Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Empire Analysis

Emily Steel and Ben Sisario consider how crucial Empire's success is for Fox. And Mary Mitchell sees Empire as part of the blaxploitation genre, while Anne Helen Petersen positions Empire and Jane the Virgin as family melodramas with important racial elements.

Social Activity Matters

FremantleMedia's head of digital insists that social media engagement now matters more than ratings.

Wilmore's Fresh Perspective

Genetta M. Adams appreciates what Larry Wilmore has brought to late night.

Gender Equality

Alyssa Rosenberg delves into the complexity of attaining gender equality in Hollywood.

Subscriber Figures

Mike Farrell reports that Comcast and Charter have added video subscribers in the past quarter, while the satellite operators have seen declines.

Go Daddy Ad

Go Daddy has gotten its name in the paper again over a Super Bowl ad.

Ferguson Signs With Lionsgate

Craig Ferguson has signed an overall deal with Lionsgate Television.

Netflix's Decisions

Tim Wu proposes that Netflix's programming decisions rely just as much on Ted Sarandos as on any data algorithm.

Viewing Habits

Lara O'Reilly covers a new report on video viewing habits, showing millennials prefer watching TV online more than on a TV.

Sweatshop Reality

A reality TV show in Norway has fashion bloggers undergo the horrors of working in a garment sweatshop.

TV & Digital at Sundance

Brooks Barnes looks at the emergence of TV at the Sundance Film Festival. Brian Stelter says digital outlets are also descending on Sundance to look for content. James Poniewozik also covers the topic.

Simon Profile

Amos Barshad checks in on what David Simon is working on.

The View Plans

Ramin Setoodeh reports that Rosie Perez was going to be fired from The View, until Variety started reporting it.

Lear Remake Plan

Michael Schneider reports that Norman Lear is pitching a Latina/o-cast One Day at a Time remake.

WWE Anger

Stephen Totilo explains why WWE fans are angry and demanding refunds.

Monday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Winners: Super Bowl’s Greatest Commercials (CBS), The Bachelor (ABC)
- Honorable Mention: Celebrity Apprentice (NBC)
- Improved: Jane the Virgin (CW)
- Losers (excluding repeats): State of Affairs (NBC)

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers. Cable ratings.

Analysis from Spotted.

The Americans Interview

Alan Sepinwall talks to the showrunners of The Americans about the show's return tomorrow.

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Monday, January 26, 2015

New Flow Issue

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Shaq Sitcom

TruTV is developing a sitcom around Shaquille O'Neal.

Comcast & Politicians

Spencer Woodman reports that Comcast is ghostwriting TWC-merger letters of support for politicians.

Fox Sports Go

DirecTV subscribers will soon get access to the Fox Sports Go streaming app.

Marvel News

Fox confirms that an X-Men series is in the works, and David Tennant will play a villain in Netflix's AKA Jessica Jones.

Price Interviews

James Hibberd talks to Amazon Studios VP Roy Price about the company's TV efforts and its move into theatrical films, and Brian Stelter has a video interview with Price about the movie move.

Empire Soaring

Joe Flint highlights Empire's strong ratings, including its impressive VOD performance.

Second Season Faith

John Jurgensen looks at the catalysts enabling low-rated series to get renewed for second seasons. (Jason Lynch previously wrote about second seasons.)

NFL on YouTube

Mike Shields looks at how the NFL is finally taking advantage of YouTube with its own channel.

Dramatic Acting

Matthew Gilbert celebrates the high caliber of dramatic acting on TV right now.

Sunday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Winners: The Miss Universe Pageant (NBC)
- Losers (excluding repeats): Mulaney (Fox), Galavant (ABC), Resurrection (ABC)

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Analysis from Spotted.

Sling TV

Reviews of Sling TV have appeared: Richard Greenfield highlights its features, Todd VanDerWerff says it's not a cable killer...yet,  while Geoffrey A. Fowler says it's a giant step from cable, Phillip Swan shares what he likes and dislikes about it, and Janko Roettgers has a video showing what Sling TV looks like. Eric Deggans says it's a cord-cutter's dream. Richard Lawler has a review, as does Adam Flomenbaum.

SAG Awards

SAG awards were handed out last night, and black women took home the two top actress prizes for the first time ever. Netflix was a big winner. Michael Schneider highlights how TV's diversity won. Viola Davis gave a powerful speech. Jazmine Hughes laments that the diversity mainly came from only two sources.

