Anyone in any Fandom can appreciate the importance of keeping Scripted TV programs on air. Creative and thought provoking TV programs can be difficult to find on television. Then once a program does come along that is interesting it becomes impossible to watch it when it’s broadcast ”live”. Not only that, but now we have this influx of Competition/Reality TV shows taking over time slots once held by Scripted TV programs.
Scripted TV programs are a big part of what bring us together. (Just like books, movies, games, etc.) These programs inspire us with their creativity and give us a bright spot in a bad day. The characters from these stories become part of our lives and part of our families. We cry for them when things go wrong and cheer them on when they succeed.
For the most part Scripted programming is being pushed aside by cheaply produced Competition/Reality TV shows. Considering how little money it takes to produce them these shows make a lot of money. I’m not saying that Competition/Reality TV shows don’t have their purpose. However, they shouldn’t dominate the market simply because they are lucrative.
Scripted TV programs keep more people employed than any Competition/Reality TV show ever could. We have to fight for the cast and crew members of these programs to keep their jobs and have future opportunities to get hired. (EX.: Competition/Reality TV shows don’t need writers rooms full of writers coming up with story lines. Which just takes more employment opportunities away from people who want to work in creative fields. etc.)
I know that as consumers/viewers there are many other options for us to get our entertainment. However, not everyone can afford things like satellite or Netflix to gain access to these more varied options. Some areas don’t have access to the proper speed of internet to even have access an option.
I for one think that the Nielsen ratings system for calculating viewership and advertising is ridiculously antiquated. The data collected by this system is grossly inadequate in measuring the popularity and advertising worth of a TV program. We live in a time where most people watch a program on their time rather then watch it “live” as it is broadcast. Plus social media traffic should also be counted or at least considered.
We have to continue telling the production companies that we want Scripted TV programs as well as keep telling them that they need to find and implement a more comprehensive ratings system so that all of these modern advances in viewership are also counted.