"Discovery Plus shows, meanwhile, are what i call "laundry TV" — background filler you kinda-sorta watch while doing chores."
Isn't that niche filled by podcasts now?
"It's a lot. Too much, really. I know I'm not alone in scrolling aimlessly through a service, trying to decide what to watch and eventually giving up."
I read reviews and make a list in Reel Good. But aimlessly scrolling is something Netflix brought about when they decided that it would be more profitable for them to guess what you want to see next on their service, rather than to let you search for what you want.