I wonder how much of the "feels empty" effect is more about the limited variety when it comes to the steady content.
I.e., has the "feels empty" effect been stronger since Blades ended?
Since then, there have been only 2 ongoing shows, both with the same GM, and both the same show over the year.
Even in that, I wonder how much of the effect is less that it's 2 shows, than the fact it's the same shows with the identical GM, so it doesn't "feel" like much variety/option. (Nebula Jazz and COS are very different shows, but having the same GM can be like reading the same author writing in different genres...the creative tone/feel remains similar in a lot of ways.)
Is this the first time since 2013 with only 1 regular GM? Also, there used to be R&D or West Marches that were long running but had built in variety because of changing rules/all the cast changing week-to-week.
Between live shows, guest GMs, and one shots, there has been a lot of other content...but that content is somewhat unpredictable. It also feels like the other content has been heavier at different parts of the year, so there are some gaps where they only options are COS and Nebula Jazz. But again, those gaps could be mostly perception/a result of the unpredictability, since I haven't gone back and tracked each month with an additional one shot or guest GM vs. those that don't have them.
(This is me mostly thinking aloud, no firm opinion. I do remember thinking, "wow, that's a lot of content!" when we had that streak of one-shots with different GMs. Hours wise, I don't think it was more than having 2 shows every week...just the variety of GMs/genres/game systems seemed like a ton of content).