I see this as a perfectly understandable development. A lot of mainstream TV has elements of this, I'm thinking of CSI: Miami in particular. As a cop show, the few times I've watched it have been a jumbled mess. I had no idea what was going on.
It only works as a kind of elaborate screen saver, beautiful cityscapes, pretty vivid colours fading in and out in high definition, the plot distracts from it. Its like we want slow TV, but at the moment it has to be hidden as a layer atop fast paced action.