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Is the current ‘golden age’ of television actually hurting the industry?




John Landgraf, CEO of FX Networks and FX Production speaks onstage during the Executive Session at the FX portion of the 2015 Summer TCA Tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 7, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.
John Landgraf, CEO of FX Networks and FX Production speaks onstage during the Executive Session at the FX portion of the 2015 Summer TCA Tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 7, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.
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From “Mad Men” to “Empire” to “Game of Thrones,” television hasn’t seen scripted shows as engaging and smart as those in many years. But is this explosion of great TV actually hurting the industry?

The chief executive of FX Networks, John Landgraf, answered in the affirmative earlier this month at a Television Critics Association event. Landgraf said that the crowded field makes it hard for shows to “cut through the clutter and create real buzz” nowadays.

Is this “golden age of television” cannibalizing the industry? As a TV watcher, are there just too many good TV shows out there for you to watch?

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Dominic Patten, Chief TV critic and Legal Editor at the entertainment industry news website, Deadline, who’s been following the story. He tweets@DeadlineDominic