November 8, 2011 11:00 PM

Small scream: Growing TV horror genre a buffer against real-life horror

Shows such as AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” FX’s “American Horror Story,” HBO’s “True Blood” and others are bringing newfound attention to a genre that, historically, hasn’t had a major effect on television. And they’re serving as a reminder to programmers that many TV viewers crave chills and thrills — and not only on Halloween.

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