I don’t understand what’s happened to TV in the last few years. I’ve commented before on the ‘oh, that’ll do’ nature of many current shows but I’m starting to wonder if TV execs are deliberately making their shows worse than ever as part of some little known contest to see who can produce the most cringe-inducing piece of television.
When ITV announced plans to cut the programme budget rather than axe the dire ITV2 or merge its two archive channels, it was all the confirmation I needed that the traditional broadcasters are engaged in some macho contest where the number of channels they own is more important than the quality of the output on them.
How else to explain the continued existence of BBC Three and ITV2, two channels which rely on endless repeats and whose few examples of quality output are much needed on the main channels.
Neither do I understand ITV’s decision to make a (pretty poor) UK version of Law & Order. Anyone with even a passing knowledge of the TV industry knows that the real money is to be made in formats, yet ITV decides against coming up with an original idea, opting instead for a lazy remake of a so-so US drama and then inflicts an even more average than usual cast on the audience.
Mind, the lack of pride at ITV is clear for all to see. The current trails for Coronation Street can’t even be bothered to use the show’s title and instead lazily refer to something called ‘Corrie’.