by: Chandra Johnson
TV will recycle tried-and-true superhero shows while resurrecting genres relegated to the sidelines for decades, like variety shows.
Common Sense Media TV editor Polly Conway says the new lineup of recycled themes says both networks and TV audiences are tired of the traditional family sitcom.
“The departure from family sitcoms can be both good and bad for audiences,” Conway said. “(Sitcoms) can be comforting, but they’re also well-worn territory, so this is an exciting time.”
Conway says as networks compete with big-budget cable networks like HBO or AMC, they’re pushing the envelope in terms of ideas and new approaches.
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