The Oxygen television network is looking behind bars for inspiration.
The NBC Universal-owned network said Wednesday that starting this summer, it will focus its programming on crime stories that appeal to women, joining an already crowded television genre.
Its other programming, such as "Bad Girls Club" and "Battle of the Ex-Besties," will be phased out.
Oxygen's saga speaks to the survival pressures faced by many cable networks. NBC Universal recently decided to shutter its Esquire network and make it digital-only. When Oxygen's launch was announced in 1998 with prominent backers that included Oprah Winfrey, the goal was to make it a general...