I’m not sure if this is premeditated, but the Writer’s Guild of America strike is going to profoundly affect the future of television. Don’t click — it’s not what you think. With scripted shows receding into the sunset (unless the strike is settled), reality shows will step in to fill the void. Reality shows are already a bit too numerous, so with their frequency turned up viewers will become over-sated and the genre will lose its appeal.
As a kid, I remember eating strawberry shortcake until I couldn’t see any more. I got so sick I wasn’t able to go nose in until my 20s. That’s what’s going to happen to reality TV if we get too much. The strawberry shortcake effect.