Amid all the furor over the concept of “cord-cutting” and replacing traditional television with the Internet, studios and networks have quietly started offering early Internet release of shows online. Is this an attempt to get a jump on the world of tomorrow, or simply a sign of old television surrendering to new television?
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Ahead of next week’s upfront presentations the networks announced the return of such shows as Once Upon a Time, Castle, Parenthood and Grimm.
Watching the pilot of NBC’s Smash earlier this week – which I enjoyed much more than I expected to, even if I suspect that it’s not going to hold up well in the ratings now that everyone’s had a taste – I found myself wondering about the statute of limitations when it came to bandwagon jumping. After all, Smash is pretty much “Glee for grown-ups” – but hasn’t the Golden Age of Glee been over for at least a year?