Showbiz Sandbox 292: There Is Simply Too Much Television

August 31, 2015


Television network executives have begun publicly acknowledging a predicament their audiences recognized some time ago; there is simply too much television. In the midst of what has been dubbed a “golden age” of television, viewers are becoming reluctant to sign up for yet another new or existing series.

In fact, John Landgraf, the head of FX Networks, recently told the Television Critics Association that the glut of TV content means it has become more difficult to “cut through the clutter and create real buzz” when producing a show. With so much programming available, great shows can often go unnoticed or take longer to find an audience.

Then there are countries in which content is being suppressed. In Russia a politically active Ukrainian filmmaker was recently handed a 20 year prison sentence drawing international criticism that the charges were fabricated. Bangladesh meanwhile has banned a banned a new movie because it shed light on the country’s billion dollar garment industry, which is well known for exploiting its workers.

Of course we also cover the week’s top entertainment news including why Warner Bros. is headed to China, Spongebob Squarepants is headed to Broadway and how Netflix is about to lose more than 1000 movie titles.


‘Terminator: Genisys’ Smashes Records at Chinese Box Office

‘Compton’ Cruises to No. 1 With $26.8 Million, Newcomers Fall Flat

Universal’s ‘Minions’ hits $1 billion in worldwide box office

‘Minions’ Is Now the Third-Highest Grossing Animated Film of All-Time

Russian Court Sentences Ukrainian Director Oleg Sentsov to 20 Years in Prison on Terror Charges

European Film Academy Seeks Donations to Fund Oleg Senstov Appeal

Moscow Premiere Film Festival Canceled After Government Pulls Funding

Bangladesh Court Bans Movie About Fatal 2013 Factory Collapse

Warner Bros. in Talks to Make Movies in China

Let Consumers Use Better, Cheaper Cable Boxes

Amazon Prime Instant Video to launch in Japan next month

Netflix Set To Double Its L.A.-Area Office Space With Move To Hollywood

Epix Movies Are Leaving Netflix, Coming to Hulu

One Minute Of Silence Is Now The #1 Song In Austria

George RR Martin ‘Relieved’ After Sad Puppies’ Hugo Awards Defeat

Inside the Making of ‘Dead Petz,’ Miley Cyrus’s Surprise Album

CEA Boosts HDR With Official Definition

Palme d’Or Winner Jacques Audiard Reveals First English-Language Feature

ESPN Suspends Analyst Curt Schilling for Tweet Comparing Muslims to Nazis

Disney Using The Force of Unboxing Videos To Hype Star Wars Merchandise

‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ Musical Targets Broadway with Supergroup Songlist

Soul-Searching in TV Land Over the Challenges of a New Golden Age

Fear the Walking Dead’s Debut Was the Most-Watched Cable-Series Premiere Ever

Wes Craven, Whose Slasher Films Terrified Millions, Dies at 76

Gary Keys, Filmmaker Who Documented Duke Ellington, Dies at 81

Oliver Sacks, Neurologist Who Wrote About the Brain’s Quirks, Dies at 82