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January 29, 2013

Scripted Films—Why You’ll See More on Cable, But Not Too Many

When History’s “Hatfields and McCoys” pulled amazing ratings last year, you knew the next programming trend had been born. Virtually every cable net out there is looking for the next “it” in terms of a scripted film based on real events. And there are plenty coming, from next month’s “Killing Lincoln” on Nat Geo to Discovery’s “Klondike” to History’s sophomore effort, “Vikings.” But does it signal that cable, long the bastion for non-fiction programming, is making the flip to scripted? Execs from History, USA and Science add their two cents at the RealScreen Summit in DC on Monday.

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