There is more than one problem TV, movies, and authors have in common, but one of the most serious problems is this: too many TV channels, movie studios, and authors publishing books are putting out garbage, often repackaging the same junk with new names.
Back when I was young, the number of available TV channels available locally were pretty small. Even with the advent of cable and later satellite access, initially, it wasn’t a big issue. However, with so many channels now available online, it’s a huge problem.
Same goes for movie studios and I count movie studios owned by larger studios. Disney owns a lot of movie studios. They often put out movies under the studio and not the Disney studio, especially if it’s a movie that Disney doesn’t want associated with the Disney brand. In a sense, it doesn’t matter because there are way too many movie studios regardless of how few companies own the studios.
Lastly, authors. Too many books being out by authors. In the past, traditional, independent, and vanity press publishers limited how much could be put out. Once, ebooks became available, that issue went away. Plus, traditional publishers have killed themselves. The only groups that don’t know this are the traditional publishers and those authors wanting to be picked up by traditional publishers.
What the above groups have done is create a glut of too many similar themed items. There are plenty of food shows on different channels. With movies, same thing. Oh look, it’s basically the same movie with minor changes that Movie Studio released recently. Authors are guilty of publishing long past when they should have quit. In addition, the above groups are often reviving a series or dragging out a series long past when it should have ended. How many times do we need to see a death star or death planet destroyed? Twice is more than enough in my view. Recycling old series as new series doesn’t help the situation.
In fact, I am more likely to watch a TV show or movie, or read a book that is willing to take a risk outside of the standard format than I am one that stays within the tried and true formula.