Hollywood and History Collide: A 1,200-Year Timeline of TV's Period Drama Boom (Timeline)
From witch trials filmed in … Louisiana, to a shuttered Harlem hospital re-created in Brooklyn to Midwestern '50 Americana filmed on the Sony lot, TV must get creative when presenting period pieces.
This story first appeared in the June 26 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.
Long territory only explored by Masterpiece Classic, period television is now the norm. Cable, streaming and, still, trusty PBS focus much of their dramatic efforts on the past — and, thanks to some comedic inroads, it's starting to catch on at the broadcast networks as well.
But where do they all fit? With more than a dozen period shows eligible for Emmys this year, THR takes a look at where they fit, chronologically, and the different lengths producers are going to in a bid for authenticity.
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