500 Channels And Nothing To Watch

It wasn’t that long ago that there was genuine excitement about the coming 500-channel TV landscape. So how come now that we have it there doesn’t ever seem to be anything on? “The truth is, as the networks become ever smaller pieces of ever-growing media empires, there is dwindling potential for the kind of risk-taking that gave us breakout programming such as All In The Family or Seinfeld. Imagine some boardroom type green-lighting a comedy about a bigoted, racist right-winger or “a show about nothing.”