FX’s John Landgraf: 2022 Will Now Be the ‘Peak’ of the ‘Peak TV’ Era

John Landgraf admits that he was fallacious earlier than about Peak TV — however he’s sticking his neck out once more.

“I’m going to foolishly make one other prediction, which is that 2022 would be the excessive watermark” of scripted TV output, Landgraf advised reporters on Tuesday throughout FX’s portion of the Tv Critics Assn. press tour. “In different phrases, that it’ll mark the height of the height TV period. It is going to take a yr and a half to search out out if I’m proper this time, or we’ll should eat crow but once more.”

That’s as a result of, in line with FX Analysis, there have been 357 scripted sequence throughout broadcast cable and streaming which have launched by way of the month of June. That’s up 16% from this time final yr, he stated.

Final yr’s last rely of 559 scripted reveals established a brand new all time excessive, he added. “I feel it’s apparent that this yr will carry a brand new document.”

The pandemic and manufacturing delays have made it more durable to foretell, he added. “My authentic prediction that we might see most in 2018 or 2019 was clearly approach approach off,” he stated. “This yr, we’ve seen a tidal wave of scripted programming due to the bottleneck of COVID delay manufacturing lastly clearing up from January 1 by way of the top of June. The variety of scripted sequence has set a document for the primary half of the yr.”

In January, FX Analysis’s annual report of scripted sequence famous that the variety of authentic scripted sequence on tv as soon as once more hit a document in 2021.

Based on the corporate, which has been counting the variety of reveals on TV because it bought into the scripted recreation with “The Protect” in 2002, there have been 559 grownup scripted authentic sequence throughout broadcast, cable and streaming companies final yr. That’s up a whopping 66 from 2020 (a 13 p.c change), when there have been 493 reveals. The earlier excessive was 2019’s 532 sequence.


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