More and more television series are embracing the 16-by-9 ratio of the flat screen televisions that are becoming commonplace in American living rooms. Shows such as Game of Thrones, Mad Men and American Horror Story feature stunning visuals traditionally reserved for the movie screen.
“It’s a good time to be in television. It really is replacing the cinema, [which is] losing ticket sales every year.” Temple University School of Media and Communication’s Kristine Weatherston said. “There’s a real need for . . . real creativity to counter the taped garbage that is generated by reality TV.”