http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2011/03/is-tvs-vast-wasteland-even-vaster-now.ars I think it still is a vast wasteland. In fact, I think it's gotten worse. Network TV (NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox) in particular is a gigantic crap factory. I don't think network TV has produced a decent show in the last decade. Everything on those networks seems to be a retarded reality show, dumb sitcom, or generic cop/legal/medical show. You also have shows like Lost, Heroes, or The Event that may initially seem unique, but resort to ridiculous twists and red herrings to try to hide horrible writing and a lack of direction. There's not much educational TV left. The History Channel now airs shows about ice road truckers, pawn shops, and UFO conspiracies. News channels are just thinly veiled political propaganda. The only decent TV now is on the premium channels like HBO, Showtime, and AMC. They're airing some really unique and outright brilliant shows like Breaking Bad and Dexter. But I don't think it's enough. Our generation increasingly doesn't watch much TV, and an increasing minority are cutting their cable in favor of alternatives on the internet like netflix and hulu. I wonder if TV will even exist in its current form in a few decades.