Q: I would like to know why we are seeing so many reruns on TV. I enjoy Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, Desperate Housewives, Brothers and Sisters and all shows seam to be reruns. Why can't we see new shows? Can you tell why? I like WFAA.
A: Thanks for the kind words, and the very good question. It is probably the expense of producing quality, first-run programming on network television that contributes to the shortage of new shows. A typical 1-hour drama is reportedly somewhere around $2M per episode. This factor alone likely accounts for the number of new programs versus repeats. Coincidentally, so-called reality programs such as The Apprentice and others are said to cost less than half that figure, which is probably the reason why we see so many of them these days.