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TV Shows Add Pricey Effects to Woo Viewers

The Sarah Connor Chronicles, a TV series based on the Terminator movies, has its premiere Sunday on Fox. Its incredibly expensive production costs reflect a trend in the industry: rising costs for producing scripted shows in the face of dwindling audiences.

Even when the writers strike is resolved, the television industry will not have solved its problems.

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Kim Masters
Kim Masters covers the business of entertainment for NPR News. Her reports can be heard on NPR's award-winning Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Weekend Edition. She joined NPR in 2003.