I agree, also on Next. While Next had a few nice turns in the past episodes, the acting and our script simply feels off.
As a little bit of an experiment, we’ve started watching a very old, mid eighties, German hospital soap which was cheesy when it came out. The station that produced it way back when seems to have decided that it’s quite hipster from today’s perspective and I have to say: it is perfectly and surprisingly bizarre from the first episode. You could imagine it like an ethnographic document on a upper and lower middle class in the 80s. It’s quite entertaining since it’s really hard to predict how people will react to certain information. (An affair comes out and the husband… worries exclusively about his standing in the job while his pregnant wife… takes it as part of life. / A homeless traveler gets cared for but is not insured to which the head of medicine responds by… taking up the bill but making him do chores in his house.)
So it might just be horribly written, but it might also be the 40 years of age. Probably both. The point that makes this entertaining is that predicting an outcome or a dialogue is near impossible and most of the time surprising. As for today’s shows, they are in so many cases just a rearrangement of a fixed set of expressions, lines, responses, tropes, challenges, solutions, and initiatives that we’ve simply seen countless times. At least it seems like it to me.