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cultural vandal | by maryann johanson

question of the day: Is there simply too much good stuff on TV?

I’ve been saying this for ages, that as much crap as there is on TV, there’s still too much stuff worth watching to be able to watch it all. And now someone else is saying it: Josef Adalian in TV Week:

Truth is, there’s simply too much original content on TV these days. The explosion of quality scripted dramas on cable, combined with the Tribble-like multiplication of reality projects, has created an impossibly overcrowded environment for entertainment-seeking consumers.

Sure, the era of DVRs has allowed viewers to watch more TV than ever. But no machine yet invented has given audiences the power to add more hours to the day.

And yet this month in New York, most networks will continue to behave as if nothing has changed. They’ll announce schedules packed with very expensive programming, most of which will disappear in less than a year.

Even cable has been infected with the must-have-more disease.

Networks including A&E, TNT and USA seem to be in a race to see who can have a primetime schedule that looks more like that of one of the old Big Three broadcasters. Every day seems to bring news of another scripted cable drama getting ordered.

Do you feel overwhelmed by the options of quality, must-see — or would-see, if you had the time — TV? Is it hard to pick what to watch, and are you sorry when you miss something that other viewers are raving about? Is there simply too much good stuff on TV?

(If you have a suggestion for a QOTD, feel free to email me.)

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