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If you're a TV network executive, there's one surefire way to figure out whether you're doing something right: see if any other networks copy you the following season.
From pumping out Modern Family clones to phasing out in-season repeats to forcing casts to live-tweet their shows to piling on the singing competitions, imitation is always the sincerest form of flattery on TV—and, the networks hope, their best chance at future success.
As the networks plan their strategies for the 2015-2016 season, here are the biggest trends from the past 12 months they'll likely try and make their own:
Empire's massive success (but not the part you think): Fox hit the jackpot with this season's biggest freshman hit and the first new show in decades to rise in the ratings every single week (its season finale pulled in a mind-boggling 6.9