The New York Times featured two articles this past Sunday, both concerning the harsh realities of television programming today. As the writers’ strike well-established their plight for equal reimbursement in the age of digital, they’ve finally shouted what television execs have long-since whispered: the internet is to television as the telephone is to the telegraph. And while the networks are tousling with ventures into the world wide web, they’ve tried to keep one ace up their sleeve: franchising.

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