The Dead Zone between “Blockbuster Summer Movies!” and “Let’s Get That Oscar!” is also called “New Television Season”.
There are, apparently, 44(!) upcoming comic book television shows. Now, not all of them are showing up in September 2015 and not all of them are based on Superheroes but I find myself somewhat taken aback at the sheer number of properties that are zeroed in on what would have once been my target audience.
I was about to write a “and out of all of them, I only watch…” and then once I saw that there was a list (and a “ooh, I can’t wait for that”), I realized that I am still smack dab in the middle of that same target audience.
What surprises me is that Sturgeon’s Law seems to be holding up despite the sheer amount of content being created. Instead of having the Big Three producing television, we’ve now got the little billion and, even so, over and over and over again, I hear how we’re in a “golden age” with so many quality shows being created.
Of course, I thought Dukes of Hazard was part of the not-crap back in the 70’s and it’s pretty much unwatchable today and so I’m not entirely certain that we, here and now, are able to accurately judge what will hold up in the future. (For example: I don’t think that The Sopranos holds up. I don’t see people watching past the first two seasons in 10 years if they watch it at all.) As such, I don’t know that we’ll be telling our kids or grandkids that they need to watch half of our must-watch television today (The Walking Dead, for example, will be unwatchable in fifteen years because of the horrible decisions being made by pretty much everybody. It’s like an unfunny Gilligan’s Island.)
And so, as I look at the Golden Age before us, I’m trying to figure out what will hold up 10 years and I’ve got no idea.
I’m pretty sure that we won’t be watching our Superhero television shows but we probably will be watching House of Cards and Breaking Bad. (Will Portlandia even make sense in a decade?)
And we’ll still talk about All in the Family.
So… what are you reading and/or watching?