“If you subscribe to Netflix, you probably also get these weekly e-mails announcing the release of an entirely new show or movie you are meant to love.
The problem with such a glut of programming means a lot of it is extremely forgettable.
For every “Master of None,” there’s a “Friends From College.” For every “Grace and Frankie,” there’s a “Disjointed.” Part of the reason so much original content for Netflix sucks is down to the big pay packets they’re shelling out for showrunners — Ryan Murphy and Shonda Rhimes got $300 million and $150 million deals respectively — while regular writers working on these shows are finding the schedules increasingly challenging.
Where once they worked on one show for a year, with residuals, now they’re forced to scramble from one 10-episode show to another to cobble together a year’s worth of work. Constantly looking for the next job leaves less time to refine the material.
As one TV writer-director explained to Fast Company, “You’re working a lot but not making as much money.”
(April 6, 2019 New York Post)