I know I am not the first to ask this but...Can TV execs be so stupid as to slaughter their only golden goose? Uhhh...yeah.
Smart people can do stupid things. How many recording honchos passed on the Beatles? Xerox fumbled the mouse and the GUI. IBM allowed Microsoft to license their software instead of buying it outright. Apple deposed Steve Jobs. The list goes on and on.
If A&E lets The Family Robertson slip through their greedy fingers, they will be inducted into the Corporate Blunder Hall Of Fame on the first ballot. I don't think "Shipping Wars: or "Rodeo Girls" or "Bad Ink" will fill the void.
Hey! I got an idea for a reality show starring the front office of A&E: "Network Makeover!"