Netflix is in a Race to Content Rock-Bottom
Yesterday it was announced that Space Force, on Netflix, had been canceled after two seasons. It was a good show with an all-comedy-star cast, so of course Netflix would kill it off. Then this morning I saw the news that Legends of Tomorrow, on CW, was also canceled - but after 7 seasons. All the news of canceled shows made me reflect a bit on the direction of TV programming.
Netflix has canceled so many shows after two seasons that its practically a meme. Maybe I’m just unlucky because I have interest in scifi and have no desire at all to watch Bridgerton. On the cable networks you expect them to cater to the masses because there is a limited amount of time they can schedule shows, but Netflix doesn’t have that issue. They should be able to cater to every niche interest without a problem.
No, I don’t hate every reality TV show. Some of them are “reality” only in so far as they are not scripted dramas. Like “Is It Cake”, “The Words Most Amazing Vacation Rentals” or “Best Leftovers Ever”. Those with some redeeming value are sadly lumped together in the same category as the rest of the trash: Love is Blind, Too hot to handle, Married at First Sight, Single’s Inferno, Life After Death, Teen Mom, Selling Tampa, Selling Sunset… you get the idea.
Since those trash shows never seem to get canceled (Just look at TLC’s “90 Day Fiance” and all the spinoffs), that leaves Netflix slowly but surely getting heavy on just a few things: Reality TV, Documentaries or Docuseries and standup specials. Don’t get me wrong, I love Documentaries - but they are clearly popular for Netflix execs because they are cheap to make. Same goes for Standup specials. Taylor Tomlinson’s Look At You was hysterical.