Author: Nellie Andreeva
Article MentionsAuthor, Nellie Andreeva
Mentioned, John Landgraf
Mentioned, David Nevins
Mentioned, Jeff Wachtel
Mentioned, USA Network
No big headlines from today's HRTS luncheon featuring several cable chiefs: FX's John Landgraf, Showtime's David Nevins, USA Network's Jeff Wachtel and BET's Loretha Jones. Landgraf spoke candidly about the difficulty of making serialized dramas work on basic cable. He noted that viewers seem to watch only reality series and sports live and prefer to view serialized shows in blocks of several episodes at a time on their DVRs. That hurts ratings tremendously and puts a lot of pressure on scripted programming, which doesn't come cheap - Landgraf quoted a $200 million figure for keeping a basic cable drama series on the air for 7 years. Looking back at a show like Damages, while proud of it, Landgraf acknowledged that it didn't work for FX and...(read more)
... No big headlines from today's HRTS luncheon featuring several cable chiefs: FX's John Landgraf, ...