How 'Mad Men' Launched TV's Global Makeover
The burst of small cable success in the U.S. has created demand for cheaper, quality fare as domestic-made TV, once the dominant powerhouse, goes toe-to toe with international rivals for airtime on America's own shores.
Maybe you've noticed: There are a lot more accents on American TV these days. Whether it's Maggie Smith's British lilt on Downton Abbey, the Canuckian "eh?" from the cops on CBS' Flashpoint or the gutteral dialect mashup that is HBO's Game of Thrones, there are foreign sounds across the dial.
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