Here’s a good combination that could equal the death of US drama on TV

So on the one hand, US broadcast networks are getting worried that all the good writers are leaving for cable. The good writers don’t want to go through the development process at the networks.

On the other hand, cable subscriptions are dropping in the US, down from 65.4% of US homes in 2006 to 55.3% now.

So if everyone’s going to cable to sell drama, but cable is dying…

Well, it’s more complicated than that, but you see my point?


  • Rob Buckley

    I’m Rob Buckley, a journalist who writes for UK media magazines that most people have never heard of although you might have heard me on the podcast Lockdown Land or Radio 5 Live’s Saturday Edition or Afternoon Edition. I’ve edited Dreamwatch, Sprocket and Cambridge Film Festival Daily; been technical editor for TV producers magazine Televisual; reviewed films for the short-lived newspaper Cambridge Insider; written features for the even shorter-lived newspaper Soho Independent; and was regularly sarcastic about television on the blink-and-you-missed-it “web site for urban hedonists” The Tribe. Since going freelance, I've contributed to the likes of Broadcast, Total Content + Media, Action TV, Off The Telly, Action Network, TV Scoop and The Custard TV.

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