1. Why does HBO broadcast the "previously on" scenes of The Wire in widescreen when the show is shot and broadcast in standard format?
2. I've always thought that HBO aims to be a bit more cinematic with their shows than Showtime does. Showtime strives to make edgier TV while HBO strives to make filmlike series that happen to be on TV. Or something like that. Hence the "It's not TV, it's HBO" tagline.
So with that in mind, I'd say AMC's Mad Men would have fit well on HBO. The new Breaking Bad would fit well on Showtime. I will not be watching the second episode.
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