Too much TV? Not for creators, Apatow says
Howard Alexander - News Editor
This photo provided by Netflix shows Jane Fonda, left, and Lily Tomlin in the Netflix Original Series "Grace and Frankie."
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January 18, 2016 - 7:00 AM
PASADENA, Calif. - A roundup of news Sunday from the Television Critics Association winter meeting, at which TV networks and streaming services are presenting details on upcoming programs.
HARD AT WORK
There's been hand-wringing among television executives about whether there are too many television shows for consumers to keep track of. That's not the case in the trenches.
Comedy producer Judd Apatow, who has a new series "Love" being released on Netflix next month, said a lot of his friends who were out of work five or six years ago now have jobs. Not only that, creators have more of an upper hand, he said.
He called it a "miracle" that there's a profit motive to create innovative television, and that it has raised the game of creative minds.
There's really not much that's sexy about filming sex scenes on "Marvel's Jessica Jones," says star Krysten Ritter. Everything is tightly choreographed.
That said, "if you're going to have to do scenes like that, it's not terrible to do that with Mike," she said of co-star Mike Colter, who plays Luke Cage in the Netflix drama, which just got picked up for a second season.
Colter said he's comfortable filming the scenes with Ritter, less so with the "20 or 30 people around on set who wouldn't normally be on set."
Netflix still won't release any specific details about who is using the streaming service. But Ted Sarandos, Netflix's chief content officer, said there shouldn't be an assumption that older viewers are going to be intimidated by the new way of experiencing television.
"A couple of years ago people said that their parents wouldn't use email," Sarandos said. "Now they're on Facebook, much to their embarrassment sometimes."
Associated Press Television Writer David Bauder contributed to this report.
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