Exhibit A: the mortality list from the 2016-2017 TV season, which includes PBS’s Mercy Street, ABC’s American Crime and WGN America’s Underground.
For all the good stuff we still have, their passing makes the Platinum Age a little less shiny.
Now let’s stress that the content of the Platinum Age of Television is a subjective call. If you don’t like House of Cards or Game of Thrones, or Billions, it doesn’t matter how many critics drool over them. There’s no platinum there.
In the broader picture, though, the last two decades have given us a whole sheaf of high-quality television, from The West Wing, Deadwood, The Wire and The Sopranos to Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Downton Abbey, Fargo and The Walking Dead.
To greatly oversimplify, this happened for a couple of reasons. The expansion of the TV universe into cable, pay-cable and Continue reading "Three More Reasons Why TV’s Gilded Age Is Vulnerable To Tarnish"