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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Network vs. Cable

It doesn't take a lot to see that TV has evolved.  Drastically, I might add.  And with A-list films stars flocking to the tube (should that still even be a nickname for TV?), our weekly addictions are only going to get better.  At least, on cable channels.  Now, this isn't to say there aren't great shows on network TV anymore (Revenge, Community, Big Bang Theory to name a few) but it has become glaringly clear that the winning horse right now is original cable programming.

You only have had to hear the collective held breath for the recent season of AMC's Mad Men or witness the flurry of Walking Dead related hashtags that popped up every Sunday night on Twitter to see that TV Land has changed.  And I think that's a good thing.  We love our good TV.  And the networks seem to be open to at least trying to alter their long held beliefs.  Notice I said "open to", not "completely changing".  While I don't work for a network, I would have to assume that in order to change a few decades worth of values and perceived target markets, it's going to take a lot more than zombies and clamouring for Don Drapper suits to change their regularly scheduled tunes.  But as this article from the New York Times states, from scheduling to number of episodes ordered, it's slowing happening.  And that can only be a good thing in an industry that is struggling with lower budgets and the wealth of great online entertainment (translation: awesome web series--not just something your crazy neighbour does for fun anymore), right?

Now, can someone please let Community remain in its awkward and random gloriousness?  Or if not, can some cable channel pick it up?

Happy creating!

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