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AMC backs away from unscripted programming, re-shifts focus to scripted
AMC backs away from unscripted programming, re-shifts focus to scripted

AMC is undergoing a reality check. The cable network is dropping most of its unscripted programs to re-shift its focus to maintaining its power in the scripted arena. The network, in a short time frame, has transformed its image from a "classic" movie rerun network to a prestige programming force with programs such as "Mad Men," "Breaking Bad," and "The Walking Dead." But with ""Breaking Bad" over, and "Mad Men" on its way out, the cable channel is running low on breakout dramas. Recent entrants "Turn" and "Halt & Catch Fire" haven't yet established themselves as cultural touchstones. And the...

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