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March 05, 2009

The recession is hilarious. Or at least the broadcast TV networks are hoping it is, with downturn-themed comedies and a re-emphasis on procedural dramas emerging as major trends this pilot season.

But the most significant development is that the traditional pilot season is happening at all. After almost being obliterated last year by the WGA strike, many thought the decades-old mad dash from January to May finally would be scrapped in favor of year-round development.

"What struck me the most is how much things are exactly the same," a top studio executive says. "We're still producing the same pilots, seeking the same talent and going through that lemming-style behavior. The process is so tiring." Read more.

 
 
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