FX’s Landgraf predicts end of ‘peak TV’, unveils 2022 scripted numbers

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FX chairman John Landgraf has predicted the end of ‘peak TV’ in his annual conversation around the number of original scripted series.

Talking at the Television Critics Association’s press tour this week, the exec had tallied up 599 original series in 2022, up from the 560 he recorded in the previous year, but he said that there was a “strong indication” that this number would go down in 2023.

Landgraf acknowledged that it was difficult to predict but said: “That is still my bet, while noting with humility that I’ve been wrong on this prediction twice before”.

The number of new series had begun a small decline at the end of 2022, down from 252 in 2021 to 248, while the figures had been up in the first half of the year.

Landgraf first sparked the discussion around the future of ‘peak TV’ in 2015 after commenting that there was “simply too much television.”

His own firm, FX, has added to the overall number this past year with new shows including comedy-drama The Bear, miniseries Fleishman Is In Trouble and true crime drama Under The Banner Of Heaven, all for Hulu.

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