Permit me to rant for a minute or two.

I think it’s time to move on from “Peak TV.” It’s TCA time right now, so the TV writers assemble to anxiously await how high the FX research executives can count. I think by now, we get the point. There’s a lot of product. OK, and …?

There are a lot of books, a lot of movies, a lot of everything. What’s so special about there being a lot of television shows? And FX’s count — 487 for 2017, if you’re curious — includes only the scripted shows. It doesn’t even take into account the “Housewives,” the “Kardashians,” the hoarders, the renovators, the cooks, the pro wrestlers, the … I think you get the point. Lots of those shows outperform the majority of those 487 scripted shows.

Look, there are a lot of platforms, and platforms need product. Streamers disrupt the space/time continuum of broadcasting, which is dependent on a finite space and time period in which to air programming.

It feels like the only purpose in continuing to point out the peakness of TV is to complain about it:

“I can’t compete in this environment.”

“It’s hard for the audience to find my show.”

“I can’t review all the product.”

People are not going to stop knocking on your door. The next hit will continue to come from the most unlikely source. Don’t bother trashing shows. Pick a few, advocate for them and let the viewers discover more of them on their own.

A humble suggestion: Can we all agree not to use the term Peak TV for a year, stop counting, stop whining and see what happens?

Thanx for listening.

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The Masked Scheduler is a former broadcast network executive. Hailing from parts unknown, he now comments on the TV business for TV by the Numbers.

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