Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Net Neutrality Repeal

Cecilia Kang reports on the FCC's plan to repeal net neutrality, with a proposal coming later today. Chairman Ajit Pai has an op-ed in the WSJ announcing his intentions.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Late Night Bits

David Bianculli laments how much late-night shows are now oriented around bite-size content in hopes of going viral.

NFL Regionalization

Kevin Draper explains the byzantine logic behind how network affiliates decide which NFL games they'll get to show on Sunday afternoons.

Canada's Cord Cutting

Etan Vlessing covers the tough time Canada is having with stemming cord cutting.

Conspiracy Theories

Rolling Stone's Amanda Robb breaks down how the Pizzagate conspiracy theory spread across social media outlets and Trump-friendly sites, and Alvin Chang notes that Sean Hannity has become the most prominent conspiracy theorist in the media.

Fewer Scripted Shows at Viacom Channels

Lesley Goldberg reports on a new strategy at Viacom: fewer scripted series.

Amazon-AMC International Deal

Amazon has forged a deal with AMC Studios for international distribution of its series.

The Good Doctor's a Hit

John Koblin explains how ABC managed to find a rare network hit this season with The Good Doctor.

More Sexual Harassment News

Jeffrey Tambor says he'll exit Transparent over the sexual harassment allegations against him and the "politicized atmosphere" they have caused. Andrew Wallenstein considers how the show could go on.

A One Tree Hill writer describes the harassment she experienced as the only female writer in the room. Producers Damon Lindelof and Mike Schur talked about Hollywood harassment at a panel, and THR critics also discussed the topic. Todd VanDerWerff outlines why the film and TV industries are structurally set up to breed abuse.

Charlie Rose Suspended

In response to sexual harassment allegations, CBS and PBS have both suspended Charlie Rose.

DOJ Suing

The Department of Justice will sue to block the AT&T-Time Warner merger.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

AT&T-Time Warner

Peter Holley says the Justice Department's antitrust division head has signaled opposition to the AT&T-Time Warner merger, and James B. Stewart sees an epic antitrust court case looming.

Fox Talks

David Faber reports Comcast now talking with 21st Century Fox about acquiring entertainment and distribution assets, a similar deal discussed with Disney.

More Harassment Problems

New testimonies on experiences of sexual harassment and bullying in the British TV industry are being compiled by a group called Women in Film and Television. Doyle Green points to the A&E show Storage Wars as evident sexism on screen.

Trump TV News

Andrew Kirell looks at how Fox Business Network has ridden the Trump Train to ratings success, while Alexander Nazaryan covers Fox News' embrace of Trump.

The Problem With Apu

Robert Ito covers a documentary about the Simpsons character Apu, which airs tomorrow on truTV.

FCC Moves

Next week will bring the unveiling of the FCC's plan to end net neutrality. Gigi Sohn is critical of what the FCC has otherwise been up to over the last month with deregulation.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Good TVeets

Writing & Directing Diversity

A new DGA study finds "some progress overall" in the hiring of women and minority directors for TV, but some outlets, like Netflix, have much more progress to be made. Liz Shannon Miller points out that increased episode volumes have brought more opportunities.

In terms of TV writing, Tracy Jan reports on a new study finding that white writers are still telling the vast majority of our small-screen stories.

LOTR's Cost

Lesley Goldberg proposes that Amazon's Lord of the Rings could end up as the most expensive TV series of all time.

New Ad Formats

Brian Steinberg reports on new ad formats coming from Hulu, while Todd Shields and Gerry Smith say TV ads could soon be like targeted Facebook ads. Ann Marlowe notes that Cambridge Analytica (the company owned by conservative politics mega-donors the Mercers) is getting involved in targeted advertising.

Fullscreen Shutting Down

The SVOD service Fullscreen will close down in January 2018.

Vietnam War Ratings

Lisa de Moraes reports on the ratings for PBS's Vietnam War series from Ken Burns.

Conservative News & Trump

Jason Schwartz covers how Fox News has embraced Trump, and Michael M. Grynbaum observes that big ratings have followed. Meanwhile, Shepard Smith angered some of the faithful by debunking the Clinton uranium scandal on his show. Richard Cohen argues that Rupert Murdoch has managed to destroy the Republican party. Two ex-Fox Newsers will speak to the British Parliament over 21st Century Fox's Sky takeover bid.

In other conservative outlet news, David Zurawik calls out Sinclair for yet more biased broadcasting, this time in connection with Roy Moore. Meanwhile, House Democrats want to question FCC chairman Ajit Pai over the Sinclair-Tribune merger.

Michael Wolff says AT&T has misplayed its hand in regard to the Trump White House. Richard Greenfield covers the AT&T/Department of Justice battle. Brian Stelter and Jackie Wattles profile Makan Delrahim, who heads up the anti-trust division at the DoJ.

You're the Worst Renewed & Ending

FXX is giving a fifth but final season to You're the Worst.

More on Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment claims have now been leveled against One Tree Hill showrunner Mark Schwahn, and he has now been suspended from The Royals by E!, and Arrow and Supergirl producer Andrew Kreisberg has been suspended by Warner Bros. over voluminous harassment allegations.

Read more analysis of Louis C.K., harassment in the comedy world, art and the artist, and/or dicks from Eliza Skinner, Guy Branum, Sonia Saraiya, Scaachi Koul, Kathryn VanArendonk, Ben Travers, Amanda Hess, Drew MagaryTodd VanDerWerff, and Ira Madison III.

Transparent reportedly could carry on without Jeffrey Tambor pending investigation of a sexual harassment claim against him.

A 20th Century Fox VP is departing the studio to launch a startup that will field sexual assault and bias reports.

Amazon stops pursuing Skinny Bundles

Amazon drops negotiations for cable skinny bundles, stating the profit margin was too small for the investment.

People watch Netflix at Work and on the Commute

According to survey data, more than 67% of viewers watch Netflix in public. The most popular places are during the commute and at work.

Difficult People Cancelled

Difficult People cancelled at Hulu after three seasons as Hulu changes course with its comedy lineup.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Digital Measurement Finds Stranger Things

The Netflix original Stranger Things was reportedly the most popular show last week in the United States. Additionally, the method for measuring the most viewed show developed by Parrot Analytics marks a new era in television viewing analytics.