All those original shows on streaming services brought us “peak TV.” But the New York Times reports on the flipside: back in the cable universe, they’re experiencing “zombie TV”:

In 2015, the USA cable network was a force in original programming. Dramas like “Suits,” “Mr. Robot” and “Royal Pains” either won awards or attracted big audiences. What a difference a few years make. Viewership is way down, and USA’s original programming department is gone. The channel has had just one original scripted show this year, and it is not exclusive to the network — it also airs on another channel. During one 46-hour stretch last week, USA showed repeats of NBC’s “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” for all but two hours, when it showed reruns of CBS’ “NCIS” and “NCIS: Los Angeles.”
Instead of standing out among its peers, USA is emblematic of cable television’s transformation. Many of the most

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