Following TV Trends

Ensemble sitcoms and crime dramas remain ratings gold for networks, but the growing popularity of televised talent shows and competitions, such as Fox’s “American Idol” and “The X Factor,” NBC’s “The Voice” and “America’s Got Talent” and ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” have turned television programming on its head.  Reality television has become increasingly common for broadcast networks as well as cable networks.

Following TV Trends
The fall TV season has begun, with strong shows on network TV, as well as on basic cable and premium cable channels.

Although some networks and studios strive to break the mold with original and creative programming and concepts, emulation seems to have become the norm today. If a network scores with an idea, you can count on other networks to follow suit and try to duplicate that formula.

It remains to be seen how fantasy concepts like Fox’s “Sleepy Hollow” and ABC’s “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” will play with television audiences in the long run, but the early signs indicate that viewers like these shows, which could lead other networks to invest in similar concept TV shows. NBC has rolled out a new “Dracula” series.

Along the lines of fantasy, some cable networks have gained huge followings with their shows. HBO has done very well with “Game of Thrones” and “True Blood.” FX has scored a huge success with the “American Horror Story” series, in which season of the show tells a different story. Some of the actors remain the same from season to season, but they play different characters in each season of this award-winning series. The terrorism-themed Showtime series “Homeland” has received critical acclaim and won numerous awards as well.  While not fantasy, “Homeland” hits home with viewers in this post-9/11 era.

Talented sitcom casts have led to high ratings since TV ratings began. Networks like CBS and NBC have scored big successes with their sitcoms in the past and present. CBS currently has hit series like “How I Met Your Mother” and “The Big Bang Theory.” NBC has rebounded from some lows with series like “Parks and Recreation.” ABC has found success with “Modern Family,” which features a diverse and talented cast.