Netflix, Amazon, and HBO Combined for 70 Percent of the Best TV Show Golden Globe Nominations

Nathan McAlone, reporting for Business Insider:

The only network that beat the streaming giants in top TV show nominations this year was HBO, which got three nominations. Netflix and Amazon individually got as many nominations as all the broadcast networks combined, and more than the cable ones (minus HBO).

I despise awards like the Golden Globes. But I think the TV awards generally are more reflective of actual merit than the movie awards. (Seriously, don’t get me started on the Oscars.)

But in the big picture, these Golden Globe nominations have it right: the best TV shows are on HBO, Netflix, Amazon, and cable networks like AMC. Netflix and Amazon have no part in traditional cable TV, and the most traditional producers of TV content — the commercial broadcast networks ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox — produce almost nothing but garbage.

One can reasonably argue that the broadcast networks have always produced mostly garbage, but the real change is that the broadcast networks have completely missed the boat on the megamovie revolution — shows that “take television seriously as a medium”. That’s obviously true for dramas like Game of Thrones and Westworld, but I think it’s true for comedies, too. Consider the elimination of the laugh track.

Monday, 12 December 2016