Ovation Network Bets Fine Arts Cable Can Thrive

The Ovation channel bets fine arts shows can still attract viewers
Daniel Radcliffe, left, and Jon Hamm in A Young Doctor’s Notebook Courtesy Ovation

Over the years, cable-TV networks have managed to develop hit series about an impressive range of seemingly unappealing subjects—funeral homes, long-haul truck drivers, gold miners, and New Jersey housewives. But in October a small, independent network found success tapping perhaps the most unlikely source material in the history of pay TV: classic Russian literature.

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