Anybody who watches TV has probably noticed a recent shift in the type of programming being offered by various networks. With shows like Game of Thrones, Empire, and Orange is the New Black the days of reality TV seem to be coming to an end, to the joy of many. It has been nearly two decades since producers realized they could pay their actors peanuts simply by promising people their 15 minutes of fame.
TV executives saw nothing but profit with shows such as The Real World, Survivor, and The Bachelor, and loved every minute of it. But it would seem their ride on the reality TV show gravy train are over, and we give partial thanks to Netflix and Amazon Prime for that shift said a very thankful Kevin Seawright (twitter.com).
Executives from Netflix, for example, have explained that producing reality TV shows were not building the loyalty in their customers that they need to keep being successful in the entertainment industry. “The kind of disposable nature of reality, basically doesn’t have much of a long shelf life,” explained Ted Sarandos who is the chief content officer at Netflix. This has made major networks in broadcast TV think twice about producing cheap and quick reality shows for a quick buck. After all, they have to try and keep up with their streaming competitors who are giving them a run for their money.