The future of TV dramas 

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  • In this handout photo provided by Nathaniel E. Bell for Netflix/TimesTalks, (L-R) NY Times Magazine chief national correspondent Mark Leibovich speaks with Emmy-nominated Netflix original series 'House of Cards' cast Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright and showrunner Beau Willimon during 'TimesTalks: Live from the 'House of Cards' Set' August 28, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland.
The democratization of the TV marketplace through online sites and cable has been great for viewers, but it has apparently led to a shortage of writers, leaving the major networks scrambling to find talented drama scribes.

The Hollywood Reporter says that not only are most writers already busy with projects outside the major networks, most of them prefer to work elsewhere because they have more creative freedom. Netflix’s “House Of Cards” has been tremendously successful precisely because the execs took a hands-off approach.

Hopefully these new market forces will mean higher quality across the board.

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