So networks can’t really compete.
They tried with Friday Night Lights, which was ambitious and smart, and tried to do a lot of the things these cable shows did, but it simply couldn’t work. [They] couldn’t get enough people to watch it. Their imperative to have the largest possible ratings remains. There was a time, in the Second Golden Age, when networks believed it was part of their mission to have a small sliver of the dial set aside for prestige, for Emmy-winning shows, but they’ve ceded that to cable. That said, they’ve been much better at cultivating and sustaining almost revolutionary comedy during that period.
-Hope Reese, “Why Is the Golden Age of TV So… Dark?”, The Atlantic
Emphasis is my own in the second portion of the quote. I wrote up a bit of a diatribe about the current state of network television shows a little while back and I think this was really my point. Good television can be had, especially right now where the viewership is there for these cable shows. However, the moment that an emmy-award winning television show can’t get the numbers a network wants, it is abandoned because the money is more important than the prestige or the customer satisfaction.
Nevertheless, good article from The Atlantic.
There is no better reason to not do something
There is no better reason to try
There is no better reason to fight
Against tyranny and strife
Removal is often the goal
Removal is often the challenge
Removal is often not enough
To completely fix what hangs in the balance
But it can bring about great change
But it can bring light
But it can bring great joys
In the darkness of the night
And so I live with friction
And so I live with what is hard
And so I live with what I love
But I stay upon my guard