Another showrunner who has a been a staple for traditional TV is decamping for Netflix. Ryan Murphy, whose series like "American Horror Story" and "American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson" have been both critical and pop-culture hits for Fox Networks Group, has signed a five-year deal with Netflix that once again leaves a network group searching for its next hit-maker.
Shonda Rhimes, who is responsible for key ABC hits such as "Grey's Anatomy" and "Scandal," announced in August that she was taking her Shondaland banner to Netflix, ending her 15-year relationship with the alphabet network.
Following Rhimes' move, Murphy's departure should put other traditional TV networks on alert. As Netflix looks to spend as much as $8 billion on content this year, it could very easily go after other networks' key showrunners. The CW is currently airing six series from Greg Berlanti with several more in development; Chuck Lorre is a staple for CBS comedy; and Dick Wolf's "Chicago" franchise along with "Law & Order: SVU" make up a big chunk of NBC's drama slate.