File this one under “First World Problems.” Fans of television drama have found themselves having to choose between one of several popular shows on Sunday nights. Even with “The Walking Dead” off the air, “Game of Thrones,” “Mad Men” and “The Killing” have fallen in line to rescue viewers not into sports or reality shows. But why?
What’s so hot about Sunday night?
“It’s the legacy of HBO,” says Chet Fenster, managing partner at the production and branded content creator MEC Entertainment. (The company produces programs and other content for MTV, CBS, NBC and A&E.) “They created a habit for smart, upscale, buzz-worthy shows on Sunday night, from Sex and the City to The Sopranos to Entourage.”
Once those shows went away, Fenster told E! Online, other broadcasters sensed the void and moved to fill it.