How Netflix is helping TV shows avoid being killed

The resurrection of the AMC Networks drama "The Killing" is just one example of how Netflix has altered the funding formula in television, Amol Sharma writes. When the crime show was canceled, Netflix stepped in to provide financing that made the show "financially viable," in exchange for streaming rights, Sharma writes. The Netflix influence is especially felt in serialized dramas, while unscripted shows such History's "Pawn Stars" and "Ice Road Truckers" haven't performed as well on the service.

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