You’ll have to excuse television if it’s feeling a little powerful right now. Maybe a little too powerful. The medium dominates conversations while film buffs are arguing whether the movies are dying. There are ever more scripted series – a record 409 last year – and more outlets to put them on.
And as the host Jimmy Kimmel reminded us at Sunday night’s Emmy Awards on ABC, a prime-time personality is close to running the whole show in America – even if that wasn’t a point of pride to the host or to much of the crowd.
“If it wasn’t for television, would Donald Trump be running for president?” Mr. Kimmel asked in a scathing run of jokes, pointing out the producer of The Apprentice in the audience. “Thanks to Mark Burnett, we don’t have to watch reality shows anymore, because we’re living in one.”
2. John Doyle, The Globe and Mail, September 19
There is a lot of great TV being made and aired across multiple platforms in our era and, in fairness, recognizing all of the excellence is a challenge. Heck, even finding it across all the channels and streaming services is a challenge.