Just a curiousity..
My wife watches all those ****************ty reality shows, like real housewives, vanderpump rules, etc.. and let's face it, EVERY channel on basic cable has reality shows taking up most of their airtime 24/7.
Most of the "actors" on these shows are like small town band members, meaning, they don't have have the same acting skills as someone like bruce willis, or ian mckellan.. and these reality tv stars most likely work for peanuts.. I've read that one reason these shows are so popular is that the production costs are a fraction of what traditional TV shows like "friends" would cost. And it's pretty obvious that the quality is poor in comparison.. I can honestly say that I would lay the "blame" of the invasion of poor-quality TV solely on at the feet of the viewers for accepting the rubbish.
So.. My thoughts were along the lines of all of us in the regional band scenes.. put our years of learning in, did the garage thing, more or less we paid our dues. Then some band that should still be in the garage rolls into our fav place to play, offers to play for pennies or free beer, and we ultimately lose gigs, or lose fans, because of the quality level in general being lowered, and losing people who have better taste.
I haven't taken the time to venture onto actor/actress forums, but do you think they bitch about hacks the same way we do here? Comparible? I dunno, just a thought that crossed my mind!