If you are paying close attention, you can spot the next trend. They come in waves of police shows, brides, unusual people, survivalists to psychics. So the question here is: Have we simply become one uber-sized casting department or are we still producing story and television?
The new world of what we once called "television" is still sorting itself out, and it's a multi-front battle. Content needs to be both appealing and discoverable (hence, the draw of an iconic series like Sesame Street).