Why the epic is bigger than ever

Once upon a time, viewers turned to cable television for edgy, interesting characters and nuanced storytelling, and to the summer multiplex for epics and fantasies, gladiators and knights in armor. Not so much anymore. A wave of episodic series built around empires of yore, whether real or imagined, are pulling in big ratings for such networks as HBO, Showtime and Starz. Why now and to whom do these epics appeal? We turned to top execs at each network and found that their answers fell into a few compelling categories

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