Will they ever be relevant again? There's absolutely no reason to watch any of the main networks anymore unless you're A) 60 years old or B) like sports.
I'm disappointed in them recently because they've almost wiped all sexuality from their content. They hire beautiful women with dubious talent and they don't strip them down to their knickers and bras. What a pointless waste.
Agent Carter and Gotham are pretty much the only things left I watch from them. Most thing worth watching come from other networks like FX and AMC.
Other then that it's either Netflix or HBO stuff I end up caring about.
>Will they ever be relevant again?
Unlikely, unless they get desperate and start doing off-the-wall shit. A real life version of ‘The Running Man’ or something like ‘Rollerball,’ i.e. mixing sports with extreme violence, would instantly bring viewers in. Will never happen though. The root of the problem stems from the regulatory red tape nonsense networks have to deal with.
No profanity, no nudity and limited violence have always been hallmarks of Network tv. Modern audiences are now used to these things and actually come to expect them, so the sensibilities of the networks are seen as far too archaic and reminiscent of a more wholesome era that simply doesn't fit into the world of today. This disparity was becoming clearer around the late 80s-early 90s.
Networks don’t have big personalities anymore too. Look at Johnny Carson. People adored him, would stay up to watch his show, then laugh about it at work the next day. The entertainer of past felt more like a friend to these people, rather than a guy out for ratings or to sell advertisement. Nowadays, you see this trend continuing, but not on network television, but on Youtube, where talent now have the power to use more direct methods to get their content out. They’ve cut out the middle man which is the network itself.
Scheduling also plays a big part with the sustained relevance of Network television. No one sits around waiting to watch their favorite show anymore at a specific time. Everything is either streamed or downloaded at the viewer’s own convenience.
The only pull networks still have is with their local daily news and sports coverage. Once both things go out the window, and the older generation disappears, I think networks will ultimately vanish. I could see networks crumbling within the next 15-35 years, not too dissimilar to what happened with the newspaper / print-journalism industry. Either they’ll have to reinvent themselves completely or run the risk of dying out.
I miss Boston Legal and Law & Order, modern court shows are such absolute shit.
Also I stopped watching ABC once they wouldn't stop plugging fucking How to Get Away With Murder into every one of their shows (including the one with the chinese doctor).
I swear he literally said "Tonight I'm going to be watching ABC's How To Get Away With Murder with my wife" in one episode.
10/10 post, I'm amazed tv networks are still surviving right now as well as they are.
I think the only way they can really survive is by starting more channels with reruns of their old shows.
>you now remember when FOX had a sunday night line up of futurama, simpsons, king of the hill and malcolm in the middle