/// A&E Remains Light on Scripted Series, Heavy on Reality

May 4, 2011  |  Media Week

Do not expect too many original scripted series from A&E Network—that was the message in advance of the network’s upfront at the IAC building last night (well, the real message was ‘Open Bar and performance by Jennifer Hudson’). A&E is sticking to its tried-and-true slate of a few scripted dramas and a lot of reality shows for the upcoming season. In fact, only one new drama is in the offing this Summer, and that in the form of a two-part miniseries, a remake based on the 70s Robin Cook book “Coma” and subsequent 70s Michael Crichton movie, about a doctor who discovers something amiss in her hospital after multiple patients mysteriously slip into a vegetative state. That show supplements A&E’s only scripted time slot, currently occupied by “Breakout Kings” and soon to be taken (when the “Kings” season concludes) by “The Glades,” about a Chicago cop forced to relocate to the Florida Everglades, which is being brought back for a second season. Ever since A&E stopped airing reruns of “Murder She Wrote” six or

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