The summer TV season

We watched “The Closer” last night on TNT and came way extremely satisfied. The show is another example of the coming of age of Cable Television, and I enjoy the growing quality and variety of original programming on cable during the summer.

It’s one thing for paid channels like HBO to produce quality stuff, but it’s taken two decades for the largely ad-supported networks to reach the level of what I saw last night. What this says about the bigger television picture is extremely important, especially as the cable upfront is underway. The playing field is leveling. Who knew THAT would happen, eh?

The value of reruns is increasingly in syndication, because shows like “The Closer” blow away a rerun of even the best that network TV has to offer.

(Now if somebody would just come up with a directory of only NEW programs…)

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