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Each TV Network Does Dramas Differently: Here's How

Thirty years ago, when I began writing episodic television, there were network dramas and syndicated shows. These days, when I’m teaching one-hour drama, that single catch-phrase encompasses everything that fits the time slot. But the explosion of different outlets means that one-size no longer fits all. Each type of network behaves differently. What follows is a taxonomy of the four major kinds of networks and how their shows differ from those on other kinds of networks.
  • By Terry Curtis Fox
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  • June 5, 2014 6:30 AM
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Why the Penultimate Season of 'Justified' Was One of the Show's Best

Parental and family issues were everywhere this season, as they were built into the premise of FX's "Justified." As mainstays of the hillbilly Crowe crime family, Alicia Witt and Michael Rapaport did great work.
  • By David Chute
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  • April 10, 2014 12:09 PM
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TV IS THE NEW CINEMA: Our Hopes Are 'Justified'

Season 5 of "Justified" returns to the series' most fruitful subject matter, backwoods crime rooted in clan loyalty.
  • By David Chute
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  • January 22, 2014 12:22 PM
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R.I.P. Elmore Leonard: 1925-2013

When the late Elmore Leonard began writing fiction in the early Nineteen-Fifties, Westerns ruled the roost, so most of his early heroes wore cowboy hats. When this great American writer, who died today at 87, went with the flow in 1969, and switched to writing urban thrillers (with the twice-filmed "The Big Bounce"), the change wasn't a wrenching one. He didn't ask his characteristically watchful and laconic heroes to change much more than their hats when they relocated from the deserts of the Southwest to the mean streets of Detroit and Miami.
  • By David Chute
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  • August 20, 2013 2:04 PM
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