In just five years the genre has already begun to transform the way we tell stories.
Unscripted shows and foreign imports squeeze writers, some of whom look to Internet as new outlet.
A tentative deal between screenwriters and studios comes in time to save some shows. Others will not survive.
Columnist Tom Regan discovers what his children already knew: You don't need cable when you can watch your shows on the Internet.
Critical sticking point is the writers' demands for a bigger share of the burgeoning DVD market.