Top Trends of the Television Industry in 2020

Television remains a vital form of entertainment for many families due to its accessibility to households throughout the world. Changes in viewer tendencies also affect the technological and storytelling advances in the television industry. Producers, creatives and other artists can benefit from learning about the current year’s relevant trends to create TV entertainment that best services these viewers.

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Interactive Storytelling

Consumer customization and involvement continues to be a growing trend, and television is no different. Production companies are trying to come up with new ways to involve the viewer beyond passive watching. One example is Netflix’s integration of interactive specials that allow people to choose the direction of the story. Another example involves the use of alternate reality games that connect viewers’ collaborative participation to shows such as AMC’s Dispatches From Elsewhere.

Factual Tales and Documentaries

Audiences are concerned with compelling storytelling, but the stories are not always fictional. They have shown an increased interest in documentaries and other programming based on people’s lives or major events. Some notable examples of factual storytelling include documentaries produced by Heather Parry and Live Nation Productions, in addition to the documentaries, dramatizations and podcasts dedicated to true crimes. Viewers can access this content on both cable TV and streaming services.

Event-Based Programming

Even though binge-watching is still popular in streaming services, it not a universally approved activity. Some people only have limited time to watch their shows. As a result, there is a focus on creating unique events revolving around premieres. Cable television does this with HBO’s prestige dramas like Game of Thrones and Westworld. Disney Plus’s The Mandalorian has also turned what could have been another multi-episode drop program into weekly event television.

The public’s preference in television will continue to shift for years to come. Entertainment specialists can learn from these trends to make the most appealing and popular shows of 2020 and beyond.


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