The format of a My Take is 150 words – no more, no less – to express an opinion on a different topic each week. This week’s topic was Film and TV.
By Lawrence Belanger
The term “television show” seems to be becoming anachronistic, referring to a medium that most people my age and younger have left behind since sometime after 2009. Media convergence has blurred the lines between television and film, as well as how many of us access this form of media. We spent the last decade watching blockbuster movies and prestige TV on rectangular screens that were only sometimes an actual television.
Concurrently, many of the forces that drove television to be bigger, epic, and more cinematic over those same 10-ish years seem to be subsiding. Streaming services saturate the market, to the point where paying for all of them is more expensive than cable. A few years ago, everyone was clamouring to get content involving famous intellectual property pumped on their streaming platforms year-round. Now, the media industry is cutting staff and cancelling film/TV projects.