Growth in number of TV series is 'bananas,' network boss says

Posted at 4:16 AM, Jan 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-10 15:44:55-05

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — A TV executive who has been tallying the growth in TV series says it has reached a point of being certifiably "bananas."

FX chief John Landgraf says the estimated number of scripted programs exceeded 500 for the first time.

He is credited with coining the phrase "peak TV" and has regularly warned that more is not better.

There were 532 scripted drama and comedy series in 2019 on all platforms, including broadcast, cable and streaming. That's a 7 percent increase over 2018, Landgraf told a TV critics meeting Thursday.

When FX started its tracking a decade ago, there were about 200 shows.