Can Broadcast TV Survive in the Streaming Era? These Shows Are Betting on It

Ahead of another fall TV season, showrunners tell TheWrap what it’s like to launch a new broadcast series in a world dominated by Netflix

It used to be that running a broadcast TV series was the top of the mountain for those in the small-screen business. These days, you’re more likely to hear about an old broadcast series like “Friends” or “Seinfeld” moving to a streaming platform in search of a second life.

The streaming era has stolen the spotlight from the once-vaunted industry, which is long past the halcyon days of “Must-See TV.” As showrunner Saladin Patterson puts it: “Right now, my kids could not tell you where ABC is on the TV.”

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Tim Baysinger

TV reporter • tim.baysinger@thewrap.com • Twitter: @tim_bays