Netflix is working on plenty of new series; 71, in fact. And boss of the FX channel, John Landgraf, can't get his head around it.
At the Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills, Landgraf told reporters there has been "a huge increase in scripted series being driven by the streaming services, and much more than any other service by Netflix, which has at this point premiered and/or announced 71 scripted series.
"That's more than the announced future output of HBO, Showtime, Starz and FX combined."
Put like that, it does seem an awful lot.
To put it in perspective, FX currently has around 17 shows in production. Landgraf said he could handle around 20 or 21, maximum.
"You could give me all the money in the world and I couldn't supervise 71 shows the way I do ours," he said.
While he wasn't commenting on Netflix's quality control – he said he was a fan of the service's shows, especially Aziz Ansar comedy 'Master of None' – it does raise questions of how the company can ensure each show is of a sufficiently high quality.
Indeed, Netflix is known to throw a lot of new projects at the wall to see which stick. (And not all do. It recently buried Adam Sandler's made-for-Netflix film 'The Ridiculous Six' in the menu after it was panned by critics.)
Amazon, by contrast, releases pilot episodes of new series and lets viewers decide which should get a full season. And this year, it's airing them on streaming service Twitch, too.
Source: Business Insider