Sunday night a four-hour, two-part Bonnie & Clyde miniseries debuts on Lifetime, History and A&E and it’s the latest evidence that the success of History’s Hatfields & McCoys, which drew more than 14 million viewers in 2012, has helped spur a miniseries revival. Several similar, but not identical, formats are also getting ready to make an impact in the television landscape, but good luck trying to identify their defining characteristics. Even network executives are using the terms “miniseries,” “event series” and “limited series” somewhat interchangeably.
NEW YORK (AP) – The Discovery network has ordered its first scripted miniseries and it isn’t much of a stretch. It’s about hunting for gold. The series, titled “Klondike,” is about six strangers in the1890s whose lives intersect as they search for gold in Alaska. It is based on the Charlotte Gray novel “Gold Diggers: […]
Changing sales priorities, plus a crowded field of viewing options and some serious big-screen competition have all played a role.
Basic cable is making a run at the miniseries and TV-movie forms mostly abandoned by the broadcast networks in recent years, churning out projects that will draw good-enough-for-cable numbers.