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Networks' need for hit sitcoms is no laughing matter

Networks' need for hit sitcoms is no laughing matter

There's a backstage drama happening this fall on TV, and it's all about comedy.

The major networks are in a sitcom slump, unable to generate the kind of magic found in shows like "Seinfeld," "Friends" and "The Big Bang Theory."

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For the record: An earlier version of this article said that Julia Louis-Dreyfus has won two consecutive Emmy Awards for the series "Veep." She has won three in a row.

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Of the 21 new comedies last year, just five are set to return this fall. Only 14 of the 82 prime-time comedies unleashed since 2009 are on the air.

The major...

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