Tuesday, August 17, 2010

The Big Cable Channels Keep Getting Bigger (NY Times)

Chalk it up to an incredibly competitive environment among programmers and an appetite for new shows year-round among viewers. Speaking to TV critics in Los Angeles this month, John Landgraf, the president of FX, said cable had become a “much more crowded marketplace” in the last 10 years. When FX’s groundbreaking series “The Shield” started in 2002, “there were about 40 scripted original series in all of cable,” he said. “And now there are 140.”
Personally, I'm definitely a bigger fan of cable channels vs. the networks. I think it's safe to say that many of the shows that have been hits on cable (The Shield, Army Wives) would have been yanked from a network schedule within a handful of episodes - too edgy or too narrow a focus. Since when were those bad things?

Read the full article here.

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