABC — “Blood & Oil” and “The Catch” — have sent showrunners packing during the runup to the season, the report notes.
Part of the problem: The talent pool is too shallow to keep up with the volume of productions.
“In this era of ‘too much TV’ — as FX Networks chief John Landgraf pointed out at this summer’s Television Critics’ Assn. press tour — insiders report the fallout is serious, with most veteran showrunners already booked on one of the 400-plus shows on air,” Wagmeister reports.
The report quotes Landgraf saying of the current TV landscape: “We’re playing a game of musical chairs, and they’re starting to take away chairs.”
An insider told Variety for the report: “The business is going through some growing pains in terms of scarcity. There’s more to go around than people available.”
Wagmeister says the growing range of platforms helps complicate the situation, as the challenge to top the competition is getting stronger.
“There’s also increased scrutiny, along with less patience among programmers; letting a show marinate and find an audience is a thing of the past,” she writes.
We encourage you to click on the link near the top of this story to read the rest of Wagmeister’s in-depth report.