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A TV Renaissance

From man's first steps on the moon to The Beatles' first steps in America, and from the fall of the Berlin Wall to the fall of the Twin Towers, television has changed the way we look at the world — and each other — more than any other medium in history. TV has changed our dating habits, what we eat for dinner, our bedtime rituals, where we live, and the names we give our children. It's influenced the clothes we wear, how we talk, the furniture we buy, the music we listen to, what we find funny, and where we go on vacation. It can topple governments, make someone a millionaire overnight, and turn anyone into a hero.

A TV Renaissance is a one-hour documentary that explores the rise of TV as the most influential medium of the 20th century and how it's helped to shape our national identity. We'll reveal the behind-the-scenes process for creating hit TV shows and explore the challenges that lie ahead as the TV business goes head-to-head with online competitors like Netflix.

We'll reveal how risky the TV business has become and how some of the most successful shows on TV almost didn't get made. Viewers will go behind the scenes at TV industry events in Cannes and Los Angeles for an up-close look at the highly competitive business of buying American TV shows and the huge gamble involved with trying to pick the next hit series.

This program belongs to the following categories:

  • Documentary

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