In a dramatic turn of events, the creator of such hits as Bates Motel and Longmire, A&E is no longer investing in any other original content or franchises. They will continue to refocus their efforts on nonfiction documentaries.
No new series has aired on the network since 2013, and while it would have been interesting for A&E to continue with an Alfred Hitchcock universe, the funding for such a franchise just wasn’t there. With the foreboding writer’s strike inching ever closer to reality, A&E is playing it safe. Refocusing their brand is the exact right move for the network during these turbulent times.
Original content is very expensive to produce and maintain. Documentaries and Docuseries are cheaper. This is probably why A&E hasn’t attempted to create anything new since 2013. A&E has had wildly successful docuseries such as Storage Wars, Duck Dynasty, and Intervention. A&E has also said it is reviving it’s Biography TV show.