Putting TV in the Spotlight: Will It Ever Die?

There’s no denying that television shows are becoming more and more popular and creative, so was TV ever just a phase, will it ever be just a phase or is the tenacious evolution of TV just getting started?

Television shows have been around for many, many decades (since the 1930’s) but it’s almost as though it’s perpetually reinventing itself, presenting a new idea and a new thought every time you turn it on, even more so than film.

Television has obviously been through different eras, from the year 1900 when the word ‘television’ was first used, to the 50’s when colour TV became a household item, to now, where TV is no longer limited to just one device.

Along with technology in general, TV is always improving. There will always be something new to marvel at with TV.

In the current era of sequels, prequels, reboots and remakes feature film productions are taking everything they know and recycling it because audiences will be drawn toward something familiar… at least in theory. We want something new, but at the same time we aren’t going to see a new film unless we’re confident we’ll like it, so we decide to go and watch Batman Vs Superman because ‘childhood’.

For now, it seems if film continues on this path it will eventually slow down, so it makes sense audiences are gravitating towards something else that’s always new yet always familiar: Television.

Although TV is booming with new stories and new ideas, the audience gives it a chance. Why? Because when we watch something, we can either bail after the pilot episode, only wasting 20 – 40 minutes of our time or we can continue on the adventure knowing we will be satisfied for the entire season.

There isn’t much to lose when we are disappointed by TV, and even then if the creators are aware of that fact, they will still go out of their way to produce something great.

On-demand sites like Netflix, Stan and Amazon Prime are providing audiences with whole seasons at their fingertips – literally, the next episode of your favourite show is ready for you to watch on your iphone because you’re starting to get bored while sitting on the toilet.

Not only does this give us as the watchers freedom to binge-watch every episode of Stranger Things with only having to pay a small premium every month, it provides filmmakers with more job security, which in the film business is something to strive for.

As artists and filmmakers we will often do whatever work we can when we have the opportunity. We may get a job on a film set but that will only last a few months, maybe even a few weeks, but securing a job at a studio that is guaranteed to make the same content for the next two years is essentially a dream.

With so many filmmakers seeking secure work in the industry and endless amounts of creatives willing to contribute their awesome ideas the future of television seems bright. The quality and excellence, not to mention the bigger budgets of TV shows these days are only getting better and better.

Although there are still great movies out there, there are more great TV shows that are just as good, if not better. Not only that, when you can pay less and see more – it’s a no brainer.

So, to answer the question ‘will TV ever die?’ It looks as though it will not. Popular movies are being replaced by the constant, creative reinvention of popular television shows and so TV will be sticking around for a while.

I’m thinking of getting into the TV game, since it’s apparently sticking around” – Leonard. Community


  • Jay Evans


    Jay Evans has spent the last 8 years working as a film editor, 4 of which have been with The Initiative Production Company. In his spare time he enjoys music, comedy, experimental cooking and getting lost in the woods.


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