After retiring the model years ago, the networks also seem ready to re-embrace the miniseries format. CBS this summer has an adaptation of Stephen King’s novel “Under the Dome.” ABC and Fox have already announced their own miniseries projects, and NBC will soon hire an executive to find and oversee new long-form shows, according to a person familiar with the matter who spoke on condition of anonymity to avoid damaging relationships.
Still, even if these new strategies make inroads in the new season, it’s unclear whether that would be enough to restore broadcast’s place as the dominant entertainment platform — instead of merely a dominant one.
That’s the kind of thought that could sober up any upfront party.
“It’s like the Wild West a bit right now,” Aratari said. “And no one has it nailed down.”