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The L Word

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A cable series about the lives and loves of sexy women in a major city -- how could it not succeed? Showtime brass clearly thought the same, picking up "The L Word" two weeks after its January debut…

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Gone but not forgotten

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Even though Emmy winners "ER," "Law & Order," "The West Wing" and "The Practice" have garnered terrific ratings, drawing a big audience isn't always a factor in determining drama series champs.

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Las Vegas

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What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas -- unless you want millions of people to see it. Then you've got to come up with a combo of flash, substance, drama and action to get audiences to tune in every…

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Marathon management

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Creating a hit drama skein is hard enough. But once a show clicks, the work is just starting. For a showrunner and a network, sustaining a program's success -- and ratings -- is a whole new challenge.

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Carnivale

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An apocalyptic tale set in the Dust Bowl that blends elements of "Twin Peaks," "The Exorcist" and "The Grapes of Wrath" doesn't seem a good fit for a pay cabler with an acumen for urban-based dramas…

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