Created in the days of actual videotape, ABC's 'America’s Funniest Home Videos' is a juggernaut with Lassie-like legs. As the iconic show preps for its 25th season, a zoom-in shows how a pioneer handed down its family appeal to the next generation.
Now in its 20th year, FX has launched some of the most inventive shows on basic cable and sent several industry figures into the stratosphere. Mainstay 'Sons of Anarchy' starts its final season Sept. 9.
'Most Wanted' indeed—from big screen to YouTube to Syfy show, almost 60 years later Jim Henson’s fuzzy friends remain as popular as ever.
ABC hops back into the singing competition game with 'Rising Star,' another twist on a successful overseas formula. In a saturated genre, the network hopes to follow 'The Voice'—and the early days of 'American Idol'—to a gold ratings record, in a format that goes back to radio days.
The recent next wave of major mergers is due to a rebounding economy and market forces that reward scale. But history has shown the honeymoon can end abruptly.