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Andy Samberg Parodies “Peak Television” in Emmys Opening; Gives Away HBO Password

Submitted by on September 20, 2015 – 9:19 pmNo Comment

Noting how saturated the TV lineup is with hits, Andy Samberg mocked our binge-watching, spoiler-alerting world in his musical opening for the 2015 Emmys.

The number opens with Samberg at a dinner party where he has not seen any of the popular shows that his friends have. He then bursts into melancholy song and locks himself in a bunker to watch every episode of “every show.” When he emerges a year later, he is filthy and completely versed in pop culture.

But Samberg wonders at what cost he gained his knowledge.

The phrase “peak television” gained more traction this summer when John Landgraf, the president of FX Networks, used it during the Television Critics Association press tour in Los Angeles.

“My sense is that 2015 or 2016 will represent peak TV in America and that we’ll begin to see decline coming the year after that and beyond,” [...] The past year saw more than 370 scripted series on television, he said, including on streaming services; this year, he estimates there will be more than 400. The glut of shows, he says, “has created a huge challenge in finding compelling original stories and the level of talent needed to sustain those stories.” It has also had, he added, “an enormous impact on everyone’s ability to cut through the clutter and create real buzz.”

But Samberg probably just helped the cause of binge-watching when he gave away a real username and password for HBO’s streaming service, live on-air. The username is [email protected]; and the password is password1.

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