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In ten years, the number of scripted shows on American TV has more than doubled

New York (CNN Business)A version of this article first appeared in the "Reliable Sources" newsletter. You can sign up for free right here.In 2009 there were 211 scripted television series on broadcast and cable networks, according to a count commissioned by FX.In 2014, the first year FX shared its data, the total was up to 376, and streaming services like Netflix and Amazon were in the mix. FX wasn't counting daytime TV or shows for kids or specials — just regularly scheduled dramas and sitcoms and the like. The growth was explosive. FX boss John Landgraf warned that the industry was living through a bubble. "This is simply too much television," he said in 2015. "My sense is that 2015 or 2016 will represent peak TV in America, and that we ...
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