Television continues to look to the novel for future inspiration. Fifty years from now, might there be a new "golden era" of television stuff being beamed directly into your brain, and if so, will there still be novels to influence it?
The Oscars' failure to recognize Black and Latino talent proves, once again, a troubling fact we know all too well: People of color face persistent challenges in convincing industry gatekeepers to produce, distribute and recognize their work.
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).