Speaking of Westworld, unsurprisingly, it has a great, bizarre, provocative opening title sequence. This is becoming almost table stakes these days – particularly amongst HBO shows. Kyle Stock dives into the trend a bit:
If the 1960s were the golden age of film noir and the 1990s were peak sitcom, we are living in the time of the television title sequence. They are becoming more intricate, expensive, and important than ever. Directors, producers, and showrunners are now handling the title sequence, once the throwaway garnish of the television entrée, with the care formerly reserved for lighting, editing, and casting.
One crazy tidbit about our current golden age of television content:
Meanwhile, Americans, on average, watch about 2.8 hours of television every day
. At that rate, they can digest about one in six of the scripted shows being produced, and that’s assuming the viewer skips sports, news, reality programming, and all the Anthony Bourdain. To stay current on scripted television series alone, a person would have to watch television 24 hours a day for about 240 days a year