NOTE: This list is a republication- Source: Variety (by Emily Longeretta and Kate Aurthur).
What a relief it is to close the door on 2023, an annus horribilis for the entertainment industry (and the world).
After the dual strikes effectively shut down most production from May through November, the doors have reopened again onto a landscape that’s been forever changed. The realities of the streaming bubble and the rifts between legacy media v. Silicon Valley companies were put into stark relief during the strikes, and whether some of the legacy studios survive next year intact is a very real question. (As we were finishing writing this introduction, as if to emphasize the point, the news broke of a possible merger between Warner Bros. Discovery and Paramount Global.)
In the practical terms for this 2024 TV preview, consumers should start seeing fewer shows as of next year: But whether people will even notice when there’s still just so much content is an open question — especially when the beginning of the year is stacked like never before.
That’s because one tangible result of the strikes is that shows that would have premiered in fall 2023 — such as HBO’s “True Detective: Night Country” and FX’s “Feud: Capote vs. The Swans” — were pushed into the new year, and the result is an insane pile-up in January, as you will see below (and we’re not including everything, obviously).
Another by-product of the strikes is that network TV programs, most of which went into production as soon as the actors strike ended, will also be rolling out in the first quarter of the year, with shows like ABC’s “Abbott Elementary” and NBC’s “One Chicago” lineup premiering in slots normally allocated for midseason replacements. What the effect of this shift will be on tried-and-true network shows is anyone’s guess.
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