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Television Gets Real

Television Gets Real

Released: 2015-06-11
© 2014 Cable News Network, Inc.
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Released: 2015-06-11
© 2014 Cable News Network, Inc.

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Due to a new sophistication in programming as well as an introduction of new formats, television matures into the medium we know today. It was in the 1970s that television matured into the medium we know today. There was a new candor to network programming as reflected in shows like MASH, The Mary Tyler Moore Show and the half-hour comedies of Norman Lear – All in the Family, Maude and The Jeffersons. New formats that would become television staples – the made-for-TV movie (Brian’s Song, Duel, That Certain Summer) the miniseries (Rich Man Poor Man, Roots, I, Caudius) emerged. And two of the most successful franchises in television history, Monday Night Football and Saturday Night Live, were born in the Seventies. In addition, PBS as well as the cable networks, ESPN, HBO and Showtime were all launched.