Writer-Producer-Director, Who’s Won Both an Oscar and an Emmy, Takes TV Networks to Task

Oct 27, 2009  •  Post A Comment

The Oscar-winning director of "Rainman," who is also the Emmy-winning director of "Homicide: Life on the Street," thinks the networks have made a strategic mistake, according to the New York Daily News.

 Barry Levinson says the networks have made a mistake by airing reruns on Saturday nights, a slot which once brimmed with classic series such as “All in the Family,” “Mary Tyler Moore” and and "M*A*S*H."

Levinson told the paper that the rerun strategy, which the networks have adopted to save money, is “a retreat," adding, “Basically, they’re shrinking their own audience."

Levinson said he has a couple TV shows in the works but wouldn’t discuss them.

–Elizabeth Jensen

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