Emmys 2012: Why the broadcast networks are in a drama drought, but still doing OK with comedy

As more than a few entertainment journalists and pundits pointed out when the Emmy nominations were released last month, this year is the first time that none of the "Big Four" broadcast networks (ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX) had a representative in the outstanding drama series category. The only place where broadcast networks are represented at all is by PBS's "Downton Abbey;" the rest of the nominees are cable shows.Representatives of the Big Four dot the drama acting categories -- mainly via the presence of "The Good Wife" (understandable) and Kathy Bates (not so much) -- but most of the drama categories are dominated by cable and "Downton."Meanwhile, on the comedy side, half of the six nominees for outstanding comedy come from the Big Four, with the broadcast side taking up approximately half the acting nominations as well.What gives? Why does it seem like the traditional broadcast networks are holding on in the comedy department...



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