So apparently today is World Television Day. Who even knew that such a day existed? I certainly didn’t, and as someone who watches a lot of television, you would have thought I might.
I’ve written about television an awful lot on this here blog. I’ve written about my penchant for rewatching my favourite shows; every year I write about the American shows that are kicking off the new season, and I even devoted a week to Strictly in 2011.
I recently read this article on the Guardian website about why today’s television is better than movies. I don’t necessarily feel that there is any need to pit the two against each other; they are two different mediums and each have their positives and negatives. But the article does make some interesting points, especially the second point: ‘TV is (currently) less franchise-fixated.’
Now I love superhero films as much as the next person (probably more, depending on who I am standing next to), but franchises truly have taken over the film world. A quick look at the upcoming releases for 2014 shows the following: a new Paranormal Activity film, a 300 sequel, the next film in the Avengers series (Captain America: The Winter Soldier), the next Spider-Man film, X-Men: Days of Future Past (OK, so I’m excited about that one), and the fourth Transformers film. Not to mention 2015 bringing new instalments in the Mission Impossible, Avengers, Star Wars, Batman, Fantastic Four, The Hunger Games, and James Bond series. And, because the world needs nothing like it needs a new Smurfs film, The Smurfs 3 is arriving.
Don’t get me wrong, I am very excited for a number of those films (not Paranormal Activity. Never Paranormal Activity), but it all starts to feel a bit tired, doesn’t it? While television is guilty of a spin off or two (How I Met Your Dad, CBS? Really?), for the most part, television is avoiding these traps, and getting on with showing good quality shows that are well made, and superbly acted.
Of course, for every Doctor Who and Breaking Bad, you have to sift through the dross of… well, I’ll leave you to draw your own conclusions about terrible television. Who am I to say that Made in Chelsea is awful because all the people in it make me want to rip my face off? I watch Strictly, and while I don’t think it is technically a reality show, I know a lot of people hate it in the same way that I hate ‘scripted reality’.
So what do you think? Do you watch as much television as I do? (Probably not) Would you rather marathon a series on Netflix than go to the cinema?