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Spies in Hollywood

Ian Shapira notes that ex-spies are finding a lot of work in Hollywood on espionage shows and movies.

Indie Web Series

Aymar Jean Christian highlights the best of independent web series from 2014 and wonders about the future of the category given the rise of Netflix and Amazon originals.

Netflix Plans

Netflix has big ambitions for scripted series this year, and it is also now in the Duplass movie business. Dorothy Pomerantz expects both Netflix and Amazon to have a tougher time with movies than TV.

Saul Interview

Alan Sepinwall talks to the creators of Better Call Saul.

RIP Joe Franklin

Talk show legend Joe Franklin has died. David Hinckley looks back on Franklin's unique career.

Serious Ladies Panel

Video is available of a panel at Sundance featuring Jenji Kohan, Mindy Kaling, Lena Dunham, and Kristen Wiig. Jace Lacob highlights topics that came up. Kyle Buchanan also has coverage.

Friday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Winners: Undercover Boss (CBS), Shark Tank R (ABC)
- Losers: Constantine (NBC), Glee (Fox)

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Analysis from Spotted.

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Netflix Exception

Comcast and other broadband providers want high-volume users like Netflix excluded from net neutrality regulations.

Pilot Pickups

ABC has ordered a bunch of pilots, as has NBC, including an amnesia drama from Greg Berlanti and a sniper drama.

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Ramos & Politics

Jackie Calmes looks at why Republicans are worried about Jorge Ramos, a Univision and Fusion news anchor.

Vudu Stick

Walmart has a Vudu streaming stick for sale.

Predicting Twists

Paul Gulyas explores why it's gotten harder to predict plot twists on TV shows these days.

Netflix Content

Canada's Netflix reportedly has half the content of US Netflix but a few more movie hits.

Comcast Challenge

The WSJ looks at the hard work Comcast's lobbyists have to do in Washington.

Wilmore's Week

Todd VanDerWerff says The Nightly Show had an impressive start, while Brian Lowry wonders if Larry Wilmore might have trouble booking future guests given the show's format.

Thursday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Winners: The Big Bang Theory R (CBS), Mom (CBS), American Idol (Fox), Two and a Half Men (CBS)
- Could Be Better/Could Be Worse: Backstrom (Fox)
- Losers (excluding repeats): The Taste (ABC), Bad Judge (NBC), A To Z (NBC)

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers. Final ratings. Cable ratings.

Analysis from Spotted.

Educational Soaps

Sophie Goodchild praises British soap operas for educating audiences about issues like mental health and cancer.

SVOD Momentum

Will Richmond's podcast this week focuses on momentum among subscription video-on-demand services. Colin Dixon also covers this territory.

Over-the-Air Challenges

Colin Dixon looks at how broadcasters are fighting to maintain position as TV moves online.

Exiting Russia

Leo Barraclough reports that NBCU will pull its pay TV channels out of Russia, part of a wave of international media company exits.

Pro Bowl Efforts

Brad Gagnon points out all the stops ESPN is pulling out to make the NFL Pro Bowl watchable.

Empire Ratings

Spotted compares Empire's ratings success to a previous first-season ratings phenom, Desperate Housewives.

Sports Costs

Wayne Friedman highlights how much sports channels cost in our cable bills. Coming in at a far distant second are movie channels.

Super Bowl Ads

Toni Fitzgerald lists ad spending figures related to the Super Bowl, and in a CNBC video, an analyst talks about the money that goes into Super Bowl advertising.

Stewart's Anger

Aaron R. Hanlon defends Jon Stewart's frequent reliance on dismissive obscenity to address Fox News tactics and explains the place of this strategy in satire.

Multi-Cam Value

Ken Levine defends the honor of the multi-cam sitcom, and the stars of Mom talk about the production method in terms of a recent serious turn for the series (spoiler alert).

Free Transparent

Transparent will stream free to all tomorrow on Amazon.

Baldwin Controversy

Fans have signed a petition asking for Adam Baldwin to be disinvited from a Firefly convention due to his Gamergate-related behavior.

Farrow's Journey

Brian Steinberg looks at the career development of MSNBC's Ronan Farrow.

Tween Sitcom Lament

Speaking of frustration with youth TV, KJ Dell'Antonia objects to a new Nickelodeon sitcom for its depictions of girls involved in sports.

RIP Peggy Charren

Peggy Charren, an activist who fought for better children's TV, has died. Brian Lowry how she successfully battled against the TV-toy industrial complex.

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