Over the past decade, the term “peak TV” has become shorthand for an ever-increasing barrage of TV series being produced. Variety reported last week that 2022 tallied a total of 2,024 original shows released. That figure is finally expected to decline this year, as all filmed entertainment companies face pressure to cut costs and maximize profits.
With corporations spending billions to produce TV shows, is there anything good on? Many of those 2,000-plus shows are cheap reality fare, forgettable Netflix dramas, or network bombs no one saw. Yet Hollywood has also placed big bets on rebooting legacy franchises, with varied results.
Last year, “Star Trek Picard” descended into a boring mess of conflicting plots with a heavy dose of LGBT sexuality — wasting acting legend