TV in the 2010s: How the New Golden Age Turned Into the ‘Peak TV’ Era

This decade saw an unprecedented amount of television, and it doesn’t appear to be slowing down

In the summer of 2015, FX chief John Landgraf took the stage at the Beverly Hilton Hotel during the Television Critics Association press tour, as he’s done twice each year. But this time, he uttered the phrase that has become part of the industry lexicon: “This is simply too much television. My sense is that 2015 or 2016 will represent peak TV in America, and that we’ll begin to see declines coming the year after that and beyond.”

The production of TV shows has only continued to rise as we head into the 2020s — and Landgraf has since walked back that lofty prediction. But his utterance of the words “Peak TV” ended up defining this current era of televised entertainment.

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Tim Baysinger

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