They are TV’s ghosts — networks that somehow survive with little reason to watch them anymore

March 01, 2024

NEW YORK (AP) — The list of memorable characters and personalities who entered popular culture through cable television is long: Honey Boo Boo. Few cable and satellite networks are a force anymore, the byproduct of sudden changes in how people entertain themselves. Cable TV primarily took flight in the 1980s, breaking the iron grip of ABC, CBS and NBC. HBO and Showtime, and later networks like FX and AMC, offered edgier fare that broadcasters shied away from. “American Horror Story” is on the actual FX television network.