Quote: chipolata @ 23rd December 2020, 11:40 AM
I'm not sure the general public are that hungry for new sitcoms anymore. As a viewer I'm far more interested in getting the next Game of Thrones, Line of Duty or Black Mirror than the next Porridge or Only Fools and Horses. And I think that's reflected in the type of shows being produced
Unfortunately for me, I personally have zero interest in Game of thrones, Line of Duty or Black Mirror!
I think that the type of shows produced is largely affected by fashion. (Your tastes fortunately align with what is currently fashionable, mine clearly do not!)
Understandably, if commisioners at Netflix think, "Ooh, wasn't Game of Thrones popular!" it would seem a bit daft to then buy Only Fools and Horses mark 2. Therefore, stuff is made similar to what is already popular.
However, making programmes the same as what is already popular, makes everything...the same. Therefore those looking for something different (like me, and it seems many others on here) are completely missed out. There's a whole market of people with unfashionable tastes to capitalise on!
However, fashion is circular, so we may see the return of the sitcom at some point when someone decides to make something "different." Then we'll have people saying "what happened to all the great shows like Game of Thrones?"
On a related note, does anyone else think TV is just generally a lot grimmer then it used to be? I'm in my early 20s, so perhaps have a somewhat inaccurate perspective of what things "used to be like." However, it seems like stuff on TV used to be a lot more upbeat!