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Predictability is bad for Netflix and HBO, but great for network television

It's upfronts season — that time when television networks showcase their new fall shows for advertisers. Unlike Netflix and HBO, networks have to appeal to the broadest audience possible to get the most advertising dollars. This means feel-good, predictable shows are king. This season there are a lot of reboots and spinoffs of old shows. Marketplace's entertainment correspondent Adriene Hill ran us through the latest line up of fall television.  Some re-booted shows include Rosanne,  American Idol and a Big Bang Theory spin-off called Young Sheldon. Plus, a revival of Will & Grace: There are also some new, family friendly shows coming this Fall. One that might interest public radio fans is a Zach Braff sitcom called Alex, Inc., which is based off of Gimlet's Alex Bloomberg's journey in creating the podcast Startup and subsequent podcast network:    

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