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.
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.
From 'Star Trek' to 'Battlestar Galactica,' television has long reached for the stars. Syfy’s coming 'Ascension' renews the love affair.