The Big Picture

  • USA Network's "Blue Sky" Era was a time of unprecedented success with hit shows that defied genre labels and had tremendous ensemble casts.
  • The network's decision to shift away from scripted programming and focus on live sports and reality TV has turned USA Network into a place with little reason to tune in.
  • While NBCUniversal plans to bring back scripted original content, replicating the success of the "Blue Sky" Era will be a challenge, and it remains to be seen if the new shows can achieve the same level of excellence and popularity